Festool 574993 ETS 125 Req 5 inch Random Orbital Sander

(7 customer reviews)


  • Ergonomically Formed to fit comfortably in any size hand
  • Compact and light weight enough for extended vertical and overhead use. Dust extraction connection dia-1-1/16 inch. Interchangeable sanding pad dia- 5 inch
  • Step-less variable speed allows you to adjust to the needs of the application
  • Balanced vibration stop (vs) design delivers better finish results, smooth operation and greater comfort
  • Jetstream design delivers highly efficient dust removal, resulting in cleaner air, better finishes, and longer abrasive and pad life



The versatile ets 125 has our finest sanding stroke at 5/64″ (2.0 mm), and is the ideal one-handed machine for maximum surface quality when finishing or pre-sanding.

Compact in size and weighing only 2.4 lbs., the ets 125 is perfect for sanding vertical surfaces and for doing overhead work.

Technical features such as the sanding pad brake and vibration-stop balancing put the ets 125 in a Category of its own.

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Based on 7 reviews

4.7 overall

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  1. Doug

    I know that Festool products are quite pricey for the average woodworker like myself. Trust me, this tool is worth the investment. I recently finished a counsel top made from 7/4 pine and was disappointed to find that once I applied stain, there were several swirl marks created from the Dewalt and Rigid orbital sanders used. Many people have opinions as to how swirl marks are created but after purchasing the Festool, I personally believe it has to do with the “sanding stroke” of the tool and using quality sandpaper. This sander has a 5/64 sanding stroke which is smaller/ shorter compared to Dewalt and Rigid. Once sanded with the Festool sander using grits 80-220 the swirl marks have disappeared and I was able to restain the top with excellent results. I need to mention this by no way replaces a larger sander like a Festool RO 150 but with the budget conscious in mind, this tool will work just fine.By no means am I saying that Dewalt and Rigid tools are inferior as I have several Dewalt Tools in my shop. However, the ease of use, quality and results speak for itself. There possibly are better Dewalt and Rigid sander models out there but I feel the Festool is superior compared to what I used. I should mention I researched the Bosch high end orbital sander before purchasing the Festool. The price was similar, however I found that separate Festool accessories were better quality and cheaper than Bosch. For example, the current price of the Festool portable HEPA, anti static dust collector was cheaper than purchasing a Bosch vacuum and then purchasing the HEPA filter and anti static hose that doesn’t come with the base model Bosch.Anyway, pardon my trailing off, the Festool ETS 125 is an excellent sander that is lightweight (perfect for vertical sanding) and has plenty of power. The small sanding stroke leaves no swirl marks and will provide a excellent finish with less effort. You won’t be disappointed.


  2. David Kasabian

    Yes, it’s pricey, but for a couple hundred bucks, you get a sander that not only sands beautifully (smooth with no swirls if your technique is right), but is also quiet (relatively), extremely clean (with a vacuum attached) and will not numb your hands from using it for an extended period. I’ve used a lot of hand-held power sanders, and this one is tops in my book. Well worth the money IMO. BTW, I hook up my Rigid shop vac with a Bosch hose Bosch VAC005 5-Meter Vacuum Hose 35mm and the setup works very well.

    David Kasabian

  3. Keith Hacker

    I wanted a sander that didn’t spew clouds of fine dust in the air as my Porter Cable ROS does. I’d spoken to a couple of people who own/use Festools sanders and swear by them. The one factor that held me back was the high cost of the Festool “dust extractors” which would have a hose designed to plug into the ETS 125 but figured I should be able to cobble up something that would work with my new sander. Once the sander arrived I discovered that the fitting on the business end of the hose for my Shop Vac slid right over the dust connection on the sander. A bit loose, but I figured I’d be able to wrap a few turns of tape around the sander’s connection, but found that wouldn’t be necessary as once the vacuum is turned on the hose gets sucked onto the sander and has never come off when using the sander even on vertical or overhead surfaces. There’s no dust in the air that I can detect when using the sander, and very little left on the surface being sanded. The sander comes with an edge guard, but I’ve foiund that it’s not normally required since the orbit of this sander/s pad is quite small and it doesn’t pound on an adjacent edge. The only downside of this sander is the price of the disks from Festool and there appear to not be any competing brands available for the sander. Reviews that I’ve read indicate that the Festool paper lasts longer than most other brands of paper. Festool paper is typically found in 50 or 100 packs, at a bit over 60 cents per disk, some grits appear to be available in 10-packs at more than twice the per-disc price. Overall very favorably impressed by the sander, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a friend.

    Keith Hacker

  4. Backwoodsmando

    I resisted spending two to three times more on a random orbit sander but I have experienced too much downtime with conventional brands and took the plunge. This tool even as an entry level festool sander is so far above the BoschPortercableDewaltetc set that I am regretting waiting so long. This sander actually cuts rapidly but with greater control. It’s magic. And while some may be annoyed that the hole pattern is different and paper is not as readily obtained, I believe the dust pickup with the more outboard hole pattern is indeed more efficient.


  5. B. M. Schmolze

    I can get 90-100% of surface prep done with hand planes and scrapers in most cases. I had a big batch of spalted maple cabinet panels that I had already gone over with hand tools and just wanted to kiss off any stray tool marks, scratches, etc… This sander basically does nothing! It can barely remove a pencil mark. Takes forever to remove a high spot or tiny tearout. I understand this a finish sander, but good grief. Also my hands were buzzing like crazy after 20 minutes of sanding. Not cool.Dust collection, needless to say, is outstanding. Build quality – time will tell. Assume very good. But definitely not a low vibration machine. I struggle to understand what people are using this for! I can’t imagine taking a board directly off my planer and cleaning up all the knife marks and snipe. No way could this do it.I’ll probably send this back and look into something a bit more aggressive. The small size is nice for the occasional need to flush up face frames or something like that. But again, just no power whatsoever.

    B. M. Schmolze

  6. Dunhill_XXV

    Very fast and accurate delivery. Works beautifully. Precise and powerful sander…5*


  7. Shawn

    This was my first investment into a festool product and I honestly could not be happy. Not only does it outsand every other orbital sander I’ve ever used it does it quietly and with much much less vibration which can cause unintended micro gouging in your finished product . The price was the only downside , but you usually get what you pay for and this sander definitely is worth every penny .