Vacuums/Dust Extractors

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Festool CT-SYS Dust Extractor: Change for the Different

The Festool CT-SYS dust extractor reminds us that being daily tool users is like being parents. Just when we have gained an understanding of the current age/behavior/patterns of our children, a new stage of development unfolds in front of us. Evolution in tools happens the same way…sometimes for the better, when technologies are improved. On […]

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A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

Reducing Labor with a Festool DTS400 Sander and Extraction System For much of my painting career I struggled with the antiquated mind set that performing a task in an environmentally friendly manner meant doing it by hand. Traditional painting tasks seemed to have always been done manually – on a planet historically flush with resources, […]

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Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Written by on December 24, 2011 in Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 6 Comments
Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Five Golden Rings!! Sort of… Most of us put a decent chunk of time into job stocking, assembling kits, and accessorizing equipment. In jobsite settings with multiple trades, no matter how organized and tight you run, it can still be a free for all. When other trades need something, they may just grab it. Sometimes, […]

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Impact of Dust Extraction

Impact of Dust Extraction

If we had done a “Year in Review” article back in 2011, Festool extraction and the redefinition of HEPA vacs for painters would have been right up there on the list. I am a fan of just about anything that raises the bar for the paint industry, its manufacturers and contractors…as long as it doesn’t […]

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RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Abrasives, Power Sanders, Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 3 Comments
RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Festool RO 90 and Granat Abrasive Testing When testing any kind of work related gear, my company and I put the stuff through all of its typical tasks, and then throw some curve balls in. We are always looking for situations we haven’t attempted before, in the context of testing boundaries of equipment. Today’s example […]

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Take that, “to do” list!

Take that, “to do” list!

Festool Systems for Organization One of the most stressful aspects of managing multiple paint projects simultaneously is that empty feeling when you arrive on a job and realize that you have forgotten something. There is always something. But we are gaining on it. Giving every system a little scrubdown, or in some cases a major […]

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Festool Sanders and Dust Collection for Paint Contractors?

  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 […]

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Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Not About Tools, but How Work is Done… So, what do you do with sanders and vacuums that are disappointing you in the field? Well, tools are to be assessed on performance. I’ve been somewhat vocal about the fact that our current sanders and vacuums are showing signs of not

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Fein Turbo I Review (2009)

Fein Turbo I Review (2009)

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would someday purchase vacuum cleaners for the jobsite and shop that would cost hundreds of dollars each, I would have laughed. Really hard. For years, we used the Fein Turbo Series. More recently, we have replaced them with Festool extractors, in order to gain the […]

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