MAKITA XTRACT VAC JOB SITE VACUUM VC4710 Review
The Tool Box Buzz crew love vacuums, almost as much as lumens! Dust control is an integral part of our professional image and health. We incorporate it in our remodeling company philosophy, which is why we use tool-triggered auto start functionality, so when you plug your tool into the vacuums outlet socket, the vacuum cycles with the tool. Tool activated dust extraction offers us greater efficiency in dust extraction, less clean up and increased noise reduction,
We recently took a close look at the Makita VC4710 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum. We were interested in seeing if the claims of low noise, light weight, compact stature, long hose/cord length, and 12-gallon debris storage capacity were up to the job site chatter and hype.
The Makita VC4710 is a 27-pound, tool actuated, variable suction to allow you to regulate the suction based on your tasks. Reducing suction also means reduced noise and using a small sander may not require the full CFMs as a router or concrete grinding.
Using the Makita VC4710
We found the Makita VC4710 to suck great! It’s 12 amp motor is powerful and generates 135 CFM and is capable of 92” of water lift. It has a soft start function for lower amp-draw at start-up and operates fairly quiet at 59 decibels, and has both the HEPA and standard filter capability.
It collected dust efficiently at the tool source and additionally works great with an optional floor sweep kit to clean the job site or shop.
The compact footprint is fantastic when storing or transporting and we found the 24-foot cord and16′ anti-static hose to be absolutely diesel! This unit has wide-set urethane rear wheels and enlarged steel caster front wheels giving it a lower center of gravity, improved stability and easier movement. We notice that it easily deployed across the job site floor even when covered with debris.
According to Makita, they designed the vacuum motor chamber with sound-absorbing materials, which help them obtain an operating sound level of only 59 dB(A).
In addition, they used precision lightweight motor components and more efficient air ducting to reduce the weight to 27 pounds.
When we plugged larger tools like the Makita HR4013C Rotary Hammer, into the 110v vacuum outlet, we tripped 15amp breakers. To avoid this from happening, we recommend using a 20-amp circuit.
Efficient Main Filters with Optional HEPA Capability
The Makita VC4710 vacuum has two flat main Nano filters engineered to capture 99.95% of particles size 2 microns and larger.
Makita offers an optional HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particles size .3 microns and larger, making it EPA compliant for their RRP rule.
One outstanding feature that not only ensures constant and reliable suction but filter longevity is the “Automatic Filter Cleaning System.” The Automatic Filter Cleaning System has a blow-back feature that blows air through the filters to remove caked dust. The blow-back is timed at set intervals and reduces this caking effect which maintains efficient suction.
It’s worth noting that filter replacement is the most expensive part of owning a commercial vac. With this “blow back” system, filter life is extended. Most other manufacturers have shaker or electromagnetic pulse filter cleaning systems, which have been shown to be less efficient at cleaning the filter during operation.
Additionally the vacuum has a 10-second delay after power tool shuts off to clear hose of remaining dust and debris.
This vacuum performed exceptionally well in almost all the challenging applications we put it through, was a favorite among the crew, and at the end of the day makes our jobs healthier and clean up a lot easier. We were impressed.
A good dust control strategy that follows best practices is essential to being a professional contractor and keeping your customer happy throughout a construction project.
With some clients cleanliness is more important than the actual quality of your work. I’ve learned early on that learning how to control remodeling dust by keeping it out of the air and non-remodeled portions of your clients home. There is nothing worse than having to spend an hour or more cleaning the job site after a sanding, cutting or drilling application.
If your serious about what you do, proud of your work, and a professional contractor, then you need to take a serious look at collecting dust at its source. The Makita VC4710 is a tool that certainly accomplishes just that!
How Much and where To Buy?
The Makita VC4710 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum sells online for approximately $ 530.00