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⁣Pioneering dust extraction 💡⠀
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It's more than 50 years since Festool developed the first orbital sander (Festo RTT-S) with dust extraction and there's a good story behind it (bit of a read but worth it). ⠀
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A new putty came onto the market in the early 60's that when sanded, created plumes of dust. Karl Attinger, who worked at Festool, was tasked with introducing dust extraction. He recalls,
⁣Pioneering dust extraction 💡⠀ ⠀ It's more than 50 years since Festool developed the first orbital sander (Festo RTT-S) with dust extraction and there's a good story behind it (bit of a read but worth it). ⠀ ⠀ A new putty came onto the market in the early 60's that when sanded, created plumes of dust. Karl Attinger, who worked at Festool, was tasked with introducing dust extraction. He recalls, "There had been numerous attempts to reduce dust. They primarily addressed dust emissions at and around the machines. But, fundamentally, there was only one solution: the dust needed to be extracted precisely where it originated - at the sanding surface." So, a functioning system was quickly developed, but his colleagues’ reactions were initially very skeptical: "Attinger wants to put a hose and dust extractor on the sander! And he’s putting holes in the abrasive paper! Nobody will buy it." The then senior partner Gottlieb Stoll put an end to the discussions and said: "Karl, if you are so convinced of your sander with dust extraction, then pack everything in the company’s VW next week and drive from one customer to the next. For every ordered orbital sander with a dust extractor, you get 15 Deutschmark." Karl says, "Within a week, I had twenty signatures. Nine months later, the RTT-S was launched on the market, the world’s first orbital sander with dust extraction. That was 1966."⠀ ⠀ So there you go! ⠀ ⠀ #festool #festoolgermany #festoolaus #festoolhistory #dustextraction #pioneer #innovation #qualitytools #worksmarter #powertools #germanengineered #festoolsystem #efficiency #solutions #productivity #precision #timesavers #festoolsystems #dustfree #orbitalsander #sanding #dustvacuum