Festool has made some rolling changes to their already outstanding 400 series finish sanders. The new Festool RTS 400 REQ and its delta pad brother (the DTS 400 REQ) now feature a more powerful motor, updated Cleantec connection system, and bumpers to avoid damage to nearby workpieces. There are also some small ergonomic changes. The […]
When we visited Festool in Germany last year, we got to see the Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander in action months before its North American launch. It’s a rolling change from the previous model – the Festool RTS 400 EQ – which was a phenomenal sander in its own right. Clint DeBoer and […]
Ridgid and Ryobi (both TTI companies) decided to bust through the cordless barrier when it comes to belt sanders. The Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander runs on their 18V platform and, obviously, sports a brushless motor. It takes advantage of a 3 x 18-inch belt and a variable 400 – 935 FPM belt rate to […]
One of the great things about the relationship between Ridgid and Ryobi is that Ridgid’s Pro-focused technology often trickles down to Ryobi users. In some cases, it’s a matter of months or years, in other cases tools come out within days of each other. Fortunately, it’s the latter with the new Ryobi One+ 18V Brushless […]
Brushless motors and increased battery capacity are unlocking tools that we could have only dreamed of being cordless a few years ago. The new Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander is a great example of where this technology is allowing us to go. Belt sanders are typically used when you need to remove a lot of […]
If you fabricate or work with stainless pipe, such as handrails, then you need a tool that can handle your finish work. The FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander is aptly named the Boa. It wraps around pipe, like a snake, to sand and polish more than 180-degrees at a time. Polishing stainless handrails are made easy […]
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Detailing cars is not always about hoods, trunks (bonnets and boots for our UK friends) and other large areas. There are many areas that would typically require hand rubbing/polishing because the five or six-inch pad of the polisher won’t fit. These areas are a great fit for the Milwaukee cordless polisher sander. This polisher is […]
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While we were in Germany, we were introduced to the new Festool DTS 400 EQ Orbital Finish Sander and Festool RTS 400 EQ Orbital Finish Sander. I had the opportunity to use both of them in a controlled setting while we were visiting Festool’s facilities near Stuttgard and I’ve had several weeks since they arrived […]
Makita’s 9237c 7-inch polisher is made for the professional. This rotary polisher has the horsepower to cut through the toughest finish with the harshest of products. When we have a vehicle with serious blemishes in the finish, this is the polisher that we reach for. Whether we are using a wool pad with compound or […]
How many $99 Festool sanders do you own? If you said anything other than “none”, you probably bought it used. That’s because Festool sanders just aren’t made at this price point. However, for a limited time you’ll be able to get your hands on the Festool Pro 5 LTD sander for $99 – plus a $50 […]