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Freud FT1700VCE Variable Speed Router

Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Freud
Model:
FT1700VCE, FT1702 combo kit
Price:
$179

Description

FT1700vce variable speed, 13 amp fixed base router with above-the-table features included.
Plunge base is available in the FT1702vce kit.

Reader Reviews

Freud FT1700vce Excells In The Table

Review Summary

This is Freuds 13 amp router with full above-the-table adjustability and bit changes. The collet extends fully above the table to allow easy bit changes (this is one reason I chose Freud over the P.C. 890 series which forces you to remove part of the router table and use a bent wrench). Power is great, and it will raise panels, cut dados, chamfers and radius edges. The collet lock is superb - just use the included wrench/knob to flip the collet lock.
The collet will stay locked until you are done changing bits. My last table router was a 3hp Hitachi. It was inconvenient to reach under the table and bang your knuckles to change bits. The Freud makes it easy to change bits, and I don't feel like I lost anything with power (13 amp Freud vs. 15 amp Hitachi). This 13 amp Freud offers an advantage over the 15 amp Freud plunge router: the height adjustment proceeds quickly and is accurate. The big Freud plunger has a tedious depth adjustment that takes too long to set. The FT1700/1702 offers a quick-release to rough set the depth in an instant. Then you use the knob to set exact depth of cut. I use the fixed base as my dedicated table router. No router lift is required. I think this is one of the best table routers on the market. This is one of the few routers with a large enough opening in the base to accept panel raising bits. If you primarily need a handheld router, I would look at the Dewalt 618 combo, Dewalt 621 plunge, or Bosch 1613 plunge. Why? Because the power switch on the FT1700 is a tricky push and slide type. However, when it is mounted in a table, you will use a power switch on the table. For these reasons, I can give the Freud FT1700 a glowing review for a dedicated table router.

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Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

1700-only

Review Summary

Too bad they stop at five for value. After buying the fixed-base version, re-conditioned, for a little more than a hundred bucks, I would rate it's value as a ten. I wanted to buy a router lift. After doing a full research, I bought this router, instead. Although I own five or six other routers, I saved at least $200, from having skipped the lift. It's really too bad that they have discontinued this model. Freud has no other standard-based router available, anymore.

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Features

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Ease of Use

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Value

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