Over at Acme Tools, their Flex HEPA dust vac deal continues (VCE 33 L AC). Here are the full details of the 9-gallon dust vac deal.
When checking on the ordering status today, I saw that there is also a 12-gallon dust vac on sale (VCE 44 L AC), for $400. The two dust extractor vacs seem to have the same features and power specs, and so the main difference only looks to be the holding capacity.
As a reminder, these vacs are usually used for dust extraction purposes, but can also be used for wet/dry cleanup tasks. (However, the size of the included hose is much more ideal for connecting to tools. I use a slightly smaller hose size – 27mm vs. the 32mm included with the Flex – on my Festool vac with sanders, plunge-cutting saws, routers, miter saws, and for quick cleanup of sawdust and smaller wood chips.)
- 11A motor
- HEPA filtration (class L)
- Dry and wet pickup
- Manual on/off and “automatic” mode switch
- Automatic filter cleaning system
- Adjustable suction flow rate
- Electronic liquid level control (for wet pickup)
- Soft start
- 15 second overrun/run-on feature empties dust and debris from vacuum hose prior to shutdown
- Dust-protected anti-static finish prevents electric charging of the suction hose
- Large rear wheels and swivel casters in front
- 158 CFM max
- 25 ft power cord
- 1.25″ x 13′ hose
(Reminder: Acme Tools is an affiliate partner of ours, and as such we earn referral commissions from purchases made through our links.)
At the time of this posting, the 9-gallon vac is said to be a preorder/backorder item with a July 10th expected ship date (if you order now), and the 12-gallon vac is said to be in stock.
We’re told that due to high demand, initial inventory was sold out, but a resupply is on the way to fulfill backorders. Additional resupply orders will be determined based on backorder numbers.
Flex’s website has a PDF user manual for the VCE 33 L AC and VCE 44 L AC. The Acme Tools product images show a third control dial, but the product manuals don’t seem to mention it at all. The VCE 33 L AC and VCE 44 L AC are shown to have on/off/automatic operation dial, and a speed control dial.
Update: It seems that the product photos are of the VCE 33 M AC and VCE 44 M AC. The deal is for the L-class HEPA vacuums. The M-class version is a different HEPA class and that third hose size selection dial seems related to: switchFlow sensor technology monitors the flow rate and emits a visual and audible signal to indicate any drop below the statutory minimum value of ≤ 20m/s. Most HEPA-rated dust vacs that we talk about are L-class, which must trap over 99% of dust with grain size under 2µm, and M-class must trap over 99.9% of particles under 2µm. My understanding is that M-class vacs need to signal the user when filtration efficiency is reduced and action (such as filter cleaning or filter bag replacement) is required. In other words, the L class vacs on sale only have two dials – one for on/off/auto and one for variable suction.
There is also a bundle deal, where you can save 20% off a Giraffe drywall sander if you buy either Flex vacuum.
The Flex drywall sander, priced at $650 before discount, features a 12ft anti-static hose, variable speed adjustment, balanced and vibration-reducing design, and 4.2A motor.
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