Super Vac continues to pave the way in the fire industry with its arsenal of battery-powered ventilation equipment. Not only has Super Vac introduced what is being touted as the most versatile battery fan platform, now the U.S.-based manufacturer is rolling out a lineup of battery saw conversion kits that will revolutionize firefighter tools yet again.
First, let’s take a look at Super Vac’s battery fan lineup that has been growing over the past year. Early in 2019, Super Vac introduced a battery fan that works with 9Ah or 12Ah DEWALT® FLEXVOLT® batteries. The unveiling launched with an 18” battery fan, the V18-BD, and then a Milwaukee-powered version in the same size, the V18-BL, which operates on Milwaukee’s M18 platform.
The introduction was hailed as revolutionary because it was the first time in firefighter history that industry PPVs no longer needed to rely on proprietary batteries, meaning departments could source replacement batteries at the local hardware store. Additionally, Super Vac’s versatile battery platform works with other battery-powered tools commonly used by firefighters. Since then, Super Vac added 16” variations to the lineup — the V16-BD DEWALT-compatible fan in the summer of 2019 and the V16-BL Milwaukee-powered PPV in early 2020.
Not only are these fans super compatible, but they offer a number of unique design features that make them even more versatile. For starters, they’re lightweight (19kg and 21kg respectively), and these compact fans fit easily into most any compartment. The 18” fan features flat-proof rubber tires and a curved, ergonomic handle for added maneuverability, while both size variations offer 180 degrees of tilt for various attacks.
Plus, the fans come with a long list of accessories, including a rehab mister, spiral duct, foam adapter, truck mount and door bar/hanger combo. The fans offer up to 45 minutes of run time and 9,200-10,840 third-party AMC certified cfms (depending on fan size and battery selection).
That recap now brings everyone up to speed, and now let’s move onto Super Vac’s latest innovation — conversion kits that turn ordinary DEWALT, Milwaukee or Makita battery-powered chain saws into heavy-duty rescue saws for the fire industry.
These saws are usually only ideal for cutting wood, but this kit equips the saw with a carbide-tipped chain designed to cut through wood, nails, asphalt, shingles and light metal, as well as residential and commercial roofing — all with ease to the firefighter while not damaging the chain.
The kit also includes a modified bar, which allows the wider chain gauge to operate with added room, putting less strain on the saw’s repeat and heavy use. The bar is also slotted so that departments can opt to use the kit’s Quick Silver depth gauge, which prevents the operator from cutting too deep during roof ventilation.
“Advances in lithium-ion batteries have allowed very high-powered densities available to run a variety of tools. By manufacturing high-quality tools, we have expanded the versatility of these commercially available sources for emergency service personnel,” Super Vac President Roger Weinmeister said. “With the introduction of these battery-powered ventilation products, we feel we’ve added more versatility and reliability to the marketplace.”
For more information, go to www.supervac.com