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$400-ish... (tax..etc.) is a huge pill to swallow... Question is, will it be worth it to you, your hobby\profession\end result\time saved\health, etc., etc....?
I am sure I am missing questions, but you get what I am saying here.
I am a hobbyist, and it sure would be nice to add another fancy tool to my garage, but there is always my run down (and p00py) DeWalt ROS that needs a new loop pad, is ear piercing, creates a lot of dust, that I can use instead
Appears to be by the reviews I've seen.The Question to me is ........ is it better than Festool or Mirka. THe pricing is similar
The Question to me is ........ is it better than Festool or Mirka. THe pricing is similar
More likely the overseas manufacturer for 3M is making clones and selling them on the cheap, from reading the product description.I think 3m is marking up a whitelable product.
virtually identical specs, switch and cord are slightly different.
IDK about physical specs, but for the brushless Festool models, everyone on the FOG forum say the ETS EC 150/3 vs 125/3 is the same sander, at least internally. Most people buy the 125/3 since the 6" pads can be fit on, whereas the 150 won't take 5" pads. Is you want the 5mm orbit though, would need to buy the 6".The MSRP is very similar to the Festool RO 125 ($549), but the Festool has the dual-mode rotary/orbital feature and a more robust motor, 500w vs. 350 for the 3M. At retail price I think the Festool is the clear winner. The 3M compares more in features to the Festool ETS EC 125/3 ($439) which is an orbital sander only.
I think if 3M wants to be successful marketing this sander to hobbyist consumers they're going to have to continue to price it aggressively. It's also interesting that their 5" (125mm) and 6" (150mm) versions are just the same sander with a different pad where the body and motor of the Festool RO 150 are proportionally larger than the RO 125.
Thanks, much appreciated. Would you recommend one of these? I've always used fairly cheap Bosch sanders but my current one is getting a little long in the tooth and I'm thinking about getting something better rather than another disposable.Both Amazon and Banggood had them. I think I got mine from Banggood. The issue is the shipping cost from China I think Amazon had similar one (I assume they all come from the same factory as they all look the same) At the time Amazon wanted 240.00 and Banggood had for 159 + 45 bucks shipping.
Here is one similar to mine :R-O Sander Mirka knock off