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Offline BarrySumpter

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I have a chance a purchasing this sander.
Any thoughts?

Festool ES 125 EQ - 18 years old - with FT power plug - should I buy?
New old stock.  Never used.


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Offline BarrySumpter

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would prefer one that fits the new edge sander.
But at the price I'd be happy to try modifying it.
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Offline BarrySumpter

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Many thanks!

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This is just a very old model, discontinued maybe 15 years ago.  The model that replaced it, ETS 125 EQ, is essentially the same machine so parts availability will not be a problem.  I'd suggest though that if you're considering buying it, factor in the price of a new pad - that one will be degraded and will probably fall apart when you try to use it.

492280 - Soft High Temperature Backing Pad 125mm M4 - $81.82 +GST
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Changed to new pad before sale.

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It seems to me a pretty good price, the equivalent current model in our range is $600+
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Offline squall_line

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It seems to me a pretty good price, the equivalent current model in our range is $600+

 [eek]

I had to look this up to see if my eyes were deceiving me.  Yup, $635 AUD.  [blink]

That's a $205 USD sander here.  [crying]

Maybe I'll stop whining about some of the NAINA or "playing field leveling" pricing here in the US.  Maybe.

Online Yardbird

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I agree. I noticed the nosebleed Australian prices on Festool items on E-Bay items.  Ouch!

Offline Alex

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If it is a good deal, go for it, it is a fine sander.

If you want it to fit the edge guide, a minute adjustment is all it needs to fit.

Personally I think the edge guide is rather overrated here.

Offline BarrySumpter

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Thanks again.
Much appreciated.
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Offline BarrySumpter

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Could you please tell me what the "minute adjustment" would be?

No prob if not.



If it is a good deal, go for it, it is a fine sander.

If you want it to fit the edge guide, a minute adjustment is all it needs to fit.

Personally I think the edge guide is rather overrated here.
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Online Cheese

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Could you please tell me what the "minute adjustment" would be?

The positioning aid has several projecting tabs that fit into a groove that's molded into the sander body/base shown here on a newer ETSC 125.






Here's a 14 year old ETS 125 without the requisite molded in groove.




Here's a newer Pro 5 (ETS 125) with the groove.