Festool - Festool Rotex RO 90 Multi-Purpose Sander
The RO 90 DX Festool Sander could easily become the most versatile tool in your shop. Equipped with 1/2 horsepower, the RO 90 Festool Sander is prepared to tackle nearly any sanding task. Easily...
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Aggressive, Gear-Driven Mode
Imagine flipping a switch and your Rotex Festool Sander engages its gear-driven mode. This will allow you to transform rough surfaces with startling power, stripping stubborn paints and other coatings, and making you the master of all materials. The aggressive mode delivers material removal similar to that of a grinder. This will shave off hours of sanding and achieve astonishing results.
Random Orbital Finish Sanding Mode
Flip the switch again and now you're operating in Random Orbit mode. Create sensationally smooth finishes with ease. Sit back in amazement as you gaze at the results you achieved with ease. Connected to a Festool dust extractor, work in a near-dust-free environment.
Delta Mode Detail Sanding Mode
Flip the switch one last time to convert the Rotex Festool Sander from using a circular pad to a triangular delta-shaped pad in seconds (no tools required). Reach into corners and tight crevices. The gear driven orbit gnaws through the toughest materials and finishes. The lightweight, compact design eliminates fatigue.
The Bottom Line
If you could only own one sander, the Festool Rotex multi-mode sander should be the one! Why? Because the Rotex is capable of operating in several modes, making it arguably the most versatile sander on the planet. Back that up by Festool's commitment to manufacturing products of the highest level of quality backed by a three-year warranty, and there's little reason not to consider adding a Rotex to your tool arsenal.
Includes: New SYS 2 T-Loc Systainer, StickFix Soft Round Sanding Pad, StickFix V93 Delta Sanding Pad, Edge Protector, Plug-It Power Cord, and instruction manual.
Festool Sander Specs:
- Pad Diameter: 3.5" (90 mm)
- Power Consumption: 400 Watts
- Speed, Rotary Motion: 260 - 520 RPM
- Speed, Eccentric Motion: 3,500 - 7,000 RPM
- Stroke: 1/8”
- Dust Extraction Port: 27 mm
- Weight: 3.3 lbs
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I had read a lot about rotex sanders. Lots of praise. I did not see it for me though as only a avid "hobby" woodworker. I had a ETS 150/3 for those large flat surfaces that I needed really well finished. The rotex seemed too focused on its aggressive abilities and I perceived its random orbit abilities redundant with the 150. Well, I have to admit I was wrong. I was undertaking some refinishing projects and thought the rotex would be helpful for that work. It was/is, no doubt excellent for that use; but what I have been floored by is the downright finishing value of this unit for new wood projects. Not just the random orbit feature but the triangle attachment for detail work. It is my go to unit for anything but large flat surfaces. Amazing tool. Truly three sanders in one. In that context, one of the best price points of any festool; and I have many festools. The small size (90mm) is more a feature than a liability. As for balance problems that some seem to cite as a problem; I disagree. At first if you are used to a "palm" style sander, I can understand this critique. However, like Festool routers that have a bit of a different handle once you figure it out, it makes sense. You can't go wrong with this unit. I can honestly say this surprised me. I thought when I bought this it would be the first festool I would take back under the 30 day warranty. Boy was I wrong. Buy it. Enjoy it.
I have wanted this tool for the last six months. I am an avid woodworker that enjoys building furniture and rebuilding/refinishing antiques. I have owned the big brother Rotex 150 for about 5 years. It is easily my most used Festool in my collection. The 90 allows me to sand into corners; work on narrower areas, and handle aggressive sanding tasks. This tool has another use that I did not expect - with the special polymer abrasives and mild paste cleaning products - it cleans tile and grout like no other tool! Because of the small head, sanding rust off of garden tools and equipment is effortless. Well worth the price!
I am not one of those "Festool Fanatics", having typically purchased my tools at the local big-box home improvement stores. That said, if this sander is representative of their product line I plan to consider Festool for future tool purchases. This sander might seem small, with just a 90mm (3 1/2") pad, but it's ridiculously powerful. Put 60 or 80 grit on it, and hope that you have a good-sized dust collector, because it chews through wood like a beaver. At the same time, the finish is oh-so-fine with the higher grit abrasives. My only wish is that Woodcraft carried a wider variety of their abrasives because Festool offers a *lot* more than are sold here. The only reason for 4 stars at this point in time is that I've not owned it long enough to speak for its durability. If it's still doing its job a few years later, it deserves 5 stars.