I wanted to do a short preview for an article I am writing for the inaugural issue of Weekend Warrior Woodworking Magazine. For the last couple months I have been using a Festool DTS 400 sander on my projects courtesy of Festool USA. A big Thank you goes out to Festool USA for sending me this sander along with several different grits of Rubin 2 and Granat abrasives.
Up to this point the ETS 150/3 has been the workhorse for all of my projects. It’s a wonderful sander and if I only could have one sander, this would be it. Fortunately we live in a society where sander monogamy is not required. I had been thinking about what sander would best compliment the ETS 150. The obvious answer for most people is probably the RO90 and from everything I have seen and heard about RO 90 the majority could be right. I thought about my sanding needs and really did not think I needed the aggressiveness of a Rotex sander. I really just wanted a finish sander that I could get into corners with, use on smaller pieces and, use one handed…comfortably.
The DTS 400 comes in a Systainer 2 with a plug-it cord, StickFix sanding pad with the Delta head and a turbo filter bag. I actually used the filter bag for a short period to see how well it performed and was pleasantly surprised. The rest of the time I had it connected to a CT 26 with a 27 mm hose.
There will be a more in-depth article in the first issue of Weekend Warrior Woodworking Magazine, which is due out in early December. What you won’t see in the article is me doing a bunch of crazy sanding tests. I really just don’t have the time to do sanding tests. I am positive Festool does plenty of their own testing and am pretty sure they know what they’re doing0END.0. So I will leave the sander testing to the pros. I tend to be a bit more practical and like to think that in order to get a good idea on how a product performs it has to be used as it was intended.
I did say that there was a “mini” giveaway as well and there is. Festool USA generously gave me some Mini Systainers to giveaway for the upcoming launch of the magazine. But instead of just giving them away for subscribing to the magazine I wanted to generate some feedback. I would like to know what you would like to see in future issues of the magazine. Do you want to see larger projects, smaller projects, shop tours, or something else? I know there are several woodworkers out there who are interested in the Festool system as whole shop solution. I would be willing to do a project using just Festools’ if there was interest in that. Post a comment at Weekend Warrior Woodworking and tell me what you would like to see in the magazine. I will pick two winners at random and each winner will receive two Festool Mini Systainers! I would really appreciate if the comments were slightly detailed and not just something like “I want to see a bookcase.”
This drawing is for US residents only. The drawing will take place on November 30th at 9 PM PST along with the drawing for the rest of the prizes for subscribing to the magazine. If you have not yet subscribed click here to do so, it is completely free!