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Taking the EPA Lead-Safe Certification Class

There are many questions that have come up about the way contractors must deal with lead-based paint. For some time now, handouts and brochures have sat on the paint counters of all the local home improvement centers and paint stores. These highlight the many potential issues with lead-based paint. We sent our own Tom Gaige […]

Milwaukee Hammervac

Milwaukee Hammervac M12 Universal Dust Extractor

Because of increased crackdowns on silica dust regulations and added awareness as to the dangers of dust inhalation in the workplace, dust extraction has become a “need to have” feature. Milwaukee released its first universal M12 Hammervac dust extractor almost a decade ago. Now, the company updated and upgraded the system for better performance. Not […]

Review9.2(out of 10)

Makita Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum XCV11

There’s a new Makita cordless wet/dry vacuum that’s coming on the scene as part of their 18V LXT lineup. Here’s the skinny: Table 1 Ready One of the big questions we get with every new vacuum is whether or not it’s Table 1 compliant. The short answer is that this Makita cordless wet/dry vac is. […]

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Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum XCV10ZX

The Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum is the brand’s newest portable vac offering for the cordless jobsite. Makita intends for this vac to bridge the gap between smaller onboard dust extraction and larger, less-mobile, wheeled, canister-style job site vacuums. What’s The Big Deal? By running off of two 5.0Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries, the Makita backpack […]

Makita 11/16" AVT Rotary Hammer

Makita 11/16″ AVT Rotary Hammer AWS Ready XRH12TW

If you’re involved in those smaller concrete drilling jobs, the Makita 11/16″ AVT Rotary Hammer is among the most comprehensive light concrete drilling tools. It’s small, light, cordless, and OSHA Table 1 compliant. Makita 11/16″ AVT Rotary Hammer Feature Set Table 1 Compliant The Makita XRH12TW rotary hammer includes a dust extractor with HEPA filtration. That’ll keep […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
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Vacmaster 8-Gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vac Review

After checking out our best shop vac reviews, we wanted to cover this HEPA filtering model for good measure. The Vacmaster 8-Gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vac moves toward the more industrial side of things with its HEPA filtering and metal parts. This industrial Vacmaster model flirts with becoming an all-out dust extractor, but it does it […]

Makita AWS Cordless Dust Extractor

Makita AWS Cordless Dust Extractor XCV08 Review

Makita is pushing hard to make the convenience of cordless tools Table 1 compliant for OSHA silica dust standards along with adding convenience to other cordless tools in concrete and woodworking. One of the major focal points of this effort surrounds AWS – Auto-Start Wireless System. With several tools available now, at the heart of the […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Hitachi Dust Extractor Review RP350YDH

Hitachi Dust Extractor Review RP350YDH

One of the models that didn’t make our initial dust extractor shootout is the new Hitachi dust extractor. Like several other brands, it was in the works, but not here in time to make the testing deadlines. Not to worry, now that it’s here, there’s plenty to talk about – including its striking similarities to […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
DeWalt DWV012 HEPA Dust Extractor Review

DeWalt DWV012 HEPA Dust Extractor Review

The number one question we got following our dust extractor shootout was, “Where’s DeWalt?” We had a little trouble getting our hands on the DeWalt DWV012 for good reason. On September 23, 2017, OSHA’s updated silica dust regulations went into effect and what followed was a lot of people scrambling to get compliant dust extractors. […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Metabo Dust Extractor

Metabo Dust Extractor Review ASR 35 ACP HEPA

If you’ve been reveling in the wonder and intrigue that have been the hallmark characteristics of our recent coverage of OSHA-compliant dust extractors, well, I’ve got both good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that this will likely be the last review on an OSHA-compliant dust extractor that we’ll see for […]