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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2022, 02:34 PM »
"Yes it's not about the size of the router, but about the dimension of the hole in the base and the presence of a larger base that allows to put pressure on one side. Like the OF 1010 and 1400 lack, but the MFK 700 has. That extended base for the OF-1010 is no longer in the catalog."

For the DeWalt and Makita compact routers my Control Grip can help by allowing you to apply more force on the supported side of the router offsetting the imbalance. This happens without thinking, it's a function of the shape of the grip and placement of your hand.

The DeWalt grip also includes my Plunge Lockout feature.

Both are available in the standard finish and what I call the 'Fuzzy' grip which has a lightly textured finish that some prefer for a little more grip.

You can read more about them here:  http://cordlessworkshop.net/router-control-grip-handles.shtml
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Offline Coen

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2022, 03:11 PM »
The MFK 700 form factor is still way way superior for edging.

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2022, 03:56 PM »
True, but it costs way, way more. Like >25x more. And it has no plunge capability.
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2022, 06:02 PM »
The MFK 700 form factor is still way way superior for edging.

100% agreed. That is the exact reason I have one. It is just fantastic for flush trimming edges.

Plunging is not needed in this application. It's all about adjusting the base to the bit and setting the cut depth with the follower wheel.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set
Socket/Ratchet set

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2022, 06:08 PM »
After everyone's time and input = please don't let this be yet another thread where a new OP asks a question and then evaporates .....

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2022, 06:12 PM »
That does seem to happen with a lot of first post questions, doesn't it?
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set
Socket/Ratchet set

Offline Coen

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2022, 06:38 PM »
True, but it costs way, way more. Like >25x more. And it has no plunge capability.

Yes, that's why I don't have it yet. My mind it torn between the 12V Bosch router that costs 1/4 as much... but has no dust extraction.

The MFK 700 form factor is still way way superior for edging.

100% agreed. That is the exact reason I have one. It is just fantastic for flush trimming edges.

Plunging is not needed in this application. It's all about adjusting the base to the bit and setting the cut depth with the follower wheel.

You mean the OFK 700? I do like radius routing a bunch and with the 1010 it's hard to prevent it tipping into your workpiece on the edges.

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #37 on: November 12, 2022, 08:19 PM »
"It is just fantastic for flush trimming edges."

It is, can't be beat.

But I didn't think that was a requirement of the OP when he asked which router to get. Guess I missed that.
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2022, 09:23 AM »
True, but it costs way, way more. Like >25x more. And it has no plunge capability.

Yes, that's why I don't have it yet. My mind it torn between the 12V Bosch router that costs 1/4 as much... but has no dust extraction.

The MFK 700 form factor is still way way superior for edging.

100% agreed. That is the exact reason I have one. It is just fantastic for flush trimming edges.

Plunging is not needed in this application. It's all about adjusting the base to the bit and setting the cut depth with the follower wheel.

You mean the OFK 700? I do like radius routing a bunch and with the 1010 it's hard to prevent it tipping into your workpiece on the edges.

No, the entire OFK series is unavailable here. I use the MFK700 with the zero degree base.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set
Socket/Ratchet set

Offline motorhead9999

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2022, 03:09 PM »
That does seem to happen with a lot of first post questions, doesn't it?
After everyone's time and input = please don't let this be yet another thread where a new OP asks a question and then evaporates .....

The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated. Things got busy on my end with the hurricane that passed over me (no damage, just some yard cleaning up and unprepping all the hurricane prep).

I think at this point, I'll be leaning towards the 1400, but I'm still on the fence about the mfk700 as an addition


So, I’ll answer your question with more questions:

1.  What size bits are you planning on running?  Given your projects, sounds more like 1/2” shank and multiple profiles.  You can downsize a Cooley, not upsize a motor.  Also, given your stated router table intentions, you’ll have a lot of 1/2” shank bits there.    Go 1400/2200 and avoid buying multiple buts if the same profile for different shank sizes. 

2.  Are you strong/comfortable with big tools?  Don’t take this as a manliness tough guy challenge.  The one friend I have (also a hobbiest) that runs a 2200 is in his 50s and slightly taller than me.  We both have no problem with the 2200 and appreciate its mass size.  The 2200 is thiccc.   But if you want a sports car, not a truck, get the 1400.  If you want to haul bits and chips, get the 2200.  If you want a SmartCar, get a 1010 or equivalent.

3.  Are you trying for just one router?  The 1400 might be your huckleberry.   It’ll do most everything, and it will do most of what you need well. It’ll be clumsy for some smaller jobs (take those to the table where you can) and it can’t spin bigger bits (again, table if possible).  But I bet you wind up with a colt style /1010 at some point in the future.

4.  What is your dust collection setup?  If you’ve got a festool/Hilti/proper high end dust collection setup, get a festool router. If not. Heavily consider dust collection as part of your near future needs.  Routers are messy.  If you’re going to be removing material, not just making a few shavings, go big as you can for the router and get serious dust collection.

5.  Buy good bits, don’t cheap out and burn up your work after long prep by using non-carbide bits from questionable brands.   

Be safe.   All routers can bite.  Do you know where your fingers are?



1) Honestly, I haven't given much thought to that. Ideally (as you state), I'd get one shared set I can use elsewhere.

2) I'm semi comfortable I guess. I'm a bit of a smaller guy, so ergonomics can be a factor. I have a Bosch sliding compound miter saw, and I'm fairly comfortable  with that. I don't really need the power or size of the 2200, and the 1400 seems a bit of a better fit for me

3) I'd like to keep my tools to the smaller quantity I can. I recognize that I'll probably save the super powerful router motor for a table, and a non-festool product. But in terms of hand held, I'd like to keep it as close to 1 as I can. I mentioned I might get a mfk700 as a compliment to the 1400

4) Dust collection is non-existent at this point. I'm in between houses at the moment, so I'll probably think about that more once I'm in a new place and can think layout a bit better.

5) One of the most important lessons Harbor Freight taught me is never go cheap on sharp things that spin that are meant to cut something.

I do my best to always make sure that my fingers are nowhere remotely close to a blade. I know routers are often considered a higher danger item.

Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2022, 03:34 PM »
The 1400 is a fantastic and versatile choice, but unless you plan on doing a lot of edging/benchtops, the MFK700 would probably be of less value than getting a 1010 I would suggest, just to have a lighter one handed router for the smaller stuff.

I have the 700 because I was offered one very cheap, and on the infrequent occasions I need it, it's extremely useful, but it spends most of it's life sitting in the box on the shelf compared to my OF900 and OF1400.

Offline Coen

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2022, 01:26 PM »
Well, even your bed spends the majority of it's time unused.  [wink]

Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2022, 06:12 PM »
Well, even your bed spends the majority of it's time unused.  [wink]

True, but I'd imagine it's pretty rare you'd see someone collect 35 beds with different performance parameters and accessory kits so probably not a true comparison!;-)

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Re: Yet another "Which router should I get" question
« Reply #43 on: November 19, 2022, 07:10 PM »
After everyone's time and input = please don't let this be yet another thread where a new OP asks a question and then evaporates .....
Let’s be real we have an awesome “ search” but as long as members wax on about questions that have been asked many times, sometimes several paragraphs, it will continue….the search button might as well be removed…then the OP disappears…I just move on to the next post…..but I guess we wouldn’t be here otherwise
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There are no mistakes....just new designs.