Portable M Class Extraction for Improved Dust Safety
- Portable M class dust extraction
- Highly mobile
- Powerful suction
- Will clean up your site as well as extract from machines
- Good set of tools as part of the package
Cleaning up on many worksites and workshops still consists of a sweep round with a broom, thus actually raising the dust levels considerably. More recently, trades have been adopting vacuum extraction for power tools and then for the final clear up of the client’s floor. What we need are M or H class vacuum extractors if we really want to do a good job of cleaning up dust from source.
What impressed me with the Fein Dustex 35MX AC was the power of its suction. It really is an efficient machine with lots of airflow to keep the work area clean – whether it is from a circular saw or a static machine like a router table. It is also remarkably well behaved and easy to use because it has been well designed and thought out in the first place. It is the sort of machine that will be used because it is not a hassle to get it connected, or change from one function to another.
It has 5 metres of a ‘proper’ tough 35mm diameter corrugated hose and about 7 metres of heavy-duty rubberised electric cable, making the ‘working circle’ about 12 metres – enough for much site work. These also make it easy to position the vac out of the way for avoiding trip hazards.
Controls on the 35 MX are easy to understand and operate. There is a dial for adjusting the hose diameter if needed - up to 50mm diameter down to 15mm for use on small hoses needed for smaller power tools. The suction rate can be adjusted too – some things don’t need full power to extract properly. There is also a switch for auto cleaning.
Movement of the machine is pretty easy on its four wheels (front wheels are braked) and the back wheels are big enough to run over rough stuff and be easier when going upstairs.
Another little touch is that the top of the filter housing is shaped flat to hold a typical Fein toolcase so that tools and extraction can travel together.
Accessories are generous and suitable for workshop or site use. The two-part tubular pole can have a floor cleaner, nozzle or brush fitting on it and all the press fits are safe and secure, and dust free. The base can be lined with a plastic bag or paper dust bag for safer emptying and disposal of waste, and of course you can collect water with it straight into the base.
I used it both on site and in my workshop. In the workshop it kept the router table surface clean and dust free despite having to be connected via an adaptor. The noise levels are not bad and cleaning floors at the end of the day was a doddle. On site the client asked to have a go with it because her domestic cleaner was making no impression on the dust left by the decorators and their rather pathetic vacuum cleaner. Even the decorators asked about it once they noticed how efficient the clean-up was and it gave me an opportunity to tell them a bit more about adequate dust protection. A paper mask won’t always cut it!
There are lots of things to like about this machine and in my view it should definitely be on a shortlist of M class vacuums now that we should all be doing something about workplace dust.