Author Topic: Any reviews comparing original RO1E Rotex to the new RO 150?  (Read 320 times)

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Offline luvmytoolz

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Hi all, I have the original RO1E Rotex I bought new I think in the early 1980's from memory, and while it's been a great sander, I recently picked up the RO90 which has completely blown me away with just how good it is. I think it's my new favourite sander!

So it's now got me thinking, is the new model 150 Rotex significantly better than the RO1E making it worth buying, or is it more like an incremental upgrade in which case I'm better just sticking with the old RO1E?

I do have the ETS EC models, so finishing I'm well covered for, more looking for the fast aggressive action for where the abrasive planer isn't suitable.

Very interested in others thoughts, especially those who may have been exposed to both models.

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Offline Alex

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Re: Any reviews comparing original RO1E Rotex to the new RO 150?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2022, 04:10 AM »
Hi, your RO1E is so old that to my knowledge, it has never been discussed here.

And yes, the current RO150 is a significant upgrade in power, dust collection and ergonomics compared to your vintage model.

The current RO150, RO125 and RO90 are very similar except for their size.

For those who don't know, the RO1E is this one:


Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Any reviews comparing original RO1E Rotex to the new RO 150?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 04:23 AM »
Yeah it is pretty old, so old in fact it came in a quite large grey metal case as was standard for the early Festo tools!

I can imagine at the very least the ergonomics would be far better, while pretty sensational when it came out, it's akin to using an angle grinder at times and can be awkward to hold for long sanding sessions. Not much in the way of ergonomics, or even anything approaching a semi comfortable grip with the RO1E!

If the new RO 150 is anywhere near as good as the RO 90, then I may have made up my mind!

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Any reviews comparing original RO1E Rotex to the new RO 150?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 10:07 AM »
Looks a lot like my the first Bosch 150 RO. Bosch is now on the third generation but I don’t have the Festool version for direct comparison.