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Absolutely Peter. That's the plan now I've something to catch the vast majority of debris. It'll certainly make the cost of replacing CT bags a whole lot more palatable. Which reminds me, I'll need to have a hunt for compatible clear bin bags. IDK what Festool are charging for their branded ones... but I can hazard a guess!

The bags are product code 204296 and have a RRP (inc VAT) of £22.92 for 10. I am sure that some of the box shifters will beat that price.

Peter
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Too bad it doesn't include the sanders.
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Too bad it doesn't include [...]
Way worse that it's US only - at least for the rest of the world.
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Absolutely Peter. That's the plan now I've something to catch the vast majority of debris. It'll certainly make the cost of replacing CT bags a whole lot more palatable. Which reminds me, I'll need to have a hunt for compatible clear bin bags. IDK what Festool are charging for their branded ones... but I can hazard a guess!
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I wonder if having no seal between the top and the bin being intentional so that blocking the inlet can't collapse the bin, by the maximum pressure differential being limited by air leaking in through the seam (which should quickly increase in case the clear bin decides to deform).
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Track Saw Suggestions
« Last post by Birdhunter on Today at 05:44 AM »
The best situation is to have track saw, table saw, and compound miter saw. Each excel in their areas. Great hand saws, hand planes, and chisels expand your possibilities.

I’ve got a surfeit of power tools and now learning to do hand work after 40 years of woodworking. Getting a hand cut dovetail joint to snick together is amazingly satisfying. Getting a chisel or a plane blade to a mirror sharp edge is also satisfying.
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You need to watch emptying and re-using extractor bags. I used to do it with my CT26 but stopped after doing my dust study years ago.

Basically, the bag material is an important part of the filtration process as air passes through the material of the bag on its way to the main filter. It does not take long for the bag material to become saturated with small dust particles which then clogs the weave and reduces the effectiveness of the extractor. It is usually noticeable when a discolouration of the bag material is evident. This often happens as the bag becomes full for its first time of use. If you then empty and re-use the bag then the starting point will not be ideal and things go down hill from there on.

This is the reason that I stopped emptying my bags and went over to the UDD. With that setup I periodically check the bag in the CT and find that it only needs to be changed about once a year (more energetic woodworkers may need to do the change more often).

Peter
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Sales & Dealer Area / Re: Trade Up Program - effective today!
« Last post by Bob Marino on Today at 04:45 AM »

 To answer a question that I have been emailed about - no, this promotion is not Festool's way of clearing out stock in preparation for the next generation of Saws and Routers. It's to get anyone on the fence - or those not on the fence to take the leap and make the purchase.
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Mine arrived yesterday but I only had a short time to play with it. I did notice a reduction in suction more with the SYS hooked up than the MIDI. This was using the empirical hand-over-the-end-of-the-tube test and the cyclone top was left untouched between switching vacs so the seal should've been the same for both.

I'd guesstimate the reduction being vaguely in the 15% (SYS) and 5% (MIDI) range, but that's in no way reliable [big grin]. I didn't empty out the bags or clean the filters; they were hooked up as they were. The SYS was ~40% full and I didn't check the MIDI bag but, IIRC, it's somewhere near half full. Another factor could be the hoses as I used the old ribbed D27 with the MIDI and the new slinky D27 with the SYS.

Tonights plan (kids willing!) is to try them again with new bags, the same hose and to clean their respective filters as best I can. I am a wee bit concerned that the SYS perhaps struggles more thus putting more strain on the motor (or it could be the bag as it's been reused many times over). Will see tonight.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Makita saw (SP6000J) on FT track
« Last post by Bullterrier on Today at 03:28 AM »
Makita has 2 screws under each tilt mechanism block that allow lateral movement and toe adjustment. A couple of mm max.
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I have seen some comments from people who actually bought one that adding one reduces the suction of the vacs quite significantly because the seals on the ct-va-20 aren’t that tight. Someone care to comment on that?

I don’t really mind a bit less efficiency in separation vs other solutions but losing suction I don’t really care for in some applications.

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