Chris from Mass asks about Festool Extraction

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Ask the Topcoat Team!, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Hey Scott

I am a Paint Contractor down In Beverly Ma just N of Boston. I have emailed you before. Again I want to tell you I enjoy your site very much. Having been painting homes for over 20 years it is nice to see like minded tradesman who take what they do seriously.

I am a big Festool sander man as well. Do you believe that these sanders can in fact strip paint like a Makita gv5ooo can? I have been using Fein vacs and wondered it you think it is better to switch over to Festool vacs as well.

Keep up the good work!

Scott says:

Chris, I do think it is a better experience for sure when the Festool sanders run with Festool extractors, mostly because they are designed to be together. The connection of the vac hose at the sander dust port is threaded and solid, not just a friction fit, so you never have to keep an eye on it. Also, the Festool units were in 2011 tested and certified to be full unit hepa extractors, which is more meaningful than just sticking a hepa filter in a vac. Here is a comparison video I did mid 2011 when we switched our fleet over to Festool extractors.

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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