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Rotex RO 90 DX Multi-mode Sander Review
 
RO 90 Sander Review

Transform the way you tackle your next project!

Recently, we connected with Cliff, the self-proclaimed "Wood Nerd", and provided him with the soon-to-be-released RO 90 DX sander to run through its paces. Cliff was nice enough to produce a very detailed assessment of the RO 90 and give his candid thoughts about how it performed in his shop. His review includes several videos that demonstrate various features and techniques. If you like to soak up every detail about a product when considering a purchase, you'll really appreciate Cliff's thorough commentary, dozens of detailed photos and videos.

If, after reading over Cliff's review, you still want to learn more about the RO 90 DX then head over to our Rotex micro website. There you'll find in-depth information about the features and benefits offered by Festool's family of Rotex sanders.

Available March 1st, Pre-order Now!

The RO 90 DX sander will be officially launched on Tuesday, March 1st, which is right around the corner. Based on interest in this sander, we expect demand to be very high. To ensure availability, check with your preferred Festool dealer to see about pre-ordering the RO 90 DX (571823). Purchase a Festool power tool with Festool CT Dust Extractor as a package for additional instant savings!

Not sure if the RO 90 DX is the right tool for you? Don't worry, you can try it completely risk-free for 30 days. If you decide it doesn't meet your expectations, no problem. Just return it for a no-hassle, full refund less any applicable shipping charges.

Check out the Wood Nerd's RO 90 videos...

A look at what comes in the Systainer
Features and controls
Demonstration of the pad brake
Demonstration comparing the various sanding modes
Demonstration showing quick material removal in Rotex mode
Demonstration showing the fine finish of the random orbit mode

All the details about the RO 90 DX Multi-mode Sander

RO 90 DX sander model overview
RO 90 DX specifications and scope of delivery
RO 90 DX accessories and abrasives
Rotex sander multi-mode operation
Rotex sander dust extraction capabilities
Rotex sander durability
Rotex sander intelligent electronics
Rotex sander ergonomics

A special thanks to Cliff for taking the time to put together a review of the RO 90 DX.

 

Why Technique Matters
 
Sanding Technique

In the review of the RO 90 DX multi-mode sander written by Cliff the "Wood Nerd", he mentions that initially he struggled with the balance of the machine. The weight of the motor in the rear of the sander combined with the weight of the dust extraction hose were making it challenging to keep the pad flat. This brings up a very important point about how proper technique can make a noticeable difference in the performance of a tool.

In the photos below, Cliff discussed the different types of grips he used with the RO 90 DX. He began with the grip shown in the left-most photo. Your instinct may be to grab a Festool Rotex sander or the Festool Domino in this way. The issue with this technique is that you have a single grip point where you're attempting to balance the tool and keep the pad flat on the material. Likewise, on the Festool Domino joiner, you're leveraging a single point on the tool to balance it as you plunge into your material.

Technique Matters

The technique that we recommend is shown in the center photo. Keep one hand directly over the sanding pad for controlling the movement of the sander. Use your other hand on the very rear of the sander, or even grab it by the dust extraction port and power cord. The back hand then supports the weight of the machine and helps maintain proper balance resulting in perfectly flat contact between the sanding pad and material. With the Domino joiner, you would use a similar technique, keeping one hand firmly on the handle on the fence while balancing and making the plunging action with the other hand at the very rear of the machine.

Cliff introduces a third option, which you may want to try. While it's difficult to tell in the right-most photo, he has wrapped the dust extraction hose over his shoulder. This helps offset the weight of the hose and makes it easier to use the sander with a single hand.

Keep this in mind when you're using any of your tools. The user of the tool can introduce factors into the equation that can alter the end results. Happy sanding with your new RO 90!

 

Dozens of New Festool Product Reviews
 
FOG Product Reviews

One of the benefits to participating in the Festool Owners Group online forum is that we occasionally do contests for its members. The contests are designed to encourage members to share information, ideas, and advice with other members of the online community. Recently, we announced a contest for members to write or video product reviews. This is the second time we've done such a contest and the entries have provided a wealth of information. We have randomly selected two winners who each received their choice of a RO 90 DX sander or WCR 1000 Workcenter. The contest has produced 58 new written and video product reviews.

While all of the reviews were great, one forum member stood out from the crowd. His name is Paul-Marcel and he's a guy that enjoys woodworking just like many of you. You should check out Paul's blog, Half Inch Shy, which has a lot of great information for all types of tools and techniques. Over the past several weeks, Paul produced more than a dozen video reviews of what appears to be every Festool in his shop. If you're interested in any of these tools, you should definitely take the time to check out Paul's very informative videos. Even if you're not interested in a tool, definitely check out Paul's comical parody review of the limited edition Festool stein for a few laughs.

Watch Paul-Marcel's Video Product Reviews

C 12 Cordless Drill
Centrotec Chuck System & Accessories
Domino Joiner
DTS 400 Delta Finish Sander
LS 130 Linear Sander
MFK 700 Modular Trim Router
MFT/3 Multifunction Table
OF 1400 Router
PS 300 Barrel-Grip Jigsaw
Rotex RO 125 Sander
Rotex RO 125 & RO 150 Models
RS 2 E Half-Sheet Finish Sander
TS 75 Plunge Saw

We want to extend a special thanks to Paul for going "hog wild" with his video reviews. If you're interested in the dozens of other video and written product reviews, which cover nearly the entire Festool power tool line up, head over to the Festool Owners Group review section. While you're there, sign up for a free account, which only takes a few minutes, and join this remarkable online community of folks who love to talk about tools (not just Festool) and woodworking. We hope to see you there!

 

Granat: Festool's New Wonder Abrasive
 
Granat Abrasives

You may have noticed this peculiar light blue colored abrasive in some of our recent photos. First, even though the name is "Granat", it is not made for Granite or stone material. It's actually made for use with wood.

"So what's so special about Granat", you might ask. Well, Granat is a hybrid abrasive comprised of hardened aluminum oxide with a ceramic grit. This hybrid approach causes Granat to retain it's cutting edge much longer than any other abrasive. Even though Granat uses a stearated coating, it does not contain wax. Since it lacks any type of wax additive, there are not issues with water-based finishes that you may have had with other Zinc stearate abrasives.

Most of you who own Festool sanders and are sanding wood probably use Rubin abrasives. While Granat is going to last longer than Rubin, it is has a thinner backing material and produces a more aggressive scratch pattern. For this reason, you may want to continue to use Rubin if you are sanding a lot of corners or edges that may tend to snag the abrasives sheet since Granat would be more prone to tearing.

Granat abrasives will also be available in a roll of perforated sheets. The perfect size to use for hand sanding. These sheets incorporate a foam backing to allow the abrasive sheet to conform to the surface of the material.

See your preferred Festool dealer for Granat abrasives availability and pricing.

Granat Abrasives

 

The New Kapex UG Mobile Miter Station
 
Kapex UG Mobile Miter Station

A brilliant mobile miter cutting station solution.

If you own a Kapex miter saw, you already enjoy the great cutting depth, precision cuts, and lightweight design. The only thing missing is an uber-convenient way to wheel it to and from the jobsite and a set of supports for long material. Well, that used to be the only thing missing. Introducing the new Kapex UG mobile cutting station (497 354).

Equipped with large wheels, the UG easily navigates the work area, and breaks down quickly and easily for transport. Two expandable extensions allow for large material support and provide plenty of surface area with integrated flip stops and metric measuring scale. Fully extended, the supports offer nearly 16-feet of material capacity. When you're ready to move to a new location, remove the extensions with a couple of thumb screws, hit the quick release mechanism to fold the Kapex into its transport position, and attach the extensions to the cart. Now you're ready to roll in just a few minutes!

The compact footprint of the cart doesn't eat up valuable space in your trailer or vehicle. Rubber feet prevent the cart from rolling around while driving. The Kapex can also be quickly and easily removed from the cart to sit on the floor or a table.

Please note that the Kapex UG does not include crown stops nor is it compatible with existing Festool Kapex crown stops.

Kapex UG - Available March 1st!

Purchase the cart and both extensions as a package for savings, or buy one or more of the individual components. Available on March 1st, 2011. See your preferred Festool dealer for pricing and availability.

Kapex UG

 

Festool Certified Reconditioned Tools
 
Certified Reconditioned Tools

Save with Certified Reconditioned Tools!

We sometimes get questions about what we do with tools that are returned under our 30-day no-hassle, risk-free guarantee and many of you have expressed an interest in being able to purchase these tools. Well, we've listened to your requests and are offering these tools for a very limited time on a first-come basis during the month of February 2011 only. Act quickly because some reconditioned tools are available in very limited quantities. View a complete list of reconditioned tools, prices and availability on our website.

Not interested in buying a reconditioned tool but still want a way to save? Check out our list of closeout tools for savings up to 25%.

What's the condition of the reconditioned tools?

Festool service technicians have thoroughly inspected every tool to ensure it meets the benchmark for quality that you've come to expect from Festool. Certified Reconditioned tools are discounted based on their condition.

Condition of tools with a 10% Discount

Includes current and discontinued tools that have seen limited use and come with original packaging. Systainer or packaging may be slightly impaired or blemished. These are certified to have gone through Festool’s inspection process to ensure they operate well. 

Condition of tools with a 20% Discount

Includes current and discontinued tools displaying use that are in good condition with original packaging.  Systainer or packaging may be impaired or blemished.  These are certified to have gone through Festool’s inspection process to ensure they operate well.

What about the warranty and can I return reconditioned tools?

All reconditioned tools will carry a one-year limited warranty. If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return it under our 30-day money back guarantee for a full refund, excluding applicable shipping charges. Customers will be responsible for return shipping costs.

Can I combine a reconditioned tool with an MFT or CT?

Yes and no. Yes, you can purchase multiple items from our list of Certified Reconditioned Tools. However, we will not be offering additional package savings when combining a tool and CT or MFT as we do with new tools.

How do I order?

Contact your preferred Festool dealer to purchase a Certified Reconditioned tool. All products will be drop shipped from our warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Come see us at JLC Live!
 
JLC Live NE 2011

Experience all of new Festool power tools for 2011 first hand!

JLC Live is one of the premier woodworking shows of the year and we'll be there on March 25-26 at Rhode Island Convention Center. It's your opportunity to check out all of the amazing new tools that we'll be introducing this year, watch product demonstrations, attend our workshops, and meet us in person. Some of the new product we'll be showing at JLC Live include the Rotex RO 90 DX Multi-mode Sander, Kapex UG Mobile Cart with Extensions, Workcenter WCR 1000, T-Loc Systainers, CXS Compact Cordless Drill, Carvex Jigsaw and more!

Be our guest and register now for your free exhibition hall pass. Swing by and see us at Booth #826 for your chance to enter to win a new Festool Rotex RO 90 DX Multi-Mode Sander.

Thousands of residential construction professionals from across New England come to JLC LIVE to perfect their skills and build their businesses by networking with exhibiting companies, get hands on training with live building clinics and attending the educational conference.

Are you out on the West Coast? Not to worry. We'll see you later this year at JLC Live Northwest in Portland in December or even sooner at AWFS in Las Vegas in July.

 

The Katz Roadshow - Free to Attend
 
Katz Roadshow

Upcoming Katz Roadshow Events

Sign Up! Date Roadshow Host Location Clinic Type
Register 3/2 Marvic Supply Horsham, PA Finish Carpentry
Register 3/4 TW Perry Ellicott City, MD Finish Carpentry
Register 4/4 Berlin G. Myers Lumber Co. Charleston, SC Frame-to-Finish
Register 4/7 Kimal Lumber Venice, FL Frame-to-Finish
Register 4/11 Holmes Building Materials Denham Springs, LA Frame-to-Finish
Register 4/13 Dash Lumber Metairie, LA Finish Carpentry
Register 4/15 ProBuild Grapevine, TX Finish Carpentry

What is the Katz Roadshow?

As a professional, you'll want to attend the Katz Roadshow before your competition does! The Katz Roadshow is a great (and completely free) opportunity for you to see industry leaders put Festool power tools to the test in real-world applications, while demonstrating methods to increase competency and proficiency.

For Festool it serves two purposes; we are educating professionals on what makes our products work together as a system, while also giving back to the trade community. Festool understands that it's a combination of advantages created by superior products, and advanced techniques that ultimately take your work to the next level. Gary and Mike's presentations exemplify this balance. There are few presentations that deliver the value obtained from attending the Katz Roadshow.

Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, in their respective clinics, teach the techniques they have hung their hats on for years, stressing the importance of doing it the right way. They are no strangers to the industry, having enjoyed the success of the Journal of Light Construction Live clinics and from countless years of successful work in their private practices in the construction industry. Attend a show to learn from Gary and Mike about how great tools, combined with great methods can help you to differentiate yourself in the market, thus making you more attractive to your prospective clients.

We encourage you to register early to reserve your space.

Want more info?

Head over to the This is Carpentry website to read an article about the Katz Roadshow events.

 

The Festool Owners Group (FOG)
 
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With over 8,000 members, the Festool Owners Group (FOG) is an online community of woodworkers, remodelers, furniture makers, cabinet makers and other professionals and hobbyists. The members of the forum have a common goal of sharing knowledge, experiences and advice in a friendly environment that is open and welcome to all. We would like to invite you to join the discussions and explore the vast resources available on the Festool Owners Group.

Register Today - It's Easy to Sign Up and Free!

Anyone can visit the FOG as a guest, but registering allows you to view photos and gain access to some content not available to guests. It's a very short and simple process to create a new account.

Just visit the account registration page to get started.

 

Ways to learn more about Festool
 

Find your local Festool retailer

Festool Owners Group (Forum)
Talk Festool (Forum)

Festool's Rotex family of multi-mode sanders
Festool's Cleantex CT family of high efficiency dust extractors
Understanding plunge cut saws and guide rails

Brice Burrell Carpentry
Jerry Work - Festool reviews, jigs, supplemental manuals
Rick Christopherson's Festool supplemental manuals
Wood Shop Demos by John Lucas

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