In yesterday’s update post about the new Dewalt cordless welder, Jay K asked: Has anyone else seen a cordless vacuum pump?
It took a couple of minutes of Google magic before something came up, and it turns out that Makita just came out with a new cordless vacuum pump, model VP180DRT (VP180DZ bare).
There’s very little information about the new Makita 18V cordless vacuum pump, and since it is shown paired with a 5.0Ah battery pack, it is likely a very new release. It’s designed to be used in HVAC applications and maintenance of air conditioning systems.
What We Know
- Compact size
- 263 × 93 × 172mm (10.35″ x 3.66″ x 6.77″)
- Weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)
- 1-stage rotary pump motor
- 20 Pa max vacuum
- Built-in oil meter
- 50 minutes runtime with 5.0Ah battery pack
- Hose and pressure gauge (A-59732) are sold separately, tool ships with starter bottle of oil
There is a product video by a (presumed) Japanese retailer, but it’s hard to follow along without knowing the language.
Specs (PDF, Japanese)
Makita managed to make the vacuum pump small and tidy, and I find myself wishing that they developed a quiet and continuous-running air compressor of a similar size that could be used for craft and industrial applications.
As with other Makita products that are introduced overseas, there’s no telling if or when this product might be announced or released in the USA or Canada.
While I can’t say I have ever used a vacuum pump in an HVAC context, I have used similar pumps in a laboratory setting. I have also used compressed air and vacuum converters for when very little vacuum pressure is needed. The size of Makita’s new offering is very appealing for how I have used and would use it, and I can imagine that HVAC pros might share that sentiment.
All manner of tools now have cordless equivalents with increasingly improved performance and features. I can’t say I could have foreseen that Makita’s next would be a vacuum pump, but it seems like a good idea to me.