A lot of tradies still aren’t aware of the potential dangers associated with the dry grinding or cutting of any product containing crystalline silica, otherwise referred to as quartz, often found in construction materials like concrete, bricks, tiles, sandstone and granite.
Bosch has grabbed the bull by the horns and developed an impressive set of dust solutions for a range of the most popular cutting and grinding techniques, as well as drilling and demolition.
The vac we had to trial, along with a pile of accessories, was the 35-litre Wet/Dry Container, with automatic filter-cleaning system and flow-rate sensors. The M-Class certified filter is the legally required vacuum for cutting of products containing silica dust such as masonry, concrete, engineered stone benchtops and bricks.
A tool socket power plug allows for tools to be directly plugged in for automatic power activation on tool power up.
Masonry-based tasks are where the majority of dust-inhalation risk lies and the range of tool attachments to cover this area is very impressive. In our pile of items was a demolition solution (GDE HEX) which fits universal jackhammer tips and catches the dust produced when breaking up slabs.
Also in the mix were a couple of drilling dust solutions. The first was the SDS Plus SpeedClean drill bit. They are 4 cutter carbide head for maximum drilling performance and lifetime in concrete applications. The air intakes at the tip allow the dust to be sucked through the hollow core of the drill bit and expelled directly into the vacuum for the ultimate dust free worksite. The second was for horizontal wall drilling, overhead drill and drilling into floors (GDE 68 and GDE 162). These sit flush on the drilling area and capture dust from standard drill bits or core cutting applications and vent it straight back to the vacuum system. Also on the drilling front are Bosch Dust Cap solutions.
Cutting masonry with grinders always produces a massive amount of airborne dust and Bosch has cleverly created a range of grinding shrouds in various sizes from 115mm grinder and cutting to 230mm grinding and cutting. For me this shroud was very interesting and was the first product we decided to fire up.