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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Rotex vs ETS vs ETS EC
« Last post by RobBob on Today at 07:08 AM »
No modification to the pad or sander is needed.

I wonder what the difference in weight is between the two different size pads?

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Thanks for the replies ! Looks like I'll stick with normal hoses then as whatever I buy
in the future, won't be completely anti-static from ground up and adding some wire/grounding
makes more economical sense for my home setup.
Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Help me choose a router
« Last post by shanegrilah on Today at 06:55 AM »
I have two Bosch 1617's that are both 15+ years old. Used them for hand work, router table and as a spindle in a home made CNC machine. Burnt the main bearing up once due to the latter but replaced the bearing, which was fairly easy and about $20, and it just keeps running.

Only complaint I have is that when fine tuning the depth adjustment the motor body does get hung up a little on the base. The small knob can become hard to turn. A little jiggle between the two helps. Maybe they have addressed this on newer models.

Probably best, as stated earlier, if you can get hands on with them to see if you like the depth adjustment of one over the other.

Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: OF 1010
« Last post by ear3 on Today at 06:52 AM »
As no one has mentioned it yet, I will just add that the 1010 operates brilliantly with the horizontal edging plate:

This lets you tackle basically any edging application you want to throw at it.  The edging plate will also work on the 1400, though generally I've found the setup a bit unwieldy compared to how it works on the 1010.

Festool unfortunately doesn't bundle the plate together with the angle arm and dust shroud, which have to be bought together with the plate to make it functional, so you are looking at appx.  another $160 to enable this feature of the router.

For myself, when I face a task that is within the capabilities of both the 1400 and the 1010, I almost always reach for the 1010 first, since I like its compact size and feel.  And I have never felt it to be underpowered when operating edge forming bits at the upper end of the 1/4" shank capacity.
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Hose connections and their sizes.
« Last post by Gregor on Today at 05:40 AM »
Regarding extra connections: a sealed ball bearing is airtight enough to not reduce suction through bleeding in air, one like this one (<14€, from a very quick and shallow search for ball bearing 50mm sealed just to get an example, certainly some more digging will surface even cheaper ones as you likely won't need it to take high loads).

Make a block with a 50mm through boring so it accepts the VAC side connector on one side and a wider boaring to seat the bearing (which then seats the pipe) on the other and you would have both a rotating seal and can freely rotate the pipes along it's central axis (or the hose, when attaching such a block reversed).

I suggest to go for 50mm ID vac-side hose/pipe so it'll continue to be useful should you ever decide to get stuff like a HL 850 or a big router, having a 50mm female connector on the room side end will let you plug in a normal festool hose of the diameter you need for the current job (27mm - possible sleeved - one to have it flexible for eg. sanding, thick one in case you need to move chips instead of dust) and take it off should you ever need it out of the way. Bigger ID is always good as it has better airflow.
Festool How To... / Re: Suggestions with how to use a TS55
« Last post by RKA on Today at 05:36 AM »
Rka thanks I completely missed that part. I didn't click on the picture so it was cut off on that part.

I was more so thinking of say hanging 2ft on either side and center the sheet on the basic mft with those supports hanging off


Also I saw those things in 2x4 or 1x3 would the 1x3 you think would be strong enough for my idea?

The 2x4 ones are 20mm drops for the mft table

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@earcaesar1 I don’t see why a 1x3 wouldn’t work.  You should only need about a foot of overhang on each side of the MFT.  As long as you clamp it down to 2 MFT’s I think it would be fine.  The 1x3 brackets are also available with 20mm posts. 
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: MFT Options
« Last post by Birdhunter on Today at 05:34 AM »
I have no way of knowing how many use their MFT accessories, but I use the flip down rail frequently with my TS55 and my 1400 router. I have never used the protractor head. I trust the hole pattern plus bench dogs more than the protractor.
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Hose connections and their sizes.
« Last post by Musto on Today at 05:08 AM »
Ok so, I measured my D27/32 hose and found that the 32 side of the hose has 32MM ID // 39MM OD
and the 27 side of the hose is 27MM ID // 34mm OD.
So for the smaller size hoses i found i can use the festool connectors (except for 32mm hose Festool is not making tool adaptors).
If someone would be so kind to measure the OD of there D36 hose? then I think my question is solved.

@Gregor @rvieceli the boom will only be 1.5M long (+-5ft) and only has a turning angle of 180° so I think the extra connections for this shorter length will bring more problems then just feeding some extra hose trough.
But your idea made me start thinking again, and maybe if I reposition the boom and use some swivel connections to attach the hose to the aluminium pipe i can use the boom for a turning angle of 360° (you never know when it will come in handy)
For that idea i will have to check that my light fixtures aren't gonna get destroyed by the boom  [big grin]
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: MFT Options
« Last post by Gregor on Today at 04:25 AM »
I wouldn't want 'high grade steel' saw horses, blades are expensive...

As you have a TS, rail and a Domino: you can build a leevalley clone in just a few minutes, saw horses (in any height you need them) are also a very easy and quick built.
Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Rotex vs ETS vs ETS EC
« Last post by Gregor on Today at 04:09 AM »
I sincerely think the Festool rep you chatted with was just blowing smoke.
Could well be, hard to say without putting a sizeable amount of them through a destructive A/B test (half normal, half modified, let run till they die). Question is if any possible difference in outcome will be relevant for an average user.

I'm honestly unsure about this, having myself destroyed some vibrators (500g unbalanced mass class) by slightly reducing their imbalance (leading in a resonance that was way more effective in moving the material on the linear vibration feeder where they were mounted - but also way more effective in killing the bearings in their motors, for some reason).

On a daily basis I use my ETS EC 125 with both a 125mm & a 150mm pad and find NO
differences in vibration levels between the 2 pads.
Which is an interesting data point - the guy also claimed that the pads are incompatible and the 150mm one can't be fittet on an ETC EC 125 without modification. So unless you skipped the part where you dremel'd the pads into being useable... I guess your initial guess about validity of the statement from the representative can be answered in a very clear manner.

Thanks for your input.
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