About EXAIR’s Reversible Drum Vac™

Looking back at my plastic injection molding days we would occasionally experience a hydraulic hose failing. Anyone who has witnessed this knows it can create quite a mess. If only I knew about EXAIR and their Reversible Drum Vac™ (RDV) back then as it would have made the cleanup process so much easier.

The RDV is a purpose built, compressed air driven, high powered vacuum used to empty and fill coolant sumps and clean up spills. It can fill a 55 gallon drum in less than 2 minutes and can attach to closed head 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. Once the drum is full this same stainless steel pump can be emptied by a simple turn of of a knob. The RDV does not use electric and has no moving parts, assuring maintenance free operation. An automatic safety shutoff valve prevents spills or overfilling.

The RDV is, hands-down, a workhorse of a product. It has been relied upon for 30+ years to empty and fill coolant sumps on metal working machines. They function time and time again in machine shop environments with very little to zero maintenance required. If they should diminish in performance, they can be returned back to new condition in the field – most of the time. You can rely on these rugged and effective vacuums for decades.

EXAIR has a Mini (5 gallon) RDV System that delivers the same two-way action for small jobs. It comes complete with a 5 gallon drum and all the tools.

5 Gallon RDV System

EXAIR has other Industrial Housekeeping products that can be found at www.EXAIR.com. If you need help with attachments or replacement parts please contact any of our Application Engineers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
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EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry Vac Wins a Platinum 2022 Industrial Hygiene Award

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And the winning streak continues. EXAIR wins another award!!! It’s not bronze, silver, or gold, it’s Platinum!! WOW!! How good does this product have to be to win Platinum? To put this in perspective we can look at several awards that we are more familiar with. The Olympics? Well, these athletes are only good enough to win a Gold Medal. In the music world there are Gold and Platinum records. In the music industry Platinum is twice as good as Gold. I believe it’s fair to say that a Platinum award describes a product that far exceeds the expectations of the market. That is just what our EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry Vac does.

This isn’t your dad’s wet-dry vac that was stacked away in the garage and only used as a last resort. This is a serious industrial vacuum system that will absolutely blow you away, and keep your facility clean. Every building that runs compressed air should have one. This is unquestionably the best wet-dry vac on the market today. Again – PLATINUM. But what makes it so amazing? I’m glad you asked.

1st off, you can switch this from wet to dry in less than 10 seconds. Oh and we did mention HEPA – yes HEPA filtration on the dry side. You simply disconnect the 1 latch on the filter hatch flip it open and either insert (for dry) or remove (for wet) the filter. The filters are available in in standard or HEPA.

2nd – this vacuum gives you a high performance using minimal air.

3rd – it is quiet – only 79 dBA at 80 psi. This is well below the OSHA noise requirements.

I could go on about how this is maintenance free, with no shock concerns (electricity free), spill free with auto safety shutoff, no motors to clog or wear out and that it can operate continoulsy for as long as you want it to, but I’d like to move on and discuss some of the applications.

The EasySwitch is a perfect solution for coolant, shavings, chips, floor cleanup, drains, absorbents, and mold and allergen removal, just to mention a few.

Please give us a call today to discuss or order our Platinum Award winning EasySwitch Hepa Wet-Dry vacuum.

Application Engineer

Brian Wages

EXAIR Corporation
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EXAIR Chip Trapper: Extend Coolant Life, Save Money

Chip Trapper Cut Away

The EXAIR Chip Trapper is a great way to clean/recycle your machine coolants resulting in reduced machine wear while decreasing the surface area for microbial growth. The Chip Trapper vacuums coolants or liquid that is filled with debris and traps the solids in a reusable filter bag.

Accumulation of swarf (chips, fines, debris) promote bacterial and fungal growth. The unwanted debris will not only cause damage to your machines but also promotes bacteria growth. Bacteria thrives on wet parts and also live in sludge found settled in machine sumps and/or coolant flumes. Poor housekeeping encourages the growth of bacteria and will add microorganisms to your system.

The Chip Trapper uses a compressed air powered Reversible Drum Vac that can fill or empty a 55 gallon drum in less than two minutes. The Chip Trapper comes in three sizes of 30, 55 and 110 gallon capacities. Once filled you can set the control valve to “empty” to pump the liquid out while containing the solids in a reusable filter bag.

The Chip Trapper is built to last. The stainless steel pump has no motors or impellers to clog or wear out and there is no electricity or shock hazard. There is also a built-in pressure/vacuum relief and automatic safety shutoff valve preventing spills and overflowing. If you have questions regarding our Chip Trapper or would like a quote please contact one of our Application Engineers.

Eric Kuhnash
Application Engineer
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EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac with HEPA Filter

When I bought my first house (I was a happy condo dweller prior to the birth of my second son), I got a gift card for a home improvement store from some of the folks I worked with. Since my mother-in-law had already bought me a lawn mower, I used that gift card to purchase another staple of the Suburban Dad’s Garage: a heavy duty wet-dry shop vac. It quickly proved its usefulness as a dry vac in cleaning up after a couple of wood working and plumbing (mis)adventures, and as a wet vac following a sump pump failure & subsequent replacement. That last part was when I learned a valuable lesson about the filter cartridge that catches dirt, debris, sawdust, PVC shavings, copper shavings & solder slag: it gets ruined, and makes a HUGE mess inside the drum, if you don’t take it out before pumping the residual water from your basement sump.

I’d like to say that never happened again, but I had the old “there’s got to be a better design” thought every time I carefully positioned a large trash bag underneath so I could finagle a waterlogged & debris-laden filter out of my shop vac canister without making an even bigger mess on the floor. Now, I don’t believe this had anything to do with our R&D engineers’ development of the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac, but it IS an amazing coincidence…

Not that it’s particularly difficult to change the filter in my shop vac, but this is indeed an “Easy Switch”.

If you’re looking for a powerful, reliable, and easy to use industrial vacuum, here it is. Made to fit a standard 55 gallon open top drum, the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac Systems come in a variety of configurations to meet your specific Industrial Housekeeping needs:

  • If you have a drum, the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac kit comes with everything you need for basic operation:
    • The EasySwitch Wet-Dry unit itself
    • Drum Lid with filter hatch
    • Standard or HEPA filter & pre-filter
    • 20ft compressed air hose, pressure gauge, and shutoff valve
    • 10ft vacuum hose, crevice tool, straight wand, skimmer tool, and dust brush
  • For portability and convenience, the Deluxe system adds:
    • Drum dolly
    • Upgrade to anti-static vacuum hose and Heavy Duty Aluminum Tools
    • Spill Recovery Kit (for floor cleanup of liquids)
    • Magnetic Tool Holder
  • And if you need a drum, the Premium system adds that as well.

The standard filter is suitable for general purpose dry vacuuming, but for critical dust removal, our HEPA filter conforms to IEST-RP-CC-007 specifications for minimum 99.97% filtration at the 0.3 micron level. If your cleanup involves toxic materials, respiratory irritants…anything that people shouldn’t be breathing…you’ll definitely want the HEPA filter.

For critical dust containment, the award winning HEPA EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac System is your durable, reliable, compressed air operated solution!

And, of course, you can still remove the filter (don’t forget that part; that’s how this blog started) for high performance liquid vacuuming as well. If you’d like to find out more about the HEPA EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac – or any of our other Industrial Housekeeping Products – give me a call.

Russ Bowman, CCASS

Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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