Festool’s CT Wings turn your shop-vac into a second set of hands

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No matter how savvy or skilled you may be as a builder, you’ll eventually encounter a job that simply can’t be done without a helping hand. It’s inevitable, and unfortunately, when that time comes it’ll likely be when you’re all alone and none of your friends or family are around to help out.

But not to worry — German toolmaker Festool has devised a clever new product that can act as a stand-in when there’s nobody else around. The Festool CT Wings, as its  called, attaches to the end of the company’s dust extractors, and will anchor itself onto any surface using suction from the vacuum. Although it’s designed to work with Festool’s line of dust extractors, the attachment would presumably work just as well on any shop-vac equipped with a bypass motor.

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The company hasn’t released details on exactly how much weight the wings are capable of holding, but but based on the videos we’ve seen, the attachment appears to be quite strong for its size. Check out the product demonstration below from master carpenter Gary Katz:

Pretty nifty, right? You’ll still probably need to pull in an extra body to help you hold up that marble countertop you’re putting in, but so long as the materials you’re working with aren’t terribly heavy, this thing would be a godsend — especially if your’e a DIYer who usually tackles projects solo.

Pricing has yet to be determined for the CT Wings (which are set to be released in Europe next month), but due to the product’s simplicity, it’s expected to be under $50. A North American release hasn’t been announced quite yet, but we’ll keep you posted on availability. In the meantime, you can find out more on Festool’s website.

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