|Review by Greedo||posted 05-30-2010 03:21 PM||9210 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
i bought this sander over 2 months ago almost by coincidence, before that i actually did most of my sanding with a corded drill and a sanding pad mounted to it! so i got tired of that and wanted something proper.
after using some orbital and random orbital festool sanders in woodworking class i fell in love with them!
so one day i had enough and i went to a tool store with the idea of buying a festool sander, even if i knew they were outrageously expensive. i came to the shop and 3/4th of the racks were empty as they were moving the store. the only sander there was the Bosch GEX 125 AC, and i nearly fell over when i saw it was close to half the price of the festool. so i took it!
it turns out to be a great machine, i really have nothing bad to say about it.
it came with a proper micro filter causing it to produce verry little dust, the filter comes off verry easy and is cleaned just as easy. the handles on top front and rear allow you to operate it in different positions, verry handy so you can switch arms when it gets tiring. there is verry little vibration, the machine itself doesn’t tire you arms at all. a brake system stops the random action when your sanding at an angle so it doesn’t “score” into the workpiece
noise level is verry acceptable, at some points it created an annoying ratteling sound, but that was created by the hexagonal wrench that is clipped under the handle, i guess it serves for when dismounting the entire pad. i removed the wrench and the ratteling stopped.
i have never done any fine sanding with it, i use it as my workhorse to get planing marks of the wood with 80-120 grit pads, the finishing i do with a smaller palm orbital sander.
but most of all i am really happy each time im using it’s festool counterpart in class that coincidence made me buy Bosch, the festool has a handling that is somewhat less comfortable, no extra handle on the front, comes standard with a silly paper filter that is quite annoying to manipulate. and it’s body gets extremely warm during operation to the point of becoming uncomfortable whereas the Bosch stays perfectly cold.
i recommend this tool to anybody.