The Fein hose isn't anti-static at all (hopefully Woodcraft updated their
website... it was months ago I told them that.) If static is a
consideration, you'll need to run a wire next to the hose and ground it
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
Even if they were slightly better, they are _significantly_ more
expensive. The CT22 has 2/3rds the dust collection capacity of the Turbo
II, and is about a third again the price of the Fein. I'm going to have
a little explaining to do to justify the expense of the Fein as it is.
There's often a package sale price from Festool when you buy two of their
power tools. And, I was purchasing a Festool DF 500 Q Domino which a
relatively unique tool. So, it made sense to also purchase one of their
vacuums which is designed to work well with all of their power tools. The
only explaining I'm going to have to do will be to my cat when she realizes
I can't afford to buy kibble for her anymore. :)
One other note: Festool is noted for having outstanding customer service.
Additionally, Festool has setup the Festool Owners Group which I consider to
be more active, but essentially the functional equivalent to rec.woodworking
minus most of the off topic subjects. Answers to problems and technical
questions are usually answered the same day by Festool employees or
If it's not obvious by now, then yes, I am quite enamoured with Festool.
Somewhere along the line, I sort of hope that they disappoint me in some
way, otherwise I'm going to be forced very quickly into bankruptsy. :)
I *think* the hose size is actually 2.25". I've got the Turbo III (when
it was about 2/3 current price). I bought all sorts of attachments at
Home Depot including 1.25 to 2.25 adapters. Seems the Ridgid vacuum
tools fit the Fein well. Good luck.
A fellow I talk to on line has 2 Turbo III's and uses them to vacuum
form plastic. Those are some serious suckers. Noticeably more powerful
than the Turbo II or the CT 22 Festool.... but quite a bit more money
too. They make an all metal version of that too...*drool* stainless
The drawback of the TurboIII is total wattage when you plug in a
Festool Rotex. 15 am breakers will pop due to the higher power demand
from the vac. It is also a lot bigger so less desirable for use on-
site in domestic installation.
Well, I am now the proud owner of a Fein Turbo II vacuum. It IS very
quiet. I still need to deal with logistical issues of where to put the
16 foot hose, the best way to switch it on & off, etc. The location &
operation of the power switch isn't ideal, but I think they expect you to
run it with the auto-switch. I'll probabnly get a footpedal, so it won't
be an issue for long. My existing 2.5" ShopVac hose does fit in the
front intake hole, but it's a bit snug. I suspect it may be leaking
slightly, but it's certainly very functional.
I installed the cartridge filter & bag setup. The only hiccup is that
the locking knob took more force than I expected to install in the filter
end cap. I called Fein & they said to push a little harder, and it
popped in OK without busting anything.
Time to get back to making stuff!
Thanks for all the helpful input.
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