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Offline templecarpentry

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RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:57 PM »
Hi,

New to the forum.

I have bought a ro150e from ebay second hand for a great price. it was a gamble and i know all of the risks associated with second hand power tools.  However i have had a lucky strike with this one. 

My problem is that i have no user manual or experience with this tool.  I have a  ETS 150 but obviously i know the difference in application. 

It came with a sanding head with a threaded bar on the reverse which screws into a threaded 'axle'.  When i switch from eccentric to rotary mode, the pad comes loose and falls off.  I cannot see any way to tackle this without appropriate info.  I think there muct be a tool missing for this.  if anyone can explain the corrrect procedure for changing the head, i would be most greatful as i am eager to get started with this tool.

Many thanks,

Phil

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RE: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 02:00 PM »
Phil,

Welcome to the forum. The RO 150 E was before my time with Festool began, so I'm not terribly familiar with it. But, I believe you just twist the pad on very tight. There's nothing additional to hold it on. Maybe one of our members that owns one can offer some advice.

I'm attaching a copy of the manual to this post for you to download and review.

Shane Holland
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Offline Alex

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RE: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 02:33 PM »
When i switch from eccentric to rotary mode, the pad comes loose and falls off.  

Do you switch while the machine is running or while it stands still?

There's nothing special about the pad, you just screw it on, firmly.

Offline templecarpentry

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2011, 02:48 PM »
Hi guys,

Thanks for the quick responses.  Answers to both your replies,

I change the setting only when the machine is switched off.  I do screw the pad on thightly but after a certain amount of force, the axel spins etc.  Is there a way to lock the motion or isolate the axel so that i can tighten the pad fully?

Thanks,

Phil

Offline templecarpentry

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2011, 03:00 PM »
Hi,

I think i have seen a discrepency.  My sanding pad that i am trying to attatch is a pad with a machine fitted thread on the back, and it has 6 holes closer to the centre, but i have just seen a demo on youtube where the same model has a 9 hole pattern around the outside and a larger hole in the middle. should i be looking at purchasing a pad which takes an allen bold to attatch this way?

Many thanks 'again',

Phil

Offline Alex

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2011, 03:08 PM »
Lol, ok that settles it, you've got the wrong pad. Your machine is the Rotex 150 E, the older model, and the pad you have is for the Rotex 150 FEQ, the newer model.

Better get yourself the correct pad.

I was just reading and answering your previous post when I realised you said your spindle keeps rotating. That shouldn't be possible as the pad for the Ro150 E has an alignment spigot that prevents the spindle to rotate. But now it's clear.

The correct pad should look like this on the back:



« Last Edit: September 11, 2011, 03:17 PM by Alex »

Offline templecarpentry

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2011, 03:11 PM »
Glad to hear the problem is resolved. thanks for the support.

Just to clarify, if you wouldnt mind taking the time, can you explain the exact process of attachment ie. tools etc, as if i buy the correct pad, do i need to buy a tool to tighten the allen bolt?

Many thanks

Phil

Offline Alex

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2011, 03:15 PM »
Well, if you don't have the proper (metric) allen wrench yourself, I'd suggest you buy one, yes. I suppose that originally the sander came with one, but if that one's lost over time you still gonna need a new one.

As for the process of attaching the pad, that's easy. Just align the hole in the pad with the spigot on the spindle and then tighten the nut firmly.

Btw, the pad for the Ro 150 E and the ETS 150 is the same.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2011, 03:18 PM by Alex »

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2011, 03:21 PM »
Just to make sure, how does your sander look like?

Ro 150 E:



Ro 150 FEQ:


Offline templecarpentry

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2011, 03:24 PM »
150E the older model with the side swithc for power and the metal band with the green twist for dual mode.

Offline Alex

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Re: RO 150E dual - help attaching pad
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2011, 03:29 PM »
Allright, then just get the right pad for the sander. If you want to have a go at it right away you can use the one of your ETS 150 and put it on.