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Though it looks a bit like a droid from Star Wars, the CT Mini is actually a dust collector — the smallest vacuum/dust collector bearing the Festool name.  If it looks a bit familiar, that might be because the CT Mini is pretty much just like some of the other Festool Vacuum models, except it’s a bit smaller and lower priced. 

The Mini is a two-piece unit that opens like a clamshell (by flipping two clips on either side of the top) for access to the bag.  The spin-dial-style controls are located on the front of the unit and are simple to understand.  Unlike other shop vacuums it has a power tool outlet and variable speed control so you can use it as a dust collection system with other Festool branded tools by attaching them to its 22mm hose.

The Mini looks like a good rig if you’re concerned about space and need a dual mission shop vacuum.  The only drawback is, of course, the smaller size.  You might find yourself emptying the bag a bit much for a main-line vacuum.

Street pricing starts at a hefty $225.

Dust Extractor CT Mini [Festool]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

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