ETS EC 150 Festool Brushless Sanders

Hi All,

Recently released in Europe Festool’s new  sanders the ETS EC 150/5 and ETS 150/3 are sure to be a hit when they reach the Australian market. With the latest in EC brushless motors these sanders have a host of new features to make the onerous task of sanding quicker and easier.


Some of the new features are a vibration sensor which automatically adjusts the sander speed when not under load to protect the user from excess vibration, constant speed under load, and a suction detection system which stops the sander if the dust extractor hose comes out, (this feature can be deactivated if you’re using a dust bag).

The new sanders have a height of 113mm including pad, compared to 185mm on the old ETS sanders and a weight of 1.2 kg which is 600 grams lighter than the old ETS sanders

Have a look at the video below to see the ETS EC 150 in action and watch for a cameo appearance by Blair, one of the principals  of Festool Australia

Please watch this space and as more information comes to hand I’ll post it here

Be safe and have fun



The Profi Scale Moisture Meter

Moisture 2 Hi All,

Sadly,  I had a death in the tool box last week. after one too many drops, my old moisture meter finally gave up.

So after a suitable period of mourning, (about 12 seconds) I decided to update to to the new Profi scale moisture meters by Burg Wachter that arrived in the shop last week.




Whats cool about these meters is that as well as measuring the moisture level of wood you can quickly change the settings so you can measure the moisture content of plasterboard, (drywall) screed and gypsum as well as ambient temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

The tech specs for the moisture meter is shown here:

Technical data

Measurement range Wood: 4 – 60 %Moist 3
Solid materials: 0.2 – 3.0 %
Resolution Wood: 1 %
Solid materials: 0.1 %
Accuracy Wood: < 30 %: ± 2 % ≥ 30 %: ± 4 %
Solid materials: < 1.4 %: ± 0.1 %
≥ 1.4 %: ± 0.2 %
Power supply 4 × 1.5 V (e. g. LR44)
Optimum ambient conditions 0 °C – 40 °C, air humidity: < 85 %
Storage temperature -10 °C – 50 °C,
air humidity: < 85 %


When I use a  moisture meter I’ll always  take  a number of readings from different points on the timber then work out an average. The meter was simple to use moisture 1and  when I measured the same point in the
timber 4 times I got the same read every time, ( unlike my old meter)

Also in the manual is this handy table which give you a rough idea of how to interpret the data from the meter.

Humidity content in weight percent
Humidity status Wood        Screed, gypsum, plaster
Inoffensive 2 – 15 %              0,2 – 0,3 %
Borderline 15 – 19 %            0,4 – 0,9 %
Too humid > 20 % > 1,0 %

Please keep in  mind when using this scale that it’s only a general idea. Moisture content varies between species and where you are in the world. Remember to take multiple readings and work out an average.

What I also love about this meter is the size, (See photo below), and the price.

moisture 4At under $40.00 (AUD) its an absolute bargain for all the features it has. If you’re in the market for a new meter have a look here.

Thats all for now guys, as always be safe and have fun,





The Festool APS 900 Jig, making a masons mitre joint.



The Masons Mitre,

With its roots in stone masonry the masons mitre joint has evolved a commonly used joint in kitchen renovation where it is used to join bench tops together at a 45 degree angle

The masons mitre was originally used where two stone members met at a 45 degree angle and it was created by removing a small section of material from one part, thereby creating a socket for the other.
In masonry terms, this allows the bond of the masonry courses to to continue around a corner without a staggered vertical joint and and allows the mortar to truly bed into the corner of the joint.

In the cabinetmakers world the masons mitre allows for a strong and attractive joint, particularly on bench tops with rounded edges, and saves on the wastage of materials and additional labor costs that would result from the removal of large triangular sections that need to be cut in a traditional mitre joint.

The masons mitre joint can be a it of a challenge, but with a bit of practise and good jig for your router it’s quite achievable.

One of the best jigs I’ve used to achieve this joint is the APS 900 jig which is made by Festool. Whilst it looks a bit complex it’s actually fairly straight forward and gives you accurate and repeatable results.

Have a look at the video here from Festool TV where Festool demonstrator Frank Jaksch shows the how to use the APS 900 along with a Festool OF 2200 router to create a masons mitre joint.

It is dubbed in English and the picture is a bit dodgey at times but please persist, it is worth watching.

Anyways guys, I hope you enjoyed the video and if your not using it already, will soon be adding the masons mitre to your arsenal of joinery.

Thanks for reading and as always your comments and feedback are appreciated.

Be safe and have fun,




New Dust Extractor, Protool VCP 260 E L A/C

Hi All,

I had a chance to see the new Protool dust extractor from Tooltechnic Systems, the home of Festool. The new VCP26o is a very impressive machine and has identical power and capacity to the Festool CT 26. A major difference is the addition of  a modified form of

the auto clean function that is on the Festool CT36AC. The autoclean on the VCP260 ac , when activated, cleans the filters at preset intervals of 10 seconds which helps the extractor cope with such challenging materials such as plaster, concrete and stone.

When in auto clean mode it’s recommended that you use the plastic liner to collect the dust. Alternatively there is a self cleaning bag, similar to the bag in the CT26, but with a larger pore to allow the bag to cope better with concrete, stone and plaster dust. The standard bags for the CT26 fit the VCP 260 AC.

When using the VCP260 with timber,  in applications such as routing and sanding you can turn off the autoclean mode and use the standard self clean bags.

As with the CT 26 and 36 there is a removable plate which allows you add a continuous supply powerpoint to the front panel of the extractor. You cannot add another tool actuated power port to the VCP260 AC

I was  really impressed with the dimensions of  the VCP260 The overall size is 673mm long X 365mm wide X 455mm high. The low profile means the extractor is more stable on uneven surfaces and also means it will easily fit under the hardtop of most ute’s and  into most vans.

The VCP260 comes with a 36mm antistatic hose in the scope of delivers as well as a rear mounted tool holder. There is reducing sleeve available as an extra which allows tools with a 27mm port to be nused with the 36mm hose.

The VCP 260 as shown in these images is fitted with a sys dock. This is not included in the scope of delivery and is available as an accessory.

One other cool new feature is the inbuilt hose holder, as shown in this photo. The hose is securely held in place when the extractor is transported and there’s no more battling to get a 36mm diameter hose into a hose garage.

This is an impressive all rounder which will tick all the boxes for the tradie who works in a variety of fields and is looking for one machine to suit all his needs.

We’ll have it in store next week so If you want more information either post a comment or send me an email.



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