Top Tool Plunge Router in test of 3-hp routers (Dec.…
2013) High Points: Three included hoods give this router the most effective dust collection in our test of 3-hp routers. The unique ratcheting spindle lock means you don’t have to remove the wrench from the collet nut while tightening or loosening for quicker bit changes. A chart on the router body translates speed-dial markings to actual speeds. The only router to come in something other than a cardboard box: The plastic Systainer organizes accessories and stacks neatly with other Festool products. Low Points: Scales are marked in metric only, and with no leadscrew height adjuster, you rely solely on the turret-stop system for making fine adjustments. When mounted in a router table, you must work against the plunge spring’s tension. Does not come with a 1/4" collet or adapter for 1/4"-shank bits. Instead of a plunge-lock lever, the OF2200EB has a rotating knob on the top of the left handle that takes a lot of getting used to. Yes, it's a terrific router, but the hefty price will keep most woodworkers away. More Points: Despite weighing more than 18 lbs, it felt balanced and never created control or tipping issues. All adjustable components on this router have a distinctive neon-green color for easy location.
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