November 9, 2011

Festool's HEPA CTs


As of Oct 1st, all CTs (vacs) shipping from Festool are labeled as "Full Unit Certified HEPA." This is pretty cool and a result of the obnoxious new RRP regulations that have come to be. If you haven't heard, if you even look at a house with lead paint on it, you need to be wearing a Tyvek suit and a full respirator. You also need to wrap everything in plastic (duct taping the plastic to the floor), and you can only use a HEPA vac. You also need to take a class which includes forking over $300 to the government. But that's only if you're a contractor. If you're a homeowner doing the work, you can go shirtless, use an angle grinder to do your sanding, and pressure wash the lead paint into the nearby wetlands. Makes total sense.

But we digress...with these new regulations, tool companies have had to make a quick adjustment. Festool has had a leg up with this transition because their vacs are top of the line in the first place. The way the law reads is that you can't simply drop a HEPA filter into a ShopVac, but rather you need a fully-compliant vac (it has to do with the seal within the vac).

So, as we started, as of Oct 1st, All Festool vacs will ship with Full Unit Certification. They are also taking care of all customers who purchased a CT 26/36 since their launch back in 2010, by providing an updated HEPA filter, hard copy certificate, and labeling for their dust extractor, all at no charge. All you have to do is register on the website and they'll send out the goods.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 9, 2011 5:00 AM
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Certain models already on the market (the 26/36) already have the appropriate inner air seal. This means they're up to snuff, but they were sold before Festool started officially certifying the vacs. Thus, they are fully compliant with a HEPA filter.

Posted by: Tool Snob at November 10, 2011 5:36 AM

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" you can't simply drop a HEPA filter into a ShopVac"

" taking care of all customers who purchased a CT 26/36 since their launch back in 2010, by providing an updated HEPA filter"

Posted by: Joe at November 10, 2011 5:28 AM
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