Industrial vacuum cleaners are powerful, durable heavy-duty appliances, custom designed to help you meet even the largest, most demanding cleaning needs of a facility. Whether the job requires you to lift light or heavy loads, wet or dry materials, solid particles or spilled liquid, there’s an industrial vacuum for that, but which one? Read this guide on how to choose an industrial vacuum cleaner and ask yourself these helpful questions to get started.
Industrial vacuums deliver the best performance and customer satisfaction when their features and specifications are matched with specific applications. From the smallest grain of powder to the largest piece of scrap, every detail counts, so the more you know about the application, the easier your decision becomes. What kind of material are you collecting?
Below are the some common substances specific industrial vacuum cleaners have been designed to safely handle:
Getting to know your environment can also help you better determine how efficiently the industrial vacuum cleaner you choose will perform. Will you have access to air supply? Just how small are the particles in your facility? Are they highly flammable? Not only can knowing this information help you make smarter cleaning choices, it can also prevent major work injuries and hazards from occurring on the job.
If a pipe were to burst in your facility, just how effective do you think it would be to sweep up the flooding water with a brittle straw broom? This is what makes the experience of cleaning with an industrial vacuum so unique; there are several models built specifically to lift an array of substances and take cleaning to a whole new level.
The application’s consistency alone can quickly help you decide if the job will require a wet vacuum, or a dry vacuum. Both, wet and dry vacuums have one objective – to create suction strong enough to collect and gather material. Dry vacuums achieve this with a specialized vacuum system designed for picking up lighter particles. Wet vacuums, on the other hand, require the use of heavy-duty pumps to move dense, heavier liquids. Below are a few things to consider to achieve maximum results when collecting liquid waste with your industrial vacuum:
Make sure your wet, or wet-dry vacuum, is equipped with a liquid shutoff switch
Be sure to empty the bucket immediately after use, to avoid buildup and decreased efficiency in your industrial vacuum cleaner
Don’t get sucked into automatically buying a combination vacuum though, especially when your primary application is either wet, or dry.
One of the most frequently asked questions when purchasing an industrial vacuum for dry pickup is regarding filters. These are an important part of the process that begins when your vacuum captures smaller particles, as they travel through the moving airstream called the filtration system. Depending on your environment and the application, the task at hand may require the use of a standard HEPA, or in some cases, an ULPA filter, to free the facility of contaminants. Continue below to see which industrial vacuum cleaner you will need for your vacuum, if any.
Choosing the Right Filter: HEPA vs ULPA
When seeking a high-performance, heavy-duty industrial vacuum cleaner, automatically, many assume the vacuum’s power can be identified solely through the horsepower of the motor. However, educated industrial vacuum buyers aren’t fooled by the horsepower rating alone. Don’t simply limit the power of an industrial vacuum to suction; there are several other factors that play into how well it can lift your application.
Another very important question to ask when buying an industrial vacuum is what type of capacity will you need. Unlike vacuums that store collected material inside of a small dust bag and require frequent changing, industrial vacuums are designed to simplify this process by offering larger volumes and capacities.
Wet/ Dry Vacuum Features
Goodway offers several high-quality industrial vacuums for both, wet and dry loads ranging in up to 55 gallons of capacity, so you can choose wisely for current and anticipated future needs.
Dry vacuums are designed to lift dry loads, like fine powders, or dust and can collect and recover these particles through the use of a filter. When selecting a wet vacuum, consider features, like tilting tanks, or pumps for easier removal of accumulated liquids.
Wet vacuums are known for their waterproof canister-design and are specifically built to handle liquid loads.
Consider the space of your facility when thinking about the capabilities of your industrial vacuum cleaner. Will you be lifting a thin, powdery substance that can easily cake onto a HEPA filter and may require use of a filter shaker? Or a liquid spill that could benefit from a vacuum with a dump valve for easy disposal? Take a look around the area. How many outlets are available and what’s the highest voltage they can take?
No matter the problem, Goodway’s top of the line industrial vacuum cleaners have a solution for everyone’s toughest cleaning challenges: