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Forum topic by DustyGuy posted 08-30-2016 02:21 PM 375 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2016 02:21 PM

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Well, after much consideration and sweating over the cost, I broke down yesterday and bought a Festool dust extractor and Rotex sander. I have the perfect project to test it on; a dining table built with rough sawn cypress. That table was a trigger point for me, after spending a half hour with my 6” Porter Cable disc sander and finding myself choking on the cloud of sawdust it created, I knew it was time. The Rotex has two settings, one for regular sanding and the 2nd that has a more eccentric motion for more aggressive sanding. I tried both, using a Mirka 80g Abranet mesh disc and I was pleasantly impressed that the sander removed wood as fast as the Porter Cable, and NO SAWDUST!. Having the vacuum hose and cord attached to the sander will take some getting used to, espicially on a large project like a table top, but I think the nearly $1,100 I spent will be well worth it! My only complaint thus far is that I wish Festool would offer the sander without their systainer case which adds another $100+ to the cost. Yeah, it’s a nice case, but I have a stack of nice cases sitting on a shelf collecting dust!

Now for other Festool users out there, can anyone recommend a more affordable source for after market sanding discs?

-- Norm Miller

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 02:42 PM


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#2 posted 08-30-2016 03:32 PM

Mirca Autonet are cheaper than Abranet and just as good. You can’t beat the mesh for dust control. Holes just aren’t as good.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 08-30-2016 04:26 PM

Thanks for the replies! I had thought of Klingspor as I have an existing account with them. I’ve always been happy with their products and they last a long time! So long, in fact, that they informed me that I hadn’t placed an order since late 2014! Well, a box of 100 discs lasts a long time! They were happy to take my order for 4 boxes of 100 at less than $30 each as opposed to Festools $68 for the same quantity!

-- Norm Miller

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#4 posted 08-30-2016 10:20 PM

Dusty, I have a Festool sander and, like you, I wanted to save some money on the disks. I ordered some from Klingspor and they started flying off the sander before I finished the first box. I called Festool CS about the issue and they asked if I was using a different brand of disks because other companies’ hook and loop systems weren’t compatible with the Festool hook and loop system. I replaced the pad and started using only Festool disks and the issue went away. This was 6-8 years ago and things have may have changed, but you should be aware of it. YMMV

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#5 posted 08-30-2016 11:15 PM

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