Finding abrasives just got easier!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Reader Comments | Sanders

Abrasives Search

 

With over a dozen sander models and nine different abrasives ranges, it can be intimidating to figure out which is the best for the task at hand. Well, we wanted to make it easier for you, so we've added an abrasives search tool to our website.

Just select your Festool sander model, what you're sanding, and optionally what rate of removal you need, and we'll show you our recommendation for which abrasive will do the job the best. You'll also see other abrasives that you can choose from, as well as information about backing pads for your sander.

Choosing the right backing pad is just as important as choosing the right abrasive. For example, a super soft pad is great for a really smooth finish. While a hard pad keeps those edges nice and crisp without rounding them over. The interface pads make the abrasive pliable so that it can conform to curves and irregular surfaces. Festool sanders come standard with a soft pad, which is designed for general purpose use.

So, check out our abrasives search tool the next time you need to stock up on some sandpaper.

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PLANEX: The Popcorn Un-Maker.

Friday, February 21, 2014 | Reader Comments | Paint | Sanders

Planex Popcorn Removal

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Check out this video from Scott Montgomery, a drywall professional in Canada, as he uses thePLANEX Drywall Sander as an "popcorn un-maker", removing a textured ceiling. The PLANEX makes a task that's usually messy and labor intensive into an easy process. Even better, you don't have to wait for the ceiling to dry before you can refinish it like you would if you were scraping off the popcorn using a wet method.

Please note: Always test popcorn textures for asbestos and use best practices for safe removal.

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Precision Taping: Drywall Rock Stars.

Friday, February 21, 2014 | Reader Comments | Paint | Sanders

Brian Kitchin

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I've always wondered why painters wear white. After all, they'll get paint on themselves which will stand out against the white, right? By the same logic, you'd think it'd be crazy for a drywall installer to wear dark colors since they'll end up looking like a powdered donut by the end of the day... Mmmm, donuts. Well, with the Planex Drywall Sander, you and your clients' residence or business won't end up coated in fine drywall dust. It's like magical German dust evaporating technology.

The guys at Precision Taping are at the top of their trade when it comes to drywall and vinyl trim installation. Just check out some of their YouTube videos and you'll quickly see that you need to brush up on your drywall skills. They achieve exceptional finishes by using smart, efficient, time saving tools like the PLANEX. There's no question why they get to work on high end residences with the quality of work they do. Granted, there's no substitute for experience and skill, but the right tools will certainly amplify your capabilities and productivity.

Check out these guys in action with the PLANEX and you'll see what we mean...

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Now you can achieve a Level 6 Finish!

Friday, February 21, 2014 | Reader Comments | Paint | Sanders

PLANEX Level 6

According to the Gypsum Association's GA 214-10 publication regarding the Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish, the best finish that you can achieve is a Level 5 finish. Well, upgrade to the PLANEX Drywall Sander and CT AutoClean Dust Extractor to take your finishes to a "6".

Ok, so admittedly there's no such thing as a level 6 finish, but if there was you'd be able to achieve it quickly, easily and virtually dust free with the PLANEX Drywall Sander. Experience drywall finishing at level 6 with the PLANEX today. Try it risk-free for yourself for up to 30 days to see if the PLANEX lives up to the hype with our money-back guarantee.

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Dorothy: Canada's Oldest Sailboat

Friday, February 7, 2014 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | Paint | Sanders

 

Tony Grove has been a shipwright for more than 30 years specializing in wooden boat restoration. He has also been teaching boat building for about six years. Over the course of his career, he has had experience with a variety of brands and quality of tools and seen various advancements. With that wisdom, he has learned the importance of investing in quality tools.

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Festool PLANEX Drywall Sander Available March 1st

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Reader Comments | New Products | Sanders | Paint

It's a task that nobody enjoys... well, that used to be the case. Drywall sanding has met its match: the new Festool PLANEX drywall sander. Available beginning on March 1st, 2012, please check with your preferred Festool dealer for more information, pricing and availability.

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Marc Spagnuolo: Sanding Efficiency Video

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | Reader Comments | Sanders | Paint

The Wood Whisperer: Sanding Efficiency

Marc discusses the terminology, tools and techniques of sanding.

Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer, has covered the topic of sanding in many of his videos, touting the advantages of Festool sanders and dust extractors in producing a remarkable surface quickly and easily. In this video, Marc covers some important topics about sanding, particularly as it relates to the selection of the correct abrasive.

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J. Weir Masterworks: Sustainable Woodwork

Weir Masterworks

We were recently contacted by Joshua Weir, proprietor of J. Weir Masterworks, about his discovery of Festool and how it makes his business, which specializes in the use of green, sustainable materials and methods more productive and profitable. To learn more about J. Weir Masterworks and to see more of their work, visit their Facebook fan page.

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