Back when typewriters were an author’s main tool, movies & TV shows would often show an author experiencing a condition known as “writer’s block”, sitting at his desk with a wastebasket overflowing with crumpled papers representing failures-to-launch of their latest work.
The reason I tell you all this, dear reader, is because I had a bad case of “writer’s block” going on with this blog until I had the pleasure of discussing Industrial Housekeeping Products with a caller from a major tire manufacturer. Their needs were typical – and familiar:
- Electric powered shop vacuums did the job, but….
- They’re loud.
- They break down.
- They can’t use them everywhere. Their safety rules say they’re not allowed to run them in areas where the floor, equipment, etc., gets wet. (That’s a good rule, by the way…electrocution is serious business).
- They’ve got compressed air drops EVERYWHERE…maybe more common even than 115VAC receptacles.
- Since it’s a tire plant, they’d be used to vacuum up exactly what you’d expect: scrap bits of rubber, ranging from shavings to pellet-sized chunks.
If they were using it for particularly dense or abrasive material, we’d have talked about the Heavy Duty Dry Vac. If it was for dusty materials (especially critical dust containment of toxic or hazardous materials), the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac would have been discussed. If liquid transfer was involved, we’d have talked about Reversible Drum Vacs, EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vacs, or Chip Trapper Systems. If it was for small jobs and something handheld was desirable, the Vac-u-Gun might have been worth a look (actually…more on that in a minute). But this was a “textbook” fit for a Chip Vac System – consider:
- Compressed air powered – no electric motor to burn out.
- No moving parts – supply it with clean air, and it’ll run darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.
- Compressed air powered, part 2 – no risk of electrocution.
- Quiet – at 77dBA, the Chip Vac is 50% quieter than typical electric vacs.
If you’ve got an open top drum, Model 6193 (55 gallon) or 6193-30 (30 gallon) comes with everything you need for a basic setup. Model 6293 (or 6293-30) adds a Drum Dolly and Tool Holder. Or, for a complete system, ready to go right out of the box, Model 6393 (55 gallon), 6393-30 (30 gallon) or 6393-110 (110 gallon) adds the Drum, a 20ft compressed air supply hose with shutoff valve & gauge, and upgrades to a Static Resistant Hose and Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools. For smaller jobs and/or if space is a premium, Model 6193-5 comes with a 5 gallon container, and Model 6293-5 adds a drum dolly to that.
And, by taking advantage of our current promotion, they’re getting a free Vac-u-Gun with their order (I told you we’d be back to that).
If you’ve got Industrial Housekeeping problems, EXAIR has a wide range of quiet, safe, and efficient solutions. To find out more, give me a call.
Russ Bowman, CCASS
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