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Festool OF 1400 EQ Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Festool
Model:
574342
Price:
$485

Description

The OF 1400 Router provides 1400 watts of power in a machine that weighs less than 10 lbs. It accepts 1/2", 1/4" or 8 mm bits. The OF 1400 provides 2 3/4" plunge depth, precise to 1/256" (1/10 mm)

Includes
Chip catcher, Collets—1/2", 1/4", and 8mm; Dust extraction hood; Guide rods; Plug-it power cord; Standard U.S. guide bushing adapter; Systainer SYS 4

Specifications
Collet diameter range 1/4", 1/2", and 8 mm
Drive shaft speed 10,000 - 22,500 rpm
Power consumption 1400 watts / 11.7 amps 120 v AC
Quick depth adjustment range 2 3/4" (70 mm)
Weight 9.9 lbs. ((4.5 kg)).

WOOD magazine review

Festool plunge router grabs dust like crazy

Review Summary

Festool’s fine German engineering is evident in every aspect of its OF 1400 EQ 2-1/4-hp plunge router. In my tests, this router showed no signs of being underpowered, even when plowing 3/4" dadoes 1/2" deep into red oak. The plunge mechanism operates silky-smooth, and the cutting depth locks easily with a twist of the round handle. I found it easy to adjust the variable-speed control (10,000–22,000 rpm) located within a finger’s reach of the unusual pistol-grip handle.
And I felt little vibration from the machine. But you’d expect all of those things in a high-end router. What sets the OF 1400 EQ apart from other midsize plunge routers are features such as its ratcheting collet: Like a socket wrench, you never have to remove the wrench from the nut when tightening or loosening the collet. (The rocker-switch-style collet lock also switches the direction of the ratcheting action.) Two standard-equipment dust-collection accessories really make the OF 1400 EQ shine. The clear top-of-base dust hood installs without tools and works so well (when connected to a shop vacuum), it not only contained all of the debris that would have scattered while routing dadoes, but it also evacuated the sawdust that typically gets left behind in the dado. The below-the-base cup (not shown in photo) works nearly as well at capturing dust created when routing edges. It caught about 95 percent of the debris and easily followed around the corner of a tabletop. My chief beefs with the OF 1400 EQ are minor but irritating: The plunge-depth scale is marked only in millimeters, and it comes with 1/2" and 8mm collets, so you’ll have to buy or borrow a sleeve-type adapter to use with 1/4" bits. That adds about $30 to the cost of this fine, but pricey, router. —Tested by Pat Lowry

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

2

Reader Reviews

OF1400

Review Summary

I own 13 or 14 routers, and I'm about to abandon all of them in favor of this machine.
I'll keep the PC 7518 which is mounted in y router table, but this is the one I'll use. firstly, I own the Festool MFT/3 and, with the addition of the edge guide I can use it on the track and make dados and mortices and with the use of the stops they are very precise. I also welcome the fact that there are markings on four side that correspond exactly to the centerline of the router bit. Other routers require you to make offset measurements to accommodate bit changes. Bit changes themselves are easy with the ratcheting collet nut system. Dust collection is a little funky with the tube. The Festool OF 1010 and 2000 have a sleeve around the bit and a dust collection chute in the casting and in the plunge tube respectively. The dust collection cups attach without tools as do the template guides. if you use the base extender the dust cuo and templates are held in place by magnets.Setting the depth of cut is easy and familiar.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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