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Posted on Porter Cable or Festool dust extractors, Recommendations?

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 03:17 AM

I looked at the PC a little, but ruled it out mostly because of the lack of variable suction. IMO this is a pretty big deal if you plan on hooking it up to a sander.

If your price point is $299, I strongly suggest you check out the Fein Turbo II. I was all set to buy a CT26 until I found a great deal on the Fein. Added bags and also got a Gore Cleanstream HEPA filter and I’m quite happy with the results. I got a chance to compare it side by side later on with the CT36 and I can without a doubt say that I didn’t have tool envy. Suction and volume seemed to be in the same league on both units. The advantages that the Festool had was the infinitely variable suction (minor) and the ability to stack Systainers (I’ve got a decent bit of Festool gear so this was kind of nice). The CT* apparently has some sort of feature that keeps the bags from clogging, but I use a separator inline with mine so it’s not a big deal.

Around Christmas time, Rockler had the Dewalt 10 gallon extractor with a HEPA filter for $219. Don’t know if that deal is going to come around again, but it’s something else to consider.

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