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Festool linear sander

Why detail sand by hand when you can buy a power tool to do it for you? To mimic hand sanding, the Festool Duplex LS 130 EQ linear sander’s head reciprocates in a straight motion. This allows it to sand with the grain, which leaves less visible scratches. And when you consider the advantages of finishing the job up to three times faster and landing most of the dust in your dust collection system instead of on you, its price of $290 doesn’t sound so high.

The LS 130 works with a large variety of sanding bases to match the details of your project. Festool’s FastFix system allows the bases to be changed easily without tools, and you can use the bases with a variety of abrasive materials as well. To keep the sanding dust out of the way, an integrated one-inch dust port connects to your dust collection system.

Festool includes a flat base, 90° base, two abrasive sheets, a detachable power cord, and a “Systainer 1” case with the LS 130, and you can purchase a kit separately for making custom profiles to match any molding.

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3 Responses to Hand Sanding With A Power (Fes)Tool

  1. l_bilyk says:

    I found that detail sanding by hand is usually the best way

  2. Brian says:

    I have one of these, and it is fantastic! Especially the pad that you modify for custom profiles. I was sanding the crown molding that surrounds the exterior of my house (built in 1932). After hand sanding through 8 layers of different colored paint in one small area, I got the custom profile kit.

    I originally thought that it was unnecessarily complex, but more on that later. You temporarily attach a piece of velcro to the molding that you want a profile of, then attach a course grit of sandpaper to the velcro. Then you simply turn on the sander and press it against the sandpaper producing the profile in the sanding block. Then using contact cement, you attach a piece of supplied velcro to the sanding block, and then you are done. The beauty of the system is that by attaching the velcro and sandpaper to the molding while making the profile in the sanding pad, it accomodates for the thickness of the velcro and sandpaper that will be attached to the sanding pad.

  3. Eli says:

    I’ve used it, and it kicks serious a**. I didn’t need to make a custom profile, I used one of the available ones, and I did an entire room of baseboard in about ten minutes. The window frame and door frame took another ten or fifteen minutes. It would have taken a few hours to do it by hand, and it would have left my fingers and back aching. The best part that you didn’t even mention is that you can use it with one of their dust extractors and do all that great sanding almost dust free. And, the pad size is the same as their RTS400 sander, another great one, but an orbital sander. I’m scared to tell you how much I paid for that one in Australia.

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