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Dust Director® 1-Motor Vacuum Tipping Cart

Dust Director DD1200S Vacuum, 12.5 Amp with AIRFlow HEPA Filtration.

Dust Director DD1200S
12 Gallon Dust Extractor


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Powerful, Compact - Possibly are most versatile and portable vacuum.  Collects 40 lbs. of silica dust without suction drop, Wet/Dry use, including Tip'n Pour Cart.

DD1200S - Tipping cart makes emptying the tank easy.Identical in power, filtration and collection yields as the DD1200 vacuum but with even greater versatility from its Tip'n Pour cart (right):

  • Concrete Grinding - Emptying the tank with 40+ lbs. of concrete dust has never been easier or safer using the Tip'n Pour cart.
  • Tuck Pointers - Grinding of brick mortar joints.  The vacuum is conveniently wheeled to the site and you can easily removed the vacuum from the cart to use just the vacuum on scaffold.  The vacuum - compact (12" in diameter) and with a flat bottom tank - is easy to handle and even easier to secure on scaffold.

    Tuck Pointers - Seriously increase productivity.  With the compact 12 gallon tank and industrial high-power motor, tuck pointers are able to grind brick mortar joints until the silica reaches the inlet port on the tank
    ~ without incurring suction loss!  

  • General Purpose Use - Vacuum ultra fine powder to moist debris and even at the same time!

Filter System - AIRFlow HEPA Filtration ~ Expect to collect over 40 lbs. of concrete dust with little if any suction drop.  Turn the vacuum off then on again and the filter bag will release any caking by deflating and re-inflating itself.  Turn on the vacuum and suction power actually improves!  The 12 gallon collection tank will fill completely, to its inlet port with maybe a minimal drop in suction power.

Filter System includes:  HEPA Cartridge Filter, Clean Extreme Filter Collection Bags (3).  Any type of debris, from dry concrete powder to moist or oily debris to hot mastics --- everything is collected and contained within the Clean Extreme Filter Bag WITH minimal suction loss AND with everything completely contained within the Clean Extreme Filter Bag.  HD Clean Extreme Filter Bag removed from tank - holds 140lbs. of dry concrete dust - inside of the tank remains clean. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • Clean Extreme Filter Bag completely fills - to the inlet port on the tank ~ Providing long operating times without suction drop
  • The outside of the filter bag stays clean
  • The inside of the tank stays clean
  • The HEPA Cartridge Filter stays clean (expect to replace it in two or three years)
  • Removal, handling & disposal of the completely contained debris is clean, easy and without a mess.

DD1200S.  Equipped as follows:  12 gal. poly collection tank, 110 Volt 2-Stage 1200 Watt 8.5 Amp Motor, 140 CFM, 88" H20, 2" Inlet Port, 1-1/2" x 12' Hose, 2" ID Smooth Vinyl Hose Cuff, AIRFlow HEPA Filtration, (3) Clean Extreme Filter Bags, Durable Long Life Casters (5).  Silica Dust Capacity:  40 lbs.  Increases to 50 lbs. when a Power Station is used.  Size:  14"/12" x 29", 28 lbs., Sound Level:  72.7dB.  Lighted on/off Motor Switches.  HD, industrial, water resistant - Completely weatherproofed "on/off" switch.


Available Accessories

Assorted Vacuum Hoses.HOSES - Lightweight and flexible.  Hoses are complete with an inlet hose cuff and 2" ID smooth soft vinyl hose cuff (to slide over the barrel of a dust control guard).

12' x 1-1/2" Hose
$ 70.00    
(Included with DD1200S)

12' x 2" Hose
$ 70.00    
Available @ N/C instead of the 1-1/2" hose.

25' x 2" Hose


CLEAN EXTREME FILTER COLLECTION BAGS   #HL500-25   (3 included with DD1200S)

Small Filter Bag, 2-1/2" Inlet Port, Collects Powders, Creosote, Mastics, Sharp Objects, etc. -- No Filter Blinding or Bursting!

2/Pk, $13.85/bag

20/Bx, $11.55/bag

50/Case, $10.00/bag

Free Shipping on (1) Case of Filter Bags.



Flutter Filter Basket - Constantly shakes, beats & flutters, prevents filter blinding without electronic pulsing.

12" Flutter Filter, #FF-300:  $120.00     







The DD1200S is our most versatile 1-motor vacuum.  While identical to power, performance, filtration and collection yields to the DD1200 model, the "S" model includes the Tip'n Pour Cart and its added feature of being able to remove the vacuum from the cart to use it on scaffold.

For this reason the DD1200S is fast becoming are number one seller to the tuck pointing profession.

With its powerful and sustained suction performance and wet/dry use filter system, you can go from vacuuming concrete and drywall dust to extracting wet drywall joint compound to cleaning sludge from sinks and toilets ~ all at the same time.

The extremely heavy-duty, powerful, general purpose DD1200S may be small in size (12" diameter tank) but it packs the following features:

  • Powerful industrial grade motor.

  • Recommended for those of use who use, depend, and need a compact but very powerful wet/dry vacuum.


At the 2012 & 2013 World of Concrete Show, attendees commented on the power suction of the DD1500, outperforming all others at the show including Bosch, CDC Larue, DeWalt, Fein, Hilti, Makita and Metabo.


  • APPLICATIONS Masonry and Concrete Grinding, Tuck Pointing, Manufacturing, Industry, Chimney Sweep Cleaning, Hardwood Floor Sanding, General Purpose Commercial & Residential & Industrial Use.

    If you own a store or you're a homeowner and you want one compact vacuum to clean:  Fireplaces, Ceiling Fans, Shelves (using a 25' hose), or to Extract Dirt and Grime (dry or wet) from Deep Within Carpets & Welcome Mats ~ the DD1200S is the vacuum.


AIRFlow HEPA Filter System - As with all of our Dust Director® vacuums the DD1200 is equipped with our AIRFlow HEPA Filtration System.  Unique but simple, you can expect to extract large volumes of the finest of powders without suction drop or contamination of neither the inside of the tank or your work area.

Additionally, within the same Clean Extreme Filter Collection Bag you can collect volumes of dry powder, ash and moist debris such as waste products and oily creosote.

And the Dust Director's unique HEPA rated cartridge filter permits simultaneous dry and wet recovery without the hassle of changing filters during a clean-up project.  The filter is easily removed from its filter cage for washing and re-use.

Easy Storage, Transportation & Handling - Equipped with durable metal tank-clamps that won't crack, snap or wear from heavy use ~ even when the tank is completely full and being handled with its collection capacity of 40 lbs. of silica (without incurring suction drop.)


Are You In Compliance?


OSHA's Silica Dust RuleThe Dust Director® has been used and has figured prominently in just about every silica dust control study since its inception in 2001.

This includes the Dust Director's acknowledgement in OSHA's Final Rule:  Requirement of dust control to keep workers from breathing silica dust - Effective 23 June 2016.


Final Rule - Required CFM Ratings
Is your vacuum in compliance?  Does it have enough CFM?

 *  To comply with OSHA's Standard one of your first steps is to select a vacuum or cyclone that has enough CFM to handle your wheel's diameter.  Use the chart and information below to help you select the model that has enough CFM.

Wheel Diameter * Required CFM Dust Director® Models - CFM Rating
** Vacuum Model
- CFM Rating
** Cyclone Model
- CFM Rating
4.5" 112.5 DD1000 - 130

DD1200 - 140

CP1200 - 160

DD2000 - 260

DD2000S - 260

DD2400 - 318

DD3900 - 447

C2000S - 270

C2400SD - 315

C2400M - 315

C2400B - 315

C3900B - 340

5" 125
6" 150
7" 175
12" 300
14" 350
16" 400
 *  OSHA's Required CFM Rating:  25 CFM or greater per inch of wheel diameter.


OSHA's Silica Dust Exposure Law.  Additional vacuum cleaner information & requirements.  OSHA's Final Rule Is NOW the Law.  Are you in compliance?Ridgid Vacuum.

Comparison.  Are you using a common wet/dry shop vac for dust control?





AIRFLOW HEPA FILTER SYSTEM - Background, Filter Information

AIRFlow HEPA Filtration - the Ultimate Filter System?  The AIRFlow HEPA Filter System includes a HEPA Efficiency Pleated Cartridge Filter and your choice to use the Clean Extreme Filter Collection Bags or the Self-Cleaning Flutter Filter:


Dust Release & Water Shredding HEPA Cartridge Filter, included with each Dust Director Vacuum & Cyclone.DUST DIRECTOR's CLEAN EXTREME HEPA CARTRIDGE FILTER.  Product Made in the USA.

Utilizing state of the art manufacturing and in house testing, the filter has been specifically designed to provide the performance required for the proper operation of a Dust Director® Vacuum.

Wet & Dry Use + HEPA Rated + Longer Life with Applied PTFE Membrane:  The Non-stick Dust Release & Water Shredding PTFE Membrane enhances the filter's capabilities in several areas, including filtration efficiency (meets or exceeds a HEPA rating), cake release, cake prevention, "extreme" service life.

A filter's base fabric is typically made of woven or felted synthetic fibers, natural fibers or fiberglass.  The membrane is a mechanically applied surface treatment (extremely thin, from 0.4 to 10.0 mils) that requires the filter's fabric for support.

Benefits of the Expanded PTFE in Dust Collection Applications:

Increases Filtration Efficiency to help meet EPA-mandated limits on exhaust emissions while providing the following benefits:

1)  Provides surface filtration rather than depth filtration (which is provided by conventional filter fabric).  Surface filtration keeps the captured dust particles away from becoming impregnated into the base fabric, thus reducing fabric abrasion and extending the filter's service life.  With longer service life you won't need to change the filter nearly as often which reduces your replacement cost and downtime during operations.

2)  Reduce pressure drop, cut energy (motor) costs.  The membrane typically prevents pressure drop across the filter by about 10 percent.   This in turn cuts wear on the vacuum's motor(s) while reducing power consumption by as much as 33 percent!

3)  Extreme Dust Cake Release / Extreme Dust Cake Prevention.  The expanded PTFE membrane is slicker than a conventional filter fabric and it easily releases any dust cake during cleaning.

4)  Most people purchase a vacuum cleaner based on improvements or features of the vacuum cleaner.  The vacuum's cartridge filter alone, applied with a PTFE membrane, will increase the vacuum's performance by as much as 25 percent - thereby increasing production rates for your entire operational process.

5)  Extreme & Diverse Applications.  The expanded PTFE membrane can withstand the most abusive of applications, dry or wet, and temperatures up to 600°F --- highly suitable for high-temperature applications such as when removing hot mastics.  Additionally, as stated, the filter is complete washable.

6)  While the PTFE membrane increases the filter's and vacuum's cost, the initial cost is offset by improved filtration efficiency, vacuum performance and longer filter life.


Clean/Extreme Filter Collection Bag.  HD, cloth filter bag installs into any W/D vacuum, maintains suction performance, collect dry, wet, sharp debris. CLEAN EXTREME FILTER COLLECTION BAGS (3 included per vacuum):

With a Clean Extreme Filter Bag installed you can expect to collect large volumes of silica dust - to the tank's inlet port - without incurring suction drop or without the filter bag tearing or accidentally bursting inside the tank.

Improve Productivity.  How many times are you stopping to clean or maintain the vacuum's filter or having to empty the tank all too often?  With a Clean Extreme Filter Bag installed, suction power stops when dust begins to exit through the tank's 2" inlet port --- fine powders collected and contained within the Clean Extreme Filter Bag will not cause blinding (i.e. the powder will not cake the bag's lining, suction is not diminished.)

When vacuuming any type of power, for hours at a time and you happen to notice suction drop . . . With a Dust Director Vacuum you simply turn off the vacuum, doing so will cause the Clean Extreme Filter Bag to deflate;  when you turn the vacuum on the bag inflates and suction resumes 100% ~ Guaranteed.

Are you grinding dry and you come across wet concrete, stone or mortar?  No problem - Clean Extreme Filter Bags work even better when the surface is damp!

Besides maintaining suction and collecting large volumes of powder without suction drop, Clean Extreme Filter Bags also collect:  Moist debris, sharp objects and hot mastics ALL AT THE SAME TIME.  Additionally, when you remove the filter bag you'll notice that the inside that the inside of the tank, the outside of the bag and the HEPA cartridge filter are "clean":

Clean Extreme Filter Bags:  Collects anything - powders to sludge - they fill to capacity, powders do not blind suction, no accidental bursting or tearing inside the tank or while being handled during disposal, and everything stays clean ~ Guaranteed.

Extreme Filter Bags install into wet/dry vacuums with an inlet port - Tanks stay clean, cartridge filters stay clean - even after collecting 140 lbs. of dry concrete dust.

HEPA Cartridge Filter Stays Clean

Clean/Extreme Filter Bag:  Large collection yields, everything stays clean including cartridge filter, tank & the outside of the bag.

Tanks Fill To Capacity without Suction Drop
Inside of the tank is kept clean.

Clean / Extreme Filter Bag removed from tank - holds 140lbs. of dry concrete dust - inside of the tank remains clean.

Outside of the Bag Stays Clean
- Filter Bag Will Not Tear -
Handling & Disposal is Easy
Clean & Without a Mess


FLUTTER FILTER - Optional Filter.

Flutter Filter Basket - Constantly shakes, beats & flutters, prevents filter blinding without electronic pulsing.The Flutter Filter is a self-cleaning drop-in filter that may be used instead of the Clean Extreme Filter Collection Bag.  As soon as the vacuum is turned on the tightly weaved "but loose fitting" Flutter Filter beings to flutter and shake, using the air speed and turbulence inside the collection tank to create its motion.

Constantly and naturally in motion, dry debris and roughly 50% of the powders are kept from blinding the surface of the Flutter Filter and causing suction drop.  

Like a Clean Extreme Filter Collection Bag, any accumulation or blinding on the surface of the Flutter Filter is naturally released when the vacuum is turned off and on:  When the vacuum is on the Flutter Filter raises, when the vacuum is turned on the filter drops . . . effectively releasing any caking.

DD1000 Watt - Shown with Flutter Filter installed.Additionally, to help prevent blinding while the vacuum is on, a floating filter cage inside the Flutter Filter swings freely and loosely as it shakes and knocks itself about using the air speed and turbulence inside the collection tank

When you're on a job site it's nice to have options . . . with a Dust Director® Industrial Vacuum Cleaner you're able to use either the Clean Extreme Filter Bags or the Flutter Filter.

Clean/Extreme Filter Collection Bag.  HD, cloth filter bag installs into any W/D vacuum, maintains suction performance, collect dry, wet, sharp debris.The Clean Extreme Filter Bags are the absolute best filter system on the market for collecting "large volumes" of silica dust while maintaining maximum suction performance and for keeping everything clean inside the tank and even during removing and handling ~ everything is kept clean and there isn't a mess.

But the Flutter Filter works impressively as well, reduces or eliminates the cost of replacement filter bags, uses no electronics to shake or pulse itself clean and it is completely re-useable and washable.

Flutter Filter - Specifications, Additional Features:

  • High Efficiency Filter Media, 96.5 @ 0.3 microns

  • Dry powders do not impregnate the material like commonly used "felt" filters

  • Keeps the vacuum's HEPA Cartridge Filter from caking.  While it may become dusty it will not cake.

  • Durable - Completely Washable

  • Versatile - Collects dry or wet debris without compromising its effectiveness.



Still Using a Standard Wet / Dry Vacuum as a Dust Extractor?


Shop Vac - 16 Gallon Tank with 2-1/2" x 6' Hose.

Shop Vac - $94.97

Ridgid Vacuum - with 2-1/2" x 6' Hose.

Ridgid - $99.00

Shop Vac - with 2-1/2" x 6' Hose.

Shop Vac - $116.97


Compare & Consider . . . Shop Vac and Rigid Vacuums have their place.  We all have one.
With OSHA's Final Rule:  You Will Get Fined Using a Non-Compliance Dust Extractor.



OSHA's Silica Dust RuleOSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Rule requires engineering controls (tools and equipment) to keep workers from breathing silica dust.

What is Respirable Silica Dust?  These tiny particles (known as "respirable" particles) can penetrate deep into workers' lungs and cause silicosis, an incurable and sometimes fatal lung disease.  Crystalline silica exposure puts workers at risk for developing lung cancer and other possible debilitating respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary and kidney disease.

How Much Respirable Silica Dust is Safe to Breath?  OSHA has issued their Final Rule to curb these respirable and kidney diseases in America's work force by limiting a worker's exposure to respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic over an 8-hour shift.

Packet of sugar - example of 53 micrograms.What Does 50 Micrograms of Respirable Silica Dust Look Like?  A good example may be one of those small paper packets of sugar or artificial sweeteners found in restaurants.

When used to demonstrate the dust concentration inside a building, the size of a football field (100 yards x 53 yards x 14' high).  The weight of one of those little packets is 53 micrograms, which is slightly over the PEL (permissible exposure limit) for Silica Dust of 50 micrograms.

Such a fine dispersing of dust at this concentration would essentially be invisibility.  It is also enough to put the workers at risk by contaminating the work area --- the size of a football field x 14' high.         


OSHA_Photo_1.jpg (848150 bytes)OSHA's Respirable Silica Dust Law - Effective:  23 June 2016.  Since 1999, the Dust Director® has been involved with various organizations aimed at improving the health and safety on construction sites.  On a meeting, dated 23 April 2014, the Dust Director® was invited to participate in a discussion about OSHA's upcoming Silia Dust Standard.  Besides the representatives from OSHA, the following organizations were also present:


  • CPWR (Center for Construction Research and Training)

  • Various university research scientists and professors

  • Health and environmentalist

  • Mike Kassman, National Safety Coordinator for the International Masonry Institute (IMI)

  • Jerry Scarano, Vice President of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers (BAC).

In past meetings, by the use of various air testing meters, NIOSH determined that the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of a worker being exposed to silica dust should not be greater than 93.4.  [On record, NIOSH tested the Dust Director® System (dust control guard and vacuum), and determined the complete system "provided the greatest reduction of capturing silica dust at 94% than any other vacuum and dust guard that was tested.]

Currently, to simplify the understanding and importance of containing silica dust exposure, OSHA and all parties involved, have adopted the buzz phase of "visible dust," as their measurement of whether silica exposure is being sufficiently contained for both the workers and public.


OSHA_Photo_6.jpg (988907 bytes)CASE STUDY:  Dust Left to Fly from a Skyscraper ~ An interesting case study was provided by a Detroit contractor who was tuck pointing at a high rise office building in downtown Detroit, 35 floors above the sidewalks.  A summarization of his findings on silica dust exposure is as follows:

  • Two workers were tuck pointing an office building, 35 floors up, without the use of dust control

  • The thinking was, to leave the silica fly and let it disburse into the sky . . . that it wouldn't harm anyone or anything

  • As the safety coordinator for the company, he monitored the air quality of his workers

  • His air quality readings were as follows:
    >  Employee "A" was working in air quality that measured 85 times over the NIOSH established PEL
    >  Employee "B", working downstream from employee "A", was receiving a concentrated dose of dust as his air quality measured 135 times over the PEL!

While this case study shows how "visible dust" may be seen, more importantly was the moral obligation we need to take for our construction workers, the public, and the environment.


Dust Emissions --- Does Your Vacuum Leak Dust?

Dust linkage, from a standard type wet/dry vacuum. Dust linkage (rear view) from a standard type wet/dry vacuum.

Check your vacuum!  With OSHA'S "No Visible Dust Law", is there a gasket beneath the motor head to seal the tank?

With the OSHA ruling You will get fined using a vacuum that leaks.

  • With a Dust Director® Vacuum, Like-New Suction is Every Time -
    Unlike other vacuum cleaners where the same cartridge filter is used again and again and again . . .

  • With a Dust Directo® Vacuum, the HEPA cartridge filter stays clean.
    While it may get dusted, it will never become caked
    ~ Guaranteed.


Poured in place urethane gasket, beneath the head of a Dust Director Vacuum.Urethane Motor Head Gasket.  Beneath the motor head of every Dust Director® Vacuum & Cyclone is a poured-in-place urethane gasket that is used to ensure a positive airtight seal between the motor head and its tank.  Commonly used shop vacuums and even higher priced vacuums will use foam or nothing at all.

The urethane gasket ensures against dust leakage into your work area and prevents even the slightest loss of vacuum which would naturally reduce suction power.  Many wonder how the suction of a Dust Director® Vacuum and Cyclone seems so much more powerful than other brands, one of the reasons is the urethane gasket.

Dust Director's Increase in Suction Power?  While a complete Dust Director System (vacuum and dust guard) have been successfully monitored by NIOSH to operate within the guidelines of their established PEL, a very important  feature in all of the Dust Director® Vacuums and Cyclones is the poured-in place urethane gasket.

While some vacuums use foam as a gasket, 90% of all vacuums use nothing!  This startling statistic includes vacuum's that cost well over $2000 dollars.  While the Rigid vacuum, for example, does not use any type of gasket (while leaking profusely), the consensus among morally conscience contractors is a Rigid vacuum is simply not designed to be used for silica dust containment.



Dust Director® vs. the Competition:


Bosch Vacuum.


Fein Vacuum.


Hilti Vacuum.


Ridgid Vacuum.


On a visit to masonry tuck pointers in Chicago and Detroit, the suction power of the Dust Director® Vacuums was compared to the Bosch 3931 Airsweep, Hilti VC20 and Fein Turbo I vacuums.  Simply by placing our hand over the inlet port of  each vacuum, the following was the agreed upon results:

  • Dust Director® Model DD1000:  15% greater suction vs. Bosch & Fein, 25% greater suction vs. Hilti

  • Dust Director® Model DD1200:  Easily 20% greater suction than the DD1000

  • Both Dust Director® models where considerably lighter than Bosch, Fein and the Hilti vacuums.





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