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Offline VictorL

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Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« on: January 27, 2011, 01:35 PM »
I’m going to continue to review overlooked or undervalued Festool treasures. Now is the time for the OF2000-E1 router. This is a big 3.5 HP production type, heavy duty router. The router has double sealed bearing, a plunge base, and is made in Germany.
The router has step-less electronic control with a drive shaft speed of 12,000 -22,0000 rpm.
This router has been officially discontinued, and can be bought for very attractive price: $344. Even though it is discontinued, it goes with the standard Festool 3 years no hassle warranty. Festool commits to supply spare parts at least for 7 years after the product is discontinued.

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This router ships in cardboard box. It comes standard with
-   OF-2000E1 router
-   Wrench
-   ½”  collet.
-   Manual

The power switch is conveniently located on the left side of the router. Start is very smooth and soft. Noise level is surprisingly low.


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Depth gauge easy to read.

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Spindle lock is conveniently located and has easy access. OF-2000 accepts all OF-1400 collets, so you don’t need different set for each router.

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Plunge lock located close to handle and easy to reach. Plunge action is very smooth.


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Stepless electronic control dial located on the top of the router.

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Why is this router outstanding and worth looking at? Unlike all of its other brothers, OF-1010, OF-1400, and OF-2200, this router can be easily adjusted for router table use. Again, the price tag is $344 which is less than the OF-1010 router ($370), but the OF-2000 is twice as powerful. It is $126 less than the OF-1400, and more than twice as cheap as the OF 2200.  So, you are getting Festool's heavy duty router for price of its competitors.  Once CMS finally reaches North American shores, you can have the luxury of a dedicated CMS  mounted router.

Why is this router an excellent choice for router table mounting?
The first important feature for table based routers is ease of depth setup. OF-2000 has a nut that works as a fine depth adjustment. In other words, unlike OF-1010, OF-1400 and OF-2200, depth adjustment can be done with one nut that already on the router. All other Festool routers need some additional parts for pushing the router’s body.

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The second important feature is ease for router mounting.  Festool has a nice and simple solution: mount it with bars as it was implemented with CMS and Basis systems.


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For custom made router inserts, there is a possibility for using existing router base’s  holes. There are 6 shoe mounting M4 holes, but they are too shallow, and it would be too hard to find the appropriate length for mounting screws for different thickness of router plate. There are 3 bushing mounting M5 holes and 3 M6 rod fixating holes that can be used for secure the mounting router.

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Conclusion: If you want to get a Festool quality heavy duty 3.5 HP production router for bargain, don’t hesitate and act quickly! These machines will vanish soon. This is a great router for a table mount and hand-held usage. The OF-1400 and OF-2200 will beat it for handheld operations; however, the OF-2000 will beat them in router table operations for a fraction of their cost.


 

Regards,
VictorL
« Last Edit: February 02, 2011, 08:34 PM by VictorL »

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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find.
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 05:55 PM »
I think you can even get these for the 20% discount which really makes them a nice deal.
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Offline Daniel_n

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 07:10 PM »
This is an excellent router (I have one myself since many years). It's made (or at least constructed by) Mafell. It's powerful, yet smooth to handle. At $344 it's a bargain!

It has a few drawbacks-
No plug-it cord
No brake
The dustcollection is nowhere as good as on the 2200. In addition to that the fitting for the hose is very ill designed. It's weak, exposed and breaks easily.

Everything else I am happy/very happy about.


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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find.
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 09:37 PM »
$344 sure is a bargain. I think it's gonna be hard to find a used one here for even 334 euro.

Offline jnahman

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 12:01 PM »
This is exciting. But I am new to Festool and to routing in general. So help is appreciated. I am looking to buy a table top and fence to mount a router into. Later I will build the cabinet. Can I easily mount the 2000E router into a standard table top? Can it be adjusted through the table as the Triton can or must I get a lift (or bend under the table?

Thanks in advance your your input.

Offline VictorL

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 12:09 PM »
This is exciting. But I am new to Festool and to routing in general. So help is appreciated. I am looking to buy a table top and fence to mount a router into. Later I will build the cabinet. Can I easily mount the 2000E router into a standard table top? Can it be adjusted through the table as the Triton can or must I get a lift (or bend under the table?

Thanks in advance your your input.


Welcome to the FOG.

It doesn't allow adjustment through table. I do use mine in the Bosch table.

See this post:
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-how-to/of-2000-router-in-the-router-table/

VictorL
« Last Edit: October 24, 2012, 12:11 PM by VictorL »

Offline Scotty

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 05:49 PM »
I am too looking at this router and the price.  The OF2200 is really an expensive tool.  I am seeing an OF2000 basic for $344 and am wondering what the best systainer would be for it?  Plus, what accessory would I need to use it with my guide rail? 

Offline Alan m

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 05:55 PM »
i have a of200. its a great router.
probably not as good as the 0f2200
i would assum it would be very hard to find a 0f2000 but if you can get one  do
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Offline Scotty

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 09:46 AM »
It sounds like a great router.  I just need to know if there is an accessory needed for the guide rails.  I have plans to table mount this beast as well.

Offline ScotF

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 10:56 PM »
It sounds like a great router.  I just need to know if there is an accessory needed for the guide rails.  I have plans to table mount this beast as well.

I do not own the 2000, but I did look in an older catalog and it looks like the guide stop is Festool item number 487010.

Scot

Offline Alan m

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2012, 12:31 PM »
the rail attachment is still availably. i got one a while back
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Offline Jon Hilgenberg

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2012, 03:53 PM »
I am too looking at this router and the price.  The OF2200 is really an expensive tool.  I am seeing an OF2000 basic for $344 and am wondering what the best systainer would be for it?  Plus, what accessory would I need to use it with my guide rail? 


I purchased mine used several years ago, It really is a great router.  It came in a sys 4 with the insert, and holds all of the attachments.

Jon
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Offline Scotty

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2012, 11:02 PM »
Thanks for your help.  I just purchased this new from Acme for $344.  I will look for the edge guide and the sys4.

Offline Scotty

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2012, 12:20 AM »
So I found the edge guide and just have one more question.  What are the thoughts of the Festool 493259 Chip catcher for OF 2000? 

Offline VictorL

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2012, 08:41 AM »
So I found the edge guide and just have one more question.  What are the thoughts of the Festool 493259 Chip catcher for OF 2000? 

It's must have accessory if you want catch 95-99% of chips and dust.

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2012, 08:51 AM »
Honestly, if I bought a router that is not in production anymore and expected to keep it for a long time and use the heck out of it I would try and get as many of the accessories available for it if there was ANY chance that I might need them in the future while they were available.

The accessories add so much to the usability.

Peter
« Last Edit: November 30, 2012, 01:23 AM by Peter Halle »

Offline Scotty

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Re: Review of Festool: OF-2000E1 as a bargain find (574268).
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2012, 11:26 PM »
Tough to argue that point........