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Pre-order the new Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor, the perfect blend of capability and value. This new feature-rich dust extractor offers many of the capabilities of the Festool dust extractor line up but at the most economical price of the CT lineup, only $349.

Also, a notable new accessory is being introduced which is a telescoping handle that's compatible not only with the CT 15 but also the CT MINI I and CT MIDI I. Note that the handle is not compatible with units manufactured prior to 2019, which can be identified by knobs on the control panel.

The CT 15 shares the same bags, filters and accessories with the newly introduced CT MINI I and CT MIDI I.

Order now, ships April 1st!

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 02:50 PM »
FYI, I put together a chart showing the differences between the CT 15 and MINI/MIDI.

How does the new CT 15 compare to the recently introduced CT MINI I and CT MIDI I?

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 10:16 PM »
I've seen some confusion about this and received a message from a customer about it, so wanted to post about it.

The CT 15 does not have Bluetooth or an option to add Bluetooth if that matters in your decision. The CT SYS also has no Bluetooth option.

The new MINI/MIDI have integrated Bluetooth and the CT 26, 36 and 48 have an optional Bluetooth module available.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 10:55 PM »
Hey Shane, do you know if the telescopic handle fits the previous version of the CT Midi?

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 11:06 PM »
Hey Shane, do you know if the telescopic handle fits the previous version of the CT Midi?

@RustE, great question and something that I wondered myself when I saw it. The official word from Festool is that it's only compatible with the newer CT MINI I and MIDI I from 2019+. We have many industrious members here and I have a feeling someone may find a way to make it work with older models. Since this was only announced today, we don't have the handle in hand to check out ourselves but will offer more details once we get one.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 04:43 PM »
Hey RustE, the new handle is not compatible with the older model MINI/MIDI. Eight screws hold the handle to the CT, and the previous model does not have the holes needed to install the handle correctly.


Hey Shane, do you know if the telescopic handle fits the previous version of the CT Midi?

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 05:13 PM »
Thought I’d post a picture of mine, with handle. The whole assembly attaches to the tub alone


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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 07:47 PM »
This vac may be perfect for the Kapex .
Bluetooth won’t mater.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 09:46 PM »
@DerickC, thanks for hopping in the thread with those details.

@FestitaMakool thanks for sharing those photos, which offer a better view of it installed.

@pettyconstruction excellent point for those wanting a dedicated Kapex vac.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 10:11 PM »
How quiet is it compared to the others vacs? As quiet as the rest of the line up? If so, this will replace my screaming loud shop vac on my CNC. I've been running a ct36 on it for a while but would be happy to not have to move it back and forth.

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 10:22 PM »
How quiet is it compared to the others vacs? As quiet as the rest of the line up? If so, this will replace my screaming loud shop vac on my CNC. I've been running a ct36 on it for a while but would be happy to not have to move it back and forth.

@Kevin C., the CT 15 shares the same motor (part no. 496270) as the new CT MINI I and MIDI I, so the noise levels should be identical. In reality, this is just the CT MIDI without some bells and whistles.

So...

Noise Level: 62-72 dBa

@DerickC can probably confirm 100%.
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 10:33 PM »
And just like that, they got my money again. Thanks Shane!

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 10:36 PM »
This vac may be perfect for the Kapex .
Bluetooth won’t mater.
Charlie

Great thought, that would replace my Fein vac for the Kapex while also maintaining a smaller footprint and standardizing on the same dust bags. The only thing that needs to be changed is a 30 mm hose to the Kapex...food for thought. Thanks 🙏 🙏🙏

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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2020, 11:17 PM »
So why not buy this vac of a CT ? bluetooth...?

Whats the quality of the motor like, same cfm ?
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2020, 11:48 PM »
Is this antistatic with an antistatic hose?

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2020, 12:07 AM »
So why not buy this vac of a CT ? bluetooth...? Whats the quality of the motor like, same cfm ?

@duburban No Bluetooth, even as an option. Same motor as the CT MINI I and MIDI I at 130 CFM.

Is this antistatic with an antistatic hose?

@ScotF The vac has the grounding capability to support anti-static but comes with a non-anti-static hose. You would need to purchase an anti-static hose separately if needed.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2020, 11:58 AM »
How does the CT Midi work for the Kapex?  Thinking of this for mine, but want to ensure it would work well enough.

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2020, 12:15 PM »
What exactly is the benefit of antistatic?


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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2020, 12:31 PM »
How does the CT Midi work for the Kapex?  Thinking of this for mine, but want to ensure it would work well enough.

@veric13 The CT MIDI is a great choice for the Kapex. We have a lot of customers, and there are plenty of folks here on the FOG, who use the MIDI as a dedicated Kapex vac. I've used my MIDI with my Kapex and no issues at all.

Since the Kapex produces fine dust, the capacity of the MIDI is more than adequate. I'm sure others will share their personal feedback and experiences.

What exactly is the benefit of antistatic?

@ForumMFG Anti-static hoses will prevent dust from clinging to the hose, which can result in dust being spread around your work area. Anti-static hoses are generally less flexible and slightly heavier. In geographic areas with extremely low humidity, static shock can be experienced too with a hose that isn't anti-static.
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2020, 05:30 PM »
So I should be good to go to run a shortened non-antistatic hose from my Kapex to the CT26 without fear of damaging any electronics/circuit boards if I do not live in a low humidity environment?

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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2020, 11:13 AM »
So I should be good to go to run a shortened non-antistatic hose from my Kapex to the CT26 without fear of damaging any electronics/circuit boards if I do not live in a low humidity environment?

Since Festool is responsible for any warranty issues, let's get an official Festool response from @DerickC or @Festool USA.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2020, 11:14 PM »
Curious... for those who are considering the CT 15, how do you plan to use it? It looks like several folks are going to use their CT 15 as a dedicated vac for the Kapex. Share your thoughts...
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2020, 05:32 PM »

Considering a dedicated vac  for my Shaper Origin.  The 15  doesn't appear to be able to stack on top so might go with the CT Sys once I get my indoor workstation built.
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Re: NEW Festool CT 15 HEPA Dust Extractor $349 - Preorder Now (US)
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2020, 11:46 AM »
For anyone wondering (because we did), the hose garage 500118 will fit the CT15. This isn't particularly surprising since this vac is essentially a "lite" version of the CT MIDI. The only caveat is that the location of the filtering cleaning mechanism will be open as shown in the attached photo.

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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2020, 06:00 PM »
Hey Shane, thanks for the info. The hose garage fitting is very appealing to me, so thanks for sharing that, that was the one thing I was on the fence about.

Question on the lack of filter cleaning mechanism (to you or anyone who wants to chime in), is this a big deal? I've never had a CT vac before and the CT15 is much more in my price range, just don't want to overlook anything that could be a nuisance.

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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2020, 06:37 PM »
Question on the lack of filter cleaning mechanism (to you or anyone who wants to chime in), is this a big deal? I've never had a CT vac before and the CT15 is much more in my price range, just don't want to overlook anything that could be a nuisance.

@nicholam77 the lack of a filter cleaning mechanism really isn't a big deal in my opinion but the other members can weigh in. I've rarely, if ever, used it on my vacs. It's easy enough to pull the filter out and give it a tap periodically if you think it's catching a lot of debris. But the bag filters down to 1 micron, so the likelihood of the filter getting clogged is very low.
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« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2020, 08:13 PM »
Any chance that the boom arm fits?

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« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2020, 08:53 PM »
Any chance that the boom arm fits?

@Df1k1 unfortunately no. But you can probably find some threads on the forum where people have come up with home grown solutions.
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« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2020, 10:56 AM »

@nicholam77 the lack of a filter cleaning mechanism really isn't a big deal in my opinion but the other members can weigh in. I've rarely, if ever, used it on my vacs. It's easy enough to pull the filter out and give it a tap periodically if you think it's catching a lot of debris. But the bag filters down to 1 micron, so the likelihood of the filter getting clogged is very low.

Ok, great, thanks for the reply!

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« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2020, 01:21 PM »
My CTs are old. When did FT start including a filter cleaning mechanism?