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Fein Turbo II 9-20-28

When I bought this vacuum I thought I was making a compromise between cost and quality. I wanted a Festool dust extractor but it was just outside my price range. Now, a year later, I also have a Festool Midi and I've decided that I love this Fein vac.With 21 CFM more than the Festool CT line it is a superior clean-up machine. I've never felt the need to upgrade to the larger diameter hose. I also find that my Festool tools are "more dust-free" when hooked up to the Fein vs. the Festool.When in tool-start mode the Turbo II stays on for about 5 seconds after the tool has turned off. This helps clear the tool of dust and gives you a chance to pull the hose and clean your surface without the tool running.Unfortunately, with this new generation of Turbo dust extractors Fein discontinued the variable suction control. Now, instead of being able to adjust suction at the source, Fein has given us a little adaptor for the end of the hose where you can open a slot to reduce suction.I only care about variable suction when sanding so this method has worked for me, but if you were hoping to have a quieter vac when less suction is necesary - no dice. Even though its been fine until now I will be switching to the Festool Midi for sanding tasks.Storage of the hose and cord isn't terrible. I coil the cord like any cord and hang it from one of the hooks on the rear of the unit. Then I wrap the hose around the vac and cord, thus trapping the cord against the machine. The end of the included hose slips into the hooks from which I hang the cord and the whole deal is fairly secure.Storing the Fein Turbo II is not ideal. It doesn't stack well. The casters are excellent for scooting the vac around the site but make it dangerous to leave anything of value stacked on top.Moving forward I will probably relegate the Turbo II to shop work and larger projects. When it was my only vacuum, carting the Turbo II around wasn't a big deal, especially since it rolls so well in any direction.The size of the Midi makes it preferable for jobs where I'm in and out in a day, or everyday. If Fein had a smaller version of this vac I would happily "upgrade" for less money.
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