Industrial Housekeeping Overview: Vacuum for Dry Materials

EXAIR has vacuums for wet dry and wet/dry combinations. Shop floors and manufacturing areas can be extremely dirty places with build up from machining, trash, those random spare bolts that are laying around that nobody knows where they belong or came from. An electric vac is a common choice for these kinds of issues, but they tend to burn out their motors as all electric motors will eventually do. Well, there is a solution to this issue and that is a compressed air powered vacuums system. Compressed air powered dry vacs bring the same power as your standard electric vac with one added bonus, they don’t wear out! As long as you supply clean dry air to the vacuum generator that powers the system the unit will run indefinitely. The main question is which system do I get? Well, here is a little overview of the different dry vacs that we have to offer here at EXAIR.

EXAIR’s family of Chip Vac Systems

Our Chip Vac system is the perfect choice for anyone trying to replace their basic industrial shop vac. The system can handle both dry and damp material and is perfect for cleaning out chips from your CNC machine and milling operation. The Chip Vac comes in the standard 55gal drum but also a 5gal, 30gal, and 110gal variant. The 30gal through the 110gal units come in the following kits that allow you to pick what exactly you need to get the job done:

  • Chip Vac System: Chip Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, filter bag, 10’ flexible vacuum hose, chip wand, 2 extension wands, crevice brush, and skimmer/floor tool.
  • Deluxe Chip Vac System: Chip Vac System: Drum Dolly, tool holder, Chip Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, filter bag, 10’ flexible vacuum hose, chip wand, 2 extension wands, crevice brush, and skimmer/floor too.
  • Premium Chip Vac System: Drum (for desired drum size), 20’ of air hose, Drum Dolly, tool holder, Chip Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, filter bag, 10’ static resistant vacuum hose, chip wand, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, crevice brush, and skimmer/floor tool.
EXAIR’s Heavy Duty Dry Vacs turn ordinary drums into high powered, rugged industrial vacuum systems.

If you are working with a heavier or abrasive material or need a stronger vacuum pull in general then Heavy Duty Dry Vac is the way to go. This system is exactly the same as the Chip Vac except when trade out the Chip Vac vacuum generator for the Heavy Duty unit which provides more air flow and is made out of a hardened alloy providing superior performance and abrasion resistance. Due to this all kits come with 10’ of static resistant vacuum hose and the Aluminum tools. Also, the Heavy Duty Dry Vac does not come in the 5gal variant like the Chip Vac system. The Heavy Duty Dry Vac comes in the following kits:

  • Heavy Duty Vac System: Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.
  • Deluxe Heavy Duty Vac System: Drum Dolly, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.
  • Premium Heavy Duty Vac System: Drum (for desired drum size), Drum Dolly, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.
EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac in use

For your dustier applications or applications that require the air to be filtered we offer the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system, which uses the same vacuum generator as the Heavy Duty Dry Vac but provides a higher level of filtration. The HEPA rated filter meets the requirements of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3-micron level. Although this system is designed for dustier applications, the unit itself does not carry any third-party rating for explosion proof. Like the Heavy Duty Dry Vac system the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac only comes in the 55gal base unit and the 30gal and 110gal variants. The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac comes in three different kits that are as follows:

  • Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System: Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, pre-filter, HEPA filter, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.
  • Deluxe Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System: Drum Dolly, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, pre-filter, HEPA filter, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.
  • Premium Heavy Duty HEPA Vac System: Drum (for desired drum size), Drum Dolly, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, lever lock drum lid (for desired drum size), shutoff valve, pre-filter, HEPA filter, 10’ static resistant hose, hose hanger, 1/2” quick connect fittings, 20’ air hose with swivel fitting, pressure gauge, and aluminum chip wand.

If you order one of these system from now until May 31, 2021 then take full advantage of our promo which adds a free Vac-U-Gun to the purchase. Now who doesn’t like free stuff? See the link in the image below to see our promotion page.

Link to our promo

If you have any questions about compressed air systems or want more information on any of EXAIR’s products, give us a call, we have a team of Application Engineers ready to answer your questions and recommend a solution for your applications.

Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
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Industrial Housekeeping Promo: Free Vac-U-Gun

Are you in need of a new vacuum system or upgrade your new old system? Well now’s the time to do it! Starting March 1st, 2021 and running through May 31st, 2021, we are offering a free Vac-U-Gun system with any order of one of our Industrial Housekeeping Vacuum Systems. Our Vac-U-Gun system is a versatile tool that can help you clean up surfaces and transfer the material from point A to point B. The Vac-U-Gun can also be used as a powerful blow gun simply by unscrewing the generator and flipping it around. Best of all these units have no moving parts meaning they will run almost indefinitely and are maintenance free.

Vac-U-Gun System

Our industrial housekeeping products are designed to either handle dry solids or liquid.

If you need to handle solid material our Chip Vac system is the perfect choice. The system can handle both dry and damp material and transfer it into one of our standard open top steel drum (or use one of your own drums). If you are working with a heavier or abrasive material then look no further then the Heavy Duty Dry Vac which provides superior performance and abrasion resistance for use with materials as garnet, ground glass, blasting and tumbling media.

Chip Vac system From left to right: 5gal, 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

For your dustier applications we offer the Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system, which uses the same vacuum generator as the Heavy Duty Dry Vac but provides a higher level of filtration. The HEPA rated filter meets the requirements of 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac system from left to right: 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

If liquids are what you need the Reversible Drum Vac system which can pump 55 gals in 90 secs is an good choice. The Reversible Drum Vac also comes in a High Lift version which can be used to pump liquids that have a much thicker viscosity and move liquids up to 15’ deep. When it comes filtering out solids from your liquid we also have the High Lift Chip Trapper and the Chip Trapper system. The Chip Trapper systems allow you to filter out solids suspended in the liquid; this is perfect for filtering out chips from your coolant tanks for machining.

Chip Trapper System from left to right: 30gal, 55gal, 110gal

If you need to clean up both liquids and solids, choose our new EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac system. The EasySwitch allows you to easily switch the unit from being able to vacuum up solids to being able to suck up liquids (hence the name). All you have to do is remove the HEPA filter from the latch on the lid. There are no tools involved, no springs or cumbersome closures. Switch from liquids to dry materials in less than 15 seconds.

The New EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac system

If you have any questions about compressed air systems or want more information on any of EXAIR’s products, give us a call, we have a team of Application Engineers ready to answer your questions and recommend a solution for your applications.

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Cody Biehle
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR Pneumatic Liquid Vacuums

EXAIR‘s line of Industrial Housekeeping Products consist of liquid and dry vacuums that utilize compressed air to operate. They do not have electric motors which most ‘all purpose’ vacuums rely on.  In industrial settings with harsh conditions and rugged use, EXAIR’s Industrial Housekeeping Products are ideally suited for the everyday wear and tear. 

Reversible Drum Vac with spill recovery kit!
EXAIR liquid type vacuums, like the Reversible Drum Vac, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, and the Chip Trappers are reliable, versatile and easy to use. Installing onto an any closed head, 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum creates a high powered vacuum.  It can fill a 55 gallon drum in less than 2 minutes.  Then, with the turn of a knob, the the same pump quickly empties the drum. Useful for refilling coolant sumps, vacuuming floor spills, or transferring contaminated liquids to filtration tanks in minutes.  Flow rate can be controlled with the knob. 
EXAIR Reversible Drum Vacs
The Chip Trapper has an internal filtration system to separate the chips from the coolant, allowing for disposal of the solids, and for pumping of the clean coolant back into the sump.
EXAIR Chip Trapper
When you look at the vacuums, you’ll notice there is not an electrical cord.  Because the EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping Products utilize compressed air for operation, they do not have the same issues with wear, breakdown and failures as electrical type vacuums. There are no moving parts in the vacuum units to wear out or break.  They are maintenance free, just supply clean, dry air, and they will operate for a long time. For the the liquid type systems, there is a built in pressure/vacuum relief device and auto safety shut-off to prevent overfilling.

There are no motors and bearings to wear out and no impellers to clog.  The Chip Vac is 50% quieter than a comparable electric vacuum.  Safety is a top priority, and the use of the unit on wet floors and spills is not an issue when electricity is not involved.

If you would like to talk about Industrial Housekeeping products or any of the EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Products, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.

Jordan Shouse
Application Engineer

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Advantages Of Compressed Air Operated Industrial Vacuums

Last week, I wrote about the benefits and advantages of the EXAIR Chip Trapper System. It’s just one workhorse in our stable of durable and reliable compressed air operated Industrial Housekeeping solutions.  All of our systems in this product line are compressed air operated, which means they offer several benefits that you don’t get with an electric powered vacuum:

  • Our air operated vacuums have no moving parts.  That means nothing to wear out & replace.
  • Electric motors burn out over time, and have to be replaced.  Not a problem with our products…if you supply them with clean air, they’ll run darn near indefinitely, maintenance free.
  • Using electric vacuums in wet areas can prevent a very real risk of electrocution.  This hazard does not apply to a compressed air hose, which is all it takes to run our products.
  • Long, stringy chips can get clogged in the impeller & rotating parts of a motor-driven vacuum.  Ours have no moving parts, which means nothing for detritus to get tangled up in.
Electric Vacuums are prone to clogging, wearing out, and motor failure.

Which EXAIR Industrial Housekeeping Product is right for you?  It depends on what you’ll be using it for.  Very generally speaking, here’s a brief overview of the product line:

Chip Vac Systems:

  • Pick up dry or wet chips and transfer them into a standard open top drum.
  • Available in four sizes: 5, 30, 55, or 110 gallon drums.
  • Turns your own 30, 55, or 110 gallon open top drum into a powerful vacuum system, in minutes, with a standard system.
  • Add portability and flexibility with a Deluxe System, which includes a drum dolly and a Tool Holder.
  • For a total Industrial Vacuum System, complete & ready to go right out of the box, the Premium Systems add a drum, a compressed air supply hose, an upgrade to Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools & a Static Resistant Vacuum Hose.
  • For smaller jobs or in tight quarters, the Mini Chip Vac System comes with a compact 5 gallon drum.  The Deluxe System adds a drum dolly for portability.

Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems:

  • Function is similar to the Chip Vacs, but the vacuum itself is made of a hardened alloy, and offers higher vacuum power for dense and/or abrasive material cleanup.
  • Fits your existing 30, or 55 gallon drums for a quick & easy, basic high powered vacuum solution.
  • Deluxe Systems add Heavy Duty Tools & Tool Holder, and a Drum Dolly.
  • Premium Systems come with a 30, 55, or 110 Gallon Drum.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac Systems:

  • All the power, durability, and convenience of the Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems, but with a HEPA filter for contaminants such as mold, allergens, and other airborne irritants.
  • Fits your existing 30 or 55 gallon drums, or Deluxe & Premium Systems add the same accessories as the Heavy Duty Dry Vac Systems.
(Left to right) Chip Vac, Heavy Duty Dry Vac, Heavy Duty HEPA Vac

Reversible Drum Vac Systems:

  • These are our drum mounted vacuums for liquids.  They’ll fill or empty a 55 gallon drum in 90 seconds (tested with water.)
  • Fits an existing 30, 55, or 110 gallon closed top steel drum in good condition.
  • Deluxe Systems add a drum dolly, a Tool Holder and a set of plastic tools including a Spill Recovery Kit, for a multitude of cleanup needs.
  • Auto shutoff float prevents overfilling the drum.
  • Premium Systems add a 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum, Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools, and a compressed air supply hose.
  • High Lift Systems are available for higher viscosity (ups to 1400 cP) liquids, or when pumping from below grade (180″H2O suction lift.)
  • This same technology is incorporated into the Chip Trapper Systems, which (as detailed last week) trap incoming solids in a Filter Bag, allowing for instant pumping out of freshly filtered liquid.  They’re available with the High Lift capability as well.
Reversible Drum Vac, High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, Chip Trapper

Vac-u-Guns:

  • Handy and portable, the Vac-u-Gun is a lightweight handheld vacuum, blow gun, and transfer tool, all in one.
  • Collection System comes with a vacuum bag w/shoulder strap, extension wands, a crevice tool, skimmer tool, and round brush tool.
  • Transfer Systems come with the same tools, but include a 10ft hose instead of the vacuum bag.
  • All Purpose Systems come with the tools, the vacuum bag, and the 10ft hose.
  • Deep Hole Vac-u-Guns are fitted with a blow tube for stirring up fine debris from drilled holes, where it’s quickly and efficiently vacuumed away.

Regardless of your application, EXAIR has an Industrial Vacuum to fit.  Orders for qualifying systems through the end of May 2020 will include a free Vac-u-Gun.  If you’d like to discuss your Industrial Housekeeping needs, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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