the Power of Dustcontrol

Aimed at: Professionals who need excellent dust control and collection. Pros: H Class as standard, and robust construction for a long working life.

handles hung over the small hooks on each side of the base. The strap is then pulled tight against a rubber sealing ring on the body to ensure a dust free seal. For collecting wood dust and shavings and concrete dust Dustcontrol

recommends a pre-separator that not only allows much larger amounts of dust and chippings to be collected, but also protects the filters from clogging with fine dust, thus extending their service life. There are other variants that can be used to optimise the dust collection and

ease of use of the Dustcontrol range of machines, so potential clients need to ask which ones are available. Accessing the filters is easy - simply unclip the top of the main body and the

round hepa filter can be removed, revealing the conical main filter underneath. Such is the quality of filter protection on the Tromb, the hepa filter looked clean despite being a well-used demo machine. One of the factors in maintaining a dust extractor is how often the expensive filters need to be replaced, and it is a fact that Dustcontrol can save you money – for example the average life of one of its hepa filters is around 12 months. Filter cleaning is also helped by the semi-automatic cleaning system provided – simple to use and very quick – and it means that there is no messy and potentially unsafe filter cleaning required onsite. The thing that most first time users will notice is that the DC Tromb 400 has

small dust extraction machines but the DC Tromb 400 is solidly made from welded sheet steel with a tubular steel frame to support it. It looks as though the whole machine would be able to take a few knocks and still be able to function and since this could be a hire machine it needs to be solidly built to be ‘hire-proof’. Ease of use is a big factor in making effective use of dust extraction. It is no use

collecting all the dust and then raising even more dust as you attempt to empty the machine. The variant of the Tromb 400 I used has a simple and effective system of emptying the dust bag. Debris and dust is collected into what looks like a clear plastic shopping bag with handles. To remove the bag a tight strap around the base of the machine needs to be loosened and the bag released and tied off for safety. The new bag can be eased on and the

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amazing suction power. I am willing to bet that if you attached the heavy-duty floor cleaning attachment and ran it down the average garden path you would collect a lot more than you bargained for – even down to pebbles and stones upwards of 25mm in size. I managed to create a dust free concrete floor in my workshop with a couple of passes of the rugged cast alloy head cleaning tool, and it would be the same when cleaning up the floor on a building site. The cyclone based suction and filtration provided by its class H extraction rating puts it into the top range of safe dust collection and end users should consider this when purchasing – better to go to the top than to end up having to repurchase as needs change. The cyclone system also means that suction power remains consistent for longer. All portable Dustcontrol UK machines are H class rated – it might make choice easier? So, I still think that

the Tromb 400 is a monster compared to some of the machines I have used, but it is a well-mannered monster that is easy to move around, has phenomenal suction performance and with its H class rating will remove dangerous silica dust from the worksite. For your own lung safety it should be on your shortlist.

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