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Festool Routers

Nov 4, 2007
FESTOOL is a company based in Germany that produces power tools for, among others, woodworking. In existence for the past 80 years, FESTOOL has developed and manufactured some of the finest power tools available today based on the reviews made by various woodworking aficionados.

Among the power tools that have been manufactured by FESTOOL is the FESTOOL Router series, touted by some as the Mercedes Benz of routers. In general, routers are considered "must haves" in a woodworker's arsenal of tools because of their versatility which allows for different types of cutting and milling tasks (e.g., trimming, rebating, making dado cuts, profiling/shaping wood, etc.)

Among the more popular in FESTOOL's lineup of routers is the FESTOOL OF1400 EBQ Router. It is powered by a 1400W motor, which is suitable for almost all handheld tasks, that is relatively quiet (just 79 decibels of sound). Its soft-start power up feature ensures that there is no sudden jolting when you turn on this power tool. Other motor features include:

* Spindle brake that allows you to stop the bit in just 1-2 seconds. To use this feature, all you have to do is release the power switch. It is that simple, and beneficial from both a time and safety standpoint.

* Temperature control cut off mechanism, which turns off the unit when it overheats so that the wiring and motor do not get damaged.

* Constant speed routing, which means that the rotational speed does not change whether the router is engaged on the wood or not. When the router gets engaged, the motor compensates for the added resistance thereby maintaining the rotation speed. When the router gets disengaged, the motor loosens up to again maintain the rotation speed. This feature ensures a cleaner and more consistent cutting result.

Other features of the FESTOOL OF1400 EBQ Router include:

* Snug-fit Barrel-grip handle surrounded by the trigger, trigger-lock button, and variable speed control, which are all within fingertip reach from a resting position.

* Patented removable power cord "Plug It" system.

* Multi-purpose (plunge and plunge poles lock) knob.

* Fence rail lock and twin levers to allow bushings and dust deflector to be connected to the bottom of the router in a simple manner.

* Spindle lock button.

* Easy to install and remove, "lung friendly" dust collection protector.

The FESTOOL OF1400 EBQ Router has generated favorable reviews from expert woodworking craftsmen who find no major reason to complain about this wonderful power tool. Its design considered and successfully resolved several issues in the past and, although it is priced at a premium, its reputation as a solid and highly-useful piece of woodworking equipment clearly makes up for it. Considering further that its dust collecting capability is first rate gives you more reason to seriously consider making an investment in this well-designed power tool.

Other members of the FESTOOL family of routers are the OF1010 and OF2000 E routers. This allows you to select among a highly thought-of power tools that best suits your woodworking and budget needs. If you like router tables and want the best router to install in one, consider buying Festool.
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Festool Routers Router Table Depot carries a full line of routers that work perfectly in router tables. You can learn more about it in our Article section.
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