To develop innovative products of unparalleled quality, producing unparalleled results. Full Circle’s goal as a company is to surpass the expectations of our customers and create a trusted brand that continues to impress.
We are confident that we have done our homework and have created
the best tools for the job. Testing our tools every day on the job
site has given us that confidence. We will not make a tool that is marginally
better than other products on the market – we strive to make tools dramatically
– Kent Annis, President and Founder
An idea that came Full Circle.
The Full Circle story began when Kent Annis, owner of a growing drywall sanding business, asked himself a very simple question: How can we do this better?
In 1994, founder Kent Annis was hanging drywall to earn money for school. By 1996 he had his own small drywall company, and by using the right tools and doing the job well, his team had set itself apart and was in high demand – soon sanding up to a thousand houses per year. Speed was necessary, but exceptional quality was a must, and traditional tools were frustrating. The rectangular pole sander flipped and slipped, leaving gouges. The surface didn’t hug the walls. The pole itself was cumbersome and awkward. Kent didn’t have an answer yet, but he knew there had to be a better, more efficient way to sand.
In 2003 Kent noticed that a contractor was sanding heavy knockdown ceiling texture overspray off walls with a power sander. The contractor was getting ready to go over it with a rectangular pole sander, but had run out of sheet sandpaper. Kent noticed that he took an orbital power sander disc and glued it to his pole sander. A ligh tbulb went off in Kent’s mind when he saw the round shape replace the traditional rectangle at the end of the sander – what if pole sanders were round?
“The first ‘model’ for the Radius 360° was created when I ran home that day, cut a circle out of a bread board, fixed it to a pole sander pivot, and glued a pad to it,” Kent said. Although there were plenty of design flaws with this “bread board” sander, Kent said he knew he was onto something with the round shape. He knew it would eliminate the flipping problem, and as the design evolved, he discovered several other advantages. After a lot more experimentation, Full Circle was formed with Kent’s wife Natalie, and in June of 2004, the Radius 360° was introduced to the public.