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Wise Buys: Tool-triggered Vacuums

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Festool CT22

Festool CT22

Capacity: 5.8 gallons
Hose: 1-1/4" x 11-1/2'
Tool Amps: 10; Noise Level: 72 dB

Editor test-drive:
I never thought I'd pay $450 for a vacuum, but after using the CT22, I'm sold. It comes standard with a filter that traps dust as small as 0.3 microns -- the finest filtration in the test. And its suction swallowed everything to where I couldn't find dust on my boards, workbench, glasses, or hair. I started out using the CT22 attached to my router to flush-trim MDF countertops, and was amazed when the vacuum gathered in even that superfine dust. Then I sanded 700 linear feet of trim for my house, and again no mess. The CT22 has an adjustable suction level, and I found the middle range best for sanding. The only drawback: I had to use adapters (not included) and duct tape to attach the hose to most of my non-Festool tools. It's the only vacuum in the test with a 20-amp plug, giving me more flexibility when used on a 20-amp circuit.
-- Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design Editor

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