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jonny round boy

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« on: May 09, 2010, 04:34 AM »

This is my oldest Festool sander - the first one I ever bought. It doesn't have a plug-it cord, or electronic speed control, or even dust extraction; but it is still one of my favourite Festools:



It's the 'Pocket Stickfix' hand sanding block:



At around the same size and shape as a block plane, it fits the hand in a similar manner and feels equally natural. For small sanding jobs - such as taking a sharp corner off the edge of a board or fine-tuning the fit of a joint - where a powered sander isn't suitable, it's the perfect solution:



It's very simple in construction; just 2 injection moulded plastic parts that clip together. The base and the front 'lip' are coated with Festool's 'Stickfix' hook system as used on all their powered sanders. The abrasives are 46x178mm (approx. 2x7") and as you would expect they sit firmly in place.

In use, the block is surprisingly sturdy - the abrasive stays very flat, and doesn't deform under pressure. The front 'lip' is under 6mm (1/4") thick, and is very useful for getting into corners and tight spaces. Because the abrasive runs around and over this lip, the sander can be used inverted to help get into some areas:



For even deeper crevices, the top moulding can be easily unclipped and removed, leaving a very thin but still relatively robust sanding pad:



The choice of abrasives is very narrow - only 'Brilliant 2' is available, and only in 4 grades (P40, P80, P120, and P180), however this isn't as restrictive as it may first appear. The Brilliant 2 is a very good 'all-round' abrasive; designed primarily for sanding paintwork, it also does a good job on timber, MDF, plaster etc., particularly when hand sanding. If you really do need a different abrasive, then it would be a simple job to cut a piece from a larger rectangular pad such as those for the RS100/200/300, but I don't find that necessary. As an aside, the abrasive strips used without the block are very handy for sanding paintwork from behind pipework in plumbing repairs.

I think this is a great sanding block, but one that is perhaps not as well known or popular as it deserves to be. It's very versatile, and I'm constantly finding new ways to use it. It stays permanently in my main tool kit, and I can't think of a single job or project where I haven't held this in my hand at some point. And lastly, at $11, it's the cheapest Festool I've ever bought!

Jonny Round Boy
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010, 06:50 AM »

Great review but where's the switch. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 08:34 AM »

Another overpriced Festool accessory!!  11$ and NO Systainer?Huh?Huh?  Sheesh.  Eek!

Seriously - I have glanced at that item many times and always just passed it by. Will have to reconsider now.
Thanks for the review. Nicely done.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 08:36 AM »

+1 on the usability.

And it's a time-proven design as well: a couple of weeks ago I was helping out a friend who had just moved into a new appartment, and her father had one of these with him - but it stated FESTO instead of Festool....
BTW, are they still available?

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 09:04 AM »

+1 on the usability.

And it's a time-proven design as well: a couple of weeks ago I was helping out a friend wha had just moved into a new appartment, and her father had one of these with him - but it stated FESTO instead of Festool....
BTW, are they still available?

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Job

It's shown on the UK, US and German Festool sites, so yes it's still available. FYI it's EUR11.31 on the .de site. Also, the one pictured on the websites also has 'Festo' rather than 'Festool' - guess they never bothered updating the picture!
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2010, 09:40 AM »

It's shown on the UK, US and German Festool sites, so yes it's still available. FYI it's EUR11.31 on the .de site. Also, the one pictured on the websites also has 'Festo' rather than 'Festool' - guess they never bothered updating the picture!
Perhaps they just didn't re-tool the machine... Much like the Clamping Elements still say Festo on them (at least both sets of mine do).


Nice review!  I've wondered about this thing.  I have the 150mm and 80x133 hand sanding blocks, but sometimes they are a bit of overkill.

... annnd, the power of reviews and suggestion.  Bam, one ordered from bee-oh-bee. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2010, 09:51 AM »

... annnd, the power of reviews and suggestion.  Bam, one ordered from bee-oh-bee. 

Cool, I'll have to tap him up for some commission!  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010, 02:23 PM »

Congratulations Jinny,
good review. If this is just to get "the little grey cells" going, cant wait to see your next one. Good photos, got to admit i struggle with them.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010, 04:53 PM »

Nice job Jonny! I can't wait to see your next review. Thumbs Up

It might be a good idea to add "Pocket Stickfix hand sanding block" or just "hand sanding block" in the title since most people won't know what this product is by the model/part numbers alone. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2010, 05:52 PM »

Brice, your advice is sage as always. Done!
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2010, 08:45 AM »

Thanks for the review of a very usefull tool Jonny.    You have done a service to many members by bringing this little known sandpaper holder to the attention of a lot of them.

I have two of these sanding pads (so that I can always count on finding one of them) and I find myself reaching for one quite often.
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               Frank (Festool connoisseur)
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