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Festool Vacuum Comparison

Understanding Festool Dust Extractor Options

See the chart below for complete specifications

More than any other power tool manufacturer, Festool designs dust collection as an integral part of their tools. Festool tools and dust extractors are designed to work in concert for the best performance and a clean job site. Except for the CT 36 AutoClean, Festool dust extractors are full-unit HEPA rated so you know they won't be spewing harmful dust back into your workspace. They also include locking wheels, hose storage (a hose garage in Festool's terms), power cord wrap, automatic tool start, anti-static hose, easy-change filter & "self-cleaning" dust bag, variable speed, and wet vac capability. The performance specs on all the vacs except the CT SYS are pretty similar. All of the floor model vacs can handle general shop cleanup.

Festool Vacuum Buyers Guide

We know it can be confusing to choose among the Festool dust extractor options. We've put together this buying guide to help you understand the different models and make your decision easier. If you still have questions after reading this guide, you can always ask one of our Festool experts via phone or email.

Broadly speaking, Festool dust extractors fit into three categories.

Large Festool Dust Extractors

The CT 26 E, CT 36 E & CT 48 E are the mainstays of the Festool Dust Extractor line. They have plenty of suction and airflow to collect dust from any tool. The hose connects securely to the front of the vacuum and can be used to pull it around without crabbing or tipping over. The broad, deep footprint and large rear wheels make the large dust extractors more stable when rolling over rough surfaces, especially with a stack of Systainers on top. Only large dust dust extractors can be used with the Festool Boom Arm Attachment.

The only differences between these three models are the capacity and height. The CT 26 has a 26 liter (6.9 gallon) capacity. The CT 36 has a 36 liter (9.5 gallon) capacity. (See how this works?) The CT 48 has a 48 liter capacity (12.7 gallons).

The CT 36 AutoClean is a modified version of the CT 36 E designed specifically for use with the Festool Planex Drywall Sander. It has an integrated cleaning mechanism that periodically shakes the filter to prevent caking and clogging. The CT 36 AutoClean can be used for standard dust collection jobs, but it is not HEPA certified and you will need to buy an additional hose to fit your Festool tools.

Small Festool Dust Extractors

The CT MINI & CT MIDI pack a lot of performance into a small space so they are great for small shops or crowded jobsites. Both are light enough (under 20 lbs) to carry when they can't be rolled. The MIDI is about 2" taller and has 50% more capacity than the MINI. See the specifications below.

The small extractors are great for collecting dust from Domino joiners, sanders, and jig saws. If you'll regularly be collecting dust from a high output tool (track saw, planer or miter saw), you may want to consider one of the larger vacs. The hose plugs into a port in the hose garage and requires a 90° fitting. As result, larger and longer hoses don't work as well with these extractors.

Ultra Portable Festool Dust Extractor

The CT SYS Dust Extractor is unlike any other shop vacuum out there. It's small enough to fit inside a Systainer 2 case and it's HEPA rated. The hose stores in an open top hose garage the size of a Systainer 1 that mounts on top. Clearly it's not as powerful as the larger Festool dust extractors, but it's the most portable of the bunch.

That's all great, but which one should I get?

We think the CT 26 E gives the best value for woodworkers. You get all of the features of the large dust extractors at the best price.

If you'll be using tools that generate a lot of dust, you might consider the CT 36 E or CT 48 E. If you value portability and compactness, you might consider the CT MINI, CT MIDI or CT SYS.

  CT SYS CT Mini CT Midi CT 26 E CT 36 E CT 48 E CT 36 AC
Model CT SYS CT MINI CT MIDI CT 26 E CT 36 E CT 48 E CT 36 AC
Anti-Static
Suction
Hose
27mm x 3.0M
1-1/16" x 9.85'
27mm x 3.5M
1-1/16" x 11.5'
with Right Angle Fitting
27mm x 3.5M
1-1/16" x 11.5'
36mm x 3.5M
1-7/16" x 11.5'
Filters One HEPA Cartridge One 1µ
Cartridge
Disposable
Filter Bag
One Self-Cleaning Bag
Container
Capacity
4.5 liters
1.2 gal
10 liters
2.6 gal
15 liters
3.96 gal
26 liters
6.9 gal
36 liters
9.5 gal
48 liters
12.7 gal
36 liters
9.5 gal
Filter Bag
Capacity
3.5 liters
0.9 gal
7.5 liters
2 gal
12.5 liters
3.3 gal
24 liters
6.3 gal
34 liters
8.9 gal
46 liters
12.2 gal
36 liters
9.5 gal
Depth 396mm
15.6"
440mm
17.5"
440mm
17.5"
630mm
24.8"
630mm
24.8"
715mm
28.1"
630mm
24.8"
Width 296mm
11.6"
340mm
13.5"
340mm
13.5"
365mm
14.4"
365mm
14.4"
392mm
15.4"
365mm
14.4"
Height 270mm
10.6"
420mm
16.5"
470mm
18.5"
540mm
21.25"
596mm
23.4"
680mm
26.75"
596mm
23.4"
Weight 6.9 kg
15.2 lbs
8.7 kg
19.2 lbs
9 kg
19.8 lbs
13 kg
28.7 lbs
14.4 kg
31.8 lbs
16.3 kg
35.9 lbs
15.2 kg
33.5 lbs
Power
Use
1000 watts
8.3 amps
120 V AC
400-1200 watts
3.3-10 amps
120 V AC
350-1200 watts
2.9-10 amps
120 V AC
Cord
Length
5M
16.4ft
7.5M
24.6ft
Max.
Suction
3,000 liters/min
106 CFM
3,700 liters/min
130 CFM
3,900 liters/min
137 CFM
Maximum
Vacuum
20,000 Pa
80" static water lift
24,000 Pa
96" static water lift
Noise Level
Low
N/A 62 dBA
Noise Level
High
67 dBA 72 dBA
Metric specifications are binding. Imperial measurements are approximate.


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