Work better dust-free 

The problem: Whether on a construction site, in a company or in the private sphere - drilling, milling, grinding or sawing often results in very high dust emissions.

The danger: Without appropriate protective measures, the smallest dust particles produced in the process are inhaled. In the worst case, they penetrate into the alveoli of the lungs, where they can cause the greatest damage.

The ideal solution: Preventing dust formation in good time - by using powerful starmix high-performance power tool vacuum cleaners.

Your advantage: They extract dust particles with intelligent pulse filter cleaning directly at the power tool.

Dust in Detail

No matter where work is done - dust is generated almost everywhere. That's why it's important to know what dangers can arise. They range from mildly to moderately to highly hazardous classified dusts. At high levels of exposure, they often lead to illness - in extreme cases even to lung cancer. In our handbook "Hazardous Dust" you will learn everything about prevention and safety when it comes to dust.

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Finer is meaner!

Dust is the collective term for the finest solid particles with a maximum size of 1 mm. Dust arises naturally, e.g. through erosion, pollen, human/animal dander, or is "produced", e.g. through combustion (soot), abrasion (tires, brakes) or the processing of solid materials, e.g. grinding, sawing, drilling.
The smaller the dust particles, the easier they are to stir up and the longer they take to settle again. Fine dust with < 10 µm remains available in the respiratory air for a long time and is increasingly absorbed into the respiratory tract. Respirable fine dust can penetrate as far as the pulmonary alveoli.

Dust-free instead of construction stop

The new TRGS 504 (Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances) stipulates that in Germany, only dust extractors/vacuum cleaners of dust classes M and H are generally permitted in industry and trade. Since October 2016, inspections have also been carried out on construction sites in Germany. The inspectors are entitled to have the activity stopped if they find a vacuum cleaner that is not permitted. You are on the safe side, for example, with our workshop and construction site vacuum cleaners of the "IPULSE" SERIES.

Dust Classes 

The four most important dust classes L, M, H and asbestos briefly explained

Dust class L


These dusts have occupational exposure limits (OEL) of > 1 mg/m³. For dust class L vacuums, the filter material is tested. The maximum degree of permeability is less than 1 %. There are no special disposal regulations.
L vacuum cleaners in the starmix range: iPulse L-1635 Basic, iPulse L-1635 Top, ISC L-1625, ISC L-1625 Top, ISC L-1650 Top, uClean ADL-1420 EHP, uClean ADL-1432 EHP, uClean ADL-1445 EHP, uClean ARDL-1432 EHP, uClean ARDL-1435 EHP, uClean ARDL-1445 EHP, uClean ARDL-1455 EHP KFG

Dust class M


Here, dusts with AGW of > 0.1 mg/m³ are present. These vacuum cleaners are tested as a complete unit. Their maximum flow rate is less than 0.1 %. Disposal must be low in dust.
M vacuum cleaners in the starmix range: iPulse M-1635 Safe, iPulse M-1635 Safe Plus, ISC M-1625 Safe

Dust class H


(high = including carcinogenic dusts and pathogens) For the collection of dusts with all exposure limits, including carcinogenic and pathogenic substances (such as lead, quartz, mold). These vacuums are also tested as a total unit. The maximum transmittance is less than 0.005%. Disposal must be dust-free.
H-suction units in the starmix range: iPulse H-1635 Safe Plus

Dust class H-Asbestos

The difference to dust class H: an additional test for dust removing machines and devices intended to pick up and separate asbestos (according to TRGS 519).
H-asbestos vacuum cleaner in the starmix range: iPulse H-1235 Asbestos Safe Plus

Working with starmix:
much choice, many advantages:

In addition to avoiding hazardous fine dusts, starmix vacuums offer many other advantages. Just a few examples:

  • Awarded with the best certificates (A TNO).
  • Simple and self-explanatory operation.
  • Protects power tools from extreme contamination.
  • Easier work preparation, as hardly any partitioning or enclosure is required.

All starmix "M"-"H"- and "H-Asbestos"-vacuum cleaners are considered as so called dust extractors. What does this mean?

First, a distinction is made between vacuum cleaners and dust extractors.

Industrial vacuum cleaners (IS) are used exclusively to suck up deposited dust. They are characterized by the fact that the deposit is collected with the help of a suction unit via a suction harness (usually consisting of a nozzle, hand tube and flexible hose).

Dust extractors (EOB), on the other hand, are (also) used to extract dust from dust-generating machines and are connected to them by a hose. As a rule, they have a socket for connecting the power supply of the dust-generating machine.

The main difference between industrial vacuum cleaners (IS) and dust extractors (EOB dust extractors for mobile operation) is that in the case of dust extractors, the suction power is monitored by special warning devices and an optical or acoustic warning is given in the event of insufficient suction power. This is necessary when extracting dust-laden air (e.g., from hand-held machines), because insufficient suction power is not readily apparent to the operator and the reduced power results in a higher dust load for the surroundings. The warning function can usually be adapted and adjusted here to the ventilation requirements for the dust source to be extracted. Dust extractors from starmix are equipped with both an acoustic and a visual warning signal.

In the case of pure suction - as is the case with the operation of an industrial vacuum cleaner - the operator, on the other hand, recognizes the lack of suction power more easily, and the reduced power also does not result in higher dust loads for the surroundings. In industrial vacuum cleaners, the suction power indicators (pressure gauge or LED light) - if present at all - are therefore usually fixed.

A dust extractor can therefore also be used as an industrial vacuum cleaner without further ado. In case of doubt, you should therefore decide to purchase a dust extractor, as it can be used more flexibly.