According to most Toolmonger readers, Festool’s dust collection system is unmatched. And while a standard shop vacuum with a $25 power-tool-controlled-switch is a lot cheaper, I can’t help but wonder if Bosch’s $475 Airsweep, with its power tool activation, Pulse-Clean electromagnetic filter cleaning system, and adjustable motor load isn’t a realistic competitor.
Besides turning on and off with the power tool, the Airsweep cleans its own filters — either automatically or on user command. That means no more pulling filters in the middle of a job. And you can adjust the Bosch to draw on whatever current you have available — 15A when you’re on a 15A circuit or 20A when you’re on a 20A — so you get the maximum use of the power at hand.
But what’s difficult is reading between the lines to get an idea of the Airsweep’s real performance. Does it keep the environment almost completely dust-free like the Festool? If so, it might be a contender.
Of course, if you have experience with the Airsweep, let us know in comments.