25 Feb Coming Next Month – A New Festool Router
The new router (model OF 1010 REQ-F-Plus) will appear on the company’s website under the simpler item number 576922, and it will list for $499. The manufacturer describes it as “extremely versatile, extremely precise and extremely easy to handle”. Note that it comes with 1/4” and 5/16” collets (no 1/2”).
As with all things Festool, the engineering is superb. It can be used freehand or with a guide rail. It has a compact size and low weight, and it offers good, unobstructed visibility of the work in progress. It also has “torsionally rigid” plunging action due to guide columns on both sides, and it’s equipped with Multiple Material Control (MMC) electronics that allow it to adapt to the material and load. There is temperature monitoring to avoid overheating and a unique chip extraction system integrated into the router base, where there’s a connection for attaching a dust hose. Fine adjustment and bit changes are speedy, and the routing depth can be adjusted to the nearest 1/256″ (0.1 mm) in seconds.
There are a wide variety of system accessories available such as a guide stop, template bushings, edge guide, guide rails and the LR 32-hole drilling set. And the new router is perfectly matched to Festool mobile dust extractors. An ergonomic handle makes the tool “feel like an extension of one’s hand”, and there’s a support to prevent the router from tipping over when used with the guide rail. Included are the two collets, the wrench and a Systainer (SYS3 M 237). The tool weighs 6.6 lbs.