Festool CT22 Tool-Triggered Vacuum Hothttp://toolreviews.woodmagazine.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/14/42/e5/_pFestool_1322665797.jpg
• Hose: 1-1/4" x 11-1/2'
• Tool Amps: 10
• Noise Level: 72 dB
Dust control is an integral part of the Festool system and design philosophy. That is why the CT 22 is equipped with tool-triggered auto start functionality so that when you plug your tool into the supplied outlet socket, the vacuum cycles with the tool. This represents greater efficiency in dust extraction, noise reduction, and with less energy consumption versus a constant-on unit. Variable suction force allows you to regulate the suction based on your tasks. A small detail sander may not require the full 137 CFM of this unit, but a router may require it.
Festool optimizes efficiency with the low-profile, flat-top design that allows the vacuum top to double as a tool rest as well as an integrated hose garage and docking station that allows the connection of Festool Systainers (not included) for easy transport and storage. The low center of gravity, integrated center handle, and extra large wheels make navigating rough terrain in the shop or jobsite easy without tipping over. A parking brake can even be locked to prevent unintentional roll off or drifting. The supplied 11-1/2 ft. anti-static hose is long enough for power tool and general worksite clean-up tasks.
For wet (water) clean-up tasks, the CT will shut off automatically when full thanks to Level Stop technology. With an industrial design for heavy use the CT is equipped with over 24 feet of 12 gauge cord. A cord wrap is supplied to attach to the rear of the unit. With 137 CFM and only 62 dB (on the low setting), the CT 26 can quickly and quietly remove large amounts of debris, with minimal noise. A HEPA filter comes standard and offers the ultimate in clean air and filtration.
Great suction, filtration, and tool-triggered activation
I never thought I’d pay $450 for a vacuum, but after using the CT22, I’m sold. It comes standard with a filter that traps dust as small as 0.3 microns—the finest filtration in the test of four vacuums. And its suction swallowed everything to where I couldn’t find dust on my boards, workbench, glasses, or hair. I started out using the CT22 attached to my router to flush-trim MDF countertops, and was amazed when the vacuum gathered in even that superfine dust. Then I sanded 700 linear feet of trim for my house, and again no mess. The CT22 has an adjustable suction level, and I found the middle range best for sanding. The only drawback: I had to use adapters (not included) and duct tape to attach the hose to most of my non-Festool tools. It’s the only vacuum in the test with a 20-amp plug, giving me more flexibility when used on a 20-amp circuit.
—Tested by Kevin Boyle, WOOD Magazine Senior Design Editor
Great vac for filtration, not just collection
I bought this vac when I bought my Festool Domino, and they work really well as a team. This vac runs very quiet, so much so that I can't hear it when the Domino or my sander are running. I like the hose and nozzle because they fit not only my Festool tools but also several other brands without needing adapters or duct tape. I've been using the bags for holding the dust inside the vac, and even though they're expensive, I plan to keep using them because I like being able to toss them out when they're full and not have to fill my shop with more of that fine dust. The filtration is so good on this vac that I honestly don't think anything gets through the bag or filter. The power outlet on the vac is the other big selling point because it lets you plug your Domino or sander or biscuit joiner into the vac and then turn both on and off with the tool's power switch. It's incredibly handy. Again, a big investment up front, but well worth it in the long run.