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Old 06-22-2013, 07:11 PM
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Good purchases. You'll be happy with them.

I use Rubin for almost everything. It cuts well, and doesn't clog. But do be aware that for the first few minutes, a new sheet will cut MUCH more aggressively than it will 5-10 minutes later. I only use new sheets when I'm first sanding something. I then keep the sheets in the box, and use the used ones for subsequent finish sanding.

I've taken to using Brilliant for finishing. It clogs faster than Rubin, but I like the flexible paper, and the very fine finish it leaves. I think it leaves fewer swirls than Rubin.

As Okami said, you should turn the suction WAY down on your CT. I use the lowest setting. It really helps to reduce swirls, and the dust collection is still excellent.

Do experiment with the different pads. I usually start with a hard pad, and then switch to a soft one for the last few sandings.

Your lungs and sinuses are going to thank you for purchasing the Festools!
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