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Which Festool Sander?

Written by on March 5, 2017 in Power Sanders with 8 Comments
Which Festool Sander?

Choosing the best tools for tasks is one way great craftspeople break away from the pack. Festool is well known for being the unmatched surface prep solution for efficiency and the most convenient customer experience. No one wants 80 labor hours of dirty prep in the kitchen when it could be done clean in 12. […]

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Festool Sys Duo Case Study

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Lighting, Product Reviews with 8 Comments

Job site Lighting: Festool Sys Duo ROI Case Study With interior season here, it is time once again to dust off the work lights, check the bulbs and clean the lenses. Sound familiar? If you are still in that cycle, then you probably haven’t upgraded to LED job site lighting yet, and it might be […]

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Festool CT-SYS Dust Extractor: Change for the Different

The Festool CT-SYS dust extractor reminds us that being daily tool users is like being parents. Just when we have gained an understanding of the current age/behavior/patterns of our children, a new stage of development unfolds in front of us. Evolution in tools happens the same way…sometimes for the better, when technologies are improved. On […]

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Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Lighting, Products of Interest with 0 Comments
Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Last month, Festool rolled out a new work light that improves their existing line of work lighting. A short list of media outlets received the Syslite Duo for an early look before its release, and TCR was fortunate to spend several weeks with the tool. Our full review will appear in an upcoming issue of American […]

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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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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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