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Old 04-21-2010, 10:37 AM   #21
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Can you hook the Festool's up to the Bosch extractor? Or the other way around?
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:56 AM   #22
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Can you hook the Festool's up to the Bosch extractor? Or the other way around?
Yes, just have to make sure the fittings are the same and I believe they are.
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If the dust extractors are interchangeable then I don't see any drawback to the Bosch sander. You can get the Bosch extractor and if you ever wanted Festools later, you could still hook them up to it.

Personally, I wouldn't have much use for these dual mode sanders. I like to surface sand with a belt sander, then switch to a random orbit sander to finish it off.
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If the dust extractors are interchangeable then I don't see any drawback to the Bosch sander. You can get the Bosch extractor and if you ever wanted Festools later, you could still hook them up to it.

Personally, I wouldn't have much use for these dual mode sanders. I like to surface sand with a belt sander, then switch to a random orbit sander to finish it off.
The bosch extractor is a pos.

The Rotex is a viable replacement for a belt sander, the ras115 is even better.

The dual sanding mode really speeds things up.
I run up to 40g in rotex mode and then I use both modes up to 100g and then just RO for anymore sanding.
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The bosch extractor is a pos.

The Rotex is a viable replacement for a belt sander, the ras115 is even better.

The dual sanding mode really speeds things up.
I run up to 40g in rotex mode and then I use both modes up to 100g and then just RO for anymore sanding.
Hmmm, on something like sanding a deck, I use my Bosch 4" belt sander. It grinds it right down with a nice flat sand. With the Rotex, I can't picture it sanding as fast or as flat, being the sander is small and round instead of large and rectangular. But I could be wrong.
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Hmmm, on something like sanding a deck, I use my Bosch 4" belt sander. It grinds it right down with a nice flat sand. With the Rotex, I can't picture it sanding as fast or as flat, being the sander is small and round instead of large and rectangular. But I could be wrong.
That is too much work for a rotex or bosch sander.
Heck that is almost too much work for a belt sander.

Depending on what bosch belt sander you have, look into finding a frame for it. The frame will let the sander act more like a wide belt sander, you can't over sand with the frame.
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I should know.
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I should know.
Mafell uses a version of that vac and I hear all sorts of good things.

The only thing I would use the bosch for is grinding concrete, which is what I think they introduced it for in the first place.
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That is too much work for a rotex or bosch sander.
Heck that is almost too much work for a belt sander.

Depending on what bosch belt sander you have, look into finding a frame for it. The frame will let the sander act more like a wide belt sander, you can't over sand with the frame.
I got one of those frames, forgot what they were called. That does make it handy. Belt sanders are perfect for a railing, but yeah the actual deck needs something a little more powerful, like a drum sander.
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any of you guys got that mini porter cable belt sander, that is really handy at times and pretty aggressive too. nice for sending edges down fast. where a round sander won't do as well.
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OK I'm practical, I have a 10 year old Bosh 6" ROS, and a Fein Vac (which is 15 years old and no Variable speed). I've tested the 6" Festool w/ the CT22 and with the Variable speed it out does the Bosh BUT... the Bosh 6" is bought and paid for, and does a great job... NEW and no sander? I would go with the Festool, and NOW Fein is variable speed on their Vacs. Festool is very well know for their Sanders and I don't think you could go wrong investing in Festool.
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I make my living killing tools, a little bit at a time. The key here is that it cannot happen fast, but is expected to happen.

I was running my disposable HB site compressor and it ran everything I needed to run, until I got to my coil nailer. Every nail had to be hand driven the rest of the way. Needless to say, this was not a tolerable situation, since we had walls that needed to get covered.

I made the two hour round trip to Big Box, Inc., and came back with Ridged's aluminum tank compressor. It lasted less than five minutes. I returned it and came back with a replacement (the same unit). It didn't fair any better, so I returned it too.

I spent a few more nickles and came back with a Makita, which has been with me every since.

Move on a month and I decided I wanted a third sheet rock screw driver. The Ridged was lightweight and had promise. I was actually able to drive some screws. Unfortunately, I had a fifty percent success rate. So did my employees. Our luck improved when we went to shorter screws, but was always good with Dewalt and Milwaukee drivers.

There were a couple other, similar, Ridged tool experiences, but I can't remember which memory hole they're parked in.

This all proves, once again, that the lowest bidder is not always, and more often that not isn't the best choice. And it supports the concept "I can't afford cheap."
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Some of the Ridgid stuff is good. I have had great luck with the 13" planer. Dont own any of their cordless stuff. Their corded tools seem to have longer cords compared to other brands which comes in handy for me.
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drill set was crap. they're batteries wouldn't charge if it was even slightly cool out. they crapped out after 4 months of very little use (they were a backup set) and Homo Depot nor the Ridgid guy wouldn't do anything about it. That's how crappy ridgid is.





I'll never buy ridgid for anything over $100 ever again, though. The warranty thing is BS.
I had the exact same experiance... Every time I went in to the "Contractors Desk" no body could give any info on the warranty and couldn't be bothered enough to find out...
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I have a ridgid worm drive. I use it as much or more than my mag77 seems good.

to be fair, I found the warranty to be bs too though.

At least it's no better than anyone else
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While I am not a big Rigid fan, I have found that they do honor the warranty if you register the tools online when you purchase them. I bought that Nicad 18v set
5 years ago, and twice I burnt up the impact. They replaced it promptly. I only use the hammer drill and jigsaw anymore. I gave away the rest.
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My adivse here is buy them both on credit card and use them hard for a couple weeks Factor EVERY thing in to your desision on which to keep and return the "looser" under the 30 TOTAL satisfaction warrenty......Festool USA actually encourages this practice (I am guessing they Win more heads up than they lose), so that the credit is on the same billing cycle..... take pics or a video and post your evaluation....
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Great Idea. Is that really a practice that is encouraged by Festool? That is too cool. I guess that is really putting your money where your mouth is eh?
I will say that I have had good personal experiences with both comapnies...
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why abuse the festool, by taking back the loser, you still have tried to kill the festool.
i would say buy both, use them like you normally do for any type of job, and pick the one you think performed the best.
not many sanders are going to break after one month of use. my cheap PC 333 has been used and never maintained for 10 years, no parts replaced, blow it out once a year with some air nozzle and that's it. the damn thing still runs. and sands. just goes buck wild when you take it off the surface. haha

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