The Milwaukee M12 HammerVac’s March release seeks to solve a problem that exists in the realm of dust extracting in drilling applications. While many tool brands have a vacuum/hammer drill combo, it only works with a specific drill or in a specific way. The Milwaukee M12 HammerVac 2306-22 is designed to be compatible with most existing SDS rotary hammers and corded and cordless hammer drills.
The M12 HammerVac incorporates a HEPA-certified filtration system that decreases worker exposure to silica dust and makes any drill compatible with food service, healthcare, and high sensitivity manufacturing environments. At the same time, it has lowest-in-class filter replacement costs and does not require you to purchase a different hammer (unless you are upgrading to a Milwaukee 5363-21 or 2605-22). The low cost of filter replacement is in part due to the fact that you can replace the filter without replacing the entire dust box.
To achieve this compatibility with all the different makes and models of hammers the M12 HammerVac comes complete with three different sizes of adjustable collars. These collars can then be attached to snugly fit tools of nearly any size. On top of all that, the three position switch includes an automatic turn-on feature, which starts the vacuum when drilling and stops it a few seconds after the drill is removed from the work surface. This allows any of the dust that is pulled out with the drill to still get vacuumed up even while using the auto-on feature.
The M12 HammerVac runs on its own independent power source, meaning it can be sued with cordless or corded tools and is a welcome addition to the M12 product line. It can drill up to 75 holes before the dust box needs emptied, and can drill up to 160 holes on a single battery charge. Weighting in at a miniscule 3.3 lbs., the M12 HammerVac can be positioned in a variety of manners on the tools, allowing for flexibility in tight spaces or simply different positions for different worker preferences.
The M12 HammerVac will not ship until March, but you can pre-order yours from Ohio Power Tool now. As always, if you have any questions about the M12 HammerVac, the M12 Line, or any Milwaukee tool, you can call a pro at (800) 242-4424. You can read the full press release from Milwaukee below.
MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool expands its M12™ LITHIUM-ION line with the introduction of the industry’s only universal dust extractor. Compatible with major power tool brands of SDS Plus Rotary Hammers and AC/DC Hammer Drills, the M12™ HAMMERVAC™ Universal Dust Extractor utilizes a replaceable certified HEPA filter for high quality debris filtration, and is powered by the M12™ RED LITHIUM battery pack for maximum portability.
“You are seeing an increased focus on dust extraction, especially with respect to decreasing a worker’s potential exposure to silica dust. While many contractors have required the use of dust extraction in sensitive environments such as hospitals and food processing plants to prevent contamination, you are now seeing the requirement spread to open air environments as well,” said Rick Gambaccini, Group Product Manager, Milwaukee Tool. “We continue to innovate in the concrete drilling space to provide better solutions for our core users based on what they need to accomplish every day.”
To achieve compatibility with as many tools as possible, the new HAMMERVAC™ comes with three sizes of side handle collars that the user can adjust to fit the tool securely. For further versatility on the jobsite, the tool also features a 3-Position switch. In addition to “on” and “off”, the user can switch the tool to “auto-on” to turn the HammerVAC™ on and off automatically when drilling.
Per strict HEPA standards, the certified HEPA filter will remove 99.97% of particles greater than 0.3 µm. However, unique to the Milwaukee unit, the M12™ HAMMERVAC™ features a replaceable filter so that the user can replace the filter independently of the dust box to cost-effectively maintain suction efficiency.
The M12™ HAMMERVAC™ Universal Dust Extractor is compatible with the entire M12™ System, now offering over 50 cordless Lithium-Ion products. The M12™ platform is the largest sub-compact system in the industry, offering innovative solutions in power, productivity and portability.