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Mounting a Festool 2200 router on the Router Boss

As you probably know the Router Boss by default is designed around the DeWalt 625 router or one of its clones. Friedo Dubbelman from the Netherlands has kindly sent me details of how he managed to mount a Festool 2200 Router on to his Router Boss and still use a Plunge Assist Kit.

The Festool is a large high quality Router but differs from most others  because the base is fitted 'rotated at 90 degrees', however Friedo has managed some modifications to his Router Boss to fit it.

 

Router Front

In Friedo's words:

"I already owned a festool router which I was planning to use on my recently purchased Router Boss.

However after inspection I noticed it didn't quite fit. After some DIY work I managed to get things going.

I am curious on how other users did the trick, but here's my work-around for those interested.

The Festool 2200 router is huge compared to the DeWalt 625 router which was chosen for the design of the Router Boss. The Festool is turned on its base and a lot wider. This router comes with extra base plates, from which I used one to permanently mount on the RB base plate. Now I can easily remove the router to use for other jobs as well. See pictures that hopefully explain what I mean."

"The battery holder on the plate re-mounted. (using a left over piece 3M gluing strip."

"Added 2 metal strips to mount the rear standoffs, fixing with a flat nut."
A good view of Friedo's setup here. Personally I manage very well without the front Tee bar for plunging.
"Added an alternative stop rod on an acrylic holder."
"When using 2 precision stops the router won't slide as it is just a little too wide. Therefore I removed the rubber cap from the one in the rear."
"The acrylic stop bar mount is held onto the plate with double sided tape.
The Craftsman Gallery kindly provided the extra bar."
"Replaced the existing threaded rods with extended ones."
This rear view shows how neat the modifications are.

"Boring 3 holes in the festool base plate.(Using the transition plate as a boring guide)."

"I rotated the clamp lever 90 degrees to the right (no. 1.6 position in festool manual)."

"I applied some Teflon spray to lubricate between the aluminium plate and the plastic slide plate. There was too much friction because the router is very heavy.
Now it slides smoothly.
"

 

I am not familiar with the Festool but am aware that it is of high precision. If it is quickly demountable then that will be a bonus and I am sure Friedo's explanation will be of huge benefit to Festool owners.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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