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Thank you for all your advice. I found the Youtube video particularly helpful. I am now the happy owner of an RO 90 and a CT midi and I think they were the perfect choice- not that I can't envision other additions to the arsenal in the future! I can't believe how well the dust vac works and the sander- where do I begin? Love at first sanding.
"Because we no longer offer the spark trap as an attachment to our
dust extractors, we are unable to provide a dust extraction system
that is suitable for connecting to these saws when cutting metal."

Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but does this mean that FT
does not condone cutting metal with any of these saws regardless
of the blade manufacturer and/or chip collection system used?

Will the manuals for these saws be revised to state that cutting metal
is not approved and could void warranty?
I have used the ETS EC 150/5 extensively over the last months. I love it. I also have the Rotex 150.

It all depends on what type of surface you are preparing, and size. For a finish sander I think the ETS EC is great. :)

I sanded down 96 doors during the last month and a half, both sides, and up to three times (matting down, surface fix, resanding before primer and then one more time before top coat . Had I used the Rotex I would have been worn out. It was a breeze with the ETS EC. Literally. I used the Rotex 150 for a couple of doors that needed more aggressive sanding and it was a relief to get back to the ETS EC... The ETS EC does reasonably well with slightly aggressive sanding provided you use the right paper! With Festool and Mirka paper for removing/sanding paint the papers last a looooong time but with the papers for bare wood, not so much when sanding down painted surfaces.

We also have a Mirka Deros 150 and it was used as well but for the most part I preferred the ETS EC 150.  Dust collection is excellent. Sander is quiet. I have no regrets. :)

The ETS EC isn't a very aggressive sander but it does "well" with lower grits. With higher grits I find the ETS EC 150/5 works better for me than the 150/3. We do spray painting (HVLP) in the shop and don't see the need for the 150/3 for our work flow.

Would be the "only" sander for me? No, I have the RTS 400, the Rotex 150 and the ETS EC 150 and a RAS115.

Can you explain why you prefer the ETS EC over the DEROS? I have a CEROS (6” and 5” pads, which I love) but I’d love to hear from you (and anyone else) why people like one over the other. 
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Festool and mafell
« Last post by Holmz on Today at 05:44 PM »
A previous poster stated that " Dowels are dowels."

I think I can agree with that statement.

Tautologies are certainly easier to follow than sentences without punctuation

     dowels are not dowels i can not agree with that statement


Youre driving me into a comma
Hi @Turner85 and welcome to the FOG.

There are a couple of versions of the CTL 36 E AC, including your HD version and a PLANEX version. The former comes with a 36mm to 32mm tapered green/black standard hose, and the latter with the black PLANEX hose.

If it's like the first picture, you're good to go with your ETS EC and the cleaning kits. If it's like the second picture, you'll need someone with a PLANEX hose to confirm as I'm unfortunately not "in the know" with regard to those.

Festool How To... / Re: Drilling a hole in nothing?
« Last post by Holmz on Today at 05:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone,
Seems most of yo had the same idea. I don't have enough experience to disagree with anything, so I guess I'll just have a go and see how I get on.

If I can just ask one more question..................I'll need to fill the space where the faceplate was on the edge of the door, and I wondered if you would reccommend 2 part filler over a regular wood filler, particularly if it's going to be drilled? Never used the 2 part, so no idea of it's use.



Anything... That area will be under compression if there is a new faceplate.
And if no Nee face plate then it just needs to stay in place.
(That said the locks always seem to leave a greasy residue or it is brass polished..)

Popsicle sticks glued down, a wooden plug, bondo, ...
I’m surprised Festool has never developed an indexed drilling template that integrates with the MTF for the domino.  It would be something similar to Mafell’s to make it easier to align dominos on longer joints.   

It would make more sense than trying to align one mortise off the next Mortise using pins.

Welcome to the forum!  Sorry to hear about what appears to be shipping damage.  I wish that I could help you with your questions but I don't have that CT.  BUT others here do and I am sure an answer will be coming up.

Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: ETC-EC 150/3 or ETS-EC-150/5
« Last post by yetihunter on Today at 05:26 PM »
If I had to sell all of my sanders but one, I'd
definitely keep the ETS-EC 150/3, no debate.
I'm sure the 5mm stroke version, the 125 version
with a 150mm pad of a Mirka Deros would all
fit the same bill.

I do like my ets 125 (pro5), but it's
a nice addition and not a do-all.   
I use it with high grits between/after
finish or any time I need to be gentle or
the 150 is too large. 

I have most of the Festool sanders and
the ETS 150 EC and ETS 125/Pro5 get used
the most for woodworking. 

To throw in another material: Plexiglass.
Moisture resistant, millable with the usual tools, perfect for glueup with itself , high strength, not that brittle, available in many colors (incl. transparent).
Although I am a HUGE fan of lexan, it is not going to be as tough as ABS, albeit stiffer than ABS. There is not much flex in lexan before it breaks (Unless heated).

Then we get back to the concept of forming them over mandrel using a vacuum or some press.  [big grin]
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