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Forum topic by Alex Lane posted 01-24-2018 11:37 PM 864 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alex Lane

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01-24-2018 11:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: festool sander power tools sandpaper supergrit

Hey folks just wanted to say how happy I am to finally be a user of these fine German tools. Got a couple used ETS 150/3 EQ and 150/5 EQ sanders. One with systaianer and one without. Still a bit of a splurge but came in a smidge over $500. Got some sweet paper from supergrit.com
Hope they last a good loooooong time! Always wanted one of their brushless drills but never pulled the trigger (pun intended) and now that Milwaukee has such good reviews I may go that route someday. A domino or kapex might be pretty fun too. But for now I must behave. ;-)
Totally astonished how solid and well built these sanders feel. The smooth and quiet power is unlike any other sander I’ve used.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses


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#1 posted 01-24-2018 11:46 PM

I love their sanders, and my 6” is in constant use. You get spoiled after using them. After a few years, I switched to Mirka Net sanding disks which are the best ever. But they require that you buy a separate interface pad because the Mirka won’t quite stick to the Festool. And a while back I got a Fein Turbo I vac which goes on automatically when I run the Festool. I’m kicking my self for not getting the vac a long time ago. The Fein vac is probably 1/2 the price of the Festool vac and works beautifully.

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 12:08 AM



I love their sanders, and my 6” is in constant use. You get spoiled after using them. After a few years, I switched to Mirka Net sanding disks which are the best ever. But they require that you buy a separate interface pad because the Mirka won’t quite stick to the Festool. And a while back I got a Fein Turbo I vac which goes on automatically when I run the Festool. I’m kicking my self for not getting the vac a long time ago. The Fein vac is probably 1/2 the price of the Festool vac and works beautifully.

- Sark


Sweet I’ll look into the Fein!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#3 posted 01-25-2018 12:13 AM

:) They are sure nice to use- best of enjoyment….

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 01-25-2018 12:40 AM

Wise investment congratulations !

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#5 posted 01-25-2018 03:07 AM

I my Festool Sanders and dust extractor is 17 years old. Still going strong. congrats,

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 01-25-2018 03:09 AM



I my Festool Sanders and dust extractor is 17 years old. Still going strong. congrats,

- AlaskaGuy

Oh wow that’s so good to hear. Thanks for that! I’m tired of being the cheap man who spends the most. Time for some quality investments that will endure

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 06:43 AM

My Festool sander won’t activate the vacuum anymore. My Domino does. Ive changed out cords, but to no avail. Thoughts?

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 06:53 AM

Thank you for your sharing. Maybe I will have a try.

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#9 posted 01-25-2018 08:42 AM


My Festool sander won t activate the vacuum anymore. My Domino does. Ive changed out cords, but to no avail. Thoughts?

- DrRobE


Yes, call Festool Service. The number is on every tool or systainer I believe. They are helpful. .....Or join the Festool’s owner group. Some one there may have had the same problem.

http://festoolownersgroup.com/index.php

Edit to add.

This message is posted on the Festool owners site

Having trouble with your Festool power tool? Well, we’re here to help you. Before posting to the forum, give us a chance to diagnose and resolve your issue. In the U.S. and Canada, call us toll-free at 888-337-8600 on Monday-Friday between 8a-5p EST or contact us via email at service@festoolusa.com. For other countries, please visit http://www.festool.com for contact information for your local Festool service department.

How much easier could they make it?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 01-25-2018 05:00 PM

You can buy plug in modules that kick even a 120vac dust collector on when any tool plugged into them starts. I have one on my miter and it works great. Got is on sale for about $25.00.

Switching gears:

Any HEPA characteristics aside, which can be addressed by buying a different filter, I’m curious about the gain seen with a Fein or Festool vac compared to my Ridged five gallon, a twenty foot hose [to my two Festool sanders] and my Dust Deputy? Both the hose length and Deputy work to drop the vac pressure, so the problem of slowing the pad is reduced.

I slipped a piece of black plastic pipe over the end, where I’d drilled three holes. A 1/2” strip cut out of the 3” long pipe section lets me cover and uncover the holes to alter the amount of vacuum, just like as can be done on many house vacs. Opening and closing the holes does, sometimes, alter the pad speed.

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#11 posted 01-26-2018 09:05 AM

Here is a link to a Stumpy Nubbs parody vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8voBixOW0-c

To help complete the Festool experience- You need the $green$ hose

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 01-26-2018 09:08 AM

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-- Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 01-27-2018 12:10 AM



Here is a link to a Stumpy Nubbs parody vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8voBixOW0-c

- Desert_Woodworker


Lol that made me laugh really hard!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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