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Which Festool Dust Extractor Should I Buy?

Looking for a Festool dust extractor? There's a Festool CT for every job. Whether you're in your home workshop or out on a job site, Festool's dust extractors are reliable, efficient, and fast. Each one delivers an extra punch and ranks among the best dust extractors for all types of jobs. Let's check out the different models available:

Festool Dust Extractor Comparison

This comparison isn't an exhaustive list of Festool CTs, but these are the best dust extractors available at each size. The first few are outfitted for optimal mobility, while the latter options lean into raw power and capacity.

1. Festool CT MINI

This tool is a recent upgrade among premier Festool dust extractors. The compact, Bluetooth-enabled Festool CT MINI packs a 2.6-gallon container into a highly maneuverable CT that's a sleek 18 inches tall.

Buy this CT if you need a dust extractor for tight workspaces, on-the-go projects, or multi-level buildings. It's also great for tools with lighter dust volume, like jigsaws or the Festool Domino Joiner. You'll get:

  • Ergonomic Carry Handle: The MINI weighs in at under 25 pounds. When you can't roll it, just scoop it up and deploy this Festool Dust Extractor wherever you need it.
  • Bluetooth Activation: Use the onboard Bluetooth module and optional remote control to turn the CT on and off from a distance without needing to cross tight or hard-to-reach spaces.
  • No Snags: The braided-sleeve hose and integrated, easy-release cord wrap keep everything streamlined for cluttered environments.
  • Fast Filter-Cleaning: Close quarters make clogs frustrating. The CT MINI's manual filter cleaning lever clears clogs instantly!

2. Festool CT MIDI

The bigger brother of the CT MINI packs the same punch (130 CFM of high-performance suction) with a higher capacity for the toughest jobs. Somehow, Festool squeezed an awesome 3.9-gallon container into a chassis that's only 1.5 inches taller and .66 pounds heavier than the CT MINI! 

Buy this compact powerhouse to hook it up to a Festool RO 150 FEQ Rotex Sander and push through that upstairs remodeling project without interruption. And don't forget, the MINI and MIDI can interface with the rest of Festool's impressive array of Bluetooth tools, too! 

3. Festool CT 26 E

This versatile option is lightweight and compact but also large enough for high-performance work. The CT 26 E bridges the gap between the maneuverability of the Bluetooth models and the performance of a heavy-duty Festool dust extractor. 

Buy this model to get all the features of a larger Festool dust extractor at an attractive value:

  • Versatile Capacity: The all-purpose 6.9-gallon container is equally suited to garages, woodshops, and busy construction sites. It's ideal for tools like planers, miter saws, or the Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw.
  • Large Festool Dust Extractor Power: You're getting heavy-duty power in a tighter package with the same 137 CFM as the CT 36 and 48.
  • HEPA Filter: The standard-equipped HEPA filter removes 99.99% of particulate (down to 0.3 microns in size)!

4. Festool CT 36 Auto Clean

This modified CT 36 E was designed specifically for the Festool PLANEX Drywall Sander. The integrated cleaning mechanism shakes the filter periodically to stop caking for continuous work. Works as an advanced Festool dust extractor for all tools, but the optional 27 mm hose or new Reducing Sleeve may be necessary for some tools. Other highlights include:

  • Impressive Capacity: 9.5 gallons! 
  • 1-Micron filter: Non-HEPA, but you can use an additional hose to fit other Festool tools.
  • Auto-start: Tool-triggered start gets it going from a distance.

5. Festool CT 48 E Auto Clean

It doesn't get any better than this. The CT 48 AC matches the smaller CT 36 but with improved capacity (12.7 gallons!), a HEPA filter, and the same automatic filter-cleaning mechanism. Buy this Festool Dust Extractor for clearing massive volumes of dust from sanders, routers, track saws, and even tools that produce OSHA Table 1 silica dust. It's truly the professional remodeler's dream CT.

Consider pairing the Festool CT 26, 36, or 48 with a Festool Cyclone!

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