|Review by Manitario||posted 10-24-2012 04:17 PM||5300 views||0 times favorited||26 comments|
I’m making a large dining room trestle table and I knew that I would be in sanding hell for awhile. My only ROS is a Bosch 5” which is works great for smaller projects, but for this project I wanted a 6” ROS with better DC and less vibration. Enter the Festool ETS 150/3. A number of reviews I’ve read about this sander have commented on its great DC and minimal vibration, so once I got over the fact that it was $360 it seemed like the right choice for me.
After using it for awhile here’s what I like and don’t like about it:
-excellent dust collection! Compared to my Bosch (which I thought had pretty good DC) this ROS has almost no dust thrown into the air.
-soft start, variable speed control
-easy to control
-vibration is not much better than my Bosch
-non-standard DC port
In summary, this is a well built ROS with excellent DC, however, for its price and based on other reviews I was expecting less vibration. My hands are still numb after using it for 30min. If you are willing to sacrifice a bit of DC ability, there are a number of other ROS on the market that will do the same job for less money.
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