Shop vacs are great, and all but they’re not exactly portable, nor are they suitable for picking up wet debris. For both wet and dry pickup, you’ll need a dust extractor, a vacuum-like tool that can connect to your power tools to suction up particle waste as they’re produced. Dust extractors are the best solution for dust management if you work at different job sites regularly.

Festool 574930 vs. 575267

Festool 574930

Festool has been one of the most popular producers of power tools in terms of quality, design, and usage. In this article, we’re going to compare two of the company’s most highly rated dust extractor models – the 574930 CT26 and the 575267 CT MIDI. Even though both of these are fantastic dust extractors, we’d like to find which of them would be the better option to invest in.

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Suction Power

574930 CT 26
The first thing we need to consider is the suction power of the dust extractor. Larger motors offer more suction power, thus better dust and chip cleanup. The CT 26 comes with a 10-amp motor that generates 137 CFM of air volume with a 96-inch water lift.

575267 CT MIDI
The CT MIDI also features a 10-amp motor but has a slightly lower suction power rating of 130 CFM with 96-inch water lift. It still provides enough power to suck up dust and chips from your power tools before they go airborne.

Conclusion: The 7-CFM difference, as you can probably tell, is insignificant. They both can be connected to the same types of tools for picking up the same types of debris. They’re also both capable of picking up wet and dry substances so they can be great additions for woodshops and construction sites.

Festool 575267 vs. 574930

Festool 575267

Container Capacity

574930 CT 26
If you work professionally, then the concept of time can be quite sensitive. After all, you’re chasing a deadline and every second count. A small container means having to empty the dust extractor frequently, especially if you’re using routers, power sanders, and reciprocating saws. The CT 26 comes with a 6.9-gallon container which is far from being the largest on the market, but it’s still quite a lot of space to store debris.

575267 CT MIDI
This unit comes with a considerably smaller container. It can hold a maximum of 3.9 gallons of debris. We found that the container fills rather quickly regardless, and we had to dump the contents too frequently for our liking.

Conclusion: In our opinion, bigger is better. Thus, the CT 26’s large 6.9-gallon capacity is preferable to the CT MIDI’s 3.9-gallon bin. However, if you’re a weekend woodworking hobbyist who just needs something to pick up small quantities of dust, the CT MIDI would suit you fine without overkill.

Tool Weight and Maneuverability

574930 CT 26
Dust extractors, unlike shop vacs, roll around on wheels and can be taken to different job sites when needed. That’s why it’s important for them to be lightweight and have durable wheels for easy movement. The CT 26’s dry weight is 28.7 pounds, and it sits atop two front casters and two large rear wheels. This design really helps the unit glide effortlessly on almost any surface with a tug of the connected tool.

575267 CT MIDI
The CT MIDI has a dry weight of only 19.8 pounds and also features front casters and rear wheels, but they are considerably smaller in diameter compared to the CT 26’s. We’ve tried this tool out and found that even without large wheels, the tool can still move across almost all types of surfaces without any problems.

Festool 574930

Festool 574930

Conclusion: Both of these dust extractors can be considered lightweight, portable, and easy to maneuver. It’s important to know if you plan on working at large job sites or have your tools spaced far away from each other since the last thing you need is a dust extractor weighing you down.

Onboard Storage

574930 CT 26
Cleanup after cleanup is something that every professional is trained to do. The best tools are those that have onboard storage compartments to store all of the accessories to eliminate the risk of losing them. The CT 26 comes with a compartment to store the 11-1/2-foot-long anti-static hose so it never tangles or breaks. There’s also an onboard place to wrap the power cord behind the unit.

575267 CT MIDI
Like the CT 26, the CT MIDI has an onboard storage space for its 11-1/2-foot-long anti-static hose. It doesn’t come with a place for the power cord, though. Not a big deal since you can just place the cord in with the hose on top of the unit.

Conclusion: These two tools are identical in how they can store their long anti-static hoses. The power cord wrap is missing in the CT MIDI, but it is in no way a deal-breaker. Storing this unit when not in use is convenient, and you don’t need to worry about losing any of its accessories.

Festool 575267

Festool 575267

T-LOC Sys-Dock

574930 CT 26
Festool Systainers (sold separately) are storage bins that can be placed on top of certain Festool Dust Extractor models. The CT 26 has a T-LOC system which can lock multiple Systainers on top of the onboard hose garage for increased storage. This will come in handy at the worksite where you need to have multiple power tools on you at all times.

575267 CT MIDI
The CT MIDI doesn’t come with a T-LOC Sys-Dock. This unit is mainly designed for use in your home workshop or small job sites so if this tool fits your needs; you may not even need Systainers to begin with.

Conclusion: The T-LOC Sys-Dock system does nothing to enhance the performance of the tool, but it’s a neat feature if you’re a pro construction worker and need a place to store your power tools.

Festool 574930 HEPA Dust Extractor

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There are clear discrepancies between the Festool 574930 CT 26 E HEPA Dust Extractor and the Festool 575267 CT MIDI HEPA Dust Extractor. First and foremost is the debris storage capacity in which the CT 26 has almost twice as much space as the CT MIDI.

This is a clear indicator that the CT 26 is designed for use in professional worksites where sawdust and cement dust are produced in large quantities. Additional features in the CT 26 such as the designated space for the power cord and T-LOC Sys-Dock will help the most serious construction workers keep the unit organized and reduce the risk of breakage.

Festool 575267 HEPA Dust Extractor

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