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Offline HarveyWildes

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Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« on: December 10, 2016, 07:07 AM »
Just bought an OF 2200, metric.  I think I want enough of the items in the accessory kit to get one.  The question is, should I get the metric kit or the imperial kit?

First, I'm guessing that the adjusters on the guide rail adaptor and the fence are all metric regardless of the kit, because the threads on the adjusters are metric.  I did not see any signs that the adjusters were available with imperial threads.  True?

So... it looks to me like the only difference between the kits is the guide bushings.  The bits that I would use with bushings are all imperial sizes, so I'm thinking that the Imperial kit is the way to go.  If I buy the metric kit, I'm pretty sure I'd end up buying the imperial bushings anyway (@ $19US per), while if I buy the imperial kit, I think the chances of buying all of the metric bushings are slim.

But - can I use Porter-Cable style bushings with any of the OF 2200 bases?  If so, I have a good selection of those already, so maybe I want to get the metric kit.

And - what about jigs for making MFT tops?  I've been thinking about that lately.  Do they require the metric bushings?

Thoughts?
« Last Edit: December 10, 2016, 07:14 AM by HarveyWildes »

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Offline Bohdan

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 07:36 AM »
Imperial copy ring adaptor for OF2200 #494627   

Offline rst

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 10:21 AM »
The two 2200s that I bought both came with an adaptor that accepts the PC copy rings, your's should have it too.  I have the metric accessory kit also and it has never been an issue when using imperial bits.  It is not that hard to work out the offsets.  I use an app on my phone most of the time but also my Calculated Industries calulators.

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 12:11 PM »
The question is, should I get the metric kit or the imperial kit?
Metric. unless you don't like working in metric.

I did not see any signs that the adjusters were available with imperial threads.  True?
It's a good question but I doubt it. These are made for the European market, not likely Festool has changed their tooling around for imperial on the stock available.

But - can I use Porter-Cable style bushings with any of the OF 2200 bases?  If so, I have a good selection of those already, so maybe I want to get the metric kit.
Yes. No problem.

And - what about jigs for making MFT tops?  I've been thinking about that lately.  Do they require the metric bushings?
No just the bit needs to be metric. The relationship of the bushing to the bit and the set up to the guide is what is important not units of measurement. Everything is relative.

Tim

Offline ScotF

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 01:39 PM »
When I bought mine I got the Imperial Kit and then added the extra metric bushings to go with the MFS system I needed.

Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2016, 08:05 PM »
The only difference is the guide bushings. I would suggest the imperial kit unless you have access to metric-sized router bits. What's 40 mm minus 1-1/4" divided by two?
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 11:20 AM »
Good insight, Chris Wong!  Even Siri got that one wrong - it came up with 24.13 mm.  It got the parentheses wrong, calculating 40mm - (1 1/4")/2.  However, the following got the right answer: "Calculate open parenthesis 44 millimeters minus 1.25 inches close parenthesis divided by 2."  The answer - "about 6.12 mm".  Honestly I was surprised that Siri got it right with any description of the calculation, but in this case technical competence is only part of the solution.  Who wants to ask Siri to calculate stuff like that, especially when it can't figure out what I mean unless I give a lot of thought to how I phrase the question?  I was just curious to see if it could.

Fortunately I verified that the router did come with the insert ring for using PC bushings, and I have a good set of those in imperial sizes.  I tried it out for fit and the fit was good and tight.  So I'm going to consider that the imperial side of things is covered, and go with the metric set.

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the discussion.

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2016, 11:58 AM »
I thought it was 4.1 mm

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Which OF 2200 Accessory Kit?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2016, 12:15 PM »
I thought it was 4.1 mm

It's 4.125mm based on the original text.

It got the parentheses wrong, calculating 40mm - (1 1/4")/2.

But @HarveyWildes changed the 40mm to 44mm which is where the difference in calculation occurred.

However, the following got the right answer: "Calculate open parenthesis 44 millimeters minus 1.25 inches close parenthesis divided by 2."  The answer - "about 6.12 mm".