I always get excited when new tools enter my shop....
Specifically tools that make my work flow more efficient. I purchased a large dust extractor from Festool a few years ago. It has greatly improved my quality of work and workflow in general. My biggest issue with it tho is its size and adjustability to other tools. Recently, FEIN Tools sent me over their brand new Turbo II X AC vacuum system. Straight out of the box it seemed to address a few of my initial concerns with my larger vac.
First, its small and compact. Straight out of the box the vac comes in a nice bundle with a ton of attachment. Which my Festool did not. They added some nice bungie cords on the top and back for hose and cord management. I hate clutter, and vac hoses easily get tossed around my shop, so storage is a must. It has some very smooth locking casters on the front and all in all is a nice little machine.
This vacuums newest and most promising feature is its Auto Clean function (hence the AC in the name). This feature is meant to keep the vac performing at its maximum capacity for suction, by keeping the filter as clean as possible. It "thumps" the filter while running to clear debris and particles. Its a nice addition if you're sucking up a ton of fine dust. Once you get used to the noise it is not that bad to hear the "thump, thump, thump" while you work.
All and all A very solid little system, I have been enjoying having it in my shop and on site for the past month now. I would for sure recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade from their Shop-Vac to a real dust extractor type vacuum.
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