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Offline RonMiller

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Possible Plug It cord failure?
« on: November 01, 2022, 08:59 AM »
Yesterday I was sanding with my ETS 150/3 (older model, perhaps 12-14 years old) and it just stopped. I had this problem a few weeks ago, concluded that the plug it cord had gone bad, used another one and all was fine. However, I find it hard to believe that two cords have gone bad "without cause" so close together. Could the ETS be harming them in some way or ???

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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Possible Plug It cord failure?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2022, 09:24 AM »
Yes, it is possible.  If there is an issue with the cord at the tool end it is often due to arcing.  That can burn the tool pins.  Putting a new cord on the tool may cause that cord to go bad if the pins were damaged.  Likewise using a damaged cord on a good tool can then damage that tool.


Check your tool pins.


Offline RonMiller

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Re: Possible Plug It cord failure?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2022, 09:41 AM »
Thank you, Peter. After checking it appears that is the problem. There is blackening on the prongs in the ETS and a little bit of melting on the plug it cord. Is this fixable by Festool repair or should both the sander and the cord be replaced? I assume I shouldn't use the cord again in any case.

Offline tsmi243

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Re: Possible Plug It cord failure?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2022, 10:11 AM »
Swapping in a new socket on the tool isn't hard.  Part numbers are in Ekat, and mmtoolparts ships pretty fast.