PRODUCT REVIEW “ Refi nements
Some users might never use it, nor indeed even discover it, but I like the brake on the front of the machine. This is very handy when you want it to stay in one place - perhaps where you have already cleaned – so that it doesn’t roll on to the area that hasn’t. A marginal touch but perhaps one worth half a tick?
But something that I think brings a whole range of benefi ts to the dust extractor is the placement of the fl at fi lter cartridge directly into the body of the machine like a small drawer. This compact fi lter can be replaced in seconds and it takes up no
But something that I think brings a whole range of benefi ts to the dust extractor is the placement of the fl at fi lter cartridge directly into the body of the machine like a small drawer.
The Festool designers have not only managed to neatly stow the cable and hoses, but also left a fl at lid which contains the lifting handle and can also be used as a fl at base on which to clip a Systainer box (or two). The Systainer boxes also have top handles so potentially the dust extractor can still be lifted, but if more Systainers are added then the whole unit and Systainers can be pushed along on the well-designed fi xed back and castored front wheels.
With an empty collection bag, the weight of the MIDI is 11.3kg so it is well within the manual lifting recommendations. Another tick in the credit column?
Combining the length of the 7.5m power cable and the 3.5m hose, users can get a good 11m working radius which is pretty good for most indoor cleaning and dust extraction applications.
Both hose and cable are heavy duty – the braided nylon exterior of the extraction hose does not catch on things in the way that ribbed hoses often do, and the rubber outer insulation of the power cable should be proof against the sorts of rough surfaces and snags sometimes found on the worksite. Another tick?
room in the dust collection container - the fi lter bag does not have to be fi tted around it. The result is that the dust container/fi lter bag have a collection capacity of 15 and 12.5 l respectively. As anyone who has had to replace a fi lthy fi lter on a dust extractor will confi rm, the ability to simply slide out the old fi lter and slide in a new one keeps dust exposure to a minimum and is defi nitely worth a couple of ticks in the credit column.
Similarly, the dust collection bag is easily accessed by unclipping the catches on each side of the casing. It can be sealed off with a sliding strip and lifted out for disposal. Due to the ‘dedusting’ feature, the dust bag can literally be fi lled until it is almost solidly packed with dust. 'Dedusting’ is initiated by selecting manual full power suction, blocking off the end of the dust hose with your hand and then pushing down a switch above the fi lter tray three times at intervals. I think this is another tick because it aids effi ciency and saves money.
Another refi nement is the Bluetooth automatic switching system. Using a new type of Festool Bluetooth battery in a cordless tool connected for dust extraction, all the user has to do is switch on the tool and the machine (connected to the mains, of course) will switch on automatically and switch off again when the tool is stopped.
Should the user need to use a smaller diameter dust collection
hose on a small sander, for example, the electronics will automatically adjust the suction levels.
These considerable effi ciency gains must get another tick in my view.
The switching on the front panel of the casing is simple and pretty self- explanatory. Users can select fi ve levels of suction power, Bluetooth mode and manual mode. The switches are all dust protected, as is the auxiliary power socket – you never know, you might still want to plug in your old mains circular saw.
In use, there is no doubt that this CLEANTEC dust extractor is a star performer. It is easy to operate, easy to move around and it removes dusts of all kinds very effi ciently whether from a tool or simply cleaning up a dusty fl oor.
There is an old adage that you get what you pay for and in the tool world this is largely true. The more I used the dust extractor the more I realised that it adds to your experience of jobs because it aids effi ciency and safety and is intuitive to handle. So, the more you use it the more you appreciate that quality doesn’t come cheap.
Users who want one will have to bite the price bullet, but my guess is that they won’t be disappointed.
For more information please contact 01284 760 791 or visit our website: www.festool.co.uk
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