Sanding and Dust Collection

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Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Written by on February 19, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 3 Comments
Unplugged: New Festool Hand Sanding Abrasives

Muscles not Motors: Festool Hand Sanding Line Grows in ’17 If you use soft Granat and synthetic steel wool much, check this out… Festool USA and Festool Canada will introduce a complete line of premium hand sanding products. We’ve been testing these handy new abrasives for many months now. While at first the thought seems […]

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Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 2 Comments
Festool Orbital Sanders Improved for 2017

2017 RTS and DTS400 Festool Orbital Sanders If you own previous versions of the Festool orbital sanders (RTS/DTS400EQ), those are still nice tools. No cause for alarm, but you may be interested in knowing… Festool has improved the functionality of these tools in the new generation for 2017. The new orbitals (RTS/DTS400REQ) sport a new […]

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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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Working with Rotex Sanders

Written by on December 27, 2015 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 0 Comments
Working with Rotex Sanders

Smart Sanders seek Smarter Users Rotex sanders learn how we work as much as we learn how they work. I’m talking after hours of regular use. If we pay attention, we learn how the sander wants to move, and it begins to recognize the repetitive patterns in our work. An understanding develops between tool and […]

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Psychology of Low Grit Sanding

Written by on December 26, 2015 in Prep, Sanding and Dust Collection with 6 Comments
Psychology of Low Grit Sanding

What grit do you sand at most in the type of work you do? Regardless of where your project sanding “wheelhouse” is, you likely start with low grit sanding and work up. Whatever “low” is for you, lower grits can often go pretty fast because it’s the rough work and gets smoothed out at the […]

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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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Impact of Dust Extraction

Impact of Dust Extraction

If we had done a “Year in Review” article back in 2011, Festool extraction and the redefinition of HEPA vacs for painters would have been right up there on the list. I am a fan of just about anything that raises the bar for the paint industry, its manufacturers and contractors…as long as it doesn’t […]

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Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Written by on November 25, 2011 in Manual Sanders, Sanding and Dust Collection, Tools with 5 Comments
Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Sometimes We do some Hand Sanding… …and the Festool Hand Sanding Kit (HSK) provides solutions. Eliminating hand sanding is generally a surface prep efficiency goal for painters and wood/drywall finishers. Especially for us, for instance, on a friday when we are trying to bust out a final skim coat and head for the mountains. At […]

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Dust Never Sleeps

Dust Never Sleeps

Providing a clean workspace is a matter of procedure at Topcoat Finishes, and as a homeowner, husband and father, I try hard to hold myself to the same habits and standards at home when we are in project mode, which has been often over the years. So, I have come to think of protecting noses, […]

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Accessorizing your Festool CT26 hepa Extractor

Written by on October 1, 2011 in Sanding and Dust Collection with 12 Comments

In the spirit of Festool’s announcement that their complete CT line has been independently tested and certified to be “full unit hepa” dust extractors, we took our CT26 to the next level in functionality with some styling. Changed the whole attitude of it, without losing the workhorse essence. There are many intuitive possibilities to customize […]

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