Category Archives: Dustless Technologies
In 2017 we say a lot of excitement around the new OSHA Silica Dust regulations which we think is a great move forward for everyone’s safety. Silicosis is serious business but it does not necessarily need to be a complex or costly solution. The new Milwaukee DUST TRAP employs the K.I.S.S. method, keep it simple stupid. For $19 the 48-03-3035 Drill Shroud is a universal fit to most rotary drills and does not require a vacuum. Because concrete drilling does not generate significant silica dust like cutting or grinding application might simply by containing the debris in the “DUST TRAP” this attachment can meet the objective data requirements (***Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 µg/m3 over an 8-hour period).
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.
As OSHA and EPA get tougher on regulations and penalties it is a fairly safe bet there is no such thing as over cautious when it comes to dust containment. All the power tool manufacturers are getting on board with more solutions to work with traditional tools as well as building in more dust collection features on new units. Here are just a few of the highlights we saw from the recent STAFDA trade show.
Makita Dust Collection
There were a few interesting new dust collection items in the Makita booth. The common focus this year was on drilling in concrete. The first item we got a look at was the attachment handle which is compatible with most standard chuck and SDS-Plus drills. Once attached the spring loaded nozzle extends out to the drilling site and stays right at the point of contact as the drill moves in.
When it comes to concrete dust collection accessories Dustless Technologies is one of the industry leaders. Recently they have redesigned both of their CutBuddie grinder attachments for improved performance and connectivity with various manufacturers. As you can see from the pictures above each CutBuddie comes with multiple connectors for various size grinders. We have not found a grinder yet that doesn’t fit. It’s possible there are non-compatible grinders out there but if you stick to common pro brands like Bosch, Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, etc you should have no problem working with the provided adaptors.
Dustless Technologies is quickly becoming the name brand in dust removal technology. The Dustless HEPA vacuum was one of the first to become EPA certified for lead paint removal under the $500 price. The BitBuddies are now available in 2 versions: 1-3/8” BitBuddie and 1” to 4” BitBuddie, which is more customizable to fit your needs.
Both units come with an 18” adaptor hose and will stay in place simply by suction, even when using horizontally. The units will work with any wet/dry shop vac and collect up to 99% of air born dust significantly improving air quality for workers and anyone in the area. The units are $34 each from Ohio Power Tool and will work with hammer drills, hole saws, drywall saws, core bits and various other applications. Check out this video for more details.
In this month’s Construction Distribution Magazine there is a really nice article titles “Help Your Customer Choose a HEPA Vacuum”. The article is aimed at those selling vacuums but I think it is probably much more helpful for those buying them. It covers the basics of the HEPA vac, how it will treated by the EPA Restoration, Repair and Painting (RRP) rules as well as some of the attachments you will need for specific jobs.
One other bit of good new you will find in the article is that the official start date for enforcement has been moved back to October 1, 2010 for the individual training and company certification. Also if an individual has applied to enroll in one of the courses by September 30, 2010 they will have until December 31, 2010 to complete the training.
If you are interested in more specific information covered in the compliance course our friend Everett over at ProToolReviews will be able to shed some light on that. He attended the 2 day course and did a nice article that gives his experience as well as voicing some concerns and frustrations with the process.