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Offline robski

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does anyone have a rustofix?
« on: March 12, 2009, 05:28 PM »
finally the last of my makita sanders have died (i will miss them, they served me well) and after using festool for years i have finally bought one of their sanders, the dts 400 and its a great little tool for small sanding jobs. I am seriously concidering a rustofix for a little project i have in mind and was wondering if any fog members had one and what they thought of it?

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Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: does anyone have a rustofix?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009, 01:33 PM »
There's an interesting thread on the Australian festool forum about it . link
It's a very task specific tool, and it's pricy. But if you order a few extra parts for it, you can convert it into the big 180 mm brother of the ras125 sander, which will make it more versatile.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2009, 01:46 PM by Frank-Jan »

Offline Tom Bainbridge

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Re: does anyone have a rustofix?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009, 05:57 PM »
a similar effect can be achieved in three other ways

1. a sand blasting crew can do the larger jobs ( occasionaly "half timbered" houses in england are 'cleaned' in this manner)
    this method is NOT a diy process

2. on small pieces of work a grinder with a wire brush (not a cup brush)

3. this has a HUGE CAVEAT

   if and ONLY IF you have the appropriate insurance cover.

   take a flat roofers blow torch to the timber and then wire brush the charred timber away

it works, how do you think half timbered houses are renovated after a major fire?

answer.......... they wire brush away the charred timber
« Last Edit: March 14, 2009, 06:04 PM by Tom Bainbridge »
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Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: does anyone have a rustofix?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2009, 06:40 PM »
The rustofix works with wirebrushes,  but is also has rollers, so you can adjust, and maintain even pressure easily (I haven't used one myself, but that's what I understood it does) ; and it has dustcollection.

The machine is expensive, but if you are a "floorguy" for example it could be worth the investment. Makita has a similar tool, the makita looks more like a planer, as where the festool looks like an anglegrinder with a hood attached.
link to the makita
picture of the rustofix

I saw the sandblasting done to some huge old beams a few years ago, at a remodeling job of an old farmhouse. After it was done we had to place the biggest one sloped up inside the house, behind open stairs, the threads were let into the brickwalls on both sides, so it only looked like the beam was supporting the stairs. (pity I didn't take any pictures, it looked pretty cool when it was done)
« Last Edit: March 14, 2009, 06:45 PM by Frank-Jan »

Offline robski

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Re: does anyone have a rustofix?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009, 07:15 PM »
thanks for the links Frank and the great ideas Tom, i think i will take the angle grinder and wire brush route, i am looking at making some coffee tables as gifts rather than for profits and taking into account the rustofix costs ?700 it seems a little extreme now i think about it.