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This Old House picks two from Festool

Festool’s CT Dust Extractor

Festool’s CT Dust Extractor

Festool has been recognized by This Old House with two selections in the magazine’s top 20 list of best new home products/tools in 2018.

Based on the criteria that the tools provide innovative and practical solutions for everyday problems, editors of This Old House magazine picked Festool’s ETSC 125 cordless hybrid sander and the CT Dust Extractor with Bluetooth and remote control.

The ETSC 125 lets users transition from corded to cordless without compromising performance and is balanced with a unique ergonomic battery for optimum performance and handling, the editors said in a statement.

The tool’s “18-volt battery can power a 5” disk for 30 minutes on a single charge. For longer run times, just plug in the corded adapter. The pad spins at 10,000 rpm with tiny 2-millimeter orbits, perfect for smoothing finishes.

ETSC 125 cordless sander

ETSC 125 cordless sander

“The significance of the CT Dust Extractor is how it communicates with the Festool Bluetooth battery packs on its cordless tools, allowing for automatic starts even when working without power cords. The Bluetooth feature combined with the remote control on the extractor hose allows users to simply start the dust extraction from the hose, without having to walk back to the extractor itself.”

Other tools on the list include DeWalt’s Flexvolt circular saw, Bosch’s Flexiclick drill/driver, and Makita’s 18-volt X2 LXT miter saw.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue.

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