I think Freud may have borrowed their micro-adjustable fence idea from Pat
Warner http://www.patwarner.com/routerfence.html which he designed several
years back. It was featured in FWW two years ago and I built one using the
instructions in the magazine article and a couple of emails with Pat. Well
worth the effort too.
The big difference - and it is significant, is that on the Freud, there is
very little support on the fences. And while you can micro-adjust them,
they flex under slight load. During lunch, I stopped by the nearby WWW and
they have this on demo. The fence alone is $149. It looks good and feels
good but having used the one designed by Pat and comparing them, they simply
didn't carry their design far enough. You can get precision adjustment but
you can't maintain it I guess is the easiest way to explain it. Also, there
is no dial indicator on the Freud, the adjustment markings are stamped on
the knobs in increments with one full turn being .050".
The split fence is a good idea if you need it. Pat Warner's design includes
that also but on my next revision, I'll be eliminating that feature since I
have yet needed to use it. By eliminating that, I can eliminate an
alignment step also. When adjusting the opening for the bit, both fences
then need to be adjusted to be coplanar. Same deal on the Freud.
If you need precision then I think the Freud misses the mark - wait for
Version II, or build one yourself or buy one from Pat.