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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Festool Router Base(s)
« on: March 23, 2022, 12:38 PM »
Just wondering - seems all Festool routers are plunge base only. Why is that?

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Offline Kpp80202

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2022, 01:24 PM »
I assume it is because a plunge base will do everything a fixed base will do - and more, and Festool isn't as concerned about offering a more budget option.
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2022, 02:10 AM »
It’s a euro router thing, I believe. They took over Elu’s spot.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2022, 06:39 AM »
The MFK is fixed base.
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Offline Axis39

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2022, 09:23 AM »
The MFK is fixed base.

I was just gonna post the same thing.  Then, whine that I can't get a plunge base for my new 700....  LOL

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2022, 10:37 AM »
The only thing I see fixed base giving one /sans lower price/ is more precision. That is (was) a concern when the plunge mechanism locking is not stiff enough.

With the new OF1010 having both rods locked, I do not se a point for a fixed base.

Then come the negatives. Separable spindle forces compromises which would make the OF1010 heavier and bulkier or less functional at same space/weight. There is no free lunch.
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Offline waho6o9

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2022, 10:53 AM »
Micro Fence can't make a plunge base for the 700 because of it's design. 

Richard told me that.  That's a shame because a plunge base would be a nice feature for the 700

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Festool Router Base(s)
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2022, 08:10 PM »
A plunge base can do anything that a fixed base can do, but the reverse is not true. I assume that is the point? The only "advantages" a fixed base can claim are simplicity and a lower center of gravity. Total weight is not necessarily a thing because the OF1010 is lighter than many fixed base routers.
Also, there is a bit of a debate about weight anyway. Some argue that the weight/mass adds to stability. Others say that this does not always come into play and they would rather have a lighter machine.

The plunge base for the MFK700 is called OF1010....lol
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