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Offline jcrowe1950

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RS2 anybody else love it???
« on: December 30, 2020, 09:43 PM »
I picked up an RS2 soon after Festool discontinued it in the NA market.  I really like this sander. Sometimes when I have planer snipe on a piece that I want to use all of, I will flatten it with this sander...it's not really that time consuming and can be faster, believe it or not, than a drum sander. I know that in Europe it has been replaced by the RS 200 with a plug-it cord.....other than the hassle of making a 110 volt version can anybody speculate why we are not seeing it in the NA market?
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Offline ScotF

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Re: RS2 anybody else love it???
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2020, 11:19 PM »
It is one of Festool's gems - sad they got rid of it. I had one burn up and immediately bought another with no regrets. It is an awesome sander.

Offline aloysius

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Re: RS2 anybody else love it???
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 12:10 AM »
Might pay to get extra stickfix & plain platens whilst they're still available.
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Offline mino

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Re: RS2 anybody else love it???
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2021, 08:58 AM »
I would guess the RS2 was not sufficiently "high volume" to break-even so they decided not to make a new 110V model.

I have the Narex version of RS200, and truth be told - I had my share of "rectangle pad sanders" before, and none of them comes even close to the smoothness and the quality of surface the RS200 produces.

I bought it simply because the Narex version was for a great price (ca $250) and was going out of sale too.

Realized how useful the sander is for big-surface-sanding only after owning it and having the pleasure to put it through its paces. I would have probably never bought it was I not "pushed" by the end-of-sale-at-great-price situation ... and something tells me many are in the same position.

The thing is that RS200 pads do not create marks like the other rectangle sanders do so they can take the role of an ETS EC150, but with more comfort even. This property is probably too unexpected so people do not even look at it for a finish-sanding task assuming it is no-good for that by default ... hence no (volume) sales.
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