DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor Review
The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor (DCV585B) makes Table 1 compliance easily portable. Plus, Wireless Tool Control means you can activate the vacuum without having to touch the actual dust extractor. We took it along for drilling anchor holes in block, grinding out a bathroom remodel, and other construction drilling tasks.
- OSHA Table 1 compliance for concrete drilling and grinding
- Wireless Tool Control remote
- Two filters with automatic cleaning and HEPA filter
- Excellent hose wrap storage
- Automatic cleaning will break suction and allow wall attachment to slide
OSHA requires you ensure silica dust doesn’t become airborne and respirable. This can be inconvenient and cumbersome when dealing with cordless tools. The DeWalt DCV585B dust extractor makes portable dust collection about as easy as it gets. It packs nearly double the CFM of most other cordless extractors, uses a double filter system and HEPA filter to capture even the smallest particles. It also offers attachments for drilling and grinding that keep your lungs out of harm’s way. The Wireless Remote adds the icing to this proverbial the cake. For versatile Table 1 compliance, the DCV585 sets a very high bar.
On The Horizon
We were so jazzed about the extractor, we immediately started some tests at our shop. We often drill anchor holes in block before putting it in place, so I set up a test block and used the DeWalt DWH050K hammer drill attachment with hole cleaner (these accessories have couplers proprietary to DeWalt). I wore the Wireless Tool remote on my wrist. It operates on RF (radio frequency) to power cycle the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor when you press the button. That’s much more convenient than having to flip the power switch on the tool. It also helps conserve the 20-minute total runtime on the 2Ah FlexVolt 60V battery.
For a cordless dust extractor, the notably high 125 CFM pulls double duty. First, it creates a strong suction seal to the block using the attachment’s rubber seal. Second, it pulls what appears to be every single airborne particle into the filter. I didn’t see a spec of dust in the air. When I hit the remote button on my wrist and removed the attachment, I found a small, anthill-like pile of dust around each hole. I used hole cleaning attachments to capture them and any dust still in the holes.
I needed to add a bathroom vent on a recent job, so I attempted to use the hammer drill attachment vertically. The 125 CFM suction is certainly powerful enough to hold the attachment in place. Unfortunately, however, the filter cleaning interrupts the suction and the attachment falls a few inches. All product marketing shows it working horizontally—now we know why! I wish there was an option to delay or turn off the filter cleaning for this purpose.
I like what DeWalt did with the dual filters and HEPA bag. You can be confident the dust extractor is capturing the finest of particles which are so dangerous. We have clients with allergies and compromised respiration, so it’s been quite helpful to show them how we’ll keep them safe while we work.
We recently finished a renovation where the work area was in the back of the house. In the “old days”, that was a recipe for a dusty house without extensive preparation. Dust would float through the air and on clothing. But the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor kept our lungs and client’s home remarkably dust-free.
At another bathroom renovation, we had the opportunity to use a DeWalt FlexVolt grinder to smooth a tile floor before overlaying it. It was a great way for the dust extractor to show us another side of itself—and it really shined! Using the grinder shroud attachment, we completed that part of the job more quickly and cleanly than we could have without the DeWalt.
Icing on the Cake
Hose holds are often the vacuum and dust extractor’s Achilles Heel, but not so with the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor. It perfectly secures the 8-foot hose around its elevated base.
For a portable machine with so much power, it still remains fairly quiet. Your drill or grinder will certainly overwhelm it, but it’s acceptable even when you’re using it to vacuum.
Expect around twenty minutes of continuous runtime on a 2.0Ah FlexVolt 60V battery. As we mentioned, using the Tool Connect remote makes it easy to conserve battery power. You can drill a good number of anchor holes and do a lot of grinding in twenty minutes. Keep in mind you’ll do a lot less clean-up, too.
The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor is priced at $397.99 bare and $648.00 as a kit. There’s no perfect competitive comparison, but consider the Makita XCV07Z (bare with vacuum accessories) with a 2.1-gallon capacity but only 74 CFM at $269.00. Then there’s the Hilti 75-1-A22 kit with two 3.0 batteries at 75 CFM at $561.06.
The Bottom Line
Eliminating ineffective dust collection methods that pose health risks and dirty work areas is pure gold. The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor makes concrete drilling and grinding safe and clean endeavors. For Table 1 Compliance, it’s going to be hard to beat the power and portability of the DCV585!
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor Specifications
- Model Numbers: DCV585B (bare tool), DCV585T2 (kit w/2Ah 60V battery)
- Hepa Filter
- Hose Length: 8.0 feet
- Max CFM: 125.0 CFM
- Tank Size: 2.0 gallons
- Dimensions (HxL): 13.0 x 21.5 in.
- Weight: 17.6 lbs.
- Prices: DCV585B (Bare): $397.99, DCV585T2 (Kit w/2Ah 60V battery): $648.00