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08-01-2013 03:33 PM

Can anyone give me a recommendation on the Fesstool 6-inch sander with vacuum system? I’d appreciate all replies from owners or links to reviews.

Thanks. Dale at Banner Pond Woodworks

-- --Dale Page

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 03:53 PM

I’d like to follow this thread. I know FessT is good stuff and a vacuum system is definitely needed for ROS’s. But the price. Ye gods man. I’d rather sink the money into a professional sander that can do 24” widths.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 04:35 PM

I have a Rotex. It’s a 6” model that has two modes.

They make a model with a finer scratch pattern and
less weight. It’s said to do a better job than the
Rotex on final finish sanding.

People say the Mirka sanders are real nice too.

The Festool dust extractors interact well with the
Systainer tool cases, but other than that they are
simply good tool triggered vacuums. I used to
own one and use a Porter Cable now with a Bosch
hose that fits Festool ports. Performance is the
same where it counts.

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 07:08 PM

In my case the the vacuum is long gone too, but the hose and sander remain. Lasts well, well balanced, and great sanding, and best place to go for dust collection, especially out on site. If you can afford it, I haven’t run across a better.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 07:27 PM

I have the Festool 150/3 ROS. My wife loves it because there is virtually no dust. I like it because there is virtually no dust so I don’t have to worry about it getting in my lungs or need to wear a face mask.

I looked at the 150/3 and the Rotex. I chose the 150/3 for several reasons

1. The 150/3 is a one handed tool where the Rotex really needs two hands
2. There was a comparison of ROS in Fine Woodworking a couple of years ago. As I remember it, the 150/3 removes material at about 60% the rate of the Rotex.
3. The 150/3 was quite a bit less expensive.

Great sander although not inexpensive.

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 10:03 PM

I have the 150/5. Like other Festool owners, I love it, except: Don’t use the Plug-It feature on the sander. Haven’t had a problem on any other tool, but on that one tool I’ve had two of the sander handle plugs wear out, and destroy the cord while they did. So take your cord, make sure it’s well seated in the handle, give it a good twist clockwise, and leave it plugged in.

And I showed my 150/5 with the mid-sized dust collector to the contractor who was painting our house, he went out and bought the 125mm one (he wanted something lighter) with the small dust collector, and used it for sanding all the old paint off the house before he re-painted. So, yeah, it’s definitely something about how I use that cord and plug that’s caused me the problems.

Other than “yeah, it’s awesome”, the other thing I’ll add: When my wife finds me frustrated in the shop, she’ll ask “Doesn’t Festool make a version of that tool?” Yeah, they’re expensive, but they just get so much right that it’s worth it.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 10:06 PM

Although I don’t have it anymore, the Festool ROS and vacuum had the best dust collection I have ever used with an ROS. Great tool.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 11:18 PM

When it comes to sanding I’m sold on festool !

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 11:25 PM

I have the 150/3 and think it does a great job. I definitely prefer it to the Bosch that it replaced. I didn’t buy the FT “dust extractor”, but went with a Nilfisk Attix 30 and the hose fits perfectly. I know that quality and innovation cost, but I felt that the Nilfisk was as good as or better than the FT and didn’t cost as much. I also like and use the FT sanding disks. The latest iteration seems to last a little better that the original in the Rubin line.

-- Art

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#9 posted 08-02-2013 05:02 AM

Consider the Makita BO6040

It’s a better RO 150 than Festool for a lot less money. I’ve had mine for a little more than a year and rotex is awesome.

There are several different pads available (hard/medium/soft) but no bumper shrouds so you may want to spend the additional $250 if you need that…

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 04:26 PM

I have a few Festool tools but no sander. I have a Mirka Ceros that was recommended to me by a professional full time wood worker. I have this connected to a Fein dust extractor and I love being able to sand without a dust mask on. I have an allergy to walnut lumber and have to be sure to wear a respirator when ever I work with the stuff but can take the respirator off when it comes time to sand. The dust extraction on the Mirka is amazing and it is the most comfortable sander I have used for any period of time

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 05:14 PM
Bob is top shelf in customer service and will guide you in which sander you need
and why. If you don’t like the 150/3 you can exchange it for the Rotex 150, as
an example, within 30 days of purchase.

Festool Sander + Dust Deputy + The biggest Festool vacuum you can purchase = Awesome

Buying cheap is expensive, while purchasing Festool or Mirka is an investment where
you can recoup a high percentage should you want to resell and or upgrade.

150/3 and or the Rotex 150 will serve you well as I’ve used mine for years and
really enjoy them.

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 09:21 PM

I have two Rolex sanders and love them. They are much better than the porter cable sanders that I used before. I like mirka too but discovered mirka after Festool. I also have the RO90 which I did a review on.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#13 posted 08-02-2013 09:44 PM

I have an EST 125 and an EST150/5 with the CT 22E vacuum, using the former for final finish and the latter for fast, rough finish. Smooth with great dust collection. I recommend them, but understand other alternatives are available.

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#14 posted 08-07-2013 03:42 PM

Thanks to you all for taking the time to respond.

This week I “test drove” the 150. I started with a board of walnut which wasn’t even planed. I started with the aggressive mode and 100 grit and worked my way up to a 4000 grit polishing pad. Within minutes, I had a glass-smooth finish. When I showed it to my wife, she insisted I get it. Of course, I always obey her, so I’m getting the Festool PM571810 Rotex RO 150 FEQ 6-in Dual-Mode Sander plus CT MINI 2.6.

I chose the smallest dust collector to save shop space. My friend with the same unit firmly urged me to buy the dual mode unit. The newer models also have a variable speed which comes in handy with hardwoods. You save a little by buying the package deal with both sander and dust collector. See and click on package deals.

Hey! The wife just said it’s such a great tool that I shouldn’t wait until Christmas! I wonder what payback is going to be…...............

-- --Dale Page

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 05:44 PM

Very good choice! what’s your next tool?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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