These same products also provide an additional revenue stream, yet MK Diamond Product’s Delahaut puts an economic incentive way down the list of priorities. “The issue is how can rental stores provide the best possible solution for their customers and, at the same time, protect their health. Not everything is about making money, but showing and explaining that they have the right solutions for every application is critical.”
What are some of these solutions? Most major tool manufacturers offer a variety of dust protection solutions. Hilti, for example, offers a line of vacuums that can be attached to more than 25 Hilti tools, including saws, as well as many competitive models on the market. “These self-cleaning vacuums, in five-and 10-gallon models, are available with HEPA filters and fleece bags,” notes Hieronymus, “both of which are required to make the vacuum a complete HEPA system.
“In addition, we offer a number of tools that either have dedicated dust control systems or optional dust control attachments. The DG 150 is a dedicated dust control grinder that uses brushless technology for exceptional long life in very dusty conditions, and is fitted with a dust extraction system that reduces dust by up to 95 percent. We also offer the 9-inch DCH230 and 12-inch DCH 300 electric cutting tools with a shroud to collect dust and funnel it directly into a vacuum cleaner.”
With the current EPA dust mandates in place and the promise of more to come, there’s no question that rental outlets need to have a variety of dust collection products for their customers, adds Meeh. Heading up the list of those products accepted by regulatory agencies are HEPA-Certified vacuums. He notes that CDCLarue’s Pulse-Bac® vacuum equipment all use HEPA-rated H-13 filters, capable of capturing 98.97% of dust particles at .3 micron, which, he says, is standard on all their products.
“Models PB-550 and PB-565 vacuums are HEPA Certified vacuums with dual HEPA filtration systems capable of capturing dust particles .1 micron in size, exceeding E.P.A. regulations,” Meeh goes on to explain. “In independent test Pulse-Bac® vacuums were rated with the lowest P.E.L. (OSHA permissible exposure limit) rating of all brands tested. This is due to the vacuums patented Pulse-Bac® Automatic Self-Cleaning Vacuum Control Technology that prevents filters from facing with dust and debris. This technology allows the vacuum to capture all the dust, all the time without the filters ever clogging during operation. The Pulse-Bac® brand of vacuums is one of only a handful still made in the USA.”
He continues, “For contractor and rental customers using hand-held grinders, the company offers the DustGrabber™ shroud that features a patented replaceable seal that prevents suction lock while capturing 98% of airborne dust. The DustGrabber™ is the only shroud in the market with a lifetime replacement warranty, ideal for any rental house renting hand held angle grinders.”
Meeh points out that the shroud will fit virtually any make and model of grinder on the market today, noting that educating the customer in proper dust collection methods (and having product available for them to purchase or rent) should be a top priority for any rental house. “These new rules and laws will become an excellent source of revenue going forward and should not be ignored by any rental outlet in business to make profits.”
Another shroud, MK Diamond’s IXL, was developed specifically for heavy-duty use by contractors grinding concrete, masonry, and mortar. Designed to fit the Blastrac, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Hitachi, Bosch, and Makita 15 amp grinders, the shroud features abrasive resistant plastic to prevent wear from the grinding process and a reinforced steel ring in the outer rim that assists in gliding over concrete and, again, helps resist wear.
“Two shroud styles are available,” relates Delahaut. “The full nose shroud is used for open floor grinding and the hinged nose shroud is for grinding against walls and edges.”
Behind the counter
Vacuums and shrouds are necessities for controlling dust at the source, and they generate revenue-making opportunities when renting a saw or grinder. Dustless Technologies offers the DustBuddie® shroud kit for grinding and the CutBuddie™ shroud kit for decorative cutting. Both kits fit most grinders and can be attached the company’s line of vacuums, as well as others on the market.