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Vacuum Chips directly into 55 gallon drums with the Exair Chip Vac

Chip Vac™


Chip Vac

Vacuums chips directly into a 55 gallon drum - with no moving parts!
The Chip Vac picks up dry or wet chips and delivers them directly to an ordinary 55 gallon (40 imperial gallon) drum. Chip Vac is used to clean chips from fixtures, floors and work surfaces of machining centers, lathes, saws, mills and other industrial equipment.

  • No moving parts
  • Low cost
  • Chips go directly into a drum
  • 50% quieter than electric vacs
  • No motors to clog or wear out
  • No electricity
  • Dust free operation
  • Powerful cyclonic action

The compressed air operated Chip Vac is an industrial duty vacuum designed specifically for vacuuming chips. It creates a powerful cyclonic action that vacuums metal, wood or plastic chips into a 55 gallon drum. Dusty materials such as absorbents are trapped by the 0.1 micron filter bag to keep the surrounding air clean. Chip Vac's lever lock drum lid fits an ordinary open top 55 gallon drum. In less than a minute, the Chip Vac can be removed and easily placed onto another drum to keep different materials separate for recycling. Constant heavy lifting and dumping of vacuum cleaner tanks is eliminated since all chips are vacuumed directly to the 55 gallon drum.

Electrically operated "all purpose" vacuums aren't designed for use in industrial environments. As a result, motors wear out quickly and impellers clog. Chip Vac has no moving parts to wear out or break which ensures long life. Sound level is half that of electric vacuums.

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The Chip Vac removes abrasive stainless steel chips from a vertical machining center
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Room air remains dust free as the Chip Vac removes dusty absorbent.

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Air consumption has been minimized by using the appropriate amount of air required for vacuuming chips.  The Chip Vac System can be used with an open head steel, fiber or plastic drum that is in good condition (ANSI Standard #MH2-1997). To prevent material contamination, a poly drum liner can be inserted into the drum.

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How the Chip Vac Works

Compressed air, normally 80-100 PSlG (5.5 - 6.9 BAR), flows through the inlet (1) into an annular plenum chamber (2). It is then injected into the throat through directed nozzles (3). These jets of air create a vacuum at the intake (4) which draws material in and accelerates it through the unit (5). An elbow at the exhaust (6) directs the air in a cyclonic motion against the inside wall of the drum. Chips and other particulate drop to the bottom of the drum. The airflow exhausts through the port in the drum lid (7). Airborne particulates are trapped by the 0.1 micron filter bag.


How the Chip Vac Works

Model Pressure Supply Air Consumption INLET Sound Level
6193/6293 80 5.5 40 1132 3/8 NPT 77 dBA
6193-5 80 5.5 33 934 3/8 NPT

Chip Vacs

  Exair 6193 Chip Vac System
Code: EX6193
Price: $676.00
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  Exair 6293 Deluxe Chip Vac System
Code: EX6293
Price: $875.00
Quantity in Basket: none

  Exair 6193-5 Mini Chip Vac System
Code: EX6193-5
Price: $733.00
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