Festool CT15 Pre-separator (completed)


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I decided to build a pre-separator for my Festool CT15 to see if I can make the bag and filter last longer.

I got the idea from a picture I found searching on google. 

This orange part is a Duststopper from Home Depot. It attaches to a bucket I cut down that will be recessed and attached to the box lid. The box for the separator is 6.8 gallons.

I did not want to permanently attach it so I made adapter flange that sits over the vacuum and the separator drops into.

Next is lots of sanding to get it ready for painting.

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I bought the one from Oneida and it works great in fact I just emptied the bag a week or two ago, the first time in 2 years LOL. They are pretty proud of it though @$300 so a home grown solution may be the way to go.

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I tried with just the bucket and it worked really well. I have not tried it with the box yet. I am waiting on a hose fitting to hook it up. The 2-1/2" hose that come with it does not fit thru the opening of the vacuum so I need to make a new hose 1.5" hose with 2-1/4" O.D. fittings on both ends.

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More progress today. I put some cork on the adapter piece on both sides the padded. And then today I also built a handle that is also a hose rack. I just need to take the mounting pieces back off and paint them and besides the hose I am done.

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  • rainjer changed the title to Festool CT15 Pre-separator (completed)

I am calling this project completed. I have on hose fitting I am waiting on that will allow me to connect the hose to the elbow that goes on top to the separator. Today I got the attach points for the handle painted and, handle reattached and put everything back together. Now I can move on to a real project...

 

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4 hours ago, Chestnut said:

Awesome!

How do you like the CT 15 E? It looks like a great extractor for the price. Lacks a couple minor bells and whistles but retains the important ones.

I have only had it 2 week. So far I like it. I used it while sanding this project. It helped a lot with dust management. I need to get used to having a hose attached to everything while I work...

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Getting used to the hose took some time but you will get used to it. collecting at the tool with a vac cuts down on a lot of nuisance dust though. Sander dust was always the worst was so fine and got everywhere.

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