EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac™ System: Overview

EXAIR High Lift Reversible Drum Vac Systems

Not all liquid vacuums are the same.  Have you seen motor burnouts, loud noises, single directional flow, and potential electrical hazards?  EXAIR manufactures a pneumatic venturi pump to remove all those issues; the High Lift 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 into a drum; and with a simple twist of the knob, it will push the liquid out.  And by using compressed air, no electricity is required, making it safe to use.  They work great for fluid transfers or liquid spills, and the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac can fill a 55-gallon (208L) drum in 85 seconds from 15 feet of lift.  And with the powerful vacuum pressure, it can move thick liquid with viscosity up to 1400 cps through 20 feet (6m) of hose.  How can this product be useful for you?  If you work with liquids in a cistern, underground tanks, higher viscous fluids, or pits; EXAIR has a product for you; the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac System.  They are reliable and simple to use; and it is why it was awarded the 2015 Product of the Year by Plant Engineering.  In this blog, I will go over the specifications and packages that EXAIR offers.

The High Lift 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 43 SCFM (1,218 SLPM) at 80 PSIG (5.5 Bar), and it has a quiet noise level of only 83 dBA.  Systems are available in 30-, 55- and 110-gallon capacities (114L, 208L, and 418L respectively) in different packages.

30, 55 and 110 Gallon High Lift Reversible Drum Vac Systems

The Standard system will include the two-way pump assembly, shutoff valve, 20′ (6m) 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. 

With a simple turn of the knob, the High Lift Reversible Drum Vac can fill or empty a 55 gallon 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, drum dolly, ABS spill recovery kit, (2) different lengths aluminum 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 High Lift 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 High Lift 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 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

Never Use an Electric Vacuum Again, Here’s why…

EXAIR, has the right industrial vacuum. We have multiple options for you, based upon your facility needs. If dust, dirt, debris, chips, or flakes are a by product of you making your product, you need to keep reading…

Here are some highlights that illustrate how our products are better than any electric vacuum, or motorized vacuum you could purchase. You do not need electricity, There are no moving parts. Ours are quieter than electric alternatives. There is no risk of electrocution, shock, or a motor breakdown. As long as you can blow air, you can suck dirt… There is a joke in there somewhere :)

Let’s face it, industrial facilities get dirty. Dust, flakes, chips, can and do, get everywhere. Once these dry materials become airborne, a clean house can be difficult to maintain, especially if you do not have, or are not using the right equipment.

There is a lot of “wrong” equipment on the market. Let me ask you a simple question. If your facility has a compressed air system, why would you choose to use any equipment that does not optimize the air that you have, increase safety levels, reduce noise, and never break down? I hear story after story of broken down electric vacuums. Some of these, especially in todays world, take weeks or months to get parts to repair. Oh wait – to repair?, yeah because the motors get clogged with the same dirt you are trying to clean out of your facility, the motor clogs and performs poorly or simply burns out all together. Filters fail, belts break – sometimes we just have to face the fact that we made a bad decision and went with that undependable electric option.

At EXAIR we have 4 solid products that will help you clean up the dry messes in your facility and or machines. We have very detailed blogs on each of these 4 products (links provided below), so I am going to highlight each of these options for you so that you can quickly determine which is best for you. Click on that blog and then call us with your order :)

Here are a few important features that each product has in common:

  1. 80-100 PSIG is needed for optimal performance with each system
  2. No Electricity needed
  3. No moving parts to break
  4. No motor to repair
  5. 1.5″ vacuum hose (standard is 10 ft long)
    • Inter changeable tools form one system to another
    • Static resistant hose available
  6. Designed to fit on standard 55 gallon drums (5, 30, and 110 gallon drum options are available on certain models).
  7. All have filters for dust / debris – most have options for the level of filtration required.
  8. Quieter than comparable electric vacuums.
Not that it’s particularly difficult to change the filter in my trusty shop vac, but this is indeed an “Easy Switch”, simplified option.

EasySwitch Wet-Dry Vac (blog) This is our only vac option that can be used for both wet and dry applications. Simply add the filter to Dry vac, remove it to wet vac. The beauty of this, is that it only takes about 10 seconds to insert or remove the filter. Vacuum power is between 168 and 210 inches of water!!! (depending on psig inlet pressure). This has a standard or HEPA certified filter option. The Easy Switch only comes in 55 gallon size – use your drum or ours!!!

Chip Vac (blog) This beauty vacuums directly into an open drum. This is primarily a dry vacuum. It is designed to pick up chips from fixtures, floors, lathes, saws, mills, and many other industrial equipment. When I say mostly dry, this will pick up wet chips – but is not the best solution for puddles of liquid (we have other options for this). Designed to run at 80 PSIG. Comes in 5 gallon, 30 gallon, 55 gallon and 110 gallon options.

EXAIR’s Heavy Duty Dry Vacs turn ordinary drums into high powered, rugged industrial vacuum systems.

Heavy Duty Dry Vac (blog) This could also be called a Heavy Duty Chip Vac (30, 55, and 110 gallon options). This will be used for the heavier chips, sand, steel shot, basically anything with heavier weight or that is more abrasive. The hardened alloy construction of the Vac will be a powerhouse for years to come. The vacuum rate comparison table (below) shows the difference in lift and power between this and the Standard Chip Vac.

Heavy Duty HEPA Vac (blog) offers you high capacity cleaning in a dusty environment. With a HEPA certified filter, this beast is ready to tackle your dirtiest and dustiest environment that requires frequent cleaning. This will attach to any 30, 55, or 110 gallon drum, and will bounce from drum to drum (same size) with ease.

Whatever your dry vac needs are, one of these options will be perfect for you. Don’t forget we have several wet options as well, but that is for another blog. Please give myself, or any of the application engineers a call today to discuss your Industrial Housekeeping needs.

Application Engineer

Brian Wages

EXAIR Corporation
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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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