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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 […]

Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saw Deployed for EPA Lead-Safe Use

Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saw Deployed for EPA Lead-Safe Use

Contractors and remodelers who are facing the EPA’s new Final Ruling on lead, remodeling, repair and painting can be aided in becoming compliant when using Kett Tool’s KSV-432 vacuum saw with a HEPA filtered shop vacuum. The ruling requires that contractors, remodelers, painters, plumbers and other tradesmen be EPA-certified and follow detailed work and safety […]

Milwaukee 0880-20 M18 Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum Review

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum Review 0880-20

While large, or full-size, shop vacs are extremely useful on the jobsite and in the workshop, a portable vacuum is just the thing for a trim carpenter or homeowner. Being only two gallons in size, the Milwaukee M18 Portable Vacuum is perfect for executing punch lists or any light-duty work where a full-size vac would be cumbersome or simply overkill for the job requirements.

DeWALT DC515K 18V Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vac Review

DeWalt DC515K 18V Wet Dry Portable Vac Review

Take the idea of a Dirt Devil and let the engineers at DeWalt toy with the concept for a while. What you get is the DeWALT DC515K 18V Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vac. With cord-free vacuuming ability, you can now easily clean up almost anywhere. To make getting into tight spaces even easier, just pull out the attached 2.5 foot long hose.

DeWALT DC500 Heavy Duty 2 Gallon Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vacuum Review

DeWalt DC500 Heavy Duty 2 Gallon Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vacuum Review

The DeWALT DC500 Heavy Duty 2 Gallon Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vacuum comes with plenty of suction power that is packaged into a portable size that makes it well suited for the cleanup of almost any small project. With the five foot long hose and on board tools, you can easily reach into tight spaces. Since it can function on battery power, you can take this where other vacuum cleaners can’t go.

EPA lead paint rules

Prepare for New EPA Lead Paint Rules

There are only about five more months until the new EPA-inspired lead paint regulations take effect. Even with the date, contractors, and particularly remodelers, are still facing a bit of confusion on what the new rules mean, how they will be enforced, and how they differ from former rules regarding lead paint removal. As always, the government has made things more costly under the guise of “protecting” us from ourselves. Let’s discuss what the April 22nd deadline will mean to your company and how the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule will change the way you do business.