The dangers of silica dust are no secret in the construction industry. OSHA has taken great measures to warn of the risk associated with loose concrete dust and its effects years down the road. This DeWalt cordless universal dust extraction kit and tube kit aim to increase workplace safety by reducing dust inhalation hazards.
To get an idea of the performance and convenience of this vacuum system, we paired the DWH161D1 with the DWH200D dust extractor tube kit as we tested DeWalt’s 12V brushless rotary hammer.
Right away, we enjoyed the lightweight and wearable design along with its 20V Max battery power supply. These factors make it more convenient than lugging around a full-sized extractor or shop vac, especially for small jobs or working at height.
Multiple shoulder sling connection points allow you to position the dust extractor wherever is most comfortable with the strap that comes in the box.
The collection box houses a HEPA filter and has 45% more capacity than the tool-mounted DeWalt DWH302DH for a total of 210 cubic centimeters of volume.
Aside from its size and compact design, the feature we like the most is DeWalt’s wireless tool control capability. If the tool you’re using isn’t already wireless-ready, you can grab DeWalt’s key fob-style remote to easily turn the vac on or off. The tool’s brushless motor already extends the runtime significantly, and wireless activation keeps the vac from running when you don’t need it on.
We spent our time drilling test holes in concrete for our rotary hammers, and the cordless extractor quickly cleared away the loose dust leaving little to nothing left behind. Meanwhile, its onboard HEPA filter pulled out the impurities and expelled nothing but clean air.
You can use the extractor with a wide range of tools and applications, not just rotary hammers. In fact, it reduces dust when drilling, chipping, using a percussion hammer drill, making drywall cutouts, and sanding. If the tool you’re using has a 1 1/4-inch vac port (or you use an adapter), it’ll work.
You can snag this 20V cordless dust extractor for $199 as a bare tool or as a kit with a 2.0Ah battery and charger for $249 online at Acme Tools. Additionally, both options carry a 3-year limited warranty, 2-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
- Model: DWH161D1
- Power Source: DeWalt 20V battery
- OSHA Table 1 Compliant
- Wireless Tool Control Enabled
- Weight: 4.06 lbs (bare), 4.87 lbs (with 2Ah battery)
- Noise Level: 67 dB
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: $199 (bare tool), $249 (with 2Ah battery)
The DWH200D dust extraction tube kit is an OSHA-compliant solution for both SDS plus rotary hammers and hammers drills. The system allows you to safely contain concrete dust. Heavier, non-airborne particles simply fall into the tube and lighter dust gets sucked up by your vac.
Even without a vac, the dust stays in containment until you move the tube away. Vacless operation is best when you’re drilling straight down. Drilling into walls or overhead makes it tough to keep at least some dust from floating away.
The three accordion-style clear tubes in the set work with bits up to 10 inches. Just match the tube to the length of the bit you’re using.
This kit is pretty user-friendly but there’s a little break-in period for the tubes before they get easier to switch. Once you have a good fit, just tighten the handle by rotating it clockwise as you would with other fore-grips.
What’s In The Box?
- Adjustable Side-Handle
- Depth Rod
- Stop Bit Tube
- Standard 6-Inch Tube
- Extended 10-Inch Tube
- Two Adapter Spacing Rings
The DeWalt SDS Plus Dust kit prices out at $91.99 and includes a variety of fittings and accessories that make it compatible with most of DeWalt’s hammer drills and rotary hammers.
- Model: DWH200D
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: $91.99
The Bottom Line
DeWalt’s universal dust extraction kit is an excellent solution when the situation calls for a more compact collection system. Designing it with a brushless motor gets more out of your battery and giving you an option to carry it off of the tool puts the weight somewhere else. You trade-off capacity compared to larger vacs, but the convenience in confined spaces, overhead drilling, and working at height makes it totally worth it.