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Review and descriptions of various sanders and processes.

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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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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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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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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A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

Reducing Labor with a Festool DTS400 Sander and Extraction System For much of my painting career I struggled with the antiquated mind set that performing a task in an environmentally friendly manner meant doing it by hand. Traditional painting tasks seemed to have always been done manually – on a planet historically flush with resources, […]

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Festool RO90 Rotex Sander: Triple Threat?

Written by on January 6, 2013 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools with 17 Comments
Festool RO90 Rotex Sander: Triple Threat?

Festool RO90 Review The Festool RO90 DX Rotex sander is one of the most innovative paint prep tools released in the past couple of years. Aptly marketed as a “multi-mode” sander, the RO90 is capable of doing the jobs of more than one sander. In tools, we all want the Holiest Grail – “the one […]

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RTS 400: Sporty Orbital

Written by on April 15, 2012 in Power Sanders, Tools with 5 Comments

Festool RTS 400 Dust Extraction Demo Short video demo with Scott Burt showing the absence of airborne dust with a RTS 400 inside a cabinet enclosure during finish sanding tasks in preparation for primer and paint. Festool sanding is noted for capturing dust at the source (the surface), so that it cannot become airborne – […]

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How to Power Sand Crown Molding and Custom Trim Prep

Written by on April 1, 2012 in Power Sanders, Prep, Tools with 5 Comments

Trim Prep Accelerant There are many, many cases where traditional round orbital and square palm sanders are not helpful in completing interior trim prep tasks, simply because of their design. Most notably, crown molding, base cap, cove, bed molds and beadboard, which are among the more common custom profiles that distinguish a basic trim pack […]

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RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Abrasives, Power Sanders, Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 3 Comments
RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Festool RO 90 and Granat Abrasive Testing When testing any kind of work related gear, my company and I put the stuff through all of its typical tasks, and then throw some curve balls in. We are always looking for situations we haven’t attempted before, in the context of testing boundaries of equipment. Today’s example […]

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Rotex Sander: Festool RO150

Rotex Comfort Zones In working with different types of tools, I have a constant interest in exploring comfort zones. Mine, and the tool’s. A 6″ RO150 Rotex sander with a 5mm (3/16″) stroke is a bit of a step up in size and potential aggressive tendencies compared to the standard 5″ orbitals that we have […]

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