Hilti has further optimised its harmonised Dust Removal Systems (DRS) portfolio with the launch of the upgraded VC 20-UM and VC 40-UM vacuum cleaners, which the company said will deliver a more comfortable, safe and productive working environment.

Both products have been engineered to maximise suction in both wet and dry site conditions, while ergonomically designed and equipped with larger wheels for improved handling across the toughest worksites. The VC 20-UM has a dust capacity of 23 kg (50 lb) while the VC 40-UM is a larger 40 kg (88 lb).

They have an extended range of filters for standard, performance and dry applications, optimising the DRS depending on the task in hand. For wood and mineral applications, improved dust bags are also available.

Both the VC 20-UM and VC 40-UM have a new switch to de-activate automatic filter cleaning – known as Airboost – which allows them to be used in quiet environments, such as hospitals.

The upgrades mark the latest development in the extensive Hilti DRS portfolio, whereby the tool, consumable, accessory and M-class vacuum work in harmony to remove the maximum amount of dust at the point of contact.

Richard Wardle, diamond and demolition product manager for Hilti GB said: “Our customers asked for compact, robust and easy-to-use vacuums that would nevertheless help them maximise productivity and dust removal, and that’s precisely what we’ve created with the next generation VC 20-UM and VC 40-UM.

"These two powerful vacuum cleaners are integral to the Hilti DRS portfolio, which works in unison to deliver a cleaner, healthier and more productive working environment. Tools are also protected from dust exposure which reduces downtime and keeps inserts free from excess debris which improves efficiency.

“While dust is an unavoidable part of construction sites, the M-class filters fitted to these vacuums ensure our customers are fully compliant with rigorous health and safety regulations.”

Particles in dust present serious health implications such as lung cancer, silicosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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