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Offline Ned

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Sander to complement a Rotex
« on: January 30, 2007, 10:31 AM »
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> How about the DS 400? Looks very similar to the DX93, just larger??

I don't have any experience with the DS400, or RS400 for that matter.

While I like and recommend the DX93, my bias is that I want a tool
capable of a wide range of work, and the DX93 I think is Rotex-like in
its range of capability.

The DS400 and RS400 are the same tool, differing only in a few parts
to support the different-shaped abrasive. [For those of us just
joining us, it's _not_ just the pad that differs, and while conversion
is possible, it's likely a warranty-voiding action.] Back to the topic...

The DS/RS should be easier to control than the DX, since their mass is
over the pad, not cantilevered out like the DX. The orbit of the
DX/RX is 20% less than the DX, and their speed is higher, orienting
them more toward finish work.

I was familiar with the form of the DX, having owned the
similar-in-silhouette Bosch B7000. That probably tipped me toward
buying it rather than one of the DS/RS tools.

Between the DS and the RS, I'd choose the iron-shaped DS unless
someone can convince me otherwise. The shape should be more versatile
than the rectangular RS pad.

As for the LS130, I frequently use it with the flat pad, which is the
same size as the RS400 (80x133). It's OK, but if I had the DS/RS, I'd
probably never put the flat pad on the LS130 again. The linear action
of the LS130 is much slower in getting to done than a similarly-sized
orbital would be. Think of flat sanding with the LS130 as a bonus on
a contour sander, not the main reason to buy it. Of course, if you
want only two sanders and contours are important, the LS130 should be
your choice.

Background: The LS130 was the first Festool sander I bought, since I
thought I had the other aspects of sanding covered. It was so smooth
to use that I rapidly dumped a P-C 333 RO, a Bosch B7000 detail, and a
belt sander for Festools that could cover that ground. And I've never
regretted it. Sanding is now a pleasurable aspect of woodworking
rather than a pain.

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Offline Lou Miller

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Re: Sander to complement a Rotex
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2007, 05:36 PM »
I have the ETS 150/3, the RO150 and the DX93 (I can't believe how much I use this tool now that I have it). Between the three of them, I really don't "need" any other sander. The DS/RS 400 sanders are really low on my list of wants, and I'll probably never get either of them. The RS2 and the LS130 are the next two sanders that I'll get. I can't think of any reason I'd need either of the DS/RS sanders. Maybe that'll change someday though, I didn't think I'd need a DX93 either.