The Festool LS130 linear sander is designed for surface sanding on all surfaces. Surface finishing can be the most tedious part of a job, but also one of the most important.
Power tools speed the task on flat surfaces, but up until now tongue and groove joints, rabbets, and profiles have often left even the best-equipped craftsman with no alternative but a sanding block and elbow grease - and hours of tiring work. Not any more!
Festool introduces a revolutionary new power tool that makes detail sanding faster, easier, and cleaner. The new linear sander is designed for professional use with the quality and reliability you expect from Festool.
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Outstanding results and economic labor saver on rebates and profiles with a working stroke of 5/32" (4 mm) and a sanding surface of 3"x 5"
The variety of sanding bases and abrasive materials for specific applications ensures a wide range of uses
Straight linear motion with no impacts against sides of rebates
Faster than manual sanding - up to three times faster
Cleaner than manual sanding, with dust extraction port
Quick, easy and toolless sanding base change using the ingenious FastFix system
Package deals include:
1 Standard StickFix sanding pad 3" x 5" (80 x 133 mm)
90° sanding pad
2 abrasive sheets
Plug It cable
your choice of 5 possible CT Dust Extractor Vacs
Great Sander as noted- Reduces hand Sanding -
As noted by others, great sander. It WILL take some getting used to since it's a Linear Sander, and also even with coarse abrasives being used, the material removal rate isn't that large. BUT, if you can fit one of Festool's foam pads on your workpiece in terms of radius, concave, etc, , this Sander is a nice addition to your usual arsenal of Random Orbit and Rotary Sanders. My favorite usage is sanding hand Rails since I almost always find one of the Radius Pads fits the needed curve of my Rail that I'm working on pretty nicely. One warning, the Foam Pads have a Shelf Life. They start to go bad and fall apart with time, even if stored in a cool dry place etc. It's just the Nature of this type of Foam Pad, not a defect. 10 years life would be great if you could get one to last that long for you, you may get slightly less in terms of a few years if your pads are stored in a Hot area/Climate. Check for yellowing or a drastic change in color in your pads once you own this Sander. Plan on buying Fresh Ones for a large job so you don't get a bad surprise on opening your Systainer and finding a fallen apart sanding pad. It happens to all of us. Festool has also offered a Customer Pad Kit for this Sander in the past in case you need a Radius or profile that their stock pads don't fit. Basically, you make your own pad profile with the Customer Kit. Last Note, this sander takes the same abrasive sheets as the RTS 400 Sander, Festool's small Rectangular shaped Sander
A Must Have
If you do a lot of brightwork, especially wide cap rails this is a must have. It took me awhile to warm to the price but now I'm sorry I waited so long. Very rarely will I know have to hand sand! The LS130 linear sander has a nice feel in the hand and unlike most of the other sanders that are just a fraction to large for my small hands this is a perfect fit. I recently had to refinish the helm sole of a Selene 53'. It only took me a few hours to do the final sand with my LS130, I figure it cut my time by 4 hours!This tool is really working smarter.