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Makita back-pack vacs proving invaluable for Action Dry Emergency Services

01 June 2017

Stressful and shocking images of flooded or fire damaged properties seldom reveal the remedial work that must essentially be undertaken once the initial trauma has passed.

For one of the UK’s largest and most experienced damage mitigation specialists, Action Dry Emergency Services Limited, Upminster, Essex, the new Makita battery powered back-pack vacuums are proving invaluable in returning properties to occupational and habitable conditions.

Established in 1996, Action Dry delivers through a handpicked network of experienced, independent contractors offering national response to flood damage incidents, working to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 standards. When required, Action Dry supports the network with the use of their thermal and steam blasting cleaning systems.

Action Dry founder and managing director Andy Habbershaw explains the value of the new Makita back-pack vacuums. “Invariably we have difficult access areas to cope with and the manoeuvrability of these lightweight vacs makes those operations much easier and allow us to work faster," he said.

"We have a wide range of large floor mounted machines, and have previously had a fleet of back-pack vacs, but they have been mains powered so we are dependent on power lines, or generators, which is totally inconvenient and in many cases unworkable.

“For light duty cleansing, such as fire dust and residual mould, the cordless vacs are really important for these difficult areas. We have found that we can use 3 metre extender pipes to reach office ceilings which saves time and effort on tower installation and access. These Makita vacs are working very well and provide excellent run time. We have two sets of Makita Lithium-ion batteries for each vac and keep one set on charge for continuous productivity. They are proving to be invaluable machines.”

Makita’s extensive knowledge of air flow and vacuum science, coupled with the proven Lithium-Ion battery platform, is integral in the new twin 18v Back-pack vacuum cleaner, which can be used with 3.0 Ah, 4.0 Ah and 5.0 Ah Makita batteries with respectively 22, 36 and 45 minute rapid recharging periods.

On the Makita DVC260 Back-pack vacuum cleaner, the two 18v Li-Ion batteries are directly housed on the machine to power the 36v DC Brushless motor which produces 45watts of suction power, with a maximum airflow of 1.5m³/min, and maximum sealed suction of 7.1kPa. The HEPA filter can be easily removed for cleaning. The high/low power selection is positioned on the machine control unit and two 5.0Ah batteries give 60 minutes run time in high mode and 90 minutes in low mode, while the dust bag has a generous 2.0 litre capacity.

Weighing just 4.3kg, and supplied with a full brace harness, with waist and shoulder belts for ease and comfort, this quiet-running back-pack vacuum has a lightweight 28mm suction hose, telescopic straight pipe with 500-850mm length adjustment and alternative nozzles. Action Dry has initially added 12 Makita Back-pack vacuums to its comprehensive equipment inventory.