Cellulose Fine Filter
High-quality, standard filter with high filtration efficiency. Epoxy-treated for improved resistance to humidity and other elements.

Polyester Fine Filter
High-quality filter with exceptional resistance to most elements. Particularly suitable for applications where there is high humidity, for example in machining and tooling shops where cutting and cooling fluids are used. The filter can be washed.

HEPA H13 Filter
On many models a separate HEPA filter is fitted, after the fine filter. The HEPA filter is made of fibreglass with a support layer of cellulose. The filtration efficiency of 99.9%. according to EN 1822-1 ensures that even the smallest particles are separated. In applications requiring special filter materials, standard filter configurations can be ordered with alternative materials.

Note: When replacing filters, the filter holder gasket must always be checked and cleaned. Check that there are no leaks.

A Note on Pirate Filters

Using pirate filters (also known as counterfeit or imitation filters) in your dust extractor can pose several risks compared to using original filters. Here are some of the potential risks:

  • Reduced Filtration Efficiency: Pirate filters may not be manufactured to the same high standards as the original filters. As a result, they may not be able to capture fine dust particles, which can escape and pollute the air. This can be particularly problematic if you work with hazardous materials like silica or asbestos.
  • Reduced Airflow: Pirate filters may also cause a reduction in the airflow in your dust extractor. This can result in a decrease in suction power and an increase in the amount of dust that escapes into the air.
  • Decreased Lifespan: Pirate filters may not be as durable as the original filters, and they may not last as long. This means you may need to replace them more frequently, which can increase your overall costs.
  • Potential Damage to Your Dust Extractor: Pirate filters may not fit as well as the original filters, and they may cause damage to your dust extractor over time. This can result in costly repairs or even the need to replace your dust extractor altogether.
  • Potential Health Risks: Using pirate filters can also pose potential health risks, particularly if you work in an environment with hazardous materials. If the filters do not capture all the dust particles, you may be exposed to harmful substances that can lead to respiratory problems or other health issues.
In summary, using pirate filters in your dust extractor can be risky. It can lead to reduced filtration efficiency, decreased airflow, reduced lifespan of the filters, potential damage to your dust extractor, and potential health risks. It’s always best to use original filters that are specifically designed for your dust extractor to ensure the best performance and safety.
Dustcontrol’s warranty only applies to machines equipped with original Dustcontrol spare parts. The filters are certified in accordance with current European requirements for dust extraction.


Classification of Dust Extractors and HEPA Filters

Dust extractors are used to improve the working environment, and to reduce levels of hazardous dust in the air to a minimum. This places great demands on the ability of the dust extractor to separate fine dust. We use a fine filter in our mobile dust extractors, which separates most of the dust. But in order to capture close to 100% of the finest and most dangerous particles, we always complete the design with a HEPA H13 filter.

Here at Dustcontrol, we use conical pleated filters in all of our dust extraction units. A pleated filter has a very large area in relation to its physical size. The dust extractors can therefore be compact in relation to the large filter area they contain.Only original Dustcontrol filters are tested and approved for use in our machines. The use of other types of filters could lead to the leaking of hazardous dust and/or machine breakdown. Dustcontrol’s warranty only applies to machines equipped with original Dustcontrol spare parts. The filters are certified in accordance with current European requirements for dust extraction. This ensures that, with correct handling, optimum filtration will be achieved. Follow the instructions when handling filters, so that they can be replaced without exposure to hazardous dust.To ensure that the filters comply with the requirements of relevant regulations for health and safety at work, a number of different testing standards are used. These are described below:

Test methods

The test methods used in current standards for dust extractors and filters are always based on particle counting. By injecting particles before the filter and by using a particle counter to determine the concentration before and after the filter, the penetration can be calculated (a penetration of 0.1% is equal to a degree of separation of 99.9%). The test is carried out in several stages by individually examining the filter media, the complete filter cartridge and, in some cases, also the complete unit.

HEPA filters — High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters

When classifying HEPA filters, Dustcontrol uses the strict HEPA standard (EN 1822-1). It is divided into different levels (E10 to H14) depending on filtration efficiency. Dustcontrol applies level H13, which can separate up to 99.95% of the particles between 0.15 and 0.30 μm in size. This particle size is used because it is the hardest to separate – both larger and smaller particles are easier to capture in a filter.

Dust Extractors

In IEC-60335-2-69 (EN-60335-2-69), the standard for testing wet and dry extractors, dust extractors are classified into three categories – L for low, M for medium and H for high – where the H category is the most stringent. (Please note: do not confuse this “H” with that in HEPA H13). The category required for a specific application is decided on the basis of the permitted maximum concentration for that type of dust (MAK) in the working environment or by local regulations.

The test according to EN-60335-2-69 comprises two parts:

1. A test of the filter system – in our case, a fine filter and a HEPA H13 filter. To achieve category H, a degree of separation of 99.995% is required, where 90% of the test particles must be smaller than 1.0 μm. Our fine filters comply with category M, and our HEPA H13 filters with category H.

2. A test of the “assembled unit” – in our case, a complete dust extractor. Here, 99.995% efficiency is also required, however 10% of the particles must be smaller than 1.0 μm, 22% smaller than 2.0 μm, and 75% smaller than 5.0 μm.

Dustcontrol Symbols Webb H ClassThe filter systems in all Dustcontrol dust extractors are built to comply with the stringent IEC machine classification H.

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