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Offline hardware_freak

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Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:35 PM »
Hey there,

I just finished my latest project which was to add the Bluetooth functionality from the bigger vacuums to the Festool CTL SYS.

I have recorded a short video:

You find more details here:

I would really appreciate your feedback and I am happy to answer any questions!

Best regards from Germany,
« Last Edit: June 26, 2020, 05:47 PM by hardware_freak »

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Offline neilc

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 08:29 PM »
Great job!  Your description makes it sound easy!

Have you considered building and selling them?  Looks like install would be easy if you offered the built boards.

Thanks for sharing!

Offline mrB

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 08:37 PM »
Nicely done! that's a great upgrade, thanks for posting. I wish I'd get around to this , but I'll wait to buy one of your boards and instruction kits :)
there's nothing like the right tool for the job

Offline six-point socket II

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 01:21 AM »

Kind regards,
Kind regards,

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Offline TinyShop

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 02:38 AM »
Nice mod!

FWIW since I have no use for Bluetooth battery functionality, I use a Fastcap RCV (Remote Control Vac) with my CT SYS (and my larger Starmix extractor too - w/the suction set to no more than half to account for the RCV's max wattage limitation) and couldn't be happier. Total cost ~$18 delivered (I got a sweetheart deal on mine - they're normally ~$32 plus shipping). With careful packing of the cord and hose (hose first then cord) there's room for the receiver portion of the device in the dock - it just fits.

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Offline Hollatime

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2020, 01:54 AM »
I picked up something similar to this at the BORG a while back. Mine came with 3 different outlets and one remote. One burned up fairly quickly connected to my dust collector, other two have held up over roughly a year of light use. Found in the outdoor section, think I paid like $30.

Not nearly as cool as the OPs solution and lacks the auto detect feature, but a quick and dirty option should that suit you.

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Offline Imemiter

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Re: Festool CTL SYS vacuum with bluetooth remote
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2020, 02:44 PM »
Very nice Jens.