As you know, the process of installing, sanding, and finishing hardwood floors produces an enormous amount of dust. It gets everywhere and creates unhappy clients. One of the worst offenders for creating dust is a floor edger. One way to combat the amount of dust produced by an edger is to use a dust collection system.
You may have noticed the rise in popularity of dust collection systems in recent years. That’s because they are great additions to any job site. One dust collector you might consider is the CT36 Dust Extractor from Festool. This machine delivers the quality you expect from German engineering and the performance needed to handle a floor edger.
The CT36 comes with several features that make it ideal for use in conjunction with an edger. It has a suction rate of 137 cubic feet per minute (CFM) at its maximum setting with 96in of lift! That rate of suction makes it perfect for industrial use. It’s so powerful that some mechanics forgo wearing a dust mask while using an edger with this dust extractor!
The capacity of the CT36 is 9.5 gallons (36L). While it’s always advisable to check the bag from room to room, many mechanics who use this dust extractor report that they can do several rooms before replacing the filter bag. Festool’s filter bags are specially designed so the suction rate doesn’t decrease as the bag fills up. Mechanics using the dust extractor won’t have to worry about the bag’s level and whether or not the dust extractor is doing its job.
The Festool vacuum hose is antistatic. When dust travels through a vacuum hose, it builds up static electricity. The antistatic hose prevents mechanics from receiving nasty shocks when handling the hose and then grabbing their metal edger. The non-marking wheels make it ideal for keeping the vacuum in the same room being edged. The hose can also be outfitted with adapters to be used with various manufacturer’s edgers.
Even if you’re not using an edger in conjunction with this dust extractor, it’s a great system to have. The Festool Dust Extractor is equipped with an EPA RRP compliant and HEPA rated filter to capture harmful lead dust particles. The CT36 utilizes a tool trigger activated mode in which you can hook up a circular saw or orbital sander to the dust extractor. When engaging the tool, the dust extractor starts up automatically to save you the hassle of constantly turning on and off the dust extractor. How many times have you started cutting or sanding only to realize the vacuum wasn’t on? This dust extractor is integrated with Festool’s Sys-Dock system which turns your dust extractor into a rolling storage device. Stack all your Festool cases on top, lock them in, and head to or from the job in one trip. Convenience like that is invaluable.
A dust containment system is a great way to reduce frustration and increase productivity while installing, sanding, and finishing hardwood floors. The Festool CT36 Dust Extractor is a quality choice for any and all dust containment needs.