Sanding Without All the Dust

Making sanding a more pleasant experience.

Sanding is probably the part of your projects that you tend to like the least. Why is that? Breathing the dust, the mess it makes, contaminating your surface with sanding particles prior to applying a finish, or maybe it's sandpaper getting clogged with debris. All of these are legit reasons to dislike sanding. It doesn't have to be that way.

The primary design consideration behind all Festool power tools is dust extraction. We take pride in providing users of our tools with phenomenal dust extraction. Until you experience Festool's pioneering dust extraction technology first hand, you may not believe that it's possible to achieve near-dust-free woodworking.

We believe so strongly in the importance of dust extraction, that we offer packages comprised of a Festool CT dust extractor and a Festool power tool. These packages offer instant savings versus purchasing these items separately.

In the video below, Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer, discusses the benefits of sanding with dust extraction.

Let's take a minute to examine dust extraction in more detail and see why it's important and how it can save you time and money, particularly as it applies to sanding tasks.

Less clean up, dust-free surface for finishing.

We all know the old adage that time is money and if you use tools to make money, you certainly know this is true. Imagine being able to work on a project in your clients' homes and when you're done you just pack up and leave. Virtually no clean up, no film of dust on every surface, no sweeping. It's almost a utopian concept but you can achieve near-dust-free results when using Festool's CT dust extractors and power tool system.

Sanding with dust extraction

There's nothing worse than taking the time to apply your finish only to later realize that there was dust and debris on the work surface resulting in imperfections. Had you been using Festool's dust extractions system, your work environment would be much cleaner, improving your quality of work.

Longer service life of sanders and abrasives.

You can significantly increase the lifespan of your abrasives when using Festool's dust extraction system. Our patented technology, called JetStream and Multi-Jetstream, reduces the heat build up on the abrasive sheet and on the sanding pad. Heat can produce clogging of the abrasive sheet and premature wear on the sanding paper. How many times have you had to toss sandpaper becomes it becomes clogged with debris and is no longer effective? Sanding debris can also cause swirl marks and other finishing imperfections.

Dust, debris and abrasive particles from the sandpaper itself can lead to the destruction of the internals of a tool. Those particles infiltrate the tool causing wear and get sucked into ventilation ducts right into the motor. The end result, replacing tools more frequently due to premature wear. Festool's dust extraction system has increase the service life of your tools significantly by reducing this type of wear.

To learn more about Festool's patented dust extraction technology, watch the short video below.

A healthier work environment.

As if saving time and money weren't good enough reasons to consider Festool's dust extraction system, consider the impact on your health. How many times have you spent time sanding and when you got done your nasal passages and throat were coated in sanding dust?

According to OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Administration), exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer.

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