The first time I used a Bosch sliding compound miter saw, with up-front bevel lock, I didn’t like the saw at all—it weighed too much. But after working with it for six months, I loved it (as long as someone else would carry it!). And when I first starting using a Kapex, I didn’t like it at all. Other than the fact that I could carry it myself, I just wasn’t comfortable using it. Within a month, I loved it. Tools are like that. You have to use them before you really get to known them, and some you end up loving.
Which brings me to Festool’s CT Wings.
Before I go any further, I should note that the CT Wings are a “coming soon” item—they have yet to be released to the public (the release date and market price are both TBD). But keep an eye open! Festool’s CT Wings are a new “gadget” that you’ll soon hear folks laughing at, because it sure seems like a silly idea to use a $400.00 dust collector to hold up molding. But you’ll also hear people laughing about the CT Wings because it’s handy and someone should have thought of it sooner.
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When I got my hands on the CT Wings, I quickly discovered my dust collectors (I tried every one) aren’t powerful enough to support a 16-ft. piece of molding from the center.
|But I was able to hold up a 12-ft. piece of 4-in. crown—from the center.|
|And the CT Wings had no problem supporting an 8-ft. Stabila R-Beam level, which is probably the heaviest level I use.|
Watch this video and you’ll see why the new vacuum attachment is firmly in my vacuum parts Systainer. I know I’ll be using those CT Wings whenever I’m working alone, have my dust collector nearby, and want to hold something on the wall until I can get a nail through it.
Like me, a lot of readers will question this new gadget. These are some of the questions I had, along with answers:
How much weight can CT Wings support?
The CT Wings are designed with a neoprene ring for better sealing and maximum suction force. The Wings can hold up to about 6.5 lbs (3 kg).
What is the maximum material thickness/height that the CT Wings can take?
The movable fins can be adjusted to accept material up to 2″ thick/high.
Why are there so many fins and why are they adjustable?
The fins allow for different molding profiles/heights. Each fin has a tacky raised surface for better grip and positioning of the workpiece.
What is the sliding green portion for?
The slide allows the suction to be broken to move the CT Wings without having to switch off the CT Dust Extractor. So, if you are up a ladder or scaffold where the CT is not in reach, you can move it simply by releasing the suction.
What is the little eyelet on the base for?
You can utilize the eyelet to hang a plumb line from the CT Wings.
How can the CT Wings be used for alignment?
The CT Wings have a center-line indicator on each side of the base for easy alignment.