Saw this post and just wanted to say I bought one (freud 2200 3 1/4 HP Plunge router) today on the recommendation of an older (than me and stiil alive) wood crafter.
Out of the box - I am pleased the plunge depth guide isn't a cheap piece of baloney...
[Tangent on my old porter cable router...like the one on my porter cable heavy duty (the PC kept SLIPPING on plunge depth and RUINED several nearly finished mitre'd cabinet facia pieces - also the PC plunge base is extremely cheaply made and the plunge guides kept sticking - I cannot dis the PC plunge base enough) end tangent]
Back to the freud FT2200 Changing bit (using CMT 1/2" bits) is extremely easy in or out of the table. Plunge lock, power, fine depth adjustment, and speed adjust - are easily accessable and in sensible locations.
Included is the usual small stuff and a reasonably nice edge guide.
So far I've only done some simple dado's using a (1/2" shank) CMT 3/4" straight bit at 3/8" depth in some maple (free form using a clamp on straight edge), and it's been 'cracker jack' simple , worked just as expected. Another feature I liked is the flat on the plunge base which (for me) makes using the clamp on straight edge easier to use. Weight not an issue... in fact the housing is some kind of plastic, but tool still has a solid well built feel during use.
Last edited by would-worker; 05-11-2006 at 06:38 PM.