Festool Ro 125 right fit?

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Forum topic by Jarrett posted 03-26-2016 01:52 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2016 01:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: festool ro125

I have been kept up at night this week toying with the idea of finally getting a good sander. I make furniture out of reclaimed wood or fresh from the circle saw mill wood, but I do have a good planer with byrd system. I spent a good bit of my time on the joinery until I finally got the Domino, a huge time saver in production runs! I usually make about five of the same type of furniture at once. Most of the furniture consists of oak and cherry, has 2” legs, 9” panels, and a butcher block cutting board. I use a porter cable RO sander and its time consuming as all get out. I only finish up to 220 grit. I have my Domino hooked up to a shop vac, but if I go forward with the sander, I’ll get a festool vac late this spring. My main concern is the Ro 125 going to be too big? Or once I get used to it, am I going to be in hog heaven? I do a good bit of rustic/live edge too, so was thinking that this sander could replace all for a bit until later on I get its smaller finishing brethren to join the club.

Thanks for any thoughts!

-- Jarrett

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 05:43 PM

When my 15yr old Bosch bit the dust I spent a lot of time looking at the Festool line. After talking with the local rep and using both the RO and ETS EC, I went with the ETS. For me the ETS is more comfortable to use, (no vibration), fits my hand better, and I did not need the aggressive sanding that the RO offers. I mill my lumber from rough stock and don’t find a need for aggressive sanding. I bought both the /5 and /3 models and can honestly say I enjoy sanding now.
As far as the dust extractor goes, if you don’t travel with your tools, I don’t think you need anything other than your shop vac. I have the midi but it is stored until I have to do some sanding on site. In my shop I use a hose hooked up to a shop vac. You might have to get creative to control the amount of suction (I use blast gates) but other than that a shop vac will work just fine.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 08:06 PM

By you mean rottex?

either way the 125 is not too large by any means.

I have a pretty good assortment of festool sanders and if I could only have one…it would be the ets 150

I had it before the ets ec hit the scene. Thats the one I would go for

I will have one soon

enjoy the journey

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 02:37 AM

Thanks for the knowledge! I do mean the Rotex. The more I research, the more they all look good! I now am even looking at the RO90 since I normally don’t need a large pad and the detail pad looks pretty sweet, but with every tool that combines functions, there are compromises. Besides, the review of the bosh detail oscillating sander are pretty dang good, so maybe I just need to do as you guys say and go for the ETS. Is the larger pad hard to get used to after using a regular 4” orbital? I’m used to sanding down hulls of boats and it’s hard to imagine using a large sander like that on the furniture I build. Woodcraft is some distance from me, so test driving may be in the form of the 30 day guarantee.

-- Jarrett

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