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Factors to Consider when Buying an Industrial Vacuum System

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Eurovac IIf this is your first time buying an industrial vac system, here’s what you need to consider

Duty Cycles

A vac system’s duty cycle refers to how long it’s going to be in use. That means it’s important to know what your shop’s expected duty cycle is, and match it with your desired vacuum system.

In most cases, the typical shop-type or canister vacuum systems come with high speed (20,000 to 25,000 rpm) vacuum producers that exhaust heir carbon brushes or bearings after just 800 hours. More expensive European models can last as long as 2,500 hours—but they can cost an arm and a leg.

So if you factor in a usage of 2 to 3 hours per day, your standard industrial canister vac should last more than 18 months.

Filter Systems

Filters systems are interesting because not many people pay attention to them at first, only to give them so much attention after a vac system’s been heavily used. You need to consider what kind of filter system you need; the type of filter media will depend on the fineness of the dust you can expect to work with.

Another factor to consider is how to clean the filter system. Most portable units have a shaker-type filter system, which entails detaching the filter and literally giving it a shake to clean.

Generally speaking, side-to-side shaking is better than upward-downward shaking, but it’s much harder to do.


Before buying a vac system, you need to think of the level of material storage you can take. If the material is 375 pcf steel shot, even the smallest containers should be handled by machine. If it’s paper material at 5 pcf, ask how to compress it.

Contact Industry Air Sales to learn more about how to choose the right industrial vacuum system for your needs.


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