This is idle curiosity at this point because I just bought a used festool
CT22. I was trying to work up the nerve to buy a Fein III when I saw the
Festool at a great price.
But for anyone who has seen both...
Are they roughly the same power? Festool claim slightly higher CFM, but
slightly lower static pressure. The festool seems to be a bit more powerful
then my old Hoover GUV, despite the Hover having higher amperage.
How about noise? I am very pleased with how quiet the Festool is; can the
Fein really be much quieter as claimed? The Festool is way way quieter than
the Hoover, eventhough the Hoover is way way quieter than my old old
I have googled, and there isn't anything meaningful out there.
You won't go wrong with either Festool or Fein. I bought a CT22 for on-
site solid surface seaming, mostly because I got a decent deal on it
and it is small. Yet I bought another Fein shortly thereafter, because
'I just like the things'. The Festool doesn't tip over in the truck,
the Fein does.
The by-pass cooling is something I know works, I have yet to try to
over-heat the Festool, but the Fein is always cool, even after a day's
work. I also like the bags, the ones which Fein uses, a lot better.
Another bonus for me, is that Fein has WAY better representation in
Canada than Festool which has none.
The Fein also works as a wet-vac.... and with a little futzing, a
ShopVac bag will work too, unlike the Festool.
I have also been looking a lot at my buddy's Fein routers... verrry
impressive after 6-7 years of hard work...
Unfortunately I don't have the Festool to compare to, but the Fein is pretty
As another person posted the center of gravity is a bit high so it may be a
bit more top heavy than some of the wider, shorter vacs. But it is still a
great vacuum. I posted what I like and dislike about it here:
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