Excerpt: Whenever Festool is mentioned, there are always two totally different responses. One is–I absolutely love it and can’t wait until I can buy more of their products, and two–it is way overpriced and there is no way I’ll ever spend that much on a power tool! Maybe, just maybe, both answers are actually very valid, depending on your needs. I do ask though, have you actually used the tool? If your opinion is based only on price, you may not be quite fair.
Excerpt: Woodworking background – Hobbyist Bought from: Lee Valley Paid: $1126.00 for both components Pros:Automatic start of dust extractor Long lasting abrasives Amazing dust control Reasonable noise level Variable speed and two sanding modes Cons: None other than price Without a doubt, this is a luxury purchase for a hobbyist like myself. Previous to this sander, I had been using a Bosch ROS which worked just fine. The dust control however was lousy. I work out of...
Summary: Is this sander a replacement for the belt stander? Maybe. In rough-sanding mode it surpassed my expectations and quickly leveled glued-up panels with 80 and 100 grit discs. In fine-sanding mode using 120, 150, and 180 discs it did all it was expected to do and then some. As I had this sander hooked up to a CT22 dust collector, there was nary a speck of dust to be found - try doing that with any old belt sander.
Summary: I have been looking for a total sanding solution for my shop for a long long time. I think I have tried everything out there- Belt snaders, RO sanders, Orbital, drum sanders, etc. Nothing performed in a way I would ever rave about. Belt sanders are very aggressive, but are also very tiring, noisy and dusty, RO sanders are easier to control, but aren't good at flattening panels. I tried the "Sand Flee" drum sander and was highly disappointed.
Summary: The price of the RO 125 EQ probably seems steep to you. After all, you could buy three random orbital sanders from PC or Bosch for the cost of one Festool unit. Let me give you some things to consider when comparing this sander to the competition. All Festool corded tools have excellent dust collection. One reason Festool RO sanders excel is a tiny one: an extra hole in the center of the disk.