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I'm wondering if anyone knows whether the Freud FT1700VCEK and the Freud FT2000E share the same hole pattern on the sub base? In other words will a router table plate drilled out for one model fit the other model without modification?

(charles M, are you out there?)

Thanks in advance,
Michael
 

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Charles M said:
That sounds like a stealth gloat :D
http://www.routerforums.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=34239#
crying

The FT3000 has been available in Europe for several months. Sometimes the American market gets a product first and sometimes not.
Ok, hope I can be forgiven!

As a matter of fact, I was beginning to wonder why I didn't find it on Freud's website, or in any online tool shops.

And since I have Your attention, are the FREUD router bits available with metric shanks (8 and 12 mm)?
 

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ft2000 & ft3000 plate ain't the same

Guess they ain't the same? Just bought a $99 cast aluminum plate from Woodpecker drilled for the ft2000. Also just bought a new ft3000vce. No way the plate is going to fit. First of all, does the ft2000 have above the table adjustment? Sort of need a hole for that in the plate I found.

In any case, I now have a great plate I can't use.

Anyone have an idea where I can get an aluminum insert plate drilled for the ft3000vce, above the table adjustment holes and all? Also, it would be nice to find one that would actually allow me to pull it out with the router. Even if the Woodpecker plate did fit, the handles of the ft3000 would be just about flush with the edges of the plate.

Also, I asked Woodpecker to verify this plate would work before they shipped it.

Moan, groan, complain, etc. Sorry.
 

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lbirdwell said:
Guess they ain't the same? Just bought a $99 cast aluminum plate from Woodpecker drilled for the ft2000. Also just bought a new ft3000vce. No way the plate is going to fit. First of all, does the ft2000 have above the table adjustment? Sort of need a hole for that in the plate I found.

In any case, I now have a great plate I can't use.

Anyone have an idea where I can get an aluminum insert plate drilled for the ft3000vce, above the table adjustment holes and all? Also, it would be nice to find one that would actually allow me to pull it out with the router. Even if the Woodpecker plate did fit, the handles of the ft3000 would be just about flush with the edges of the plate.

Also, I asked Woodpecker to verify this plate would work before they shipped it.

Moan, groan, complain, etc. Sorry.
The FT2000E and FT2200E do not have above table features. The three mounting holes are the same between the FT2000E, FT2200E and FT3000VCE but as you noted the above table access holes are only used with the FT3000VCE so they will likely not be drilled in a plate intended for one of the others. I can provide you with a template to locate the other two holes if you like. Also, the handles of the FT3000VCE are pretty wide and on Freud router tables you tilt the router to install and remove it. You could also remove one of the handles (but obviously not the one with the switch) to make this easier.
 

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mbsn said:
Ok, hope I can be forgiven!

As a matter of fact, I was beginning to wonder why I didn't find it on Freud's website, or in any online tool shops.

And since I have Your attention, are the FREUD router bits available with metric shanks (8 and 12 mm)?
I must have been sleeping when this was posted. Freud router bits are available in Europe with metric shanks. They are sold under the Freud Pro brand.
 
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