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04-13-2010 04:04 AM

Okay – I’ve just got my Festool TS55 plunge circular saw. I am in love. I gave this saw a good workout today and I am really impressed. This will be a great addition to my shop.

Now I agree that I need one of the Festool shop vacuums – but which one? The offer the mini, the midi, the CT22 and the CT32. It is easy to read about the difference in the capacity of each shop vacuum. Are there other differences that I should be aware of? My first inclination is to buy the cheapest (the mini) because emptying the bag more frequently is not a big deal to me. Are there reasons other than capacity that I should consider another option?

Any advice will be appreciated.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 04:20 AM

The only difference between the ct33 and the ct22 is a small amount of space. That means you would have to empty out a bit sooner…but the price difference is sizeable. The CTmini and Midi are also similar but different size – the price difference is not that sizeable. All of them work quite well and are excellent design. I have tried the ct22 with a domino that I tested for a possible purchase (used) was an excellent vac….and very quiet compared to a typical shop vac. I don’t think you can go wrong on any of them….I say select by your budget. Or do like I am and get one in a kit with your next Festool purchase. I am planning to get a rotex dual mode sander…like the the RO 150 FEQ..

As for the plunge saw. I consider it one of the best tool acquisitions I have made. I keep finding things to do with it…...I use it for dado’s, slots, making tapered legs….and lots of other things that I would typically head for the TS to do. The plunge saws cuts are so clean it is much easier to make the finish cuts with the track then go through the set up on the TS….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 04:24 AM

Rich….I have been looking at the Festool products for a little over a month now…bought a used RO150E last week and used it for the first time over the weekend on a table refinish job that I have…am very impressed with it. I have looked at their shop vacs and decided that for the extra $50.00 the midi is the one that I will get.
On a side note I have the chance to buy the TS55 for $305.00…have not decided to go ahead with it…am waiting to see if I can buy it for $200.00 What are your thoughts?

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 05:04 AM

I have oogled over getting a festool shop vac for my TS55, and although i can’t afford it doesn’t mean that i can’t window shop. I can only share what I have felt is right for me. I am steering towards the CT22 for two reasons. One it has a larger suction capacity (35% more!) over the CTMidi and secondly it has a reusable bag. For the cost of $110 bucks i think it is worth the extra stretch of the wallet.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 05:11 AM

I chose the CT22 over the 33 because the modest increase in capacity was all you are really buying. it’s the same motor and HEPA filter; keep in mind I think only the 22 & 33 come with the HEPA.

I have the RO150 sander as well as a TS75 and the jigsaw. The funny thing is I keep finding more and more excuses to use the jigsaw. I have never before had one that I actually liked to use.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 05:20 AM

I have been so impressed with my basic TS55 plunge circular saw that I know I will be buying more festool. The jigsaw is high on my list. Regarding the vacuum, I am leaning towards the CT22. When I consider all the excellent advice I got on this board, that seems like the right one for me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 05:38 AM

I got the CT33 and am very happy with it. I would reco the rotex 150 + ct 33 combo. I also own the jig saw. Dust collection is pretty amazing with the rotex. It does sanding, buffing, grinding. It has a ton of power. What features of the TS55 did you like so much?

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 07:00 AM

Mike, I would go for the saw depending on how good a shape it is in…the resale on Festools is very high as they are expensive to begin with….The TS55 retails on sale now for $450. After sale it goes back up to around $500. 305 is a little more then half…..$225 would be half. I don’t think the 305 is unreasonable for a Festool in good shape and not over 2 years old?....and see about rails…they are expensive too… the warranty is 3 years though I believe their equipment lasts a whole lot longer.

Seems like several folks have the Rotex….All I have heard about that sander is praise (would love to hear more LJ’s experience and what tips they have)....and I haven’t seen one up for resale….which means I will have to buy new or really search….Glad to hear about the jig saw….I have a hitachi jig saw but usually just go to the band saw when scrolling…(I have the a Carter Bandsaw Guide – which is like using a big jig saw). I would love to hear more about the Jig and its uses.

Sorry Rich do not mean to be hijacking your question….I will post these questions in another blog.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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