How many $99 Festool sanders do you own? If you didn't say "none" then you probably used one. That's because Festool sanders aren't made at this price point. However, for a limited time, you can get the Festool Pro 5 LTD sander for $99, plus a $50 credit toward your next Festool purchase.
$99 is a lot for Festool quality, but what do you actually get for that price?
Let's take a closer look.
The Festool Pro 5 LTD will perform at its best as a finisher with a 5/64 inch sanding stroke. It's a compact model that's easy to use with one hand as you perfect your workpiece. Powered by a 250-watt motor (with a 13-foot cord) and a variable speed dial for speed control.
If you've used Festool products before, you know all about the system's thinking. If you haven't already, well, this is the main strength of their tool and something you need to experience to truly appreciate. In this case, the main part of the system is the dust extraction, and here are the new locking dust ports.
Festool has also included some surface-saving features on the Pro 5 LTD. Pad brakes stop motion sooner, so you're less likely to damage the surface you just finished by placing the sander on it. They've also developed something called a Vibration Stop that smoothes the entire process. Smoothing out your ends will always result in better results on your workpiece.
Of course, all of this is neatly packaged in a special teal Systainer. At the end of the day, if you're even remotely interested in opening a store that sells Festool products, you really should buy a few of these. You might have a hard time doing this, though. Acme Tools has a strict 2 sander limit for this limited edition, and several other retailers have stopped taking preorders due to demand.
Once these officially launch on November 1st, it looks like they're bound to launch soon. My advice? Pre-order if you can, and if not, camp out at your favorite Festool retailer as if it were a new iPhone launch.
- Model: Festool 201234
- Power supply: 120V AC
- Motor: 250 watts, 2.1 amps
- Cord Length: 13 feet
- Pad Size: 5 inches
- No-load speed: 6,000 – 14,000 cycles per minute
- Weight: 2.4 lbs
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: $99