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Offline Grants05

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Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:22 AM »
I love my job, but I don’t enjoy sanding. It’s time-consuming, messy, and all-around boring. Detail sanding is even worse. Getting into corners, sanding curved millwork and profiles, and cleaning up edges requires hand-sanding. I find hand-sanding tedious. Not only is it slow, but it tends to leave more dust lying around since there is no good way to collect it. It also takes its toll on your hands over time. Obviously, I’m always looking for ways to speed up the detail sanding process.

When I saw the Festool LS 130 EQ, I knew it was something special. With a wide variety of 13 different heads, it tackles everything from inside and outside corners to various radii. You can even make your own profile head with an optional kit. To me, this sander stands alone in this regard since I don’t know of any other detail sanders on the market with these capabilities.


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Offline RDMuller

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 01:11 PM »
I take it you do not already have the machine. I have had one for years and find it very useful. BUT be very careful to not set your expectations too high or you could be in for soe disappointment. 

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2019, 03:34 PM »
I think that most of the people not liking the 130 are guilty of expectations that are too high.  This is a true finish sander...it will not take off material fast or deal well with coarse grits.  I've been making wood, plastic and aluminum dust for 47 years and own the full line of Festool sanders and a few Makitas and PCs.  Other than Mirka, no ones electric sanders even come close the functionality of the Festool line.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2019, 08:54 PM »
I own the Festool linear sander. I bought it for a task that involved sanding a long stretch of molding that I didn’t want to do by hand.

The sander worked well. It’s not fast and you have to stay well within its capabilities, but it does the job. Fortunately, I was able to use a stock profile pad that came in the set.

I’ve probably used it twice since that job.

If you need to do a lot of profile sanding, the tool is worth the money.
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2019, 09:04 PM »
It is a niche sander with capabilities unlike others in the family of sanders as I know it.  But just like all foam products; the foam probably does have a lifespan. 


Peter
« Last Edit: February 15, 2019, 04:37 AM by Peter Halle »

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2019, 11:04 PM »
It is a niche sander with capabilities unlike others in the family of sanders as I know it.  But just like all foam products; the foal probably files have a lifespan. 


Peter

Had a few gin and tonics?  OK, blame on auto fill  [big grin]

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For my LS130 review   http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/ls130-ls-130-eq-review-duplex/msg16807/#msg16807

Since that review I have used it for stripping. Takes a little practice but will do the job on difficult shapes and save your fingers.

Seth

Offline Alex

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 02:40 AM »
I think that most of the people not liking the 130 are guilty of expectations that are too high.

If my expectation is that a power sander outperforms my hand sanding, maybe.

The LS130 sander is so slow and clumsy on profiles that hand sanding doesn't only work faster but also gives a better result. If somebody pays you money to perform I think it's an obligation to perform in a cost efficient manner and the LS130 simply fails there.

Now I get that hand sanding only works when you have to do not so many meters because it is tiring. My experience however is that you never have to do too much of it at one time.

In my opinion, the LS130 only works out if you have to do a lot of the same profiles over a longer period of time. Hand sanding that all would be too tiring and not very ergonomical, which can hurt. So the LS130 steps in if you physically can't handle the amount of profiles you have to sand. But you'd still work at a slower pace than when you'd do it by hand, but it would be better for your body.

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 07:29 AM »
It is a niche sander with capabilities unlike others in the family of sanders as I know it.  But just like all foam products; the foal probably files have a lifespan. 


Peter

Had a few gin and tonics?  OK, blame on auto fill  [big grin]

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For my LS130 review   http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/ls130-ls-130-eq-review-duplex/msg16807/#msg16807

Since that review I have used it for stripping. Takes a little practice but will do the job on difficult shapes and save your fingers.

Seth

I wish I could blame it on gin and tonic.  Nope, just clumsy fingers.  But I did have two backing pads come apart yesterday due to old age.  I got 9 years out of them.

Peter

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2019, 03:31 PM »
But you'd still work at a slower pace than when you'd do it by hand, but it would be better for your body.

It is a niche sander with capabilities unlike others in the family of sanders as I know it.  But just like all foam products; the foal probably files have a lifespan. 


Peter

Had a few gin and tonics?  OK, blame on auto fill  [big grin]

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For my LS130 review   http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/ls130-ls-130-eq-review-duplex/msg16807/#msg16807

Since that review I have used it for stripping. Takes a little practice but will do the job on difficult shapes and save your fingers.

Seth

I wish I could blame it on gin and tonic.  Nope, just clumsy fingers.  But I did have two backing pads come apart yesterday due to old age.  I got 9 years out of them.

Peter


See what happens to your fingers if you don't use an LS130  [bite tongue]   [poke]   [smile]

Seth

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 05:01 PM »
@Alex , dust collection while hand sanding?

Offline ScotF

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2019, 12:41 AM »
I like my LS130. It is slow, but it works for its intended purpose for me.

Offline Alex

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 01:56 AM »
@Alex , dust collection while hand sanding?

Not fantastic of course, but it is not like you're creating massive amounts by hand. If possible I hold my DC hose in my other hand.

When I look at the Festool website they show the LS130 in use with easy "profiles" that I can just as easily (or easier) tackle with an other sander like the RTS, DTS or DX93.

I wonder how you tackle a real detailed profile like this with the LS130:


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 09:04 AM »
That’s a nice lighting soffit! But it’s is plastic foam isn’t it? No sanding required?

Offline Alex

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 10:30 AM »
That’s a nice lighting soffit! But it’s is plastic foam isn’t it? No sanding required?

I don't think my post is about what that is exactly, it is about the profile. From time to time you encounter profiles with shapes like this that DO have to be sanded.

Offline cgrutt

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2019, 10:47 AM »
That’s a nice lighting soffit! But it’s is plastic foam isn’t it? No sanding required?

I don't think my post is about what that is exactly, it is about the profile. From time to time you encounter profiles with shapes like this that DO have to be sanded.

Sure, that would be a difficult profile to sand with any sander on the market as well as by hand.  Not sure how that responds to question about dust collecting while sanding? I just bought a LS130 specifically for sanding some more common molding profiles AND for the dust collection capabilities.  I haven't used it yet but expect job will be much easier and cleaner than trying to sand by hand.

Offline Joe Felchlin

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2019, 01:09 PM »
I’m with Grants05. [thumbs up]
As a longtime Hobbyist, I don’t do much “production” sanding - So I understand that -
I can’t really appreciate the Tradesmens’ needs or view points on this sander.

My interests/work is mostly furniture, boxes, cutting boards, some cabinets, etc.
For my needs as a Hobbyist - I really like the size, weight, and capabilities -
Of my Festool RO125 FEQ Rotex Sander.
My Rikon 50-120 6inX48in Belt-Disc Sander and Jet JBOS-5 Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander - Get regular “workouts”, as well.

But, for “detail” and “finish” sanding - I wouldn’t trade my Festool -
LS 130 EQ Linear Detail Sander or DX93E Detail Sander
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Their capabilities, versatility, and results - “Get the job done” in my shop. [smile]
« Last Edit: February 26, 2019, 01:16 PM by Joe Felchlin »
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Festool LS 130 Linear Sander
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2019, 03:46 PM »
While I disagree with Alex on a couple fine points I do have to agree that the LS 130 has not been as helpful as I hoped it would be. First off the linear motion is liable to put grooves in the work if the profile does not allow moving the sander sideways. Progress is pretty slow, maybe a little faster than hand sanding (but dust collection is a big benefit). And the automatic disintegration of pads over time is very disappointing.