Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Dust Extractor Reviews

With the onslaught of new OSHA regulations on dust control, dust extractor reviews are important. How do you find the best jobsite dust extractor? How about the best woodworking dust extractor? We help you with Pro-focused dust extraction reviews that break it down. Our Pros outline features, build quality, portability, and suction power. We also cover dust collectors and chip collectors as well as products with and without HEPA filtration. The importance of good jobsite dust control cannot be stated enough. Dust Extractor Reviews for Pros Our dust extractor reviews cover everything from general dust extractor vacuum shootout to specific reviews. We’ve covered woodworking models like the Festool CT 36 BC Cleantex and the popular DeWalt HEPA vacuum DWV012. Suction, features, and control provide the keys to a good dust extractor. Finally, if you think you can get by without dust extraction or a jobsite HEPA vacuum, that ship has sailed. OSHA regulations make these tools more mandatory than ever, particularly for interior and exterior renovation.

New Makita Dust Extraction Attachment Systems

As we see contractors focus more and more on dust extraction, companies like Makita are responding with innovative ways to deal with the issue. I can imagine professionals in shops and on job sites, tool in one hand and the other holding the shop vac hose. Or even better, making the apprentice hold it for […]

Bosch Dust Extraction Systems

Bosch is introducing four new portable dust extraction systems for 2014 designed to meet the rising benchmarks  for jobsite dust collection. The main feature of the new Bosch dust extraction systems is the focus on efficient dust collection. Anyone that has ever used a cartridge filter on any kind of suction tool knows that they only work […]

Dust extractor shootout

Dust Extractor Vacuum Shootout – Makita, Fein, DeWalt, Hilti

In the last decade, dust extraction has definitely gone from “handy and convenient” to “absolutely essential.” This is particularly due to issues raised by the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program as well as existing guidelines and/or rules put forth by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupations […]

Tornado F4 Filter Cleaner Review

The Tornado F4 Filter Cleaner is a unique product. No job in our shop brings greater procrastination than emptying filters from dust extractor vacuums. It has to be chock blocks full to warrant any initiative whatsoever. While disposing of the debris in the drum is straightforward, it’s cleaning the filter that makes you feel like […]

Milwaukee & Makita Cordless Rotary Hammer Vacuums

Currently, we’re aware of exactly two cordless HEPA rotary hammer vacuum systems on the market. One is the Milwaukee M12 HammerVac and the other is the Makita DX01 HEPA Dust Xtraction Vacuum Attachment. On the surface, both the Milwaukee & Makita Cordless Rotary Hammer Vacuums look to be excellent tools from manufacturers whose tools, on […]

Makita Xtract Vac Dust Extractor Vacuum Preview

The latest job site vacuums are starting to incorporate a new feature we really like: automatic filter cleaning. The Makita Xtract Vac handles this task by automatically clearing dust through the use of a rocker valve that blows air back through each nano filter at timed intervals. The result is that the filters stay clean […]

Makita VC4710 Xtract Vac

Makita Xtract Vac VC4710 Vacuum Preview

Makita just put out a new wet/dry vacuum it is dubbing the “Xtract Vac Jobsite Vacuum” (model VC4710). This 12 gallon vacuum is all about dust management and is powered by a 12 AMP motor that generates 135 CFM of suction power and an astounding 92″ of water lift. That’s a lot of suction. The […]

DeWalt Dust Systems for Hammers and Grinders

DeWalt Dust Systems for Hammers and Grinders

If you’ve done any concrete work or renovation, you’ll be very aware of the inherent problems associated with dust and debris thrown by power tools during concrete cutting, chipping and drilling applications. According to OSHA, silica exposure continues to be a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers. Contractors who breathe in crystalline silica dust […]

Bosch Sandwich Tuckpointing Diamond Blades Preview

Bosch Sandwich Tuckpointing Diamond Blades Preview

We got to try out some new Bosch Sandwich Tuckpointing Diamond Blades at their 2011 Bosch Press Event and they were absolutely quick at pulling out old mortar (in fact, they were fast at chewing out NEW mortar). Every brick or stone building in North America will meet the tuckpointer at some point to cut, clean and […]

Makita 192618-2 Dust Collecting Cutting Guard Preview

Makita 192618-2 Dust Collecting Cutting Guard Preview

Concrete cutting is pretty straightforward, but concrete cutting with a tool that is lightweight and compact is tougher. Now, concrete cutting with a compact tool that accounts for excellent dust collection is a completely different matter. Makita worked on that this week when it released two new dust extraction solutions for concrete and masonry contractors. The new Dust Collecting Cutting Guard (model 192618-2) works with Makita’s 4-1/2″ and 5-inch Grinders. The Cutting Guard is ideal for a host of concrete and masonry applications, including cutting tile, concrete cutting, and brick – as well as specialized uses like tuck pointing and cutting expansion joints. The new Cutting Guard is made to be used alongside Makita’s (or other manufacturers’) vacuum systems and really provides significant dust extraction on the jobsite. Particularly in light of new Lead Safe rules, this is becoming more and more of an issue with older commercial buildings as well as residential homes.