October 16, 2008

Orbital Sander Face-Off

festool_orbital.jpgThe good folks over at Popular Mechanics recently tested three orbital sanders head to head. They judged on power & speed, quality of finish, and ergonomics. The three sanders are the Festool, the Bosch, and the Craftsman Vibrafree.

You're probably thinking, "Why should I even click on the link to read the results? The Festool crushed the competition, but the Bosch was a solid second, with both of them leaving the Craftsman in the dust, right?" Not exactly. What they discovered is likely to surprise you.

The test results, with video, are here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 16, 2008 5:25 AM
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Someone sounds butt hurt.

Posted by: Norm at September 27, 2010 4:17 PM

I don't think this is even an apples-to-apples comparison. I have the Festool sander along with a PC 333VS and bigger Festool Rotex sander.

I've always known that the ETS125 is a finishing/polishing sander that is light, smooth, and has great dust collection. I would never expect to use it as a heavy duty sander for rapidly removing large amounts of material. In fact, I would say that someone who uses it like that is misusing the tool.

For the review to even compare these tools is somewhat misleading to me. It's like expecting a tack hammer to perform as well as 20oz claw hammer when nailing framing nails.

For my experience, I like my ETS125. The price is high but it does exactly what I expect it to and it does it well.

Posted by: Christopher Fitch at October 21, 2008 2:45 PM

Interesting results, but they didn't test dust collection. Isn't that one of Festool's biggest selling points? It could also be the reason it is so slow: they don't cut as aggressively so the vacuum can catch all the dust, and the reason they were the smoothest: there wasn't as much loose grit interfering with the sanding.

Posted by: BenjamenJohnson at October 16, 2008 10:51 AM
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