Certainly the more expensive tools are not for every one. Festool is near
the top of available and affordable tools. Yes there are more expensive
tools and probably better quality too but for the most part Festool offers
a higher quality tool that is also aimed at the general public.
What Festool does offer, over most other brands that you would find at the
big box, are tools that are quite unique and in general will deliver better
results faster and safer.
I mentioned Festool for the same reason Harbor Freight was mentioned. I
felt that you wanted to know which tools we were using and recommending.
But seriously, if you really get into this craft, the Festool Domino will
make your plate joiner AKA biscuit cutter, should you buy one of those
first, into a paper weight. It is a tool that you will/can use on most
Completely agree! After buying a Domino, my biscuit cutter sat on the
shelf unused for two years. Sold it this past summer with a box of
2000 biscuits for $50. Yup, I certainly lost money on it, but after
the Domino came on the scene, I really don't care. The Domino is so
easy to use and such a pleasure to use that it virtually eclipses all
like tools that came before it.
On Sat, 7 Dec 2013 00:24:47 -0800 (PST), Jeff Mazur
Actually, I think we're all like that. We just have different lines
we draw and, of course, different resources available. I can't see
Festering drills or even sanders (yet) but didn't even have (much)
pain with the $500 saw or router or $900 Domino. Those I could *see*
what I was trading for that cash.
One hard lesson I learned some time ago[*] was that I won't settle for
a second-rate tool. It's difficult to justify a new tool if I already
have one. If I can't afford the "best" today, I can wait until
tomorrow. I'd rather wait than spend a decade regretting my decision
every time I pick up the tool.
[*] Lived with Crapsman tools for decades.
On 12/8/2013 9:50 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
OK, Ill agree. But I really don't spend any more on sand paper than I
did when I was using 3M and Porter Cable paper. The Festool paper is
superior to a lot of regular sand papers. I probably buy on average of
less than 2 boxes a year. I really don't use over 6~8 sheets of paper
combined for my finish sander and Rotex on a particular project.
Add to that both sanders used with a vac at all times reduces dust to
almost zero, I no longer wear an apron when I sand. A benefit to zero
dust is that the paper does not clog as easily as when it is constantly
working on the dust and the project too. And when I switched over to
Festool paper I did not notice much of a price difference compared to
what I was buying. That becomes even less expensive when you factor in
the paper lasting 50~100% longer than conventional paper.
Not trying to sell you, just letting you know that the price of the
paper is not a concern to me since it is less expensive in the long run.
On 12/8/2013 3:22 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I understand, I bought my Rotex on Robatoys recommendation. IMHO it was
worth the investment with simply the efficiency of the dust collection.
Yeah there are similar sanders but you should really try a Rotex out at
your local dealer when the time comes to buy a replacement. These
sanders can be amazingly aggressive, just short of what a belt sander
will do, or in TOS mode quite smooth.
Just don't try one out till you are in the market. ;~)
I do not understand that. With a vac connected to either my bosch
quarter paper sander or my pc ROS both are close to 100% efficiency on
dust. The ROS a little less, but the 1/4 is almost 100%
So why would I spend that kind of money...
You might start by asking Swingman why he switched from a Bosch ROS to a
With dust collection being equal to what you have, the Rotex set to
aggressive mode will just about keep up with a belt sander with lots
Take your ROS sander and a rough cut piece of wood to your local Festool
dealer and ask to compare the two in your own hands. Use the Rotex in
normal and aggressive mode. For some of us time is money.
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