Festool RO 90 Sander - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Shop Tested


Festool RO 90 Sander

I know what you’re saying …“Not another sander!” Well, I can assure you this isn’t any old sander. In short, it’s a well thought out sanding powerhouse. I never realized so many features could be added to one sander, but Festool has accomplished the impossible. Firstly, they modified (dare I say “perfected”) their systainers by removing the old latches, which were hard on fingers, and added a T-lock that easily rotates and locks, making getting at what’s inside a breeze. Don’t worry; the new systainers are compatible with the originals. Once I had the sander out of the box and on the wood, I realized it is much more than just a small sander that will access tight places. With three modes (aggressive, random orbital and delta), it’s up for all tasks. And the sandpaper is about the most durable I have ever used, which saves me time, money and a ton of hassle. Because this unit is so back-heavy, I thought I would have trouble keeping the sanding pad flat on the wood, but I was very impressed by its balance and ergonomics. If you still find all this hard to believe, pick one up for yourself. If you’re not happy with it Festool offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

For more information, visit festoolcanada.com. —Rob Brown

Related Articles

Drum Sander

Shop Tool

SuperMax 16|32 Drum Sander

Shop News: The 16-32 Drum Sander (#71632) is the newest member of the SuperMax Tools drum sander family, designed with new features to improve productivity.

SandX 13" Drum Sander With Stand

Shop News: The SandX model S1301 single-drum sander has a 1.5 HP motor that spins the 5" diameter machined aluminum sanding head at 2,260 rpm.