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Offline Godzilla

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Waterlox buffing with ETS EC 150/5 EQ vs Rotex 150
« on: December 28, 2020, 02:39 PM »
Hi Festool Owners!


I made the jump and purchased my first ever Festool tool this Saturday! Boy was it an awesome experience.  :)

I've been working on a massive white oak dining table, and decided to visit my local Festool dealer for a Rotex 150; I've heard it's an awesome sander. This is my first large project, and it's a rarity I do things this size. I mostly do small projects; dovetail boxes, small furniture items. After talking over my needs with the dealer, he pointed me to the ETS EC 150/5 EQ. Ended up leaving the dealer with the new ETS 150, a CT 15 vac, and a stack of various sandpapers.

One thing I'm curious about, can this sander also be used for buffing? I'm mostly concerned with finishes like the Waterlox TrueTone product line; it's a buff-in type tung oil finish. 

Would you recommend sticking with the ETS 150/5, or use the 30-day satisfaction grantee and go back for the Rotex?
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 02:53 PM by Godzilla »

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Offline c_dwyer

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Re: Waterlox buffing with ETS EC 150/5 EQ vs Rotex 150
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2020, 08:42 PM »
Hi @Godzilla
Welcome to the FOG!  Either will work just fine.  I have both the ETS EC 150/3 and the RO 150. I typically use the ETS EC 150 for large items such as tables, where I can reach further while holding the sander with just one hand, vs. the Rotex, which I tend to use real close (two-handed), for aggressive sanding and when my son is using the EC 150.

I like them both, but tend to use the EC more these days based on what I've been working on this past year.
C.

 

Offline xedos

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Re: Waterlox buffing with ETS EC 150/5 EQ vs Rotex 150
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2020, 12:08 AM »
Random orbit isn’t really the pattern for buffing.  The rotex sanders in rotary mode are though.   That’s why you see sheepskin pads as accessories for them.

I think you dealer did you a dis-service steering towards the 150mm sander based on what you say you work on.  Especially the /5 orbit.   A better choice would be the EC125.  You can buy the 150mm pad to use on it if you’d like the added surface area, and the /3 orbit will be better suited for finishing on small work.   It’s still not going to be a buffer though.




Offline Alex

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Re: Waterlox buffing with ETS EC 150/5 EQ vs Rotex 150
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 02:25 AM »
+1 what xedos said.

Offline c_dwyer

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Re: Waterlox buffing with ETS EC 150/5 EQ vs Rotex 150
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2020, 04:53 PM »
Ah, makes sense.  Thank you for clarifying that for me as well.
C.