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Offline Scott Burt

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2018, 10:46 PM »
A number of folks here referred to the LS130 as a stair master.  I bought of for the same project.  Which stock pad do you use for the tread bullnose or do you recommend the "do it yourself" pad to custom match it?

The 18 or 25 mm concave attachments work there. Sometimes it is easier to put an interface pad or two on a RO90 for bullnose (and other shapes) though.

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Offline dataz722

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2019, 04:50 PM »
I recently got a RO150 and CT26 and am loving them.  I think I have drank the koolaid on Festool (well my credit card hasn't quite yet), and now want to get a finish sander to go the the RO.  Right now i'm most likely looking at the ETS EC 150/3 eq-plus, but have started to think about either the DTS or RTS 400 as they look like they could be more versatile and get into places the round sanders can't.  I do all sorts of projects from remodeling (not professionally) to woodworking and all kinds from small "craft show projects" to larger cabinets and furniture.

I know in a perfect world I would just get all three of them, but I can't quite swing that.  Which would be best for me to go with now?

Thanks!
« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 06:31 PM by dataz722 »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2019, 05:30 PM »
On the DTS and RTS 400; I wish these two were combined into one sander with interchangeable pads, maybe even more than the two pad shapes like a quarter sheet pad and a square one too.
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Offline ColossusX

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2019, 06:35 PM »
On the DTS and RTS 400; I wish these two were combined into one sander with interchangeable pads, maybe even more than the two pad shapes like a quarter sheet pad and a square one too.

Completely agree. 

Offline kilo

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2019, 06:21 PM »
I am new to this forum and to Festool tools.  I have a CT26 and a previously owned Bosch 6" sander.  I would like a complimentary smaller sander for details, edges, corners etc.  I am a hobbyist do cabinets, furniture pieces, old floor reviving, etc.  I have been drawn to the Rotex 90 for it's versatility.  Is that a good choice?  I feel my final detail sanding can be done with a block.

Offline cdrogers

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2020, 03:13 PM »
I would also just like to add what a valuable resource this is and has been. Thank you for sharing.

Offline VirTERM

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2020, 03:32 PM »
I am new to this forum and to Festool tools.  I have a CT26 and a previously owned Bosch 6" sander.  I would like a complimentary smaller sander for details, edges, corners etc.  I am a hobbyist do cabinets, furniture pieces, old floor reviving, etc.  I have been drawn to the Rotex 90 for it's versatility.  Is that a good choice?  I feel my final detail sanding can be done with a block.
DTS400 would be better if you also need finishing, but I am sure that RO90 will work almost equally well

Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2020, 11:45 PM »
I’m sort of a dilettante woodworker, but I’ll put in my two cents worth. I have a Rotex 125, and judging from the comments on FOG I should have bought a 150.
I have a DTS 400 and will probably sell it, as it always vibrates too much.
I have an RO90 and it is my most used sander; for remodel work, and drywall corners, etc.
I have the older ETS 125; it’s good for finishing; but I’m really tempted by the new brushless model, will give it a try at the local dealer. I don’t really need the cordless feature as the dust collection will always be needed.
Since I don’t need production speed, for the most part I’m fine with the 5 inch sanders, but the Rotex 150 for external siding prep sounds good.

Offline SonOfMI

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Re: Festool Sander Guide
« Reply #38 on: June 28, 2020, 07:45 PM »
The 150 (6") sander pads fit and work perfectly on the ETS EC 125/3. Right now buying the ETS EC 125/3 and the 150 soft sander pad gives you the 150 sander while saving about $60 US dollars. I purchased the ETS EC 125/3 last week along with the 150 soft pad. To compare dust collection I compared it with my ETS 150 by sprinkling the same amount of sanding dust on a board and running the ETS then the ETS EC. Both sanders cleaned up the board while giving great sanding. I did this several times with the same results. The brake on the ETS EC 125/3 still works with the 150 pad installed on it.

The ETS EC is lighter than the ETS - even comparing my friends ETS EC 150/3. To both myself and my friend the ETS EC gives better performance. By that I mean it gave the sanded finish desired faster than the ETS. The ETS gave the same sanded finish but it took a couple more passes.

With a 150 pad attached to the ETS EC 125/3, the sander no longer fits nicely in the plastic tool tray in the Systainer. The 150 sandpaper also does not fit in the cutout provided in the tray for sandpaper. The insert tray is sized for 125. I just used some
1.5" thick Kaizen foam from FastCap. I cut a piece to size and shape by using the insert tray as a template then cut spots for the sander, sandpaper, and wrench.

The ETS EC 125/3 I bought is Festool # 576340. This is with the new Systainer 3. It's the same sander as the previous # though. The 150 soft pad I bought is Festool # 202458. I previously bought the 150 hard pad which is Festool # 202460. That pad also fits works perfectly on the ETS EC 125/3 I bought.

I didn't see this info posted in this thread and since this thread is pinned it may help others without forcing them to weed through a bunch of search results. Some of this info is posted elsewhere in FOG, but some people said the 150 pads caused the brake on the ETS EC 125 sander to not function. I saw that to not be the case. The brake works great. I also did not see anyone state what exact pads they tried.

Anyway. Hope this helps someone in the future.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2020, 07:55 PM by SonOfMI »