Update: Read our Festool System Review from APC January ’12 issue.
In mid 2011, we began initial setup and testing of Festool sanders and dust collection tools.
Our intentions in researching upgrades for these critical systems:
- Improve jobsite conditions for ourselves and our customers
- Improve efficiency of our labor intensive prep processes
- Improve quality of finished products
The attached video shows some of the issues that led us back to the woodshed to research better systems. Notice in the brief demo that the dust extractors are well attached to the Festool sanders, and that there is no airborne dust as a result of the sanding. Dust is all drawn through a simple and effective connection system between the sanders and vacuums, which were designed to work together. The connections between the hoses and tools are threaded, so no more vibrating loose, blowing dust and stopping production.
We have integrated these systems into all aspects of our field and shop operations and we relentlessly track and share the progress as we test the tools in real world situations. Subscribe to this post or site to follow our feedback and footage, as we enjoy helping other paint contractors who may be researching sander and dust collection system upgrades.
Please leave comments below if you have questions or if you have ideas on what sanding and dust collection systems ought to be able to do for paint contractors to meet the three critical criteria stated above.