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Aggressive sander has great dust collection at a price.

Aggressive sander has great dust collection at a price.

12-22-2012 06:21 AM by mbs | 8 comments »

I haven’t seen any LJ reviews of the RAS. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet but I’ll share my initial thoughts and update the review later. I bought this sander to hog out rocking chair seats, legs … I used standard 4.5” grinders with abrasive disks or donuts before I got the RAS115. The units without dust collection ports make a big mess very fast. I was looking for an aggressive sander with good dust collection. The RAS is comfortable to ho...

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Festool RO 90 DX Rotex Sander

Festool RO 90 DX Rotex Sander

12-15-2012 04:26 AM by mbs | 11 comments »

Here’s my woodworking background which may bias your interpretation of the review: I have 20+ years of hobbyist experience. I traveled a lot for work and typically made one big piece of furniture a year. I made a large portion of the furniture in both my houses which includes beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, entertainment centers, and dressers. I’m currently making a Hal Taylor inspired rocking chair. I like high quality tools and I’m willing to pay a premium over entr...

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Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

10-29-2012 12:24 AM by Chris Wright | 37 comments »

So, I had the opportunity to play with the new CMS Router table that Festool just brought to America. Now, I’m not a big Festool fan to start with, I agree that there tools are well made and dust collection is top notch, I just feel they are greatly over priced when there are numerous other options available. The CMS I feel is another example. The one we have set up is the stand alone complete set (retail price $1600), in the box is a table with folding legs, the router lift plate, a...

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Just ok for price

Just ok for price

10-24-2012 04:17 PM by Manitario | 28 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 ...

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my last sander

my last sander

09-11-2012 08:11 PM by eddy | 17 comments »

i recently posted a question as to what ros sander i should get for a$200.00 well shot the budget all to hell. i demoed the unit at my local woodcraft and after sanding a endgrain cuttingboard in less than 4 min. i was sold this is a very agressing sander not a finish sander by any means. i can now flaten my boards on drum sander at 80 grit and go to festoll and have it ready for finishing in no time at all. best part is a do a lot of boards and i can sand boards next to boards with finish ...

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Quality is quality, good design is good design, both make life easier

Quality is quality, good design is good design, both make life easier

07-10-2012 02:20 PM by Woodwrestler | 75 comments »

I am somewhat new to woodworking but have done a few successful projects. Much of what I have had to do is break down large sheets for cabinet projects in the shop, built in cabinets, etc. Trying to do that by yourself on a table saw is difficult and I just can’t seem to get my wife interested in helping ;-). There is always a debate about the cost of tools and value. Time for me is the most precious resource. Consequently, as someone that is earlier in their woodworking journey,...

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Festool RO 125 FEQ

Festool RO 125 FEQ

03-07-2012 03:24 PM by Kent Shepherd | 22 comments »

Whenever Festool is mentioned, there are always two totally different responses. One is–I absolutely love it and can’t wait until I can buy more of their products, and two–it is way overpriced and there is no way I’ll ever spend that much on a power tool! Maybe, just maybe, both answers are actually very valid, depending on your needs. I do ask though, have you actually used the tool? If your opinion is based only on price, you may not be quite fair. Being a professional woodworker for ...

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Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

02-03-2012 06:42 PM by richgreer | 25 comments »

I discovered that there is no review of this router on this website so I decided to add one. I know that Festool tools are a little controversial. They are expensive. Some of us who own them have been called “Festfools”. In my case, I was able to buy this router used for a reasonable price that was just a little more than I would pay for a comparable new router from a different manufacture. I decided to do part of this review on a comparative basis. I will compare t...

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Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table

Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table

10-11-2011 02:31 AM by woodtechbbq | 23 comments »

This is the Festool Multi Function Table. This was my big surprise Christmas present from my wife last year. She surprised me big time with this one and I think I surprised her very well by putting it together as soon as I got it through the front door. She was lucky that it didn’t become a permanent fixture in our living room. But after she finally convinced me I didn’t need to keep it in the living room, I folded it back up and got it to my basement shop. The MFT/3 measur...

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Festool TS 55 EQ Circular Saw

Festool TS 55 EQ Circular Saw

10-03-2011 05:37 AM by woodtechbbq | 4 comments »

Festool TS 55 EQ Plunge Circular Saw Festool is one of the top tools manufactures in the world. This circular saw is the workhorse of the festool building system. The guide rails are the secret behind this tool. They come in several lengths and can be connected end to end to make rails of any length. The TS 55 comes with the 55” rail.The Saw: The TS 55 EQ sports the a 1200 watt 10amp variable speed motor. This motor spins the 6 ¼” 48 tooth blade from 2,000 to 5,200 rpm. It has a...

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