Dust Extraction System Buying Guide by Festool

17th September, 2018

Author: Festool Australia Marketing Team



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Video Transcript

In this dust extraction system buying guide, we’re going to take a look at dust extraction. We want to have a look at what sort of considerations you need to take into account. when you’re choosing an extractor. We’ll talk about the applications and what sort of benefits a dust extractor brings when you're working with tools.

Dust control is a really important consideration in business. Not only is it really important for the health of the people who are working in the business, but definitely you can reduce your cost by using dust extraction as well. When you're looking for a dust extraction system, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

The other benefit of using dust extraction is reducing your consumables that you use on a job. This is also a payback. The top bad habit of tradies out.there is definitely leaving dust on site. This obviously costs money to clean up. To gather the dust from the tool where it’s produced and put it into a dust extractor saves your costs in cleaning up.

There are different types of dust that we’ll see out there, such as from a cement sheet. We’re cutting. all different types of cement sheet product. Silica dust has now also become quite a feature, MDF, plaster dust and this type of thing. You need to make the right decision about what type of dust that you'll be working with. That will point you towards the best dust extractor for you.

The other one that you need to think about is getting on and off site. You really need something that is mobile, that can get on-site really quickly and make it efficient. It may be that you only need a smaller dust extractor. However, if you’re producing a lot of dust, then you lean towards something a bit bigger. The key is that all dust has long-term health effects. It's something that you really need to think about and make sure that you're getting the right type of filtration and the right type of system that you can you can use with the dust extractor.

Using the wrong dust extractor is not good. We need to choose the right one. The tool connected to it really needs to be designed for dust extraction. This can make a big difference to your health at work and how much time you need to clean up afterwards. You should choose one that's really effective in a system as well. Nearly every application on site has got dust applications and you should use the correct filter with the right capacity so you can take it on site.

A key considerations will be the type of dust you're going to work with. There is dust out there that is non-hazardous dust. There is also more hazardous dust like MDF and timber. Then we look at different types of dust like plaster. You really need to look at what type of dust it is, even asbestos, a carcinogenic. We can offer a particular dust extractor for that. It's important that you get the right one. How much dust you're going to produce is really important as well. This will determine what dust extractor is best for you as far as size and taking on site.

Is it mobile? Is it built for site? Can I get onsite with it easily? Has it got the option to be able to stack and all accessories on top of the dust extractor? This makes a whole system work a lot more easily. It's important you look for systems that are going to work correctly for you. When you get them in the car, can you lock them in one place, so they don't move around? You don’t want your tools to break. Decide whether it is mobile enough to get on sites. There are also different bag options. With all the different dust types, we need to contain the dust,.other systems work where we may need to have an open bag system. This could be in relation to plaster and so on. By having different bags systems, you can adapt it to what the need is.

Bluetooth functionality is also a benefit where you working with cordless tools, but you still want to use a mains power dust extractor. Cleaning up options is another thing that needs to be considered. Auto on and off for the tools means that we can work moving back and forth from the dust extractor to turn it on.

Another key consideration when you're looking for a dust extractor is how good the extraction is. With a lot of other offers on the market, you take a lot of container space up with the filter. The benefit of this one is, as we can take a smaller unit on site, we can totally fill the capacity of the bag.

The reason that happens is we have a flat filter inside the unit and the flat filter doesn't take up any of the space inside the container. When we look at. filling up a dust bag on site, we can have a solid dust bag taking all the dust away from our application. This means that we can use it effectively and economically. When we talk about purchasing bags with other units that you can see on the market, sometimes it’s very unlikely you’d fill them to 50%. 

This is a way of always using a dust extractor effectively and making sure that you can always fill the container capacity. Less time is needed to spend changing bags and fewer bags are needed.

Extraction really is the heart of the Festool system. Every tool will connect up to the hose. We've got different sized hoses depending on what our application is. Sometimes we're extracting cement dust or something like that; we can move from a 27 ml hose to a 36 ml hose and that allows a bit more volume out of the machine as well. There are different types for different dust types as I mentioned. The most important thing to look at first is what type of dust you are working with. This will then point you towards the type of extractor you need so that it can still be compact and functional enough for you to get on and off site. The system is designed to work with all tools, which is really important.

Festool offer a really good system and you really want to take that into consideration when you're looking for dust extractors. They need to be functional and versatile for different types of dust. The system should work efficiently so that everyone's protected from any dangerous dust. You can see how the system works. But if you want to see a bit more than this dust extraction system buying guide can offer, one of our technical consultants can come out and visit you on site They'll give you a demo, you can work with it and you can see how dust extraction can benefit you in the long run by saving you money and keeping a site a lot cleaner.

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