View Full Version : Meet Fester

Ian McColgin
07-08-2011, 11:29 AM
Named for Mad Magazine's character, here's Fester

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/268829_1878538278297_1086461839_31650161_1128854_n .jpg

and with the vaccum Bestertester

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262133_1878538478302_1086461839_31650162_815407_n. jpg

My old Makita grinder disappeared on semi-permanent "loan" - I suspect to whom but for over a decade I have promiced I'd go dustless when the old unit died and vanished is next best.

I thought of a Fein but this unit - RO and grinder - is lighter, smaller, more suited to the multiple needs. It's pricy but the last sander I'll ever buy - I hope. The paper is pricy but the dust extraction makes the pads last long enough that the net costs even out. The vacuum is pricy but works so much better than jury-rigging to a shop vac that this is all worth it.

In fact, the vac is powerful enough that for indoor use I could put in one of those turbo collection lids you put on a barrel and save much on filters and bags.

What a treat to sand without a dust mask and withoug getting all grouty. Really a great tool.

Jay Greer
07-08-2011, 12:12 PM
I have been slowly shifting over to Fess Tools whenever I need to raplace a worn out item. Even though the prices is often a detering factor, I bite the bullet and go for the Fess anyway. The efficiency by far eclipses the buyer shock!

jerry bark
07-08-2011, 04:07 PM
The efficiency by far eclipses the buyer shock!

I spent some some change on some new tools this spring, not FES but a good brand, and I have to admit they have paid for themselves already in saved time and in better results. I should have bought them years sooner.

I am going to upgrade my dust collection next, the dust on this project is really getting to me.


07-08-2011, 05:48 PM
Ian-I have the earlier FES RO sander and would give it up only when they pry my cold dead fingers... I expect that the next generation is better.
I feel your joy.


Nicholas Carey
07-08-2011, 07:09 PM
I'm torn. I've been wanting a good jigsaw -- the Bosch 1591 barrel grip of the Festool Trion. It's been easy to settle on the Bosch since up until recently it's been significantly cheaper than the Festool (c. $140 street v. $250). Bosch has recently upped the price on it, adding a rather Festool-like Systainer sort of case they call the L-Boxx (http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/Pages/BoschProductCategory.aspx?catid=611)


Very nice, but they've jacked the price up. The street price is now c. $200, which has narrowed the gap considerable.

Oooh...its a tough choice.