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We use a variety of random orbital sanders in our shop including a Bosch 3283 and a DeWALT 421. They are both good sanders, but neither would be considered a top-of-the-line, "professional" sander. Festool offered us the opportunity to try the Festool 150/3 random orbital sander and we have found it to be a significant improvement compared to our less-expensive sanders.
Swirl Free Finish
Low Vibration - Comfortable to Use
Speed Control - Braking
Six Inch Sanding Disks
Dust Filter Frame
The Festool ES 150/3 produces a great sanded finish, what you would expect from a sander in this price range. The sander is a pleasure to use--the vibration and noise levels are less than our other sanders and the dust collection is remarkable. Health concerns aside, it's just downright annoying to work in an environment where dust is being exhausted from a sander. Cost of ownership should be lower than other sanders due to the extended life of the sanding disks and long expected life of the sander itself (three year warranty, 30-day money back). Not having used a Fein or a Dynabrade with dust collection, I can honestly say that I have not used a better sander than the ES 150/3, and thus give the ES 150/3 a FIVE.
Generally big-box home centers do not carry Festool products. So, where can you purchase Festool tools and accessories? A number of Woodworking Tool mail order and chain retail stores are starting to carry them. You can also order Festool products online, direct from the Festool-USA web site or from Bob Marino's Festool retail web site. I purchase my Festool accessories and parts from Bob Marino.....
Festool Online Sales - Bob Marino
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