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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 10-10-2013 01:08 AM 964 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2013 01:08 AM

I just got my first Festool it’s the ETS 125 EQ. What a nice sander, light, very low vibration and great ergonomics. I want to attach the dust outlet to my Fein shop vac. I’ll need an adapter of some kind. Any one already solve this problem?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 10-10-2013 01:35 AM

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 02:29 AM

I find that using a dust deputy before the vac, saves on bags.
That’s assuming Fein uses bags.

Congrats on a fine sander!

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 02:58 AM

What I’m looking for is an adapter that will go from my sander to the hose end of my shop vac

-- Ken

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 03:02 AM

Get the Bosch hose. It’s nice.

I tried a stepped adaptor. Waste of money. It lacked the ridges inside
and out that the Bosch hose has that locks it to a Festool. Adaptor
would fall off in use. If you want something you have to use duct
tape to keep it in place, get an adaptor. Otherwise, get a Bosch hose.

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 03:11 AM

Thanks Loren,
It’s on it’s way

-- Ken

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 03:22 AM

I also have that Bosch hose. It is a nice one.

@OP – Measure you hose/shop vac and then check the auto parts stores for exhaust pipe adapters. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 03:44 AM

If you’re still looking, try the Fein 921072K13 Step Adaptor sold on Amazon.com ($4.99): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005M1SW/ref=oh_details_o08_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have a Fein vacuum and the Festool ETS 125 EQ and use it with a number of other Festool tools. It works very well.

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 02:47 AM

WOW! Great solution. I got the Bosh hose today. Fits perfectly both ends and has a larger diameter hose to boot. Great advice guys. Thank you very much.

-- Ken

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#9 posted 10-12-2013 04:50 AM

The LV hose ends hook directly to my ROs, and in a pinch, I’ve used ABS adaptors, sometime needing judicious adjsutment on disc/belt sanders.

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#10 posted 10-12-2013 04:02 PM

I would be careful hooking that sander up to a shop vac. The only reason is because you can’t control the suction on a shop vac. The suction for the ETS 125 needs to be set very low otherwise the sander will “dance” around. The dust bag that comes with the ETS 125 works pretty well and would consider using that instead of a shop vac.

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 05:30 AM

Thanks James, My Fein has two speeds I’ll try it on low this weekend. I did use it a bit with the bag and it seemed to work very well. I just don’t want to keep buying Festool bags.

-- Ken

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#12 posted 10-13-2013 05:38 AM

Find a way to put an air hole in the suction path, like some
vacs have on the handpiece. The hole can drop the suction
a lot.

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