Not About Tools, but How Work is Done…
So, what do you do with sanders and vacuums that are disappointing you in the field?
Well, tools are to be assessed on performance. I’ve been somewhat vocal about the fact that our current sanders and vacuums are showing signs of not being the ideal mode for delivery of quality and production in the shop and field for us at this time. Since we are in the business of quality and production, we take that pretty seriously. Don’t get me wrong. Our old tools are adequate. But, who wants that?
What do we do?
What we do is take things up a notch and research the heck out of it, consult professional colleagues from around the country, talk to our most wood finish savvy friends, and commit to finding better systems that will work for us.
And so we stopped complaining and over the past couple of months looked into the best manufacturers of sanders and dust collection for paint contractors that we could find. On the planet. Imagine if there was reason to believe that the same manufacturer had both and they were designed for each other?
Yah, our old sanders would hook up to vacuums, but what a jallopy of a set up, and a pure distraction from focusing on working with wood. Yes, occasionaly we needed duct tape. So, we are pretty much over that, moving forward, and a big thank you to Festool for agreeing to work with us to determine how their abrasives, sanders and extractors might work for painters, through our testing and feedback. We will be sharing the footage and findings of our testing, which will result in a full Festool review in American Painting Contractor when we sort it all out.
As a wood snob, I do not like the insecurity of having to look at one end of the hose and then the other while working. And I would prefer that the tool lead me through the process, with me not trailing behind to inspect what we did together, me and the tool. Its only as good as me. And I want to be better.
These things won’t be sitting around the shop much. We will be sharing lots of feedback and footage as we integrate this technology upgrade during testing and as always, let the tools and materials drive the process.
If anyone has any questions on how we were disappointed by our previous systems or why we now choose to take what we feel is a bazooka to a gun fight (we are just painters), please leave a COMMENT!