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stevebsq - Posted - 11/17/2021:  13:17:37


I make things out of wood..tables, lamps whatever. A hobby..like banjo.

I have a pretty well equipped shop however my 20 year old Bosch random orbital sander beats my hand up with vibration...really bad. I am making a dining table so i figure now would be a good time to bite the bullet and I bought a festool $$$ random orbital sander. They are supposed to be the best..I dunno. Of course they recommend festool discs which are pricey....anyone have any experience with festool discs? Worth the $$$?

Just like anything else, reviews on sanders, discs etc are all over the place.

ban-joe - Posted - 11/17/2021:  15:36:54


I’m in construction and will only use the original Fein brand fein tool. All the others rattle and vibrate like crazy.
A friend told me that the German government has strict rules about how much hand-injuring vibration any German-made tools can produce.
This makes sense, as German tools, Fein, old Metabo, Festool, vibrate much less than their Chinese-manufactured counterparts.
Apparently that was why college sculpture departments used only various Metabo tools (back when they were all made in Germany.)
I don’t know if any of that is true, just sharing something I heard on a job.
Festool stuff is great, from the few tools I’ve used anyway. I don’t own any, but Festool owners become like cult members. They really like their tools. (even at $$$ ouch prices.)
Good luck.

ban-joe - Posted - 11/17/2021:  16:08:13


Sorry, on re-reading your original post I see you’ve already bought the sander and asking about the discs only.
No clue here.
But I’m glad to share that story about German tools. Who knows? maybe it’s true.

oly - Posted - 11/17/2021:  16:51:54


Sorry, no idea how well the disks work, I've never heard of any of those brands, of course I'm not big into wood working other than fire wood. I can say , if the vibrations are that bad, try using impact style work gloves. I know they work well with me when running chain saws.

Brian T - Posted - 11/17/2021:  19:25:51


Get the best "jelly" gloves you can buy to soak up the vibration.
You have to isolate from the tool.
You get a little older and you feel a little arthritis creeping into your fingers and
even the mallet-strike vibration from wood carving will start to get to you.

Bart Veerman - Posted - 11/17/2021:  22:27:01


The Festool discs seem pretty price. If, or how, it can be fastened to those sanders I don't really know but Norton sanding paper does a great job on my disc sander for a lot less money than the self-stick disks.

stevebsq - Posted - 11/18/2021:  03:58:58


Hmmm. Have not heard of anti vibration gloves. Will have to give them a try....weed whacking, chainsawing ...and sanding! Thx!

1935tb-11 - Posted - 11/18/2021:  07:07:28


check out these pads.  they are alot cheaper. and says they fit festool.







amazon.com/Sanding-Assorted-Pr...9dHJ1ZQ==


Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 11/18/2021 07:08:35

dat - Posted - 11/18/2021:  07:35:08


quote:

Originally posted by Bart Veerman

The Festool discs seem pretty price. If, or how, it can be fastened to those sanders I don't really know but Norton sanding paper does a great job on my disc sander for a lot less money than the self-stick disks.






I'll second the norton sandpaper, for me, that is the best ive I've found.



as far as sander, i have a cheap dewalt, I haven't used an expensive one so I can't say, 

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