This sander from Festool offers the ability to switch from a “rotary” mode — which removes lots of material — to a random orbiate mode that’s appropriate for fine sanding and polishing. Add to that a tool-free disc change system and you have one interesting little sander.
Festool has a slick name for every feature on the RO-150-FEQ, but let’s skip the marketing mess. Here’s the low-down:
Besides its dual-mode operation, the ‘FEQ (as we fondly refer to it) hooks directly into Festool’s sweet-if-too-freakin’-expeinsive dust collection system, but the dust collection attachment on the ‘FEQ is modular so you can remove it when you’re polishing or buffing. It features “stepless” electronic speed control (read: true variable speed) in both modes, and the power cord is detachable for replacement, too. Abrasive media attaches via a hook-and-loop system.
There’s really only one bit of bad news about the ‘FEQ, and it’s a tune that’s familiar to all Festool owners: street pricing starts around $440. (We did find a couple of deals via Google Products offering the ‘FEQ bundled with Festool’s CT22 dust extractor kit for around $822.) So if you’ve got $500 burning a hole in your pocket, check it out.
PS: Don’t miss the video on the Festool site. It’s also marketing-crap-laden, but it gives you a good look at the tool in action — which makes it worth your time.