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Offline Gator

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PRO 5 Comeback
« on: February 07, 2017, 03:27 PM »
Has anyone heard if they will be making anymore of these, or can you order one, or are they just gone never to been bought again ?
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Offline TylerC

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 03:28 PM »
It's gone forever. We plan to have a similar sander at some point, but it won't be at the same price point.

Offline Gator

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 03:30 PM »
Thanks. I really missed the boat on this one !!
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Offline Svar

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 03:34 PM »
Thanks. I really missed the boat on this one !!
They pop up on e-bay, but not at $99.  [sad]

Offline copcarcollector

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017, 04:04 PM »
Would it be within the realm of possibilities that a dealer might still end up with sellable stock from their initial order? I know these sanders were / are coming into the USA in batches, for example my dealer sent mine to me about a week ago, maybe they received extras not spoken for too...?

Maybe a dealer can pop in here, or the OP could check with several dealers to see if they can get on a list still. Festool NA may be 'sold out', but that does not mean all dealers are.. Just an idea.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2017, 04:11 PM by copcarcollector »

Offline RustE

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2017, 04:47 PM »
To my knowledge, the product being delivered now was pre-sold or pre-assigned to a specific person.  I would talk to the local dealers first.  There is always a small chance of finding a Pro 5 Ltd that someone decided not to buy.

Offline Cheese

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 05:00 PM »
As others have said, check with all of your local dealers. I signed up with the local Woodcraft store, but when they called me up 2 weeks ago, I decided to pass on it and told them to give it to the next person in line. I'm sure there are some others that have done the same thing.

Offline Brandon

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 07:19 PM »
I'd be curious to know how many Pro 5 sanders Festool will end actually making to fulfill all the initial orders

Offline jdm5

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 08:20 PM »
Fyi the Woodcraft in Norwalk, CT has a stack of them available.
Drank the green Kool-Aid...gave up counting long ago.

Offline Don T

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 08:24 PM »
Someone was selling one in the classifieds for $200.
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Offline Sparky

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 10:49 PM »
My local Windsor plywood in red deer Alberta just got in about 20 of them last week still for 135 ish Canadian. If you give them a call they might ship to you as looks like your in Canada.
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Offline fineartboxes

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2017, 01:21 PM »
I was able to get one when they first came out since I pre paid for it right away. Sure wish I had another one... The light weight and size is perfect for those times when sanding overhead or sanding anywhere not resting on top of a work surface. Considering a 125 but thinking a 5" brushless will hopefully come out...

Offline Shane Holland

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 01:24 PM »
Considering a 125 but thinking a 5" brushless will hopefully come out...

@fineartboxes, there is a 5" brushless...

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2017, 01:32 PM »
Considering a 125 but thinking a 5" brushless will hopefully come out...

@fineartboxes, there is a 5" brushless...

Festool ETS EC 125 (5") Sander
Thanks...Yes, I've seen that one but a smaller compact model similare to the Pro 5 is what i would want.

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2017, 01:46 PM »
Thanks...Yes, I've seen that one but a smaller compact model similare to the Pro 5 is what i would want.

@fineartboxes , the ETS EC is smaller and more compact than the PRO 5. The brushless motor makes it smaller and lighter weight.

While the perspective doesn't compare apples to apples, you can see the size comparison in this photo.

If you're wanting a $99 brushless Festool sander, that won't happen. [big grin]
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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2017, 03:18 PM »
Thanks...Yes, I've seen that one but a smaller compact model similare to the Pro 5 is what i would want.

@fineartboxes , the ETS EC is smaller and more compact than the PRO 5. The brushless motor makes it smaller and lighter weight.

While the perspective doesn't compare apples to apples, you can see the size comparison in this photo.

If you're wanting a $99 brushless Festool sander, that won't happen. [big grin]
The $99 price is not the issue...the size/weight is. I spent many hours sanding vertical surfaces with my 6" sander and my arms and shoulders did not appreciate it until I got the 5". Next time i'm in a store that sells Festool I would like to do a side by side comparison with the 5" brushless.

Offline Cheese

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2017, 03:28 PM »
Here ya go...

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2017, 03:49 PM »
Excellent, thanks @Cheese. The weight is 1.2kg for both sanders. I'm surprised, I actually thought the ETS EC was slightly less weight.
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Offline adcolor

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2017, 04:15 PM »
I have both.
A $200 Pro5 (about what the regular price will be) is not the same as the $400 ec125.
I love having the ec125/3.  Bought it last summer.   

I set the 2mm swirl unit with the soft pad, the 3mm swirl unit with the hard pad.   Nice combination so far.

Had I known I was getting the pro5, I would have bought the 150/5 as a better compliment.

Now that I've had time to fondle the x400 line, the triangle model might be a  better general purpose sander.

Offline Cheese

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2017, 04:25 PM »
The weight is 1.2kg for both sanders. I'm surprised, I actually thought the ETS EC was slightly lessy weight.

I agree...because of the lower center of mass, the EC handles better and feels lighter than the Pro 5. I was just using both of them on a drywall job and I enjoy using the EC more.  [cool]  That's the reason for the photo...there were both on hand.

Offline #Tee

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2017, 04:31 PM »
hahah "comeback"
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Offline Holmz

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2017, 07:08 PM »
The weight is 1.2kg for both sanders. I'm surprised, I actually thought the ETS EC was slightly lessy weight.

I agree...because of the lower center of mass, the EC handles better and feels lighter than the Pro 5. I was just using both of them on a drywall job and I enjoy using the EC more.  [cool]  That's the reason for the photo...there were both on hand.

As you end up wanting to use the ETS EC it begs the question as to whether the PRO5 was a good deal? The price and the coupon were good, but unless one loans it out, then it is $50 for a "bench drawer queen" that will sit unused.

^this^ is somewhat a question, and was my logic for why it did not need one.

@Cheese does this make sense, or should I have picked one up?

Offline Mike Upstate

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2017, 08:31 PM »
Just received my PRO5 today,  it will take it's place on the sanding line for the 220+ grit pass.  Am I the only one who loads a few sanders with progressive grits and just changes the dust collection hose as I move up grits? ::)

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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2017, 08:40 PM »
Just received my PRO5 today,  it will take it's place on the sanding line for the 220+ grit pass.  Am I the only one who loads a few sanders with progressive grits and just changes the dust collection hose as I move up grits? ::)

Mike - you might be the first I've heard of.  So tell me, do you also put a different size drill bit in 24 drills?   I'm sure it would save time!  ;)

Offline Mike Upstate

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2017, 08:50 PM »
Yes,  but I never have more than 5 different size holes to drill,  which equals the number of drill guns [laughing]
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Offline Cheese

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2017, 10:39 PM »
...or should I have picked one up?

Hey Holmz...you already know you should have picked one up if you had the opportunity to do so, they were on the cheap and that's the reason for the cataclysmic proportions of that whole Festool debacle...oh my head hurts just thinking about it.

To answer your question, the PRO 5 is:
a fantastic $100 sander...it's also a good $200 sander, but it's not in the same class as the ETS EC 125. That sander is a standout, similar to your Mirka.

The Pro 5 will live its life NOT as a trailer queen, but as a viable finish sander with its 2mm orbit, while the ETS EC will continue to be my main go-to sander with its 3mm orbit.

I already own an RO 125, but I pretty much position that sander as the equivalent to a belt sander. The convenience in the Rotex mode is extremely nice, however the weight and bulk is not really conducive for fine finishing. It can be accomplished but at a cost.

My Milwaukee belt sander however...made in the USA...is a plywood/hardwood eating machine. It chews up wood and stainless at the same rate. It knows no master and acquiesces to no one..its really too bad that Milwaukee no longer makes this sander as it could be refined into being a really strong sanding machine if they'd have offered a sanding platen like the Festool.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2017, 11:08 PM by Cheese »

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2017, 10:50 PM »
hahah "comeback"

Now all I hear is LL Cool J in my head...

I purposely didn't pick one up. I have an ETS 150 which has been my Clydesdale for years. I picked up a ETS EC 125 last year which has quickly become my #2 (and sometimes #1) sander dejour. I have used it a lot and may do the 150 pad swap, but no need at this point.

Enjoy whatever you get...be it a Pinto or a Porsche.

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Offline Holmz

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2017, 01:03 AM »
Yeah @Cheese It would be a nice compliment to the ETS EC 5-mm.

Funny you mention a belt sander... I am getting pretty close to getting a BS105 so that $100 can go in that direction.

Then also I was thinking that maybe a scraper plane would be better for me than a Pro5, which is also something that requires funds.
Basically I like going with the grain... when I can.

Offline Cheese

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2017, 02:16 AM »
Yeah @Cheese It would be a nice compliment to the ETS EC 5-mm.

Funny you mention a belt sander... I am getting pretty close to getting a BS105 so that $100 can go in that direction.

I also use the belt sander for straight-lining stainless. Using it with a worn 180 belt and it loses a lot of it's nastiness. A well used belt will change its personality.

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Re: PRO 5 Comeback
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2017, 09:56 AM »
As you end up wanting to use the ETS EC it begs the question as to whether the PRO5 was a good deal?

The PRO 5 was a good deal and I think there are 3 features of the PRO 5 that are nicer  [thumbs up]  than the older ETS 125 sander:
1. The on/off switch is easier to use and it takes less brute force to actuate, it's always nice and smooth.
2. The PRO 5 seems to remove material at a slightly faster rate.
3. The pad guard is a really nice addition to prevent bumping against other surfaces.

Now the one thing I hate about the PRO 5...the new bayonet dust port, it's always dropping dust when I change sanders.  [crying]