Dust Extractor Review & Tips by Bill Esposito

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | How-To | Reviews

Special thanks to Bill Esposito (nhwoodworker.com) for taking the time to provide us with a Toolie Tip. I encourage you to visit Bill's website for a wealth of informative commentary on various Festool products.


New Product Announcements For 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Multifunction Tables | New Products

The New MFT/3

Ready to quench your thirst for information about new green goodies? Visit the Festool USA website on March 1st to learn about three exciting new products available in the Spring of 2008. We will be providing detailed information about features, specifications, and accessories for each of the new products, as well as information on where you can go to see the debut of these new tools.

Among the new products, is the new and improved MFT/3 Multi-Function Table, which is considered an essential component of the Festool system approach by most.  To find out more about the other two new products, visit the Festool USA website on March 1st.

The Eye of the Tornado

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Saws

Festool Saw Blade Teeth

Did you know that several inconspicuous features on the TS Series Plunge Cut Saws are actually designed to aid in dust extraction, prolonging the life of the tool and creating a cleaner, healthier work environment?

The rectangular opening in the side blade cover is not only for removing the blade, it also serves as an air intake port. The opening allows air to flow into the center of the spinning blade and forced out of the dust port by centrifugal force along with the sawdust. Dust extraction for the TS saws works best if that opening is NOT covered.

To find accessories for your TS Plunge Cut Saw, visit the Festool USA website.

Understanding the Two Modes of the Rotex Dual Mode Sanders

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Sanders

Understanding Rotex Modes

The Rotex dual mode sander has a gear-driven rotary motion and a random orbital motion; both motions have their advantages.  The gear-driven rotary motion is appropriate for aggressive material removal and polishing, the random orbital motion is designed for fine sanding.


Marc Spagnuolo, The Wood Whisperer, Talks Sawdust

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | Reviews

Marc Spagnuolo Talks Sawdust

CT Dust Extractor Video Overview.

Marc Spagnuolo of thewoodwhisperer.com, talks about Festool's line of CT Dust Extractors and how they integrate into his shop environment. Marc has three things on his mind: quality, safety and money. See an overview of the complete line of dust extractors and side-by-side video comparisons of sawing, routing and sanding with and without dust extraction.

Enjoy this great video done in Marc's entertaining yet informative way.

Consolidated List of Festool Web Links

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Festool Owners Group | Reviews

Special thanks to Forrest Anderson for taking the time to compile a thorough list of Festool product reviews and links which will serve as a great resource for current Festool owners and those thinking about purchasing their first Festool. Here is a partial list of links related to the line of CT Dust Extractors:

Author Article & Link
The Woodshop CT MINI
Benchmark CT MINI Review
C. John Herbert CT MINI Review
Dean Bielanowski CT MINI Review
Traditional Woodworking CT MINI Review
Brice Burrell CT22 Dirt Trap Review
About, Inc. CT22 Review
Benchmark CT22 Review
Bill Esposito CT22 Review
Dean Bielanowski CT22 Review
Mark Clement CT22 Review
OnlineToolReviews.com CT22 Review
The Woodshop CT22 Review
Fine Homebuilding CT 33 Review July 2007
John Lucas Boom Arm Review
Brice Burrell D 36 HW-RS Tradesmen/Installer Cleaning Set Review
Festool CT MINI Manual
Festool CT MIDI Brochure
Festool CT 22 Manual
Festool CT 33 Manual
Festool CT Hose Garage Brochure


Warranty Policy Change

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | General Information

Effective immediately, the warranty for Festool products is not limited to the original purchaser. The warranty period starts once the tool is sold from Festool or a Festool dealer and ends after 3 years, independent of who owns the tool. Anyone who has purchased a used Festool within the previous three years will be covered.

New warranty cards and the 2008 Festool Catalog will reflect the warranty text below when printed.

"Festool warrants that the specified tool will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a term of 3 years from the date of purchase."

Tested Under The Toughest Conditions.

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Festool Facts

Arizona Sand Test

Festool performs a test where Arizona dust is blown on a tool in a dust chamber while the tool is running. The time taken for the tool to fail under these conditions is measured. This is how it is determined if the switch, electronic parts and gears withstand the toughest conditions in a dusty environment and meet the minimum durability requirements of the tool.

Arizona dust is supposedly the most aggressive dust in the world.