“Our Dustless HEPA wet-dry vacuum gives contractors an economical way of providing the best possible level of dust control,” Diess explains. “The certified HEPA filter captures dust particles down to .3 micron, and the WonderBag™ micro pre-filter captures particles down to .5 micron. The vast majority of larger particles are caught in the micro pre-filter bag before they reach the HEPA filter, greatly extending its life;”
He continues, “The vacuum is also ideal for rental stores because operators can go from dry to wet pickup without having to worry about ruining an expensive HEPA filter. It stays dry at all times because of our proprietary design.”
Star Diamond Tools has a full line of dust control products, including shrouds and vacuums. The company also offers an air scrubber when tools cannot be outfitted with shrouds. “Using an air scrubber placed near the work can help trap and contain much of the airborne silica particles,” explains Bernat. “The best solution, though, is still to collect the dust at the source and make sure the operator is fitted with a respirator.”
He emphasizes the word “fit,” noting that respirators, just like the protective shrouds on tools, need to have a tight seal to be effective.
The need for controlling dust extends beyond the practice of sawing and grinding. “When core drilling, dust can accumulate and create a hazardous work environment,” points out Husqvarna Product Manager for Construction Products Richard Tremain. “Our new DM220 drill, introduced at World of Concrete this year, features an integrated dust collection system that uses the same connections for both wet and dry drilling. When coupled with the DC 1400 vacuum, the drill motor creates dustless drilling.” The combination, he adds, is perfect for electricians, plumbers, subcontractors and other contractors whose main business may not be core drilling, making it a perfect fit for many rental locations.
“Customers are willing to pay extra rental fees for accessories that make their job cleaner, safer, and get the job done faster,” says Hilti’s Hieronymus. “Many customers do not own equipment with dust control and will look to rent specialized tools for particular projects. Rental stores that establish their locations as the destination for dust control tools will have an advantage in the marketplace.”
Offering dust control products to customers, either by selling or renting them, generates additional revenue, but it’s not about the money, Delahaut reemphasizes. “Customers will continue to rent products and purchase expendables from retailers that look out for their customer’s well being. He notes that one of MK Diamond’s big rental customers has been renting the company’s grinder shroud for more than three years. “They’re not looking to make a profit on the shroud,” he again emphasizes. “Instead, they realize that the customer’s health is a more important factor to consider when providing a grinding tool.”
Having a way to control dust is no longer an option for your customers. Dust control is mandated when working in many environments where lead is present, and the dangers of silica are well documented. The above vacuums, shrouds, and dedicated tools are well-suited for the rental environment because staying on the cutting edge of dust protection can save your customers money, and it just may save their lives.