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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    I use the Festool ETS 125 (5" disk). It's considered a finish sander because of the size of the orbit. It's abolutely indispensable to my work and it's used every single day. Back top and sides are no problem at all. But then I've had close to 40 years of experience using these tools as an automotive spray paniter and panel beater.

    You can also do a lot of damage in short order if you are inexperienced and or choose the wrong grit.
    I have two of those Allen, one dedicated to sanding lacquer. They are wonderful despite the cost. I also have the dust collecting unit which can be awkward at times but great for keeping dust free.
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    I bought the same Festool sander because of Chuck’s recommendation. It does a great job but I have two slight problems with it. The first is its noise has a low frequency component that makes me a bit queezy if I use it for a longer time (I have the same problem with certain bass amps in combination with certain fuzz boxes). The other problem with the samder is it makes my other power tools look cheap.
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    I have mine hooked up to a vacuum that comes on when you hit the triger. The vacuum is pretty loud so I don't really hear the sander.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Smith View Post
    I have mine hooked up to a vacuum that comes on when you hit the triger. The vacuum is pretty loud so I don't really hear the sander.
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    If you do decide to go the air route, Dynabrade sanders are lightweight, very comfortable, and relatively quiet. They're pricey but built so well I would by a used one in a heartbeat. I used one for a bit when I was doing auto body work and prep. I've had a grizzly, that really growls, on the shelf collecting dust for a while now while I hand sand. A Dynabrade is on my wish list but I might just go with one of the electrics suggested in this thread.
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    THe Festool is heaps cheaper then i thought at $200- IN Australia the 5" is about $600.
    We had two at Gilet guitars in Sydney- they are nice enough.
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    Go with Festool once you use one you'll say why did I wait so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    THe Festool is heaps cheaper then i thought at $200- IN Australia the 5" is about $600.
    We had two at Gilet guitars in Sydney- they are nice enough.
    I think I paid more that $400 for each of mine. Curious as to what you're looking at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    I think I paid more that $400 for each of mine. Curious as to what you're looking at.
    The $200 was this one: (which cost $600 in Oz!)
    https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/...bitsander.aspx

    I think you bought the high end brushless version right?- which is like the Mirka Deros?

    Here is the same sander for $600 in Australia....
    https://www.carbatec.com.au/ets-125-...orbital-sander
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