First up in our look at the best dust collectors is an outstanding HEPA-rated extractor. The Festool dust collector CT 26 E is not cheap but offers a great bang for the buck.
This German company has been manufacturing top-tier tools for almost a century now. Their products are the go-to choice for woodworkers and tradesmen alike.
If you want a real powerhouse of a dust collector that’s still relatively compact, this wheeled extractor delivers fully.
This is a highly versatile dust collecting solution you can use wet or dry. There’s a nifty dial so that you can vary the CFM and the amount of power consumed.
HEPA-filtration is the gold standard when it comes to filters. 99.9% of dust is trapped inside. The Festool can cope with particles as small as 0.3 microns.
There’s a lengthy hose that gives you plenty of freedom. It’s designed to stop static and lessen the chance of shock. The hose is flexible and won’t get tangled up or kinked.
The machine fires up automatically with a tool-triggered start. Maintenance is absolutely minimal. Between cycles, the cleaning bags will self-clean. The last thing you want is to attack a dust problem then be faced with a messy clean-up.
Although the Festool dust collector is capable of eliminating all sawdust and debris like a much larger unit, it’s highly portable thanks to its fairly compact nature and wheels. Whether you want to keep the Festool at home or press it into action on the job site, you get performance without a hulking, unwieldy extractor.