October 27, 2022

Festool ets 125 eq VS Festool ets 125 req

Features of the Festool ETS 125 eq

The sander has six features that make it an ideal choice for the woodworker looking forward to maximum performance and long-term durability. Amongst the features are the low-profile design, brushless motor, electronic vibration control, carbide pad-braking, and Jetstream dust extraction. I will take you through them, giving you a short description of each.

Low profile design

The low profile design that separates this sanding tool from its competitors is the low profile design and D-style handle. Festool ets 125 eq is one of the shortest sanders on the market. Its low center of gravity makes it stable in use, easy to control, and less prone to tipping. 

It features a long handle that makes it comfortable to use. Change your grip to suit different working positions. The grip complements the compact design. It weighs up to 2.6-pound, which I’d ideal for any overhead sanding. 

Brushless motor

The amount of energyth multiple magnetic poles to send positional information on the rotor (Popularmechanics.com). That is how the sander motor regulates the rotational speed wit The low profile design that separates this sanding tool from its competitors is the low profile design and D-style handle.h minimal vibration. The absence of carbon brushes means less heat, less friction, and less wear. It gives you longer motor life and a better return on your investment.

Power button 

The power button is dust-sealed, electronically powered, and mounted on the front of the sander. It is activated with a forefinger. If power is cut to the motor, the switch automatically reverts to the off position so that it does not restart until you press the button again. That is another safety precaution that comes with the tool.


The speed-setting dial is below the D-handle, which is inconvenient when changing the sanding speed. The 6-step dial provides speeds from 6,000 to 10,000 RPM.

Active electronic vibration control 

The electronic control system on the ETS EC has multiple functions. It provides a smooth start-up and constant speed under load for a uniform sanding speed for optimal surface quality. It also monitors the motor temperature and shuts down the tool if it overheats to prevent damage.

The electronic system also monitors the speed and vibration of the sander to protect the tool and the user. The ETC EC electronic control system senses this imbalance and reduces the sanding speed until the imbalance is corrected. 

Carbide pad braking

When you turn the sander off, the rotating disc stops in about half a second. That is fast enough for the power tool to stop removing some material. You can set the sander down immediately after turning it off without the risk of damaging a work surface. You can quickly change sanding discs and get right back to work. 

Carbide discs

The ETS has eight small carbide discs in the sander brake that press up against the bottom of the sanding pad, made of hard, durable plastic. The sanding pad wears out long before the sander brake does. It uses the Jetstream system, which reduces heat build-up on the sanding disc, reduces disc clogging, prolongs disc life, and removes dust from the work surface. It works by increasing the volume and direction of air that moves dust from the sanding disc to the exhaust port on the sander.


  • Minimal vibration 
  • Longer motor life
  • Ease of use
  • Heat build-up reduction
  • Fast


  • Noisy
  • Sanding disks are a bit pricey
  • The maximum speed could be higher 

Features of the Festool ETS 125 req

The Festool ETS 125 REQ is a light, one-handed sander with premium features like a powerful motor, ergonomics, and an effective sanding brake. It is ideal for preparation work before varnishing, waxing, or oiling. The sanding motion produces a scratch-free sanding pattern.

Sanding brake

It prevents the sander from continuing to move and scratches the finish after you turn it off. The sanding brake eliminates the risk of gouges and timely rework.

Vibration Control 

Amongst Festool’s fatigue-reducing elements is the Vibration Stop Balancing. It makes the tool smooth when running as it becomes less tiring. The rubberized grip and oversized power switch make it user-friendly. You get better finish results, smooth operation, and greater comfort.

Dust extraction system 

The sander’s dust port integrates seamlessly with Festool CT dust extractors, with the center Jetstream intake capturing dust. An effective dust extraction system with reduced abrasive loading and cooler running pads gives you longer pad and abrasive life and cleaner and more efficient work.


The Festool ETS 125 req is ergonomic enough to fit comfortably in any size hand. Its compact and light weight is for extended vertical and overhead use.

StickFix Hook & Loop Design

It features fast and easy abrasive removal with resilient pad hooks and hard-wearing fabric backing, for a longer abrasive and pad life.


Variable speed allows you to adjust your sanding tool to your needs.

Sanding pads

The smooth-running sanding pad lays flat on the surface, producing a consistent finish.

Jetstream technology 

The Jetstream ensures dust removal, cooler pad temperatures, and longer abrasive life (Youtube). Pairing your ETS 125 with a Festool dust extractor helps you achieve almost 100% extraction. Festool dust extractors can be connected directly. No adapter is required. 


  • Compact-sized
  • Comfortable 
  • Smooth
  • Efficient dust removal 
  • Adjustability


  • Requires Dust Extractor.
  • High Cost of Entry.
  • Small Sanding Disk.

Main differences

  • The eq model has more guts, and a sanding stroke than the req.
  • Eq is for material removal, while the ets is for finishing levels of sanding.


  • Both sanding tools have minimal vibration.
  • They are comfortable to use.
  • They have a compact size for smaller and tricky spaces.
  • Their dust extraction system is efficient.
  • They are smooth.
  • They have sanding brakes.

Price Comparison

Req 215 while eq is on 195, making Festool ets 125 eq more affordable. 

What we like about the Festool ets 125 eq

It is smooth and operates on high-duty protection. It has an excellent dust collection system.

What could be better 

  • It could have been less noisy
  • The sanding disks should be more affordable. 
  • The maximum speed could be lower.

Is the Festool ETS 125 eq better that the req

The Festool ETS 125 REQ is an upgrade over its competitor. It adds MMC electronics and 25% more power than the eq. It also has a vibration-damping system to reduce user fatigue. The req is also more compact and lighter, making it easier to use for extended periods. The only downside to the req is its price, which is more than the eq. But if you’re looking for a top-of-the-line sander, the req is the better choice. 

When to use the Festool ETS 125 req instead of the Festool ETS 125 eq

When performing minor shaping, refining, and finishing sanding work. The Festool ETS 125 req is ideal for light work like shaping, refining, and finishing sanding. It’s more compact and lighter than the eq, making it easier to maneuver in tight spaces. And its vibration-damping system reduces user fatigue. 

David D. Hughes

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