Yesterday we posted about how Festool’s CT dust extractors are now fully HEPA certified and in compliance with USA EPA regulations regarding remodeling and other work done when lead paint may be present.
Festool reps caught our post and offered additional information that may be helpful to contractors, renovators, remodelers, and anyone else who may governed by the EPA regulations. The underline emphasis is ours.
We have had HEPA certified dust extractors since 2006, that’s nothing new. The important distinction is that Festool has further tested and had its units certified by an independent lab for FULL UNIT HEPA. Meaning that the entire unit is HEPA certified, not just the filter.
Why is this important? Because the EPA’s RRP regulations specify that the vacuum must 1) have a HEPA filter – check, and 2) have no bypass leakage – check. The second part of that requirement is what no other manufacturer, to my knowledge, has tested their vacuums for nor certified them to meet. By meeting the spirit and definition of the rule to the letter, Festool meets and exceeds the requirements of a HEPA Vacuum having no bypass leakage with the certification to back it up.
The free filter is for those who purchased a CT 26 or CT 36 unit in the last year. The free filter will upgrade the unit to FULL UNIT HEPA Certification, rather than just having a HEPA filter which they had already employed since day one. Anyone who purchased a non-HEPA version of the CT MINI or MIDI can purchase a HEPA filterand have Full Unit HEPA Certification.
All dust extractors being shipped from our warehouse as of October 1st, come standard with the new HEPA filter and have the Full Unit HEPA Certificate included in the box.
Q&A page addressing the new CT HEPA Dust Extractor compliance
Free HEPA filter claim form for users who purchased CT26 or CT36 units before Oct 1st 2011
Even more info via Festool
Festool CT Dust Extractors via Amazon
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