I want to change the cheapo household vac that is currently plugged in my cyclone, for an actual dust extractor. And long story short I want to go Festool, after reading the multiple threads on this forum and for peace of mind/simplicity.
I have been looking at Festool dust extractor product range, and have a couple of questions:
- I see many people got the CT MIDI, which indeed looks like a very good match. But did you get the “L” or the “M” version? I’m inclined to go “M”, as I am getting more and more concerned (or at least aware) of potential health issues linked with milling wood. This is only a hobby for me so my actual cutting time is very limited (1h a week tops), and I cut wood less and less anyway, BUT I spend a lot of time daily in the tiny garage where my Shapeoko sits, so by definition I breath in whatever remaining fine dust is suspended in the air.
- I have no need to move it or use it with many power tools, this will be dedicated to the Shapeoko, actually it will sit inside my enclosure underneath the machine. That, and the fact that I have a cyclone upfront, made me consider the “CTL SYS” model. It seems to have close specs (a bit less CFM/pressure) and is very compact. But it does not seem to have variable power ? The specs state power consumption 1000W, bar none, whereas the other models have variable power. It’s also much cheaper than MIDI models. And then again it does not exist in “M” version, so that’s a compromise I would have to make. Did anyone go for that model and why ?
- I have a 50mm (2") hose installed, larger than the stock hose that comes with the MIDI (the site states 27/32mm). I have been reading on tubing rules, and it seems to me that the 50mm will be better suited than this ~30mm stock hose, for using with a dust shoe. Correct ? Anything I should be aware of in terms of compatibility between the CT MIDI and hose size ?
- Is the rated 70dB noise level (on the CT MIDI) at max power ? I assume so but the datasheet is unclear on this point.