Freud FT1700VCEK Design Change?
Greetings all. I am new to the forum and have a quick question about a Freud FT1700VCEK that I just purchased. I have gone through a few PC stationary routers over the years and decided that the above table adjustment and automatic bit spindle lock of the FT1700VCEK where worth trying out. The new FT1700VCEK model I have has a manufacture year of 2007, and a locking lever on the pin for the spindle lock...not quite "automatic", but still good. The older demo unit in the store I saw had a tapered cam that the spindle lock pin road into, causing it to engage the spindle when the collet was moved to above the table height by turning the height adjustment knob..."automatically locking." This older design appeared to be a truly one handed bit change without even going under the table. Any insight as to why they changed to this new lever design on the spindle lock?? I kind of liked the idea of just being able to turn the above table height adjustment knob to do everything.