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Forum topic by david_larch posted 05-19-2012 01:20 AM 2358 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2012 01:20 AM

Does anyone out there use a Festool CT Mini for dust extraction on their tablesaw? I would love to hear what you all think of that if you have had the experience and if it was a positive one. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 05-19-2012 01:58 AM

In general any shopvac (including the Festool/Feins) is going to be lacking enough CFM to pull from a tablesaw. However, it really depends on the specific tablesaw. Some manufacturers add in something like a dust shroud within the cabinet to enhance dust collection. If you have such a saw you’re likely to get better collection from a shopvac compared to a plain open cabinet, or worse, a contractor saw.

I use my Fein on my Sawstop cabinet saw and it actually does reasonably well because of the saw’s dust shroud/internal DC hose. Nothing compared to a real DC but a heck of a lot better than no DC!

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 02:03 AM

I use a dust deputy with my vacuum and use separate outlets for each machine. Because when I didn’t I fried
the electronics on my Bosch table saw because it wasn’t pulling enough amps from the dust extractor.

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#3 posted 05-19-2012 02:25 AM

Not the right tool for the job.

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 02:43 AM

Thanks for the replies. I have the Grizzly G0715P 2hp TS. Unfortunately I will not be in a position to have a dedicated Dust Extractor for some time so it will be a vac in some shape or form…I tried this little black and decker shop vac we had been using around the house but I got zero dust collected with it. Got to figure something out, projects are stacking up.


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#5 posted 05-19-2012 04:03 AM

Those shop vac/craftsman style vacs with the 2.25” hoses will
do a better job of chip collection. The Festool is great at
what it does, which is collect dust and filter air to a fine
level, but for chip collection it doesn’t suck hard enough
and the hoses are too small. A cheap-o Craftsman plastic
shop vac will work almost as well as a DC if you dedicate the
vac to the table saw. I used one for years with a foot
switch. Noisy, but so is cutting on a table saw so I had
ear protection on anyway.

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 01:10 PM

Well if you are stuck budget wise for now not having a dedicated DC then you will just have to vacuum the inside of the cab after you use it.

Yeah some dust may fall out on the floor but most will be contained on the floor of the saws cab.

Even with a dedicated DC sloped cab designs always seem to have some dust collecting that doesn’t fall down and get pulled out so you still have to periodically do maintenance vacuuming.

That was my experience with my last saw, but I run a 1.5hp DC and maybe some of the more powerful models do a better job with the sloped floor design.

Agree with Loren that some type of shopvac with a larger hose would probably work much better. I used me C’man 16 gal for a long time this way and it would get out a fair amount of the dust.

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