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Several suggestion for all you looking to have a useful follower.
First off: Even with lots of free spending gold, it's hard to get a follower to do decent damage the "traditional" way of stacking main stats, crit, ias, etc. Many people use them as a walking mf boost. Which, is fine. But, if you really want to get combat/other use out of your follower, here's some ideas:
Scoundrel: Windforce at first seems like it would be nice for it's high damage and knockback as it's relatively cheap. However a Hellrack can be even cheaper and not only supplies you nice life on hit ( and added loh with the socket). But used with multishot the bleed damage can give you much nicer than their normal dps can. mix it with some attack speed items and you have some noticeable damage and roots for a reasonable price. Another idea is a legacy puzzle ring with %cold damage to make his attacks slow enemies.
Enchantress: MAXIMUS is a wonderful weapon for some serious damage. the weapon itself may not give her the highest dps attacks but the demon the weapon summons will be up 90% of the time and hits for a good 35k dps along with a fire chain for an extra 10k dps to anything it touches. probably the cheapest and most efficient way to get nice damage out of any follower.
Templar: Many people use this guy to stack mf with bonuses you can get from a 1 hander and a shield. if you really want to get use of him in your mf hunting stick some high defense and life on hit on him for tanking ablities and give him a puzzle ring. Since he will be taking lots of damage you'll get several more goblins popping up every run, which is totally worth it, especially if your a ranged class and cant much use of one on yourself. Daggers are great to keep him alive with some ias gear to make his life on hit proc like crazy since damage isn't the point of him anyways.
All followers will be much more useful with vitality and even a small amount of all res as at low numbers all resistances reduce a large amount of damage for each point. fast weapon and life on hit are great for all of them as well to keep them alive. These are just what I've come up with and used feel free to post any additional setups you've used. all mine are useful but amongst the cheapest way to get use out of them.
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