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Festool - tools that make me smile

Festool - tools that make me smile

02-03-2008 03:19 AM by Jim | 2 comments »

I’m a firm believer in the “get what you pay for” adage. I bought the Festool sanders and dust extracter a couple of years ago when I was bidding a project to refinish some tabletops inside a restaurant. When I realized the veneer was too thin to refinish, I persuaded the owner to simply have new tops made. I’ve since used the Festool sanders for a variety of projects and really like the way they perform. I’m all for minimizing the dust I’m likely to suc...

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Convenient and Flexible

Convenient and Flexible

01-28-2008 05:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 40 comments »

(photo from: www.ridgid.com) When we first were looking for tools for our shop Rick wanted a drum sander. We asked at a store and were shown this Ridgid model which is multi-purposed. Rick was sold and we’ve never regretted the purchase. Features: belt sander (4”) spindle sander (5 sizes) tilting table Conversion Switching between the belt sander and spindle sander is really easy. It is also simple to change the sleeves for the spindle sander. Everything...

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Performax 22-44 Drum Sander

Performax 22-44 Drum Sander

01-23-2008 06:45 AM by GaryK | 18 comments »

This is from the Manufacturer: The Performax Plus Drum Sander Features an exclusive SandSmart controlled, infinite variable feed rate from 0 to 10 feet per minute for superior finishes with no overloading. Patented, abrasive take-up fasteners mean quick paper changes while a TEFC motor prevents dust infiltration. A continuous-duty design allows heavier use for longer periods. A precision-flattened, reinforced steel conveyor bed with a no-give power feed conveyor belt offers consistently sm...

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Really Good and Inexpensive Sander

Really Good and Inexpensive Sander

01-22-2008 04:17 AM by Huckleberry | 7 comments »

To me having an oscillating spindle sander is kind of a luxury. So when Menard’s had this puppy on sale I decided to buy one and check it out. The ones that I use at school are nice but lack some of the features that this one has. First off cast iron top. Really nice and really heavy. The Wilton’s at school have a laminate top I think that is a pretty big difference. This one weighs in @ 34.5 pounds. Nice storage on board and when I hooked up my shop vac to the 3” por...

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6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

01-21-2008 05:43 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

I just bought Festool’s new 6” sander and it is truly everything as advertised. This is my first foray into Festool so I bought the package with the CT 33E dust extractor. Their dust extractors have been reviewed already on LJ so I will try to stay away from the extractor and focus on the tool. That being said, I a lot of my 5 star rating is influenced by the phenomenal dust extraction. Anybody who has done even 1 minute of sanding knows that the dust is what makes it so terri...

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Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

01-19-2008 07:23 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

To be blunt, this will be my last Porter Cable Model 333. It is my third. The only one I like was bought in 1997, and I still use it. The one I bought in 2005 is dead. The one I bought in 2007 stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I “used” to love anything about a Porter Cable tool. My first warning sign was my laminate trim router I bought in 1997, and every P-C rep I talked to denied ever hearing about the problem with the collet getting crimped onto the bit sh...

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