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Offline treesner

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cordless router?
« on: March 29, 2019, 05:32 PM »
anyone know if festool is planning on doing a cordless trim router?

I'd like to get one just not sure I want to switch over my system to makita..

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Offline ear3

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 11:02 AM »
Who knows, but I would doubt it for the near future.  There's no way they would do it with the current, slim form factor of the 700 (unless they were to completely redesign the battery).  That would make the 1010 as the next likely candidate, but there again, the pistol grip/knob design would have to be reconfigured for battery placement.



anyone know if festool is planning on doing a cordless trim router?

I'd like to get one just not sure I want to switch over my system to makita..
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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 11:59 AM »
anyone know if festool is planning on doing a cordless trim router?

I'd like to get one just not sure I want to switch over my system to makita..

The cordless Makita 1/4” router is a gem of a tool. I bought one a while back with all the extra bases, and a guide rail adaptor. It gets used so much, we wonder how we managed without it.

Online Bob D.

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 08:05 AM »
A plus for the Makita is it can use most of the accessories for their same size corded router.
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Offline Vondawg

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 08:48 AM »
Dewalts 20 v ships this month
There are no mistakes....just new designs.

Re: cordless router?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 12:57 AM »
The OFK500 edge router is a given for a battery platform. With the new sander battery style it would ergonomic sense too. I would get one even though I would prefer the regular style batteries.
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Online VirTERM

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 06:46 AM »
anyone know if festool is planning on doing a cordless trim router?

I'd like to get one just not sure I want to switch over my system to makita..


The cordless Makita 1/4” router is a gem of a tool. I bought one a while back with all the extra bases, and a guide rail adaptor. It gets used so much, we wonder how we managed without it.

Cordless Makita is great, I end up getting a kit plus a rail guide. Dust extraction performs very well, especially with a default base. Just about to start making a jig to make Makita rail guide to work with Festool LR32 track

Offline RKA

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 10:25 AM »
This would be great, but I wouldn't want Festool to release a cordless version of the MFK, not with it's limitations as a small form factor router (granted it has other strengths).  I want the option for a plunge base, longer bits, template routing, etc.  I would want something similar to the routers released by Dewalt and Makita.  I have a low level of confidence Festool would even consider it...unfortunately.

Looking at the other options, I haven't been a fan of the height adjustment on the Makita fixed base.  It's crude (can't easily microadjust it).  So even though I have the corded Makita, I gave the cordless Dewalt a shot.  I do like the height adjustment better and the D base gives me a little more stability which I like.  As soon as I sort out the dust collection connection to the Festool hose (something that's straightforward with the Makita), I'll give it a whirl.  It does sound like it has less power compared to the corded Makita.  Shouldn't matter for edge profiling, but for plowing grooves/dados, it might prove to be slightly underpowered.
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Offline RobBob

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2019, 10:38 AM »
@RKA  Which is underpowered, the Makita or Dewalt?

Offline RKA

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 11:05 AM »
Dewalt. 
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Online Bob D.

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2019, 02:15 PM »
Did you consider making an adapter plate to mount the Makita or DeWalt on the LR32 router guide plate?
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Offline WastedP

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Re: cordless router?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2019, 08:04 PM »
I switched over to the Makita cordless router about a year ago.  I bought one in the morning and was so impressed with the test results that I picked up a second at lunchtime.  It would be a top-notch trim router if it was corded; the cordless ability is icing on the cake.