I have just used my new toys for the first time, and cannot compare them to any other makes but have to say that the cost is going to be forgotten very quickly and the ease of use is going to change the way I feel about prep/sanding.
The RTS is a small, palm-sized sander, and with a Mirka pad saver I can use Abranet, which in my limited use so far is a lot better than the festool abrasives. Light enough to be held overhead, quiet to use and not too vibey and the results are good.
Connected up to the Midi dust extractor, which I only needed to use on minimum and the 2 together are still not too loud, and there is no mess to clear up after. As a hoover, turn up the power and it clears up whatever you need and is quieter than my Henry.
I got the ‘Compact cleaning kit’ which is the usual tubes and heads that one uses to hoover but all plastic - not as sturdy as the more expensive metal tubes but cheaper, and it comes in a ‘Systainer’ storage box - well worth it, especially as mine was thrown in as a freebie.
At the end of a days work I looked as clean as I was at 8.00am despite doing some work overhead, and about 3 hours sanding down some floorboards, and the room didn’t need any more than a quick hoover to leave it looking good.
These tools will save me hours, save my lungs and by reducing the amount of effort I need to put in, will make me fat. My work will benefit loads too !