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Paul Finlay29/03/2008 13:37:00
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Ben take a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdOi3JM4PQ4

and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1lTEL4Wex0

And add the fact that festool sandpaper lasts 10 times longer and at about the same price as bosch sandpaper.

£300 + vat

Would that jusify it for you ? 

Woodworker29/03/2008 13:56:00
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Paul, that does look very impressive, especially the easy switch from rotary to random orbit. I've embedded those videso below:





Paul Finlay29/03/2008 14:27:00
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I don't actualy have that sander but my Bosch ( 9 years old ) has been repaired 4 time and the switch is giving trouble now so I'm looking quite hard at the rotex.

So far 2 thumbs up for the saw 

Paul Finlay29/03/2008 14:51:00
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Tought you might like to see this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bogSIokPMcc

I still can't get over the power from this drill, I mean it is only a 12v and weighs 1.7kg. 

Stuart Bell31/03/2008 23:48:00
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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 
Woodworker01/04/2008 12:15:00
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Hi Stuart, do you think it's more expensive in the long run, or cheaper because of build quality and endurance, to run Festool exclusively?
Paul Finlay01/04/2008 19:35:00
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Hi Stuart

I have not heard one bad word about festool ( maybe the price ) from anybody who uses them. I have only recently invested big in their tools and I think their the best around. You have been using them alot longer than I have since 1986 ( I was only 3 ) so maybe you could tell be is their repair service any good ?

Cheers Paul

Stuart Bell01/04/2008 21:12:00
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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

Woodworker02/04/2008 19:40:00
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Hi Stuart, Festool have two similar sanders available; the Festool RO 125 FEQ-Plus Sander (285 ish) and the Festool RO 150 FEQ-Plus Rotex Sander (370 ish). Which one would you recommend? Cheers, Ben
Paul Finlay02/04/2008 20:47:00
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Ben you will find all the answers to your question here

http://www.festoolownersgroup.com/

There was a lengthly disscussion on the 2 sanders and witch one to get but bare in mind that most of the people on the site are american where festool is cheap. For example one guy had 9 sanders and another 11 on top of routers, saws, dust extractors etc. 

Woodworker02/04/2008 20:55:00
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Thanks Paul.
Stuart Bell02/04/2008 22:08:00
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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
Paul Finlay04/04/2008 19:55:00
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Hi Ben

Are you going to take the plunge again ? 

Woodworker04/04/2008 20:02:00
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Not for a little while Paul, still recovering from the last purchase!
Woodworker04/04/2008 20:03:00
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PS. like the pun!

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