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Offline Festool USA

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I have added a search tool to our website that will allow you to select your sander model, application and optionally preferred grit range. The website will then display abrasives that match your search criteria.

I hope you all find this useful.

http://www.festoolusa.com/abrasives

Shane

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Very helpful. Well done.

Thanks.

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You are the man.  Awesome stuff.
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Nice addition, Shane!  Thank you.

Do you have application recommendations for Stone or Metal?

 I did not see them in the options and know there have been questions on FOG in the past about both of them.  I've used Granat on limestone in the past with great results.

neil

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Do you have application recommendations for Stone or Metal?

Neil,

We do have stainless steel and non-ferrous metals as an option.

Stone is not listed (yet), but I will see about adding it.

The purpose is to cover the top 95% of applications. There will still be some tasks that are too specific to cover everything, I'm sure.

Shane

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Super job, Shane! Well organized and easy to use.

Jim
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Super job, Shane! Well organized and easy to use.

Thanks, Jim. Almost a throw back to the old Select-A-Screw.  [smile]

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Nice!!!!
Any chance of converting it to a smart phone app??

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Great service! A page to bookmark! Thanks!

Offline gkaiseril

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Nice!!!!
Any chance of converting it to a smart phone app??

Works great with Opera, FireFox, Chrome,, and the provided web browser on a Samsung S3. But this requries an internet connection.

Shane,

Very nice.
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Offline dicktill

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VERY nice Shane, thanks a bunch! I'm sure a lot of work went into this already, but one request: When multiple abrasives such as Rubin, Granat, Brilliant, and Cristal all show up, say for the ETS 150 for sanding bare wood, could you have some sort of "1st choice, 2nd choice, etc."?

Regards, Dick

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Dick, maybe I need to make it clearer, but they are in order of recommendation.

Offline dicktill

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Dick, maybe I need to make it clearer, but they are in order of recommendation.

I was wondering if that was the case, but it didn't "hit me upside the head". Thanks again!

Offline gnlman

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Sandpaper for dummies(j/k)....perfect for me....thank you very much, a great tool to make our choices easier....especially for us non pro's...that would be me.....

Greg

Offline TelcoRandy

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Finally something that isn't NAINA!
I'm an abrasives newbie so I'll definitely check it out.

Thanks Shane!

Offline JimRay

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Thanks, Jim. Almost a throw back to the old Select-A-Screw.  [smile]

Embarrassed to say that Select-a-Screw never worked as well as this new "Select-an-Abrasive"

Jim
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Awesome. Super-useful.

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I like that it places the results in order of best for the task.

Seth

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Added backing pads to the search results to make it easy to see what pad(s) are available for your sander.  [thumbs up]

Offline grbmds

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Is there a significant difference in results or paper life between Granat and Rubin for prepping bare wood for staining and/or finishing? In my one use of the 125 I thought the results were great with the Granat I bought as a set with the sander.
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Is there a significant difference in results or paper life between Granat and Rubin for prepping bare wood for staining and/or finishing? In my one use of the 125 I thought the results were great with the Granat I bought as a set with the sander.

No, for bare wood, the results and paper life will be very similar. You will save slightly on price with Rubin.

Offline Gerald_D

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Thanks Shane- appreciate the efforts in creating this!  I will be using this frequently (and also very soon as I have a new DTS400 on the way).

Regards,
Gerald
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Offline mheffernan

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Thanks for the link. Very helpful.
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Offline Tinker

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This is great, Shane.
I am slowly getting to bottoms of piles of discs I bought many moons ago and renewing as i go.
Your hard work will make my work so much simpler and much easier.
Thanks
Tinker
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Offline Cabenth

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Re: Abrasives search tool - RO90 'sample pack' contents
« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2014, 07:20 AM »
Didn't know where best to put this question so here it is...

I just received my RO90. It is advertised to come with an abrasive 'sample pack' but I only see 2 pieces, both the blue, course grit, one for the delta, one for the round. What is supposed to be in that pack, and are the sheets just tossed in the systainer, not wrapped in a bag or anything?

All the product images indicate 6 pieces, 1 blue and 2 white for both round and delta.
If what I got was correct, why bother?

While we're on the subject, it would be nice if Festool offered an abrasive progression pack, maybe 7 sheets each of 60, 100, 150, 220, 320, 500, and 1k. That's one piece less than your 50 sheet packs, but far more useful for someone who doesn't have a floor to sand (in my opinion).

Thanks for your help

Offline mike_aa

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Cabenth,

If you need a small assortment of abrasives for the RO90 or any sander, Tom Bellemare at Tool Home will gladly make one up for you in the quantities you need for each grit.  He helped me with my RO90 and other sanders I have.  In fact, as soon as I recover from this Recon sale I'll be calling him myself to get one for the recon RS2 I got.

Mike A.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 09:17 AM by mike_aa »

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Re: Abrasives search tool - RO90 'sample pack' contents
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM »
Didn't know where best to put this question so here it is...

I just received my RO90. It is advertised to come with an abrasive 'sample pack' but I only see 2 pieces, both the blue, course grit, one for the delta, one for the round. What is supposed to be in that pack, and are the sheets just tossed in the systainer, not wrapped in a bag or anything?

All the product images indicate 6 pieces, 1 blue and 2 white for both round and delta.
If what I got was correct, why bother?

While we're on the subject, it would be nice if Festool offered an abrasive progression pack, maybe 7 sheets each of 60, 100, 150, 220, 320, 500, and 1k. That's one piece less than your 50 sheet packs, but far more useful for someone who doesn't have a floor to sand (in my opinion).

Thanks for your help


When the RO 90 first came to North America, it included very generous abrasive packs in both configurations. For quite some time now, it has only had one sheet of Granat in each configuration.


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Offline Cabenth

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Thanks Tom.

One area where Festool sorely lacks... 2 pieces of paper isn't a 'pack' and it's not even a sample since there's only the one kind of the one grit. At best, it's 'starter paper.' Just enough to be able to make sure the device works. Maybe they should call it 'Proof of Function Abrasive.' (POFA) that's all it is. Suppose the bosses tissue is they advertise a pack, show a picture that should get you started, but I could not find any place where it actually laid out what was in the box.

Offline grbmds

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I don't remember every buying a sander (and I own older sanders from Makita, Rockwell (really old), and Dewalt) that included any sandpaper. I wouldn't even expect it.
Randy

Offline rst

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Bob Marino sells many grits in 10 packs.  Bob is GREAT!!