Festool ETS EC125/3 Eccentric Sander

Festool-SanderFestool’s newest 5″ compact tool delivers on comfort and performance.

by Andy Brownell
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A well-sanded surface makes a huge difference on a finished piece. Unlike many woodworkers I know, I appreciate the relatively mindless nature of sanding. In addition to recently using the Mirka DEROS for benchmarking purposes, my go-to power sander has been a 10-year-old 6″ Ridgid model. It’s heavy, has a high center of gravity and is less than graceful on small parts. So I was excited to take Festool’s new 5″ brushless model for a test drive.

The tool comes in Festool’s standard “Systainer” hard case, including a separate power cord. The kit included only one sheet of #120-grit sandpaper – considering the cost, it would have been nice for the factory to include a few more sheets. For this test, I used Festool’s #80-, #100-, #120-, #150- and #180-grit sanding discs on walnut and cherry.

This tool is everything my current sander isn’t. It’s quiet, compact and light, weighing in at only 2.65 lbs.

Read the full review here.

From the April 2026 issue #224
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