If you’re looking for a powerful, versatile and easy to use dust extractor, the Festool CT 26 may be your ideal choice. When compared to the Shop-Vac, the Festool CT 26 outperforms in just about every arena. That said, the Festool CT 26 is priced significantly steeper than your average Shop-Vac. So is it worth the extra investment? Here’s our Festool CT 26 Review.
Festool CT 26 Ease of Movement: 5/5
One of the best things about the CT 26 is how easy it is to move. This makes a big difference in two important ways.
First, all the hoses simply store on top of the CT 26 neatly and easily. With the Shop-Vac, the hoses don’t really fit anywhere and you’ll often find yourself tripping over hoses or struggling to get them out of the way. With the CT 26, that just doesn’t happen.
The same can be said for power cords. It simply wraps itself nicely behind the vacuum. No tripping over cords and no frustrated cord yanking. It’s also important to note that the CT 26’s power cord is long enough that you won’t need an extension cord 95% of the time.
The second important distinction is that the Festool CT 26 has very big wheels and has a low center of gravity. It swivels and turns easily and glides behind you without a fuss. The Shop-Vac on the other hand often involves a lot of yanking and forcing and is a real pain to try to turn.
Festool CT 26 Sound & Quietness: 4.5/5
The Festool CT 26 is a very quiet machine. At the low setting, it comes in at just 62dB. You can easily have a conversation while the Festool is running, or run it with the door closed and not wake up the whole house.
By contrast, the Shop-Vac is guaranteed to annoy just about everyone within the house the moment you turn it on.
Though it’s extremely quiet, on high it can still make a bit of noise. That’s why we gave it 4.5 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5.
Festool CT 26 Ease of Use: 4.5/5
The variable suction feature is one of those things that you just don’t know you really need until you have it. It allows you to quiet down the CT 26 when necessary, it allows you to softly pick up dust from larger surfaces, as well as turn up the juice to pick up piles of dust or get in between cracks and crevices. It really makes a big difference.
Another big plus is that it plugs right into all kinds of other products and extensions. You can use the CT 26 for all kinds of cleanup tasks, as long as you have the right attachments. The only downside is that you do have to use Festool tools and that other tools by other brands might not fit (although some of them do!) But, the flip side to that coin is if you own any of the “green tools” they will hook directly to the hose without the need for special adapteras. Festool makes a lot more tools that attach to their equipment than Fein does, although they are a bit more pricey.
Festool CT 26 Ease of Cleaning: 5/5
The Festool CT 26 comes with what Festool calls a “self-cleaning” bag. The bag prevents dust from “caking” and obstructing the air flow, which would reduce the power of the device. It also has a kind of a locking mechanism at the top of the bag to prevent spillage. In short, the CT 26 is very easy to clean and even the disposal system is well thought out.
Wrapping Up: Festool CT 26 Review
To sum things up, the Festool CT 26 is truly an impressive cleaning tool. It allows you to clean up both large routers as well as small detail sanders. It’s powerful, it’s quiet, it’s easy to maneuver and it’s versatile. It’s everything you could want from a dust extractor.
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