E-Z Drill continues to give contractors peace of mind from crystalline silica exposure with its dust collection systems. While exposure to dust is becoming a major concern in the construction industry, E-Z Drill’s dust collection systems have met the new OSHA Table 1 requirements for more than 15 years.
The vacuum system uses the same air compressor as the concrete dowel drill to effectively collect dust directly from the drilled holes and store it in a collector. Customers can purchase the Dust Collection System with any new E-Z Drill model or retrofit it onto existing units.
“Our system give users peace of mind knowing they are complying with the new air quality standards,” said Rick Walstad, E-Z Drill president and CEO. “This system gives concrete construction workers a simple method of meeting Table 1 requirements by OSHA’s deadline.”
E-Z Drill designed the system with a dust boot that mounts to the end of the bit guide, where the bit penetrates the concrete. This allows the vacuum system to take in dust at the closest point possible, maximizing the amount of dust the system captures and reducing operator exposure. It also enhances overall jobsite safety by preventing dust from blowing toward nearby traffic, potentially obstructing drivers’ vision. The system also prevents dust from blowing into nearby water during bridge repairs. Each unit features either a 600- or 900-millimeter filter to effectively trap dust particles.
The Dust Collection System can be used with all E-Z Drill models, from the single- to the five-gang machines, with minimal additional air requirements – just 40 to 160 cfm, depending on the model.