Makita Upgrades Dust Extractor Form Factor and Gets a Power Boost
The Makita AWS Large Capacity Dust Extractor is coming soon and has some significant upgrades from the VC4710. It has a new form factor and gets a power boost for starters.
- Model Number: VC4210L
- 11-gallon container, 9-gallon wet capacity
- 12-amp motor generates 148 CFM and 92″ of water lift
- 3-stage filtration system
- HEPA filter included
- Tool-activated power outlet
- Integrated AWS compatibility
- Automatic Filter Cleaning System
- Warranty: 1-year limited
- Price: $599
Powerful, Lightweight, and Quiet
Makita’s 12-amp motor generates 148 CFM of suction power and 92″ of water lift to tackle more challenging construction projects than their smaller vacs do. It features a variable speed control dial, as well as a soft start function for lower amp draw at start-up.
The Makita 11-gallon dust extractor also employs a smaller footprint, less weight, and less noise for indoor and room-to-room applications. They’ve designed the motor chamber with sound-absorbing materials so that, even at peak performance, this dust extractor only generates 60 dB(A).
The vac uses precision lightweight motor components and an efficiently-designed ducting system to keep the weight reasonable. Not only does the new dust extractor weigh in at 35 lbs, but its wide-set rear wheels and enlarged steel caster front wheels create a lower center of gravity.
The VC4210 includes a 3-stage filtration system that maximizes container volume and improves filtering efficiency. Its main flat filter captures 99.95% of particles 2 microns and larger. The certified HEPA filter catches 99.97% of particles .3 microns and larger to meet or exceed the Department of Energy’s standard for HEPA filters.
An Automatic Filter-Cleaning System keeps the filters clean from debris, extending their lifespan.
Makita VC4210L VS VC4710L
Right out of the gate, there are a couple of obvious differences between Makita’s two higher-capacity dust extractors. The canister size loses one gallon of capacity as a trade-off for its smaller footprint and better center of gravity.
Even though the overall size decreases, the weight is 8 pounds heavier. On the controls, the vac shifts from everything on one dial to two dials.
There’s a slight power upgrade, moving from 135 CFM on the VC4710 to 148 CFM on the new VC4210L. Water lift remains the same at 92″. While not everyone uses a 6″ grinder wheel for concrete work, it’s worth noting that this model falls just short of being Table 1 compliant for that grinder size. Objective Data or Scheduled Air Monitoring might still be a possibility, though.
Makita tells us this dust extractor is AWS capable by using their Universal AWS Adapter. That’s also true of the VC4710 since it has a tool activation outlet as well. If you’re not familiar with the benefits of AWS, check out this article for more details.
The top looks radically different, though the hose and cord management is similar. Makita’s interlocking cases are now able to secure to the top, making it a bit easier to move your tools around the jobsite.
Finally, if we want to be really nit-picky, the new model is 1 decibel louder. We don’t think its 60 d(B)A level is going to upset many folks, though.
In addition to the new design, the vac also includes a HEPA filter that the older model doesn’t.
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Makita 11-Gallon Dust Extractor Specs
- Model Number: Makita VC4210L
- Gross Container Size: 11 gal.
- Wet Capacity: 9 gal.
- Air Flow Rate: 148 CFM
- Static Water Lift: 92″
- Amperage: 12A
- Filter Cleaning: Yes
- HEPA Filter: Yes
- Tool Activated Suction Start-Up: Yes
- Working Sound Level: 60 dB(A)
- Cord Length: 24.6′
- Weight: 35 lbs
- Automatic-Start Wireless System: Yes
- Warranty: 1-Year Limited
- Price: $599.99