Festool OF 2200 Router
To accompany the release of their new MFK 700 router/laminate trimmer (as well as the MFT/3 Workbench), Festool has also updated their large model router into the new OF 2200. According to the Festool website, there are "nearly 40 unique features" on the new tool. While, we didn't bother to count out and verify this oddly high number, we did spend plenty of time on the Festool website and can say that it seems apparent that the OF 2200 has everything anyone would ever want in a full-sized router. It's insane, actually.
Since we really don't even know where to start, we're just going cover a few of the more impressive features.
Power and Speed. The OF 2200 has just under three horsepower, putting it up there with the most powerful routers on the market. The variable speed dial controls a rpm of 10,000 to 22,000.
Fine Tuning. Like the MFK 700, the OF 2200 is capable of 1/256" adjustments. The four-position pre-set depth turret has a 5/64 offset position to allow for a clean, final pass without having to reset the plunge depth.
Ease of Use - The single tool, 1/2" collet means no more jamming two wrenches into the router and worrying about hitting your knuckles when the nut loosens. With the locking button all you need is a single wrench. The OF 2200 also has a flat top, so bit changes can be done with the tool in a more stable position. There is also a retractable, spring-loaded, 360 degree dust shroud that pops down with the flip of a switch and looks like it gives clear visibility of the cutting area.
Festool, as a company, is all about the details and with this router, it looks like they've nailed them all. We'll keep you updated as we find out about a release date and a price.
Visit the OF 2200 website to bask in the 30 or so other features.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 1, 2008 5:13 PM