After spending weeks inhaling sawdust and getting everything in the workshop covered in a nice 3mm coating, I decided to look into dust control. The Festool mini vacuum things seemed to have all the right features, so I bought one and have been really impressed by it - such a nicely thought out piece of kit:
For a start it fits Bosch power tools without any adaptor and the end of it's long hose has a nice rubber tapered spout which means it can fit into a variety of diameter dust ports and form a snug seal.
It has a really long and tough power lead, with a power take off socket for the power tool, which means you only have one lead trailing across the floor rather than two. The dust tube is also really long which means you can cut an 8' sheet of ply without the vacuum needing to move or be under your feet.
It auto-senses current so switches on when you power up the tool and then runs for a few seconds after the tool powers down to make sure it gets all the sawdust out. Makes such a huge difference to the mess created, sucking up about 95% of the sawdust.
Unlike most tools, they seem to have really thought out everything about the design, from the way the cables and tube store in the top, to how well the casters work - my previous Henry just fell over all the time, tripping up on it's own power lead. This thing is so much more sturdy.
I have to say, I can see why people go on about Festool as being the Rolls Royce of power tools, even though it's just a vacuum cleaner, it is in a different league to other models.