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Forum topic by Steve posted 01-29-2016 05:24 AM 665 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve

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01-29-2016 05:24 AM

Got the bug and made my first Festool purchase a CT 36 dust extractor and 5” orbital sander, a little pricey but hopefully worth it.

Also purchased an Infinity 101 Coping sled to use on my shaper and router table, really well built and should give my copes a perfectly square cut.


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#1 posted 01-29-2016 05:44 AM

I am practical, I am sure Festool is stuff is good, but I am not sure that good for there prices. Exp, a Bosh hand held jig/sabre saw is 125$ on the better side, a Festool is closer to 400$ is it a better value? If and when my Bosh dies I can buy 2 more over there life time with any new improvements, that you are stuck with for an antiquated Festool. See the point.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 06:29 AM

Awesome. know a guy who does stair cases and pretty much anything else that needs to be made out of wood. He says after the initial cost, he’s dropped his production and clean up time by a good bit.

He has the Bosch. Said it doesn’t compare whatsoever. Buy 2. He will still have the one festool.

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 12:21 PM

Steve, congratulations on your latest acquisitions! The dust collection on the sander will be fantastic. As they say, “Cry once.”

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 03:19 PM

Steve, you have a great start for a fine woodworking shop. You appear to be doing your homework on purchasing tools. I can also highly recommend the Festool Kapex sliding miter saw. Like all festoon products, a bit pricey but excellent performance.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 10:59 PM

congrads Steve….you will enjoy it.

Which 5 inch did you buy?

My first one was an ets 125. its ok…thats all i can really say about it.

If you want to feel the real experience you ll need to go to an ets150….better yet the ets150ec.

festool sells a wide variety of sanding discs. I have tried pretty much all of them and finally have found the magic formula , GRANAT.

my typical progression from the planer is 150, 220 . depending on situation i may start with 80

I rarely pull out the rotex since have had the ets 150

And on the jigsaw thing…..there may be a better one out there, i just haven’t seen it.(bosch is my loaner)

enjoy the journey amigo ! JB

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 05:06 AM

The orbital sander is model # ETS-EC 125/3, good for small finishing jobs. I will buy a bigger one later.

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#7 posted 01-30-2016 08:58 AM



I am practical, I am sure Festool is stuff is good, but I am not sure that good for there prices. Exp, a Bosh hand held jig/sabre saw is 125$ on the better side, a Festool is closer to 400$ is it a better value? If and when my Bosh dies I can buy 2 more over there life time with any new improvements, that you are stuck with for an antiquated Festool. See the point.

- conifur


For most of us it’s a hobby. It’s supposed to be fun. Being practical is no fun. My Festool vac and sander is 16 years old and haven’t spent a another penny on them. I’ve bought a few other Festool tool since then and I’m having fun.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 01-30-2016 09:00 AM

Congrats Steve. I’ll bet your going to really like those Festool tools. Have fun and don’t let anyone rain on your parade.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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