Product Reviews

Product reviews written by Scott Burt for print publication.

Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

ETS EC 125 from Festool 5″ sanders are the most common size in the power sanding world. If you own one sander, it is likely a 5″ round orbital sander. Their popularity is based on practical size and range of task types they can complete. That said, not all 5″ sanders are the same. And […]

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Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning

Written by on March 29, 2015 in Brushes and Rollers, Tools with 1 Comment

Tips for Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning We’ve done a couple of written and visual projects recently with the Journal of Light Construction, to help users better understand paint brush selection and cleaning. First was a feature article in the March 2015 issue of the magazine, which you can read in its entirety here: paint […]

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Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Written by on December 13, 2014 in Products of Interest, Tools with 0 Comments
Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Festool plunged into the oscillating multi-tool market in December 2014 with the launch of the Vecturo OS400. In the weeks prior to the release of the tool, Topcoat test drove a manufacturer supplied unit through a series of interior and exterior material removal tasks. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the tool, […]

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Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Written by on October 26, 2014 in On Further Review..., Tools with 0 Comments
Top Tools for Fine Finishing

There are so many choices in products and tools for fine finishing, and of course, the products and tools define the process to a large extent. We are frequently asked which tools continue to rise to the top in our shop and in the field. Here is a compilation pulled from a recent cherry table […]

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Paint Brush Rant

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Applicators with 17 Comments
Paint Brush Rant

Dear Purdy – The ONLY thing this paint brush did right today was clean up nice at the end of the day. While that is a nice quality in a brush, it is not exactly headliner material. Everything in between was a crap show: It wouldn’t hold paint. It wouldn’t release paint. No edge for […]

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Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Kovrd Bag Creates Efficient Transitions

Transitions Those in between times start with the initial load in of the job. The goal here, for us, is to pack everything in that we know will be needed for initial stages of the project. It is usually heavy with prep and prime gear. The Kovrd bag is usually on the scene from these […]

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Graco 395 Finish Pro II

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Air Assisted Airless, Sprayers with 23 Comments

Graco 395 Finish Pro II In 2014, Graco released an improved line of fine finish sprayers, which includes improved 395 and 595 versions of the legendary Finish Pro air assisted sprayers. Topcoat began testing the 395 Finish Pro II several months prior to its release, and we were able to provide some practical input to […]

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Big and Fine: the Festool RS2 Sander

Written by on December 28, 2013 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools with 1 Comment

A 4 1/2″x9″ Orbital Sander Ok, first things first, this is not an aggressive sander. Sometimes, when we see big tools, our minds quickly leap to “big and powerful”. This is more a case of big and fine. The Festool RS2 is a fine orbital sander for finish work. While it has more pad surface […]

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Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Tools that stop working are the most costly tools to have around. In 2013, for us, it wasn’t the expensive tools that stopped working. It was tools in the under $20 price range that bit us. Here is a run down on some of the disappointments of 2013. We suspect that you will see a […]

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Take the Misery out of Drywall Sanding

Written by on August 4, 2013 in Power Sanders with 21 Comments

Festool Planex Sometimes evolution is slow, but right at the end takes a big leap. Drywall sanding is one of those fortunate beneficiaries of the “finally!” phenomenon. We have seen it all in the past three decades – the sanding sponge, the pole sander, the cool variations on the pole sander – and in the […]

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