EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac™ System: Overview

EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac Systems come in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet the needs of most any application.

Not all liquid vacuums are the same.  We have seen motor burnouts, loud noises, single directional flow, and potential electrical hazards.  EXAIR manufactures a liquid pump to remove all those issues; the Reversible Drum Vac System.  It does not have any moving parts to wear; a two-way action to fill or expel liquid from standard drums; and is quiet.  They only use compressed air to generate a powerful vacuum to lift liquid; and with a simple twist of the knob, it will push the liquid out.  And by using compressed air, no electricity is needed, making it safe.  They work great for fluid transfers or liquid spills, and they can fill a 55-gallon (208L) drum in 90 seconds.  How can this product be useful for you?  If you work with liquids like coolant, waste water or hydraulic oils, the Reversible Drum Vac System is a simple reliable product to have at your facility.  In this blog, I will go over the specifications and packages that EXAIR offers.

The Reversible Drum Vac has stainless steel construction for corrosion resistance.  It comes with a built-in safety relief valve to avoid over pressurizing and an internal float to stop any over-filling of the drum.  The air consumption is minimal; 19 SCFM (538 SLPM) at 80 PSIG (5.5 Bar), and has a low noise level of only 86 dBA.  Systems are available in 5, 30, 55 and 110 gallon capacities (19L, 114L, 208L, and 418L respectively) in different packages.

Mini Reversible Drum Vac System

The 5-gallon size is our Mini Reversible Drum Vac System.  They are designed for tight spaces, quick clean-ups, and small sumps.  We offer two types of systems; the Standard and the Deluxe.  The Standard System, model 6196-5, will come with a 5-gallon drum, two-way pump assembly, shutoff valve, 10′ (3m) vacuum hose, a 90° quick release elbow, an aluminum chip wand, ABS spill recovery kit, two extension wands, a crevice tool, and a skimmer tool.  The Deluxe System, model 6296-5, will include every item in the model 6195-5 plus a 5-gallon drum dolly.

For the larger capacities, the Standard system will include the two-way pump assembly, shutoff valve, 10′ (3m) vacuum hose, a 90° quick release elbow, a standpipe, and an aluminum chip wand.  The standpipe is cut to length for the properly-sized drum (the drum is not included in this option).  The standpipe extends inside the drum to remove as much liquid as possible when emptying the drum. 

The Deluxe system will include all of the items shown above in the Standard system and adds a drum dolly, ABS spill recovery kit, (2) extension wands, crevice tool, skimmer tool and a magnetic tool holder.

The Premium system will include all of the items in the Standard System and adds the drum with lock ring and lid, upgraded heavy duty aluminum tools, ABS spill recovery kit, (2) crevice tools, skimmer tool, a magnetic tool holder and a 20′ (6m) compressed air hose.

Like I mentioned above, not all liquid vacuums are the same.  The EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac System is maintenance-free for long-lasting use in industrial environments.  We offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee for U.S. and Canadian customers if you wish to try them out.  And from now until May 31, 2022; EXAIR is having a promotion.  With a purchase of one of our Industrial Housekeeping Products, you will receive a Vac-u-Gun with a vacuum bag, a $133.00 value, with qualified purchases.   If you have any questions about the Reversible Drum Vac System or any of our other Industrial Housekeeping Products, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR.  We will be happy to help you.

John Ball
Application Engineer
Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

EXAIR Chip Vac Systems For Durable, Quiet, and Effective Industrial Housekeeping

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.

For you younger folks, a “typewriter” is a standalone word processor with an integral printer.

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.
Whatever your needs, EXAIR has a Chip Vac System to meet them!

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.

This automotive plant has a number of Model 6193-5 Mini Chip Vac Systems strategically located for frequent and quick cleanup jobs.

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).

Get a FREE Vac-u-Gun with any qualifying Industrial Housekeeping Product order through April 30, 2022! Click here for details.

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

Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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A Vacuum that Converts from Wet to Dry in Less than 10 Seconds! No Tools, Springs or Clips!

EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac Mode Change Instructions

I’ve shown just how fast you can change the EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac from wet mode to dry mode in a previous video blog here. In case that isn’t what concerns you about the vacuum you or your team use in your facility then let’s outline some additional benefits on just what this vacuum is capable of.

EasySwitch Performance Table

This patented vacuum generates 94 SCFM of vacuum flow and pulls 210 inches of water column when powered at 100 psig inlet pressure. This vacuum flow and force enables cleanup of wet or dry materials. From cleaning out sub-grade sumps to vacuuming up floor dry from spill containment. The ability to switch from wet to dry mode in the matter of 10 seconds or less means less downtime or even more important, less time for a spill to creep larger.

Combine the ease of use with no need for electricity, because it is powered by compressed air, and you have a safe, wet environment cleanup solution. This enables operators to maintain compliance with OSHA directive 29 CFR 1910.22(a), safe surface conditions by enabling them to easily clean up wet or dry spills or collection of debris on walking surfaces.

EasySwitch Conveyance Rates

If material segregation for recycling purposes is needed, the EasySwitch can even be easily moved from one drum to another by lifting the lid from one 55 gallon drum to a fresh drum ready to go. This can help maximize recyclable solids profits should your facility machine multiple metals. Machine cleanouts for changeovers can achieved quickly thanks to the assortment of cast aluminum crevice tools to fit into all nooks and crannies inside of a machine. Even the magnetic tool holder is easily transferred to new drums should the need arise.

If you would like to discuss your current vacuum product and see how the EasySwitch can simplify your task, give us a call, chat, or email today.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF