|Forum topic by Medickep||posted 09-21-2015 04:00 AM||1062 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
09-21-2015 04:00 AM
I’m curious to hear people’s experience with this tool after reading the following. As a new woodworker, I had my Dewalt 1/4 sheet sander and for 50$ I’d say it’s well worth the price. After talking with several people it seemed like an orbital sander might be the way to got for me as they are said to remove more material quicker than a sheet sander. I purchased this Rigid orbital sander,
and felt it was worthless and weaker than my sheet sander. I decided to talked to the boys over at Woodcraft who told me they had a demo Festool Rotex 150 they were selling. The tool seemed to work well and with it’s dual-mode seemed like a tool that would replace my belt sander, which I don’t care for because it’s hard on my back. The tool was also connected to a Festool dust extractor and there was no dust.
After using the tool for a couple times, I found that the tool wasn’t really giving me the results as well as my sheet sander, considering the fact I was fighting to keep the tool in the right area and it’s heavy. I decided to call festool as I thought I may be using the wrong paper and they have a ton to choose from. Without me saying a word, other than telling him I was using a Rigid shop vac instead of a Festool extractor, the guy described every issue I was having. Hard to control, swirl marks, and poor sanding.
The guy told me I had to much suction and that the sander was being sucked to the material to much causing poor performance.
I called Woodcraft and relayed the information, which they pretty much confirmed, even though they never once said the tool was hard to use without the 800$ extractor. I feel like I got dooped by those guys, but hey, that’s on me.
I’m wondering how people use this tool, especially if they don’t own the extractor as I’m at the point of coming up with a solution or selling it on Craigslist and buying a couple more sheet sanders!!
I suppose one thing I could try first is some sort of T valve coming out of my shop vac and seeing if adjusting it there will help!
Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!