I don't know if people have seen this promotion, but my PC 5" orbital is
getting long in the tooth so I thought I'd take a trip to the green side.
Basically a Festool for $50 (I'm assuming I can sell the $50 voucher to
Leon for $49 8^)
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 9:58:43 AM UTC-4, Brewster wrote:
Leon might have to wait a while to partake of your offer...
"Due to overwhelming demand, Festool has asked all dealers to suspend taking orders for the PRO 5 until further notice. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be informed of updates, including when the PRO 5 sander will be available for order again."
orders for the PRO 5 until further notice. Please subscribe to our
to be informed of updates, including when the PRO 5 sander will be
available for order again."
Yeah, I had heard of this offer earlier this week and jumped in. Won't
ship until November, but maybe Leon will accept $48? (or because it is a
"limited edition voucher", the price could be higher 8^)
That's an outstanding price on an outstanding sander. It says "Out of
Stock" but Highland has them, complete with free shipping.
With the 10% discount on vacs and the $50 coupon, the sander is almost
free. (In some cases, it will be free.) I wonder what the actual T&C's
are on coupon are. Looks like it's got to be used between Nov 1 and Dec
31, which means you've got to be serious about buying another Festool
Tool soon. I wonder if some of the more accessory type items are
Does anyone have the Kapex CMS? Is it worth the $1475? Wow, I thought
it was closer to $1000... I'll probably get a LOT more bang for the buck
with another brand!
The smallest vac, the CT SYS HEPA vac does sure look like it'll be light
enough to move around fairly easily. When I use my RO125 at the club, I
have to bring my Fein along and that's not fun.
The Woodcraft disclaimer says:
"* The rebate coupon is valid until December 31, 2016 and can be used on
any future purchase of a Festool tool, except for the PRO 5 LTD. Rebates
cannot be combined."
On 09 Oct 2016 05:12:59 GMT, Puckdropper
I think there was a tread on FOG saying that they were having a lot of
problems with them and that Festool wasn't standing behind the
product. You might take a look. They were in the $1100 range but
that was several across-the-board price increases ago.
Even the big ones are easy to move. The rear handle makes it sorta
like a hand truck. The wheels are big enough that it has no trouble
going up and down stairs, for example. They aren't heavy, anyway.
That's the ploy of "the more you buy, the more you save!" unless you're
buying something else anyways...The Woodland "special deal" w/ one of
the dust collectors doesn't let you out of the store for under about
The sander at the price isn't a bad deal with the accessories included;
presuming it lives up to the reputation of its predecessors.
Didn't see it specifically on the Woodcraft page; I presume it's hook'n
loop; is there a PAS pad available? The cost differential for papers
the way I use one is more than I care to pay for long-term so I use PS
papers 90+% of time w/ just the occasional H&L when changing more often...
A very good price, the one that most like, the ETS 125, is a bit lower
wattage is very close to $200.00. Oddly, same voltage, same amp, but
And I almost bought the ETS 125 a couple of months ago. I opted for the
more expensive ETS EC Brushless 125/3 after compairing and using both
side by side. It is a much more powerful finish sander that has a lower
center of gravity. Read that as easier to handle at different angles.
A word about hook and loop, BTW I believe all Festool sanders employ
some type of hook and loop.
I used to use PSA paper on Porter Cable sanders. I could not see the
advantage of H&L just for the ability to remove a grit and replace
later. I very often went through numerous pieces of the same grit
before ever considering changing to a different grit. And I used either
PC paper or 3M so I was buying a good quality paper.
Then about 8 years ago I replaced my right angle PC ROS with the Festool
Rotex 5" sander.
Things I noticed immediately were that this paper is far superior to
what I had been using. With the CT22 Festool vac, or any vac, the paper
very seldom loaded up. With that issue out of the way the paper stays
cooler and lasts longer.
I started using the Rubin Festool papers and was very happy. I felt
that the Rubin papers were lasting at least 50% longer than any of the
PC or 3M brands of paper. So that effectively made the Festool paper
less experience than it looked from an inexperienced point of view.
Later I found the Festool Crystal paper and it was shockingly long
lived. It could sand through glue and never load the paper. I will say
that it was not quite as tough as the Rubin papers but if you were
careful It would last at least 2 times longer than the Rubin paper with
regular sanding and 3~4 times longer when sanding glue squeeze out off
of fresh glued joints.
And in the past year I have discovered the Granat paper, light blue in
This paper is phenomenal. It is about 90% as tough and resistant to
tear as the Rubin paper and in all seriousness it lasts 4~10 times
longer than the same grit Rubin.
I used one disk of the Granat 120 grit on "two" large projects. I used
it to sand the glue on all joints and I used to actually remove the
stain finish on one of the pieces that I was not happy with. That was
between 24 and 36 hours of applying the stain. No loading what so ever
from the glue or the stain. And the paper just seems to never quit cutting.
I tried a 10 pack of the Granat 120 grit in the beginning, I bought that
early last year. I am just about ready to run out and replace with a 50
pack..., there are 1 or 2 disks left from the 10 pack.
Last, with all of these papers it is difficult to look at the paper to
see if it is worn out. With a vac the paper remains clean. You have to
physically feel the grit to determine if it is still sharp. ;~)
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