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As a tradesperson, you know that dust extractors are critical tools in the management of a safe and clean workshop. Woodworking and construction industries are notorious for generating plumes of debris and dust, which not only affect the cleanliness of a workshop but also the safety of you and your employees.

Both industrial vacuums and Festool dust extractors are designed to tackle this problem and do so incredibly well.

Now that you know you need one, it's time to learn how to use a dust extractor effectively.

WHY YOU NEED AN INDUSTRIAL VACUUM OR FESTOOL DUST EXTRACTOR

There are many advantages to dust extractors, but the biggest one is improving the air quality while working with power tools. Dust and debris can easily be inhaled or irritate our eyes, which can lead to various health issues in both the long and short term. In addition to ensuring a healthy working environment, dust extractors protect your tools by reducing dust build up as you work and boost productivity by minimising clean-up time. 

HOW TO USE A DUST EXTRACTOR

While Festool dust extractors or industrial vacuum cleaners are not difficult to operate, the steps taken may vary, depending on the brand and model you’re using. If you get stuck, refer to the product manual of your dust extractor or industrial vacuum.

The Festool CTH 26l H Class Dust ExtractorThe Festool CTH 26l H Class Dust Extractor
The Festool CTH 26l H Class Dust Extractor

Step 1: PREPARATION

Before turning your dust extractor on, ensure the container or filter bag is empty, if not, remove the full bag and replace it with a fresh one. This process will vary depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: CONNECT THE HOSE

Connect the dust extractor’s hose carefully to the power tool you are using. There may be a variety of adapters available to fit various devices and ports. For the best results, make sure you are using the correct accessories and attachments, and ensure the connection is secure.

Step 3: CONNECT VIA BLUETOOTH

If your Festool dust extractor and power tool are Bluetooth-enabled, connect the two devices and set up the auto-start and delayed shut-off features. This feature ensures the dust extractor switches on as the power tool does and switches off after the power tool is turned off, to ensure maximum dust and debris capture.

Step 4: POWER UP

If your dust extraction system is not Bluetooth-enabled, you'll need to switch the dust extractor on manually before you get started.

Step 5: OPERATION

The dust extractor or vacuum will collect the dust and debris produced while you sand or saw. If you notice dust escaping or not being vacuumed, make sure there are no blockages in the hose and the attachments are correctly fitted and compatible with the tools.

Step 6: CHECK THE DUST BAG OR CONTAINER

As you work, the dust bag or container will slowly become full, so regularly checking it is crucial. Some Festool dust extractors have an alarm feature which will warn you if your dust bag is full.

Step 7: CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Once your work is complete, take care to clean the dust extractor or vacuum and other tools. This involves cleaning or replacing the filters, wiping down the exterior of the tool, and checking hoses for any blockages.

As you are learning how to use your dust extractor, it’s important to note that all manufacturers and models of dust extractors or industrial vacuums may vary to some degree. Adhere to the manufacturer's instructions and safety guidelines when using these machines to ensure their longevity, protect your health and safety, and take care of your power tools.

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