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Offline gostauffergo

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Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:09 PM »
I'm a general remodeler who's getting fed up with hand sanding drywall mud. I have a taper, but I generally do stuff myself when the job is small (kitchen, bath, etc). I'm thinking of buying the Planex easy, but I also could use a palm type sander, because the Planex just won't fit in every space.

I remember seeing a particular sander mentioned in the past as being a good fit for drywall because of how gentle it could be. I've searched online a bunch, but when I search for things like "Festool drywall sander" I only get articles and posts about the Planex. I think Myron Ferguson may have mentioned a specific sander in an ad or something if I remember correctly.


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Offline Corwin

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 04:19 PM »
You're probably thinking of the RTS 400, or the DTS 400 sanders. They have a 2mm stroke, so they're fine sanders. The only difference between the two is the shape of the pad.

RTS 400 Sander

DTS 400 Sander

They are both also available in cordless versions, if you prefer.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2018, 04:29 PM by Corwin »
Looks like your rabbit joint is a hare off! ;)

Offline Dane

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 04:49 PM »
I use the ETS 150 all the time for drywall.  Works great.  Turn it down way low and off to go.  Last time I even took an old sanding disc and used some spray adhesive to attach a piece of drywall sanding screen to it, worked great.

That said, there is a WEN drywall sander for about 100.00 on Amazon that gets great reviewer.  I’m thinking about getting that for an upcoming job.

Offline gostauffergo

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2018, 05:24 PM »
You're probably thinking of the RTS 400, or the DTS 400 sanders. They have a 2mm stroke, so they're fine sanders. The only difference between the two is the shape of the pad.

RTS 400 Sander

DTS 400 Sander

They are both also available in cordless versions, if you prefer.

Thanks so much for that, I think that's them. How does the dust collection on the cordless sanders compare to the non cordless? I haven't seen them compared much.

Offline ColossusX

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2018, 07:19 PM »
I use my Pro5/ets125 and a dewalt 5" ros when doing drywall with abranet abrasives.  I can't complain about either.  And I've been looking at the Wen.  The reviews for the price seem great. I just upgraded my dust collection from a CT-SYS to a Bosch VAC090AH. 

Offline Alex

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2018, 01:47 AM »
The DTS and RTS work fine for drywall, but I prefer a random orbit sander like the ETS 125 or 150 because you get a smoother result and less chance of gouging.

Offline RKA

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2018, 06:53 AM »
I use my ETS EC 150/3 with an interface pad and the speed dialed down.  It makes quick work of it and most of the dust that escapes falls straight down.  The DTS does a better job getting into corners obviously, but on the flat sections, the ETS is great. 

The non-EC models are not ideal here.  Too heavy and more top heavy, so vertical and ceiling work would be tiring. 
-Raj

Offline Alex

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2018, 10:35 AM »
The non-EC models are not ideal here.  Too heavy and more top heavy, so vertical and ceiling work would be tiring.

Totally disagree, they're a breeze.

Offline gostauffergo

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 11:21 PM »
I use my Pro5/ets125 and a dewalt 5" ros when doing drywall with abranet abrasives.  I can't complain about either.  And I've been looking at the Wen.  The reviews for the price seem great. I just upgraded my dust collection from a CT-SYS to a Bosch VAC090AH.

What grits are you using? I just picked up the DYSC and a bunch of 120 and 240 grit. Will that work?

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2018, 01:19 AM »
What is a DYSC?

Also Festool now makes a version of their Granat sandpaper that is mesh. I have not used it yet but I hear that it is wonderful on drywall.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2018, 09:31 AM »
If it’s a small patch repair or other repair that doesn’t warrant my Planex getting set-up, I use my EC sanders or my DTS 400.
Rare disagreement with Alex regarding the ECs versus the older ETS for wall or ceiling work. Once I bought a couple of EC sanders, I’d never want to use an older ETS on a ceiling or wall again if I could help it.
 The ECs are so light and maneuverable.....
Not as many Sanders as PA Floor guy.....

Offline aloysius

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2018, 10:00 AM »
Mirka's DEOS is a much more aggressive (by 50%), but featherlight alternative that has a similar footprint (in its smallest iteration) to Festo's "400" & Duplex.  There's a bigger (read longer, similar format to a long plasterers' pad sander) version too.

Similarly, the DEROS is yet another electrically commutated random orbital sander that comes in a choice of 2.5mm, 5mm or an unprecedented 8mm orbital diameters & 125 or 150mm pads.  The latter with 120/150 or even 180g Abranet might make for a fast, smooth & lightweight plaster machine.

Mirka's direct drive, brushless machines are probably the only sanders considered by many users to be a superior alternative to Festool's much more limited range of equivalent EC machines.  Their main downside is that you'll have to get up close & personal to your work, rather than operating at arms' length or greater with a giraffe type machine.  Their benefits are light weight, low levels of NVH & superior gypsum dust extraction.  Abranet mesh abrasives are also remarkably long-lasting & less prone to clogging in softer mediums like jointing compound, cornice cement etc.

Mirka's proprietory "plug-it" cable connector is, just like Festool's own, liable to premature failure (at the cable-end, mercifully not usually on the machine's male connectors) too.  New cables can become an expensive consumable, & it's probably advisable to always carry a spare for Justin.

Festool's edge protectors may at times be desireable for protecting delicate cornice & mouldings:  Mirka doesn't offer edge protection strips, but thicker basepads on the platen will at least go some way to protect easily damaged adjacent surfaces.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2018, 10:29 AM by aloysius »
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Offline ColossusX

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Re: Best non-planex small sander for drywall?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2018, 10:37 AM »
What is a DYSC?

Also Festool now makes a version of their Granat sandpaper that is mesh. I have not used it yet but I hear that it is wonderful on drywall.
I use the Abranet mesh 220.  Works great with any sander I've tried.