Hello, I was wondering if anybody here could explain to me what the actual difference between the CTL Mini and the CTL 22 E SG model is, besides the size. I mean in functionality.
I realise this site is based in the US and mostly frequented by US people so please read CT Mini and CT 22. But in The Netherlands where I'm from they are called different as they are the newer versions of it. I doubt there's much difference though. I also don't understand why exactly Festool chooses to sell a slightly different line of products in the US.
When it comes to the difference between the Mini and the 22 I mostly mean the suction power. I've read a lot about these two machines already but what remains a bit vague to me is how strong they actually are. I'm mainly looking to use a vac for my Rotex 150 and with my home built saw/router table. The saw and router are not Festools btw, it's that other, yellow brand.
From what I've read, I get the impression the Mini is alright when sanding, but for the sawing table, does it give you good suction with a hose that's split in two so you can extract dust from the saw under the table and from the blade guard on top? Or would it be better to have the 22 for that?
Another thing I am wondering about, is what happens if you use the machines without a dust bag, because they are so expensive. Will it damage the machine or deteriorate the effectiveness of the dust extraction? I realise Festool advises strongly against not using a bag, but what's the reason exactly?
Last thing I'd like to ask, and maybe there's a European FOG'er who can answer this, is there a big difference between the older CT 22 model and the current CTL 22 E SG? Besides the hose guard? The reason I ask is because I'm on a very tight budget and I'll probably have to settle for a second hand model and the older CT 22 is offered in abundance on the Dutch equivalent of eBay. Also, do they age well?
Only problem is I'll probably have to delay my new vac for quite a while. Been saving up for one and I was there, but now suddenly my %#@& mobo blew and because it's 5 years old I'll have to do a total upgrade for my pc (proc, mobo, ram, vid card) to get it running again. I'll have to stick to my trusty 16 year old home vac for a bit longer.
Oh yeah, that reminds me, got another thing to ask. How exactly do these professional Festool vacs compare to the average home vac when it comes to suction power? Are they just a bit stronger, or do they totally blow them out of the water?
Thanks in advance for any insight you can give me, and I hope I didn't ask too much at once