I've got one and I like it. I don't do a pile of hand sanding but it didn't make sense to capture nearly all the dust with my Festool sanders and then make a mess at the end with a little bit of hand sanding, so I bought one.
I hook the hand sander up to my CT36 and turn the suction to the lowest setting, it works like a charm. The hose is a bit of a nuisance but I prefer dealing with the hose instead of the airborne dust.
I use 120 for breaking edges, 180 for final sanding with the grain and sometimes I use it with 320 between coats of finish.
I have the 6" sander but i use it manly for compound, drywall and paint knock-down. There was a guy on e-bay selling boxes of 240, which i use on the festool hard palm sander to knock down paint and it works fairly well; should be even better with dc.
Well I used it to nock the edges off my drawer and tool caddy for my bench tonight. So far this thing is great. The DC is sweet. I grabbed my regular 5" sander just to see the difference and it made a mess. With this you wouldn't of known I was sanding on my bench. A little clumsy with the hose but I REALLY like it. You do have to be careful not to catch an edge or the fabric tears.
All in all a good purchase. I am glad I got the smaller hose. And you definitely need some suction control, the little opening on the sander is not enough to not have the pad stick. I had the bosch vac turned down and put the bosch hose in line with it's setting all the way open.
I gave the pad a quick blow with the air hose when I was done and it got rid of any residue in the abranet.
I will wait until finishing to give it my final approval but so far it's a winner.
My friend/ employee has one. He does a lot of finishing with a 5 stage turbine HVLP. He likes it mainly for the between coats sanding. It is also really good for a drywall patch or two iin a finished house. I have been meaning to pick one up but his lives in my shop anyway.
I also have a couple of the foam hand sanders that fit the round disks- both 5 & 6". No dust collection but its nice to be able to steal paper from the orbital collection of paper for little hand sanding tasks.
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Jun 10, 2018 1:24:34 GMT -5
ineson85: Just been into AONE Tools (West Yorkshire) and they are having a Mafell sale. Loads of brand new, boxed tools going ridiculously cheap!
Jul 27, 2018 4:02:15 GMT -5
balgonie: Hikoki, please bring this beauty to Germany!!!!!!
Oct 26, 2018 1:04:14 GMT -5
jimh: I have been offline for a while. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Jim (surf123)
Jan 31, 2019 10:59:27 GMT -5
dam8: Shoot me an email if you want a pic of my removable Irving knife. I cut the base when I bought it so I can remove it when email@example.com plunge cut is needed Dave at milesRestorations dot com
Mar 23, 2019 19:22:40 GMT -5
rikflaxman: I need someone to pick out one best product from those on this list here.
Guest: Can anyone mill a corian piece that will fit into the mafell rail for use with the mft3?
Aug 17, 2019 14:17:06 GMT -5
jimmyford: Can anyone mill a corian piece that will fit into the mafell rail for use with the mft3?
Aug 17, 2019 14:18:58 GMT -5
bengt: Oh please the ks60 is better in every way. 60 degree miter in both directions. Bevels past 45(essential in a saw that must cut on the flat) Bigger blade more capacity. The Metabo hpt has 57 degree miter max and 45 bevel max.
Sept 9, 2019 20:02:24 GMT -5
alvychippy (guest): can not recover my registered email account atasas@gmx. do not remember the password, some assistance? or should I just register as new user?>
Dec 7, 2019 9:51:24 GMT -5
alvychippy: Guys, what is the name of aprox €9k machine for hand shaping of handrails?
Jan 8, 2020 16:16:15 GMT -5
stilts: So why is goldensun not banned and all those worthless threads not deleted?
Jan 11, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
alvychippy: It's the board hosts, that are having an idea, of somebody perhaps paying over the odds to acquire the board to administer it.... Obviously hopes are set high, Mafell isn't interested, so it carries on
Jan 12, 2020 9:30:06 GMT -5