Helpful Guide: Choosing the right dust extractor for all common building materials

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We talk a lot about dust classes and exposure limits, but often you just need to know what product is right for what material or type of dust.

So, we’ve put a detailed list together to help you identify the right Festool dust extractor for the material you’re working with. Get in touch if we’ve missed one you need information on. (Product information correct as of 23/9/19)
 

Material Suitable Festool Dust Extractors
Household dust CTL 17 CTL MIDI CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter
Sand CTL MIDI CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter  
Softwoods (most) CTL 17 CTL MIDI CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter
Hardwoods (most) CTL 17 CTL MIDI CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter
Weatherboard CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Villaboard CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Laminate CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Plywood CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Aluminum (cutting) CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Alucobond (cutting / milling) CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter    
Engineered Stone CTM 36 HD Autoclean CTH 48    
MDF CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter
Plaster CTM 36 HD Autoclean CTL 36 Autoclean PLANEX    
Cement Sheet CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Tile Cement CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Matrix CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Concrete CTM 36 HD Autoclean      
Paint (Latex) CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Paint (Oil) CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Paint (lead-based) CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean CTL 26 + HEPA Filter CTL 36 + HEPA Filter
Chipboard CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Putty CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Ceramics CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Hebel CTM 26 CTM 36 HD Autoclean    
Mould CTH 48      
Asbestos CTH 48      
Glass Wool CTH 48      
Mineral Fibres CTH 48      
Bitumen CTH 48      

 
And here’s a list of all current dust extractors in the Festool range by dust class. (Product information correct as of 23/9/19)

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If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll answer what we can or point you in the right direction. Please share this article with anyone you think may find it helpful as well.
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Other helpful links:
Safe Work Australia – Crystalline Silica and Silicosis
Festool Dust Extraction System



Disclaimer: This information is not endorsed by any Work Health and Safety governing body and shouldn't be interpreted as any form of legal or health advice. All regulatory and compliance enquiries must go to the relevant Worksafe organisation responsible for each region of Australia. All health-based enquiries should be discussed with and handled by a Medical Professional. Information provided in this article is accurate as of August 2019.

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