A few of weeks ago I purchased a Turbo III and a Fein 636 6" RO Sander. I
am very happy with the Turbo III. However, my experience with the sander has
been less than good.
The first one's handle vibrated so much my hand went numb almost instantly.
Went back to the supplier and they sent a second one (supposedly after
testing it). It vibrates less but still unacceptable. The supplier checked
the rest of his stock and it all was defective so he returned it to Fein for
I have this second unit and do not know whither to return it for a Fein
tested unit or try to return it and buy a Festool.
I went to a WW show yesterday and tried their Fein demo (no Festool dealer
there). The rep. and I both agreed that the show model was better than my
unit but it's handle still vibrated much more than I expected. I don't see
how anyone could use this for more than a few minutes at a time.
I am not expecting the unit to feel like an electric shaver but do expect
it to be closer to my Metabro-HD 6" RO sander. The rep. also told me that it
used mainly for rough stock removal and not for fine WW. More like a belt
sander he said. However, as they sell sandpaper up to 400 grit that didn't
make any sense to me.
So, if you have had any experience with this unit or anything to add, I
would appreciate hearing your input.
P.S.- the main problem with the Festool unit as I see it as the paper for it
is not available locally although Robatoy has provided me with excellent
My local tool dealer has just become a Festool dealer and I was impressed
when the rep showed all of their tools. The Rotex that Robatoy always
comments favorably about is an awsome sander. That will be my next even
though it is hook and loop.
Finding Fein hole patterns isn't fun either.
The 8" Fein ROS is a brute. Not comfortable, but has a specific purpose
in my work. I will be upgrading to an 11" for that reason.. at least
I'll get an induction motor.
For a 6", The Rotex 150 Festool blows away the Fein 6". Had the Feins
before, but now I exclusively use the Festool. You'll never regret it.
I did not like the CT22 sucker from Festool much, but I have one and
still use it.
The Festool sander is hooked up to the Fein Turbo...best vacuum ever.
Fein sells a rubber adaptor that steps down to the Festool, and with a
small hose clamp, the adaptor gets onto the sander realllly snug. Then
the hose from the Fein slips right is... perfect.
Keep the Turbo, buy the Rotex ...btw, in the 'agressive' setting.. the
Festool is almost as fast as a beltsander..with a course grit, holy
smokes does that ever remove a lot of material. It also makes it clear
why they supply an extra grip.
Somehow, the design of the Festool also allows it to be grabbed by the
head with one hand...not for long, because it is heavy, but I do find
myself doing that often. How is that for balance, eh?
Any more questions? eMail me.
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