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Old 09-15-2019, 10:44 AM   #1
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What are your favourite sanders and dust extractors? Do you use them daily? Looking into Festool and Mirka and am considering a 6” round orbital and a smaller delta for detailed work.
Which sanders size/shape would you suggest are the most versatile for a painting contractor?
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Festool Midi with DTS sander, use it for 75% of our sanding work. I have a DTS and ETS, would like to sell as I rarely ever pull them out. Also the Rotex 5" is our go to for exterior fascia.
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I have a Festool Rotex RO 90 DX Multi-Mode Sander. I like that it is a multi mode dual head with the detail mouse pad as well as the round rotex. It also has 3 modes of operating. For regular flat finish work I just use a cheap old Black & Decker. Oddly, it's lasting. I have abused that flat B&D for 2 years & still it keeps going. I expected it to die in 3 months for the price.
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It depends on what part of the country you're in and what type of work you do a lot of. I'm in smooth wall country and the Festool ETS 125 is the cats meow for sanding drywall patches. Trim work and cabinets the dts really shines, and a RO 90 for exterior work is hard to beat. I own a CT26 for dust extraction but I think a midi is better suited for furnished interior work,if mine ever dies that's what I'll switch to.

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Sadly enough, I still just use my 5" Dewalt with shopvac hooked up to it..
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It depends on what part of the country you're in and what type of work you do a lot of. I'm in smooth wall country and the Festool ETS 125 is the cats meow for sanding drywall patches. Trim work and cabinets the dts really shines, and a RO 90 for exterior work is hard to beat. I own a CT26 for dust extraction but I think a midi is better suited for furnished interior work,if mine ever dies that's what I'll switch to.

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I have a midi and a 36ac. Once you get used to the bigger size wheels and how easily it can roll over drops, and extension cords, its hard to go back to the midi and its smaller wheels.

I'm gonna get the ct handle for my 36ac sometime soon, roll my stack around like a dolly.

Also want to get the sys roll dolly.

As far as sanders go, we have the pro 5, rotex 90, and the planex. love them all.
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I love my Mirka 3X5 orbital sander.
I use it weekly on trim, doors and drywall patches. I went with the 3X5 at the suggestion of the Mirka dealer. He told me most painters he sells to get the 3X5.
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All I know is one of my guys has been hard on the vacs this past year.
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All I know is one of my guys has been hard on the vacs this past year.
Oh wow! I broke my hose garage earlier this year, surprisingly it was really cheap to order a new one.

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All I know is one of my guys has been hard on the vacs this past year.
You can get a replacement top for that fairly inexpensively. I have had to replace the tops of both of mine. Soon after I bought the big extractor I forgot to close my truck tailgate and it slid out the back.

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I own and use (a lot) the Festool midi. Love it. IMO, it has taken one of the most odious tasks there is in painting and turned it into something that is almost, almost, enjoyable.
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Have a couple of Mirka sanders (6" orbital and 3"x5") and they're awesome.
Waiting for the new Leros wall sander to come out. If the reviews are bad I will pick up a Festool Planex.
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Oh wow! I broke my hose garage earlier this year, surprisingly it was really cheap to order a new one.

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My CT26 fell out of the van and the front bumper with the Festool name broke off. The top part is called the hose garage? You can replace the whole thing? How much?
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My CT26 fell out of the van and the front bumper with the Festool name broke off. The top part is called the hose garage? You can replace the whole thing? How much?
Yup it's called a hose garage, I broke the one on my CT26 and it was right around $50 to replace.

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