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The Festool Rotex RO 150 FEQ Dual-Mode Sander Review


Festool took random orbital sanders to new heights when they made the Festool Rotex FEQ sander. A tool which carries 3 functions in one tool. It can be used for coarse sanding, fine sanding and polishing.

So, if you intend to remove a lot of material from the stock you’re sanding in very little time, then you have to use the coarse sanding mode.

However, if you just want to smoothen the surface or fine-sand it using random orbital action, then you use the fine-sanding mode.

If you’ve finished sanding a particular stock, and all you just need to do now is to polish it, then you use the polishing mode, and you can start polishing the surface with the Festool Rotex FEQ sander.

Changing between these three sanding modes can be achieved easily just be pressing a simple button.

Tool Specs

Pad Size6 inche
Weight5.07 lbs
Sanding Stroke5/16 inche
Power Usage720 watt

Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the Festool Rotex RO 150 FEQ Dual-Mode Sander is the Multi-Jetstream dust extraction system which when combined with an appropriate mobile dust collector helps remove dust from the work surface as you sand with the tool.

This not only ensures a cleaner and healthier working environment, but also prolongs the life of the sanding pad or abrasive material.

Every dust produced during the sanding operation is removed immediately by the Multi-Jetstream system, improving the efficiency of the sander, prevents the abrasive pad from wearing unnecessarily and helps you avoid cleanup after sanding.

Another great feature of the Rotex RO 150 sander is that you don’t need any tool to change the sanding pads. It equipped with a FastFix interface which allows you to swiftly and quickly change sanding pads depending on the type of task you want to complete.

The Festool Rotex FEQ sander is also equipped with a Festool protector which allows you to use the sander to sand up the edge of whatever you’re sanding without getting scratching the surface at right angles to that surface.

So, you can sand edge to edge without worrying that you’ll accidentally scratch another surface perpendicular or at right angles to the one you’re sanding. Thanks to the Festool Protector.

It’s also equipped with a plug-it power cord which ensures you can easily remove the power cord from the bare tool when you need to switch between Festool tools or when you’re done with the job, and you want to stow the tool away.

Overall, the Festool Rotex R0 150 FEQ Dual-Mode Sander is an all-in-one sanding solution which will meet your needs no matter the sanding task you have in hand. It’s every craftsman’s dream tool.

What I Like About It

What I like most about the Festool Rotex FEQ sander is the Multi-Jetstream system which helps remove all the dust produced as you sand with the tool.

If you have to work inside a home with people already living inside, you don’t have to worry that you’ll mess up everywhere with dust.

You can work and sand with the Rotex sander knowing fully well that you’re not going to cover anything with dust.

Apart from that, the 3-in-1 functionality of the tool also ensures you can accomplish multiple tasks with the same tool.

Whether you need to remove a lot of material, or you need to carry out finish sanding, or polish a surface, you can use the same Festool Rotex FEQ sander to get the job done. All you have to do is switch between sanding modes.

Where It Can Be Improved

The Festool Rotex FEQ sander is just like a normal random orbital sander, just with some more fire power to remove material on demand, and which also provides a better finish on the surface.

Apart from the price which is a bit on the high side compared to an average random orbital sander, there’s little to be improved about the Festol Rotex RO 150 FEQ Dual-Mode Sander.

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