As I mentioned to Robatoy, I'm dubious about the need for the aggressive
action of the Rotex series. (but I'm holding that option)
As for dust extraction I have two of these:
They have a "remote" on/off transmitter. I use one with my Festool TS75.
It works perfectly. I feel confident that it will work with the ROS.
So how well would you say the 150/5 compares to a Bosch 3727DVS? (which I
I don't have a woodworking "business" but I do quite a bit of work "by
request" for family, friends and those who might become aware of my work.
Under that circumstance I'm not under any kind of production deadline but I
have a real appreciation for tools that "do the job right".
Many thanks for your input.
I can partially help you there ... I have a Bosch 3727DEVS, which was my
go to sander for face frame and panel work before I got the Rotex125,
and always used after using the belt sander ... which I no longer need
with the Rotex125.
There is NO comparison, although the Bosch stood me in good stead for a
number of years, it has been sitting on the shelf and may not ever be
used again ... I won't even bother to turn it on with this less than
five feet away:
... except for any situation where I might put the Festool sanders in
My mantra ... I never quibble when it comes to springing for the tools
needed to get the job done. Skimp there and you negate most of the
satisfaction, as well as a good deal of the time and expense of getting
any project completed.
The best tools you can buy will save you money in the long run ...
Now what about the new rotex, the 90? Is that just another even smaller
version, or does it have capabilities not in the 125 or 150? I think the
90 is ~3.5", 125 = 5" 150 = 6".
Somewhere I saw a price of ~$650 for it plus a dustextractor, but the combo
description wasn't clear to me, and it in't available until March, IIRC.
Besides being smaller, with the same dual mode charateristics as the
larger multi-mode sanders, it also has "ability to swap the round pad
for a delta-shaped pad to reach deep into corners and crevices."
I found that I use the agrssive mode more often than the fine mode. So I
would not be concerned about that if you want to save time sanding.
Basically the agressive mode speeds sanding. You can sand with the typical
ROS for 30 minutes or the Rotex in agressive mode for 5~10 minutes, you
simply move the sander more quickly to accomplish the same thing. And of
course if you need to remove more material in certain spots it is very very
capable of keeping up with a belt sander with out having to change sanders.
At the very least give one a work out at your local dealer or give the 30
day try at home a run for its money.
I thought Leon said that both modes of the festers were random orbit,
but the video and descriptions definitely sound like one is a rotary
and the other random orbit. Can you clarify?
The 9-hole system sure sounds like nice tech.
Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more...doubt is thought and thought
is life. Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought.
-- Albert Guerard
Dont recall saying that however I do believe Robatoy indicated something
along the lines of random orbit and a more agressive random orbit but with
an added circular spin with in the random orbit.
Take a look here for the Festool explanation and illustration of the
Thanks. That slow-rotation rotary mode sounds much less damaging than
a grinder while the random orbital motion polishes it out. Cool tool.
Now to wait for HF to release one. <snort>
If the American people ever allow private banks to control
the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up
around them will deprive the people of all property until
their children wake up homeless on the continent their
Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions
are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...
The issuing power should be taken from the banks and
restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Yeah, my old right angle PC ROS if lifted from the work would spin up to an
incredable speed and if you sat it down it could do some damage, I would
have to turn it off and wait for the pad to stop and begin again. With the
Rotex in any mode you can lift and set it back down with out worry. Now it
can do some damage because it removes stock quickly but if you are paying
attention there should be no issues.
More recent PC's (and I presume others as well) have a "brake" to
prevent that. Of course, all it is is an o-ring around the shaft and a
solid spindle. When used in continuous or nearly continuous fashion the
generated head gets the lower case so hot can't touch it and promotes
early lower bearing failures. First thing I do w/ a new one is remove
the o-ring (altho for more normal use and finish work I'd leave it since
under those conditions one generally doesn't keep on running almost
continuously for hours at a time as I'm used to doing on the barn...
Not sure which you are talking about, Festool uses the 150 to describe the
size of a round pad. They make at least two with a 150 in the description.
If you are talking about the right angle Rotex, about $500 I would say yes
it is worth the difference if you can afford one. They CAN sand 3~4 times
more quickly than the typical ROS and they can sand as finely as perhaps a
finish sander. Coupled with a Festool vac they have SUPERIOR dust
collection. That in itself will save you time and trips to the doctor.
Nothing about them feels compromised or cheap.
I have no experience with the less expensive 150 ROS sanders.
What makes the so much better? Built in Germany, not farmed out to be built
cheaper by a 3rd world country. No risk guarantee, use it for 30 days and
if not satisfied return it, and that is followed by a 3 year warranty.
I do however recommend the smaller 125 if you are going to be using the
sander in confined tight spaces or doing face frame, cabinet door type
sanding. If mostly sanding wide flat areas the 150 will be better. Keep in
mind that because the Rotex sands so much more quickly it does cover a log
of area much faster than a like sized competitor. IMHO the 125 is much
more versatile in usage.
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