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Forum topic by electricalD posted 06-03-2012 04:00 PM 1393 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2012 04:00 PM

Hi everyone,

I am just brand new to woodworking. In the process of collecting tools along the way. I am looking to purchase the Festool RO 90 DX 3 1/2” disc sander. Because of its size I am looking at some thing a little bigger to go with it. And I was thinking of the ETS 125 EQ random orbit sander with a 5” sanding pad diameter. My plan is to purchase RO 90 DX. Is the 5” ETS unit good enough or should I go with a 6”. My plan is to start small jobs and I hope to build my own furniture. Will the 5” augment the 3 1/2 or do any of you guys who own the RO 90 can recommend another Festool unit. I am thinking I should have two. Your thoughts Ladies and Gentlemen.

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 04:08 PM

Here’s and option for you:

The ETS125 EQ totally rocks and you’ll be amazed at the results. Welcome to the slippery slope.

The Rotex 150 has a 6” pad I think, so some folks like to purchase sanders with the same size pad to use the same size paper. Something to consider between the two sizes.

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 05:37 PM

I have the 150/3. I only use 6” sanders. I will be getting a 150/5 soon. I would not bother with the a small sander.I do furniture for a living. I have tried 5”, but 6” is just faster and better for me. Your mileage may vary. bob

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 10:34 PM

I don’t beleive I would buy the RO 90 first. It is a great sander, but in my opinion rather limited because of it’s small size. I have the RO 125 and the RO 150 and for the work I do I much prefer the 125.

I also have the ETS 125 and love it.

The prefered sizes are personal and are determined buy the type work you do.


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#4 posted 06-04-2012 10:49 PM

The only portable sander I have is the Ro150; I would not trade it for the world.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 12:49 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. Today I ordered the CT 26E Vacuum, the RO90DX sander and the ETS 150/3 sander, from Lee Valley.


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