And what would that be, Phil?
That would be two
Trend T11s, Paul. I have used the close relative of the T11 (the Elu MOF177 and deWalt DW625 - European built) for many years and they are extremely capable machines. Granted they don't have the micrometer accuracy of an OF2200, but we are woodworkers, after all - and wood isn't metal. The ergonomics of the OF2200 are very good, but many other routers aren't that far behind and I found the OF2200 to be bulky and tall when I tried it out. Festool can say it's the quietest router in it's class - but more of the noise in routing is generated by the cutter than the motor IMHO. It may have the best dust extraction, but that comes at the cost of a hose which can get in your way at times. With two routers I can run two set-ups, I have a backup if one of my routers is down (not a common experience) or two of us can be doing jobs simultaneously........ That plus stumping up £1023 here in the UK which I find hard to swallow - I can almost buy a secondhand pin router, a more versatile tool altogether, for that sort of money.
Like the plant in the Little Shop of Horrors, the more work you give this beast, the more says "Feed me".
Have you ever used any 2kw routers for extended periods? You could say the same about almost any 2kw router over a smaller 1/2in router. One real test of a big router is Corian - on that the Festool was slightly faster than a 2000 watt DW625, but no better than a Makita RP2301FCX. The only advantage it had was the dust extraction was better. If you want the absolute in hand held power try the Mafell LO65ec - 2.6kw and noticeably more powerful than the Festool. But a half decent pin router knocks all of them into a cocked hat.
I have not used any of the line of Festools and they might be the very best of all!
...... I do believe Festool is way out of line on their prices for the average Joe.
I own some Festool kit. It is expensive, but it is very competent. Nowadays I wouldn't be without my TS55 (rail saw) but there are now a number of alternatives, some cheaper, which offer the same level of functionality and quality of cut edge (e.g. the Makita SP6000K1). Festool probably make the best ROSs around for woodworking - the RTS150/3 and ETS150/5 - they are light and have excellent extraction - similarly the Rotex is a brilliant sander for doing solid surface work, although a Ceros is probably even better as it is smaller, lighter and can be used one handed (the downside is that you need to buy a separate polisher if you go the Ceros route). The new Festool Carvex jigsaws, however, aren't a sufficient improvement on the Bosch GST140BCE (JS572 in the USA) to justify a price tag about 50% higher, neither are Festool's belt sanders (which are good, they are after all ex-Holz-Her designs), which are no great improvement over Makita or Bosch offerings, but are 1.5 times the price, or more. Having tried one (one day test drive) the same applies to the big router IMHO. Not enough extra bangs for your buck.
Who hasn't gotten drunk on green Kool-Aid so far