Festool has been busy updating seven models in its CT Dust Extractor line to improve their functionality.
The redesign includes a smooth suction hose as the ribs have been removed. The hose is available as a replacement on older CT models.
“The hose is completely encased in a new sleeve,” explains product manager Rick Bush. “The hose is tapered and more flexible. It glides perfectly over any surface or edge.”
Four of the redesigned models – the CT 26, 36, 36AC and 48 – are Bluetooth compatible. “This feature gives end-users even greater control over the actuation of the vacuums via remote control on the suction hose,” says Busch. “The nice thing about this Bluetooth technology and the CT Dust Extractor is you don’t have to buy a new dust extractor to get it. This is a plug and play add-on. The Bluetooth module fits in our current extractors in a plate you remove and plug it in. It’s really simple.”
The Bluetooth module and one remote sells for about $80. The new CT dust extractors range in price from $730 to $830.
Festool also has new Bluetooth 18-volt Li-ion battery packs that communicate with the Bluetooth module to start the dust extractors when a cordless tool is switched on. The battery packs are currently available in 5.2 Ah and 6.2 Ah models.
“When you’re doing any type of work that requires dust extraction, instead of running the vacuum the entire time, now you can have it off when you are setting things up and start when you run the drill or other cordless tool. You get the same plugged-in tool-triggered functionality of the tool-triggered start, but from the battery,” says Bush.
Festool cordless tools that can be updated with the new Bluetooth battery packs include the TSC 55 track saw, HKC 55 carpentry saw, BHC hammer drill, PDC percussion drills, C18 and T18+3 drill/drivers, DWC drywall screwdriver, and Carvex jigsaw.
For more, visit www.festoolusa.com.