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Old 09-12-2020, 10:38 AM   #21
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Iíve pretty much accumulated the entire range of Festool sanders over the years, even having a couple of the earlier discontinued models. The two that see the most regular day-in/day-out use are the RO 150 and the RTS 400 REQ. If I had to choose only 2, those would be it.

I rarely hear mention of the RS2E pictured. The thing is an absolute beast when bench pepping wider flat stock trim, t&g material, sheet goods, and panel glue-ups. Itís terrific for leveling high build primers and sealers, as well as inter-coat sanding of finishes. Iíll often use it for between coat sanding of hardwood flooring in lieu of a buffer , even though tough on the knees vs standing when using a buffer. I also made an interface pad for it which I find comes in handy.

Iíve also modified an RTS 400 where Iíve installed a hard plate less any type of soft pad which accepts standard Festool abrasives. My biggest gripe with Festool sanders are the soft fixed pads that all the orbitals and r/oís come equipped with. They have a tendency to round edges and flare up inside corners. I wish Festool would address this concern by manufacturing a harder optional fixed pad for their sanders. Iíve also had cabinet makers express concerns about the rounding and flaring and was introduced to the modification by a master woodworker when finishing some cabinets he built.
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Old 09-12-2020, 12:09 PM   #22
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thx for input but what is rad and isca ??
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And if going cordless with one sander which one ? Thinking that 125 would be better cordless any input on that ?
The cordless is convenient on exteriors where your up high on a ladder, or on something real small where you donít want to spend the time setting everything up. Dust extraction is very poor with the little bag it comes with. You CAN attach a extractor hose to it though. IMHO itís more of a convenience tool and not really suited to everyday use.
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Well thank you everyone for some great info and feedback, after doing some research I decided to go with midi, Dts 400 and Ets EC125/3 and some pads and another wheel for 125 I guess the blue one and that would be more than enough for now than later on next year I will probably add RO90 th thank you
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Well I also got RO90 for some striping and exterior work
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Something to keep in mind, Festool truly stands behind their products. If you have a tool in mind, check with your local dealer to see if they have a demo unit - try it for a day! If they do not, the Festool Rep that covers your area has all the tools available to him and will even visit you on the job-site with the ones that you are interested in. If for some reason, the first two attempts do not work, if you purchase a tool and it does not work for you, Festool has a 30 Day No Questions return policy. If you return an item, it does not cost the dealer anything, Festool pays shipping, the bottom line is that Festool wants you to have the best tool possible and not one that doesn't get used. (I learned all that stuff during the training session!)

I have seen a few comments on the Planex system in this thread, for areas that are more confined the original Planex can be made smaller than the EASY version. It also works great for sanding between coats on epoxy floors...
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2sand.com has a lot of paper to fit the orbital sanders much cheaper than Festool.
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Small sidenote: Rockwell's universal hose kit lets you use the vac on many/most of your non-Festool gear. I especially like it for my saws.

https://www.rockler.com/dust-right-f...-12-expandable
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Another side note, check out the interface pads for the dts400. they are 1/16 - 1/8th inch thick foam pads, available in a 2 pack and give a little cushion to the sanding pad.
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2sand.com has a lot of paper to fit the orbital sanders much cheaper than Festool.
Festool Granat sandpaper is a combination of Aluminum Oxide and Ceramic Grit. They also have a proprietary high tech coating, making the paper resistant to clogging and smearing, which means longer lasting abrasives and less rework.

Purchased in their largest boxes available will also get you the best price. Head to head comparisons, the only other paper that lasts as long is Mirka products. It also is important to realize how much faster good sandpaper works, so then it becomes a time saver as well. Just like cheap paint, it will cost you more in the longrun!
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Festool Granat sandpaper is a combination of Aluminum Oxide and Ceramic Grit. They also have a proprietary high tech coating, making the paper resistant to clogging and smearing, which means longer lasting abrasives and less rework.

Purchased in their largest boxes available will also get you the best price. Head to head comparisons, the only other paper that lasts as long is Mirka products. It also is important to realize how much faster good sandpaper works, so then it becomes a time saver as well. Just like cheap paint, it will cost you more in the longrun!
So Mirka pads will work with festoon ?
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So Mirka pads will work with festoon ?
They do, I've been using Mirka abranet on my ets for the last month or so and prefer it over the festool granat.

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They do, I've been using Mirka abranet on my ets for the last month or so and prefer it over the festool granat.

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Good to know will try them for sure where do you buy them , also has any one used Granet Net pads ???
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You know, when I bought my Festool, I figured that I would just sell it when I retired from painting. Now, after about 4 years of owning and using it, don’t think I will. I love that thing.
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