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Member postings for Stuart Bell

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Thread: Festool owners
02/04/2008 22:08:00
the simple answer is what surface areas are you sanding we use 150s as we arent confined within say a small panelled door or the like as our work is mainly large vennered areas and prepping mdf edges for sealing with laquers having said that these machines handle well on finer jobs on the orbital setting regards stuart
01/04/2008 21:12:00

hello paul

i have to say that we have only ever replaced carbon brushes in our time with festool products, we had to replace everything in 1997 after a break in and we are still using all of those tools except for one router which we ran over with the forklift. cost doesnot really come into it. i may have unintentionally misled you as we didnot start using festool till 1990 ish after trying hitachi which were ok and a lot of bosch which were great sanders but to put it into perspective they would only last 6-12 months and we put that down to continual use. its not til you try something like festool that you realise that they are leagues ahead both for refinement and robustness which is difficult to achieve cheaply on such relatively miniature engineering hope this helps regards stuart

31/03/2008 23:48:00
we use exclusively festool in my business thats me and two other people and having been in operation since 1986 i have to say that festool gear can be used all day without developing niggles and they dont get hot etc etc. the rotex machine is the best sander we have used we use no other sanders in a shopfitting/barfitting enviroment i recently bought in a rash moment a makita sander similar to the rotex but after an impressive start it soon fell behind when sanding 26mm mdf edges on bar tables in a production situation. its really about refinement and stamina if my opinion is worth anything, but for the occasional user the cost is probably going to be an issue hope this is of use to some one regards stuart 
02/04/2008 22:08:00
the simple answer is what surface areas are you sanding we use 150s as we arent confined within say a small panelled door or the like as our work is mainly large vennered areas and prepping mdf edges for sealing with laquers having said that these machines handle well on finer jobs on the orbital setting regards stuart
01/04/2008 21:12:00

hello paul

i have to say that we have only ever replaced carbon brushes in our time with festool products, we had to replace everything in 1997 after a break in and we are still using all of those tools except for one router which we ran over with the forklift. cost doesnot really come into it. i may have unintentionally misled you as we didnot start using festool till 1990 ish after trying hitachi which were ok and a lot of bosch which were great sanders but to put it into perspective they would only last 6-12 months and we put that down to continual use. its not til you try something like festool that you realise that they are leagues ahead both for refinement and robustness which is difficult to achieve cheaply on such relatively miniature engineering hope this helps regards stuart

31/03/2008 23:48:00
we use exclusively festool in my business thats me and two other people and having been in operation since 1986 i have to say that festool gear can be used all day without developing niggles and they dont get hot etc etc. the rotex machine is the best sander we have used we use no other sanders in a shopfitting/barfitting enviroment i recently bought in a rash moment a makita sander similar to the rotex but after an impressive start it soon fell behind when sanding 26mm mdf edges on bar tables in a production situation. its really about refinement and stamina if my opinion is worth anything, but for the occasional user the cost is probably going to be an issue hope this is of use to some one regards stuart 
Thread: Burning sawdust
23/03/2008 21:22:00
i run a successful sawmill and furnituremaking business and have three of these burners supplying sustainable and very cheap heating my staff wouldnot be without them regards stuart
23/03/2008 20:31:00
hello wilf. on the subject of sawdust burning i runa simple burner as described on the mothereathnews website its very simple and very safe giving off gentle heat over along period. i wouldnot recommend composting as believe it or not timber gives off toxins when decomposing that will kill the beneficial bacteria in your compost pile, and i hate to say it but it is not good for the enviroment hope this helps regards stuart
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