What I Like
What I Don't
Some of the most frequent questions we receive relate to purchasing routers. You may have noticed than in the past two-three years, the major players (and a few new ones) have significantly revamped and improved their routers (i.e., DeWALT's DW618, Triton's Plunge Router, and the Porter Cable 690LR and 890 Series). Consequently, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to choose the "best" router.
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Too Accessible Trigger Lock
I Prefer Two Wrenches
Not for Router Tables
Front Knob Remains Loose
A Blind Spot
Smallish Base Plate
Simply put, the Festool OF 1000 E performs as you would expect for a router in its price category. It excels at tasks where precision and a light touch are desirable. It would be an excellent choice for installers or carpenters doing on-site / in-built cabinetry as it truly is one router that can serve many functions (laminate trimming, inlays, flush trimming, 32mm hole drilling, etc.). Its light weight and easy to control design make it a natural for those who might be intimidated by larger, less controllable routers. And finally, its compatibility with the Festool guide rails and 32mm hole drilling kit opens up an array of capabilities simply not present in most routers. Though not particularly useful as a table-mounted router, it is perhaps the most versatile hand-held router I have used.
A word about price (as it is a frequent Festool topic). For most buyers, price is a key consideration. However, I always suggest that one consider cost over price. Due to its careful engineering, where reliability, dust collection, ergonomics, pleasure of use, and so forth are key considerations, I assume the lifetime cost of an OF 1000 will be less than lower-priced routers.
Generally big-box home centers do not carry Festool products. So, where can you purchase Festool tools and accessories? A number of Woodworking Tool mail order and chain retail stores are starting to carry them. You can also order Festool products online, direct from the Festool-USA web site or from Bob Marino's Festool retail web site. I purchase my Festool accessories and parts from Bob Marino.....
Festool Online Sales - Bob Marino
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