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Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:56 AM »
Ok, so there are a lot of questions about the Planex and AutoClean. Rather than have 4 or more threads going with questions scattered everywhere, this will make it easier for me to find the questions and for you to find the answers.

If you have additional questions, please post them here.

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PLANEX QUESTIONS

What are the advantages of the Planex over the Porter Cable drywall sander?

Here are some of them, there may be others.

- Variable suction, controlled on the handle, allows the Planex to support itself using the suction from the vac reducing fatigue
- Modular design so it can be short for hallways, medium for normal use, long for high ceilings
- A robust, sealed 2-speed gear box instead of their cable drive which is more likely to fail over time
- A locking mechanism that keeps the hose from falling off
- Sealed switches and dials that can can't be infiltrated by dust, resulting in failure
- Switches and dials that are large and all within reach while operating the machine, right at your fingertips
- MUCH, MUCH less expensive abrasives lowering total cost of ownership
- A three year warranty versus their one year
- A removable brush around the pad that can let you get right against adjacent surfaces
- A rubber handle, theirs is plastic and gets quite slippery when you have dust on your hands
- And... even better dust extraction

Is there a package deal for the CT AutoClean?

Participating dealers can offer a CT AC package deals with discount savings on CT AC when purchased with any tool, including the Planex. See dealer for details.

When will the Planex be available?

We are accepting orders from dealers now with an official introduction date of March 1st for the Planex and CT AC. Check with your preferred dealer for availability. I would encourage you to let your dealer know that you want one in advance to ensure they order enough.

Does the variable suction dial on the Planex require the CT AC to function?

The vacuum control does not require the CT AutoClean, but other models of CT Dust Extractors cannot keep up with the quantities of dust produced by the PLANEX. Hence, the need for an automatic filter cleaning mechanism (AutoClean). The control on the Planex basically  restricts air flow from the CT AC as needed. At the right setting, the PLANEX will virtually hold itself to the wall or ceiling, supporting its own weight.

CT AUTOCLEAN QUESTIONS

Can you use the standard (non-AutoClean) CTs with the Planex?

Yes, of course it's possible. The Planex needs a 36mm hose which is not included with the standard CT models. Also, we have found drywall dust to be (apparently) smaller than 5 microns allowing some dust to pass through the filter bag and into the "tub" and to the main filter. What this means is that you may not get the full bag capacity because of a reduction in suction. Also, your HEPA filter will likely get clogged with fine dust over time depending on the quantity of dust produced. The AutoClean (High Performance HF-CT 496172) filter will fit into a standard CT but without the automated cleaning functionality, I guess you would need to periodically stop, pull the filter, clean it through agitation and put it back in. A standard 36mm hose will not have the ability to use the locking mechanism that keeps the hose from wiggling loose. You can buy the AutoClean hose separately, which is lighter and more flexible than the standard 36mm hose (496972).

Can I use the CT AutoClean for purposes other than with the Planex?

Yes, of course you can. It's a dust extractor. There is a dial on the front of the unit that control the frequency of AutoCleaning and has a setting for no AutoClean. So, it would function just like a regular CT. The standard filter is not HEPA and I currently don't have information on what level of filtration it does provide. You could install a HEPA filter into the unit, but it has not been tested for and should not be used for RRP. You can use filter bags in the CT AC.

What happens to the dust in the CT AutoClean?

The CT AutoClean is designed to be used with a plastic liner. It drapes over the bucket/tub and be easily disposed of. Again, the AutoClean can use standard filter bags but it's not recommended for drywall applications.

Will the CT AutoClean hose work with all tools?

The CT AutoClean comes with a 36mm black, very flexible, lightweight hose with a flange used to lock it onto the Planex. It will not work with any tool requiring a 27mm hose, such as sanders. It will work on all tools that can use a 36mm hose, with the exception of the HL 850 which requires the hose to go on the inside of the dust port. The AutoClean hose will not go on the inside of the port because of the flange.

What is the difference between the HEPA filter and High Performance filter?

The HEPA filter will capture particles down to 0.3 microns in size whereas the high performance filter does not offer that level of filtration. The high performance filter is tested to captured 99.9% of particles down to 1 micron in size. When comparing the two there are some distinguishing features. The HEPA Filter has very tight pleats, a brown seal on its sides, has "HEPA" written on it and is very rigid. The high performance filter has much larger and more open pleats and is very flexible to the point that it can be bent into a circle. In the photo below, the HEPA is on the left.



WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

I have created a website that has basic information about the Planex and CT AC. Check it out here: Festool Planex Drywall Sander. The site may be updated with additional information in the future but for now it covers most of the basics.


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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 11:15 AM »
Great job, Shane. Thanks!  [thumbs up]
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 12:27 PM »
Thanks Shane.  I look forward to reading about other people's questions and using the Planex this summer.   ;D

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 01:47 PM »
I'm speaking for myself here, as I don't truly know what others do or don't do,  but as a Professional Woodworker, I stay as far from drywall work as I can...
I've done my share of hanging and finishing,  but there's no way we could compete with an experienced drywall crew...
I do however know quite a few drywallers and plasterers who could really benefit from this,  but most of these guys would do better with an old school VHS or DVD to watch on their TV as opposed to emailing a link for one of the demo videos.
(can't show something like this on-site, or the feathers get ruffled, defense mechanism kicks in, and no mater what it is, it's not as good as ________. rhetoric in-sues.
make some DVD's and I will be more than happy to pass them out to 4-5 qualified potential users (those that would buy 8-10 rigs or more once satisfied with the first...)
but for ME,  when I think "drywall"  the only tool that comes to mind is my cell phone. :-\ 
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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 02:29 PM »
Shane, you mention abrasives.  Which abrasives in which grits are used with the Planex?
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 02:33 PM »
Here you go, Frank.


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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 02:41 PM »
Shane, you mention abrasives.  Which abrasives in which grits are used with the Planex?

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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012, 02:53 PM »
Shane, there are still comments being made about the Planex in the other theads.  Can't you close those threads and move all their content to this one?
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2012, 02:54 PM »
pretty good price. I was expecting much higher. So 1675$ for the kit (assuming the 10% discount on the CT). I think this is one of the festool tools that I would appreciate the peace of mind of having the 30 day money back, since it will be kind of hard to see it in action at the local hardware store.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012, 04:42 PM »
Weird the USA doesn't get Crystal and Titan also.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2012, 06:29 PM »
Weird the USA doesn't get Crystal and Titan also.


You remember how long it took us to get Granat.

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2012, 06:46 PM »
All these abrasive comments...


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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2012, 08:56 PM »
All these abrasive comments...

They're rubbing me the wrong way too.  [blink]  [tongue]

Just don't get sore about it.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 12:30 PM »
pretty good price. I was expecting much higher. So 1675$ for the kit (assuming the 10% discount on the CT). I think this is one of the festool tools that I would appreciate the peace of mind of having the 30 day money back, since it will be kind of hard to see it in action at the local hardware store.
Ceddy, you make a great point, one I've been making quite a bit on the phone lately with prospective buyers.  This is the epitome of a tool that justifies Festool USA's decision to extend a no hassle, 30 day, money back guarantee.  A lot of folks are saying, I don't see, can't justify the $1,000 expense, just over twice the price of the Porter Cable 7800, on this new Festool.  I bring up the 30 day policy, but really, we're all willing to pay 5 x's the price of a Makita 5007 circular saw for a TS 55, why not twice the price of a Porter Cable 7800?  The savings in abrasives pointed out by Shane, the near weightlessness, harness setup, Festool reliability, small efficiency improvements like sanding into corners, the hose not falling off....these all certainly add up in my book.  It's no different than any other Festool.  It seems to me that it's current stature of such a niche tool has brought about a lot of hesitancy, that's about it.

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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2012, 11:07 AM »
Updates:

The high-performance filter in the CT AC is tested to the European "M" standard which is 99.9% of particles down to 1 micron.

Canadian pricing added.

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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2012, 02:02 PM »
Hi Shane,

Thanks for posting this convenient thread. 

I am a general contractor working on mainly bathrooms and kitchens, so the areas of drywall that I install/repair are usually fairly small.  I already have a CT33 (pre-RRP requirements) and a CT26 along with a Rigid and Dewalt, so I am kind of reluctant to buy another $750 vacuum.  Here are some questions that will help me make a decision.

1) For occasionally sanding a typical bathroom or kitchen amount of drywall, could I expect good results using my CT26?

2) If I added something like the Oneida Ultimate Cyclone for the Festool vacs (something that I would also benefit from when making cabinets), could I expect good results using the CT26?

3) If I was able to sell the 33 or 26 and then put the CT AC to use in the shop, when it wasn't being used for drywall duty, could I expect good results from the CT AC (without a bag) for collecting wood dust from routers, sanders and saws.  In other words, without a bag, would that blowback action clear the wood dust collecting on the elements as effectively as the video shows it working for drywall dust.

I do all of the trades for my remodeling projects and the way that I do drywall, there isn't a whole lot of sanding that ends up being needed, but even so, there is enough to require tarps (that need washing) and vacuuming and the protective gear and clothing (that needs washing) and the dust from my shoes and clothes that gets into my truck (that needs eventual cleaning).  I'm seriously considering getting just the Planex to try and eliminate even that small amount of dust since it ends up requiring quite a bit of extra effort to clean up. 

If it won't disappoint me while using it with just the CT26, then I will probably give it a try, but if I have to buy another expensive vacuum, then I'll have to think about it reallllllly hard!

Thanks Shane!

Roland

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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2012, 02:45 PM »
Roland,

Thanks for the questions. Let me see if I can answer them for you adequately.

1) For occasional use of the Planex, your current CT models should be up to the task. The caveat is that you will probably find that you need to periodically tap the filter out to keep it free of the most fine of the drywall dust. Drywall dust ranges in size down to 1 micron, below the filtration leave of the filter bag which is 5 micron. So, drywall dust can pass right through the filter bag and into the HEPA filter. This is not going to be as much of a problem with wood dust, which is larger in size. As much as I'd like to sell you on the Planex, which is a phenomenal solution, you may be better off considering an ETS/DTS/RTS sander for small patch jobs. Much smaller and lighter but still great at capturing that drywall dust. There are several threads here that talk about members using these sanders for drywall with great success. Just something to consider.

2) I'm no familiar enough with the Oneida products to give advice on how they would react with drywall dust. If you're talking about for wood dust, I'd suggest a forum search as there are some reviews/commentary on members experience with that product.

3) Yes, you should see the same great dust extraction for non-drywall applications with the CT AC as you would with our other CT models. The filtration level on the CT AC, with its supplied filter, would be 1 micron at 99.9% versus HEPA which is 0.3 micron at 99.997%. The AutoClean functionality should keep the filter free of debris and dust even with wood dust. However, it would be somewhat counterproductive to run it without a bag in my opinion, from a disposal perspective. You could use the same filter bags for the CT 36 with CT AC and run it with a bag if you chose and saw the benefit. Running without the bag would probably mean you would need to replace the high-performance filter in the CT AC more frequently than without.

Hope that helps. If you still have questions, let me know.

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2012, 06:34 PM »
I have sanded quite a bit of drywall by now with my DTS400, ETS125 and RO 150, assisted by the CT22, CT26 and CT Mini. I have never found any dust on the filters themselves. All the dust gets captured by the bags, where the only problem is premature clogging and as a consequence, loss of suction. Which is quite a bit less now with the new bags of the new CT 26.

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I believe the Planex will clog the HEPA filters because of the volume of fine drywall dust it takes in compared with the other Festool sanders.

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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2012, 07:21 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2012, 12:52 AM »
Hi Shane,

Thanks for posting this convenient thread.  

I am a general contractor working on mainly bathrooms and kitchens, so the areas of drywall that I install/repair are usually fairly small.  I already have a CT33 (pre-RRP requirements) and a CT26 along with a Rigid and Dewalt, so I am kind of reluctant to buy another $750 vacuum.  Here are some questions that will help me make a decision.

1) For occasionally sanding a typical bathroom or kitchen amount of drywall, could I expect good results using my CT26?

2) If I added something like the Oneida Ultimate Cyclone for the Festool vacs (something that I would also benefit from when making cabinets), could I expect good results using the CT26?

3) If I was able to sell the 33 or 26 and then put the CT AC to use in the shop, when it wasn't being used for drywall duty, could I expect good results from the CT AC (without a bag) for collecting wood dust from routers, sanders and saws.  In other words, without a bag, would that blowback action clear the wood dust collecting on the elements as effectively as the video shows it working for drywall dust.

I do all of the trades for my remodeling projects and the way that I do drywall, there isn't a whole lot of sanding that ends up being needed, but even so, there is enough to require tarps (that need washing) and vacuuming and the protective gear and clothing (that needs washing) and the dust from my shoes and clothes that gets into my truck (that needs eventual cleaning).  I'm seriously considering getting just the Planex to try and eliminate even that small amount of dust since it ends up requiring quite a bit of extra effort to clean up.  

If it won't disappoint me while using it with just the CT26, then I will probably give it a try, but if I have to buy another expensive vacuum, then I'll have to think about it reallllllly hard!

Thanks Shane!

Roland

Roland,

To answer number two regarding the Ultimate Dust Deputy I may be helpful in a round about way.
I'm presently working on a remodel where I've had to cut concrete with my Hilti Diamond saw and drill out 1 1/2" holes in sandstone and vac out the holes.
I didn't want to spend $900 plus on a Hilti vac especially designed to vacuum concrete dust because it has a stirrer that stirs the contents every 15 seconds to eliminate caking.
I have several ct's and my older ct33 is relegated to demo work, (I didn't want to beat up my ct36's with demo work) I knew that if I used that one directly I would have bag blowout almost every time, especially due to the weight of the rock dust. So I ordered the Ultimate Dust Deputy and I couldn't be happier. When using the Ultimate DD I consider when it fills to 2/3's as full as I don't want any bypass filling my ct33 - at 2/3's full the Ultimate DD caught about 70 lbs of rock dust! With a miniscule amount going into the CT. I'm so thrilled with the Ultimate DD that I ordered another one for the sanding room of my workshop. I have no doubt that one would have similar results with drywall dust, with the benefit of a Hepa Filter to boot.

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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2012, 01:08 AM »
Shane,

On the Ct AutoClean where you connect the hose to the vac there is what appears to be an internal hose gate with an animation of it on the second video.
Will that also be available as an option for the Ct33? It seems very nifty.

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« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2012, 03:43 PM »
Checked out the PLanex and AutoClean 36 at my brick and mortar dealer today.  No drywall to try it on, but it seems very nice.  It had a good feel.  The sectional breakdown of the "tubes" looked  good too.


Will the CT Planex "caddy" that mounts to the top of the CT be available?  That wasn't on display and I forgot to ask.

Is the Planex delivered in a the Maxi Sys. for NA?


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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2012, 04:33 PM »
Seth, the CT mount (caddy) is available so check with your dealer. And, yes it does come on the Maxi as does the harness.
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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2012, 04:35 PM »
Shane,

On the Ct AutoClean where you connect the hose to the vac there is what appears to be an internal hose gate with an animation of it on the second video.
Will that also be available as an option for the Ct33? It seems very nifty.

Sorry I missed seeing this, Roger. Yes, it's the blast gate and will work with any of our CTs.
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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2012, 10:28 AM »
I've read that the Planex can be used for removing wall paper, but I'm wondering if it would work knocking down ceiling texture.  Like the popcorn type that would usually get scraped off with water and a drywall knife.  If it is possible, what grit would you suggest.
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« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2012, 11:49 AM »
I've read that the Planex can be used for removing wall paper, but I'm wondering if it would work knocking down ceiling texture.  Like the popcorn type that would usually get scraped off with water and a drywall knife.  If it is possible, what grit would you suggest.

Yes, it can be used for knocking down popcorn or texture on a ceiling. I would recommend 80 or 100 grit. The Planex has two dust extraction options which are selected with a switch on the head: inside the pad or outside the pad. You will want to select outside the pad for this application. Generally, you will select inside the pad for other applications, like drywall sanding. Using extraction on the outside of the pad is best suited when you're creating larger debris rather than fine dust.
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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2012, 04:48 PM »
3) Yes, you should see the same great dust extraction for non-drywall applications with the CT AC as you would with our other CT models. The filtration level on the CT AC, with its supplied filter, would be 1 micron at 99.9% versus HEPA which is 0.3 micron at 99.997%. The AutoClean functionality should keep the filter free of debris and dust even with wood dust. However, it would be somewhat counterproductive to run it without a bag in my opinion, from a disposal perspective. You could use the same filter bags for the CT 36 with CT AC and run it with a bag if you chose and saw the benefit. Running without the bag would probably mean you would need to replace the high-performance filter in the CT AC more frequently than without.

Hey, Shane.  A few questions regarding this:

1:  How does the blow back function work if you use a bag?  Wouldn't it just put the fine dust back into the tub, where it would immediately get sucked BACK into the filter?   


2:  You wrote,  "we have found drywall dust to be (apparently) smaller than 5 microns allowing some dust to pass through the filter bag and into the "tub" and to the main filter...." 
- I agree this happens with drywall / plaster dust. AFAIK, there is now wood dust smaller than 5 microns, so I see no benefit from this system for wood-only applications.  Am I wrong?


3:  I am considering upgrading to a CT36 AC (I currently have the RPP-HEPA CT36) and only using a plastic bag for those rare times that I sand / clean up drywall.  EXCEPT:  Would the "blow back" function work with the RPP-HEPA filter, or would I have to remember to swap-in the 1 micron HP filter when using blow back?

4:  If one installs the new blast gate on an existing CT36, will it reduce suction at all? (Has Festool tested this with actual cfm & water lift numbers?  This is important to me, as I use my CT36 for routing & also general cleanup, where every bit of suction counts.

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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2012, 04:58 PM »
1:  How does the blow back function work if you use a bag?  Wouldn't it just put the fine dust back into the tub, where it would immediately get sucked BACK into the filter?   

You would not use the AutoClean feature with a bag installed. It won't work. The filter bag gets sucked up against the filter essentially. So, there's nowhere for the dust to go if the AutoClean actuates, it would fall on the bag and go right back into the fitler, just like you said.

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2:  You wrote,  "we have found drywall dust to be (apparently) smaller than 5 microns allowing some dust to pass through the filter bag and into the "tub" and to the main filter...." 
- I agree this happens with drywall / plaster dust. AFAIK, there is now wood dust smaller than 5 microns, so I see no benefit from this system for wood-only applications.  Am I wrong?

Wood dust is generally larger than 5 microns. Wood SMOKE can be smaller than 5 microns. There's no particular advantage for wood applications. However, there is the possibility of using the CT AutoClean for drywall sanding and woodworking. Whereas, I wouldn't recommend the non-AutoClean units for drywall sanding if you're doing a lot of it.

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3:  I am considering upgrading to a CT36 AC (I currently have the RPP-HEPA CT36) and only using a plastic bag for those rare times that I sand / clean up drywall.  EXCEPT:  Would the "blow back" function work with the RPP-HEPA filter, or would I have to remember to swap-in the 1 micron HP filter when using blow back?

The CT AutoClean is not designed or tested for RRP applications and should not be used for those tasks. If you're just wanting to use a HEPA filter and it's not for RRP, then you can do so. It's the same filter as the other CT 26/36/48 units that would fit in the CT AutoClean. I would not recommend using the AutoClean functionality with a HEPA filter but rather swap filters.

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4:  If one installs the new blast gate on an existing CT36, will it reduce suction at all? (Has Festool tested this with actual cfm & water lift numbers?  This is important to me, as I use my CT36 for routing & also general cleanup, where every bit of suction counts.

I don't have any scientific data to support it, but I don't believe suction would be reduced. I can't say definitively because I haven't used one since we don't have them yet. They are expected later in the month.

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Re: Consolidated Q&A for Planex and CT AutoClean
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2012, 05:17 PM »
Thanks!