|Review by Sandra||posted 02-08-2014 03:07 AM||5102 views||0 times favorited||45 comments|
Woodworking background – Hobbyist
Bought from: Lee Valley
Paid: $1126.00 for both components
Pros:Automatic start of dust extractor
Long lasting abrasives
Amazing dust control
Reasonable noise level
Variable speed and two sanding modes
Cons: None other than price
Without a doubt, this is a luxury purchase for a hobbyist like myself. Previous to this sander, I had been using a Bosch ROS which worked just fine. The dust control however was lousy. I work out of our crowded garage, and essentially was unable to sand with an ROS inside the garage without huge clouds of dust billowing everywhere and settling on every surface. The other issue I had with the Bosch is how many sanding discs I went through. I had nothing to compare it to until now, but the Festool abrasives last at least twice as long.
After ordering this combo from Lee Valley, I felt so queazy about the price that I considered cancelling the order. I’m very glad that I didn’t. I’m presently working on a tie cubby for a friend, and have already more than satisfied myself that it was worth the splurge because of all the sanding I’ve been able to do in the garage. With the weather being what it is this winter, sanding outside is not an option.
The dust extractor and sander both fit nicely under the utility table next to my bench. The wheels on the extractor swivel easily making it very maneuverable.
The feature I love the most is that the sander plugs into the dust extractor. When you turn on the sander, the dust extractor automatically turns on, and when you’re done sanding, the extractor turns off. So the sander can be left on my workbench with no set up time when I get back to work on the project. I simply pick it up, and start sanding. When I’m done, there is NO cleanup required other than an extremely slight dusting maybe on my bench. The workpiece is clean, and my nose doesn’t look like it’s full of wood putty.
Set to the fine sanding mode, I can easily hold and control the sander with one hand. Set to the aggressive mode, it’s harder to control, so the work piece has to be clamped down. The aggressive mode however quickly removes stock just as well as the youtube videos preach. In either mode, the speed can be changed easily with a dial.
While I still need hearing protection, the noise from the sander and dust extractor is far less than my Ridgid vac and is a lower pitched noise rather than the high screech of a regular shop vac.
Am I dying to buy more Festool? Not particularly, but I’m very pleased with this purchase.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.