I had a chance to see the new Protool dust extractor from Tooltechnic Systems, the home of Festool. The new VCP26o is a very impressive machine and has identical power and capacity to the Festool CT 26. A major difference is the addition of a modified form of
the auto clean function that is on the Festool CT36AC. The autoclean on the VCP260 ac , when activated, cleans the filters at preset intervals of 10 seconds which helps the extractor cope with such challenging materials such as plaster, concrete and stone.
When in auto clean mode it’s recommended that you use the plastic liner to collect the dust. Alternatively there is a self cleaning bag, similar to the bag in the CT26, but with a larger pore to allow the bag to cope better with concrete, stone and plaster dust. The standard bags for the CT26 fit the VCP 260 AC.
When using the VCP260 with timber, in applications such as routing and sanding you can turn off the autoclean mode and use the standard self clean bags.
As with the CT 26 and 36 there is a removable plate which allows you add a continuous supply powerpoint to the front panel of the extractor. You cannot add another tool actuated power port to the VCP260 AC
I was really impressed with the dimensions of the VCP260 The overall size is 673mm long X 365mm wide X 455mm high. The low profile means the extractor is more stable on uneven surfaces and also means it will easily fit under the hardtop of most ute’s and into most vans.
The VCP260 comes with a 36mm antistatic hose in the scope of delivers as well as a rear mounted tool holder. There is reducing sleeve available as an extra which allows tools with a 27mm port to be nused with the 36mm hose.
The VCP 260 as shown in these images is fitted with a sys dock. This is not included in the scope of delivery and is available as an accessory.
One other cool new feature is the inbuilt hose holder, as shown in this photo. The hose is securely held in place when the extractor is transported and there’s no more battling to get a 36mm diameter hose into a hose garage.
This is an impressive all rounder which will tick all the boxes for the tradie who works in a variety of fields and is looking for one machine to suit all his needs.
We’ll have it in store next week so If you want more information either post a comment or send me an email.
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