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Chip Vac

Vacuums chips directly into an open-top drum with No Moving Parts!

What is The Chip Vac?

EXAIR's Chip Vac picks up dry or wet chips and delivers them directly to an ordinary open-top drum. The Chip Vac is used to clean chips from fixtures, floors and work surfaces of machining centers, lathes, saws, mills and other industrial equipment. The powerful suction is idel for fast and efficient cleaning.

EXAIR's Mini Chip Vac System delivers the same cleaning power for small jobs. It comes complete with a 5 gallon drm and all the tools.

Why The Chip Vac?

The compressed air operated Chip Vac is an industrial duty vacuum designed specifically for vacuuming chips. It creates a powerful direct flow action that vacuums metal , wood or plastic chips into an ordinary drum. Designed for occasional use with dusty materials, the included filter bag keeps the surrounding air clean.

Electrically operated "all purpose" vacuum aren't designed for use in industrial environments. As a result, motors wear out quickly and impellers clog. The Chip Vac has No Moving Parts to wear out or break which ensures long life. Sound level is half that of electric vacs.

The Chip Vac Systems include a drum lid with a locking ring that fits an open top drum. In less than a minute, the Chip Vac can be removed and easily placed onto another drum to keep different materials separate for recycling. Constant heavy lifting and dumping of the vacuum cleaner tanks is eliminated since all chips are vacuumed directly into the drum

How The Chip Vac Works?


Compressed air, normally 80-100 PSlG (5.5 - 6.9 BAR), flows through the inlet (1) into an annular plenum chamber (2). It is then injected into the throat through directed nozzles (3). These jets of air create a vacuum at the intake (4) which draws material in, accelerates it through the unit (5), and directs it to the bottom of the drum. The airflow exhausts through the port in the drum lid. Airborne particles are trapped by the filter bag (6).


  • CNC's
  • Lathes
  • Saws
  • Mills
  • Drills
  • Grinders
  • Routers
  • Molding machines
  • Absorbent pick-up


  • No Moving Parts
  • Low cost
  • No motors to clog or wear out
  • Safe - No electricity
  • Chips go directly into a drum
  • Powerful direct flow action
  • Includes accessories
  • 50% quieter than electric vacs

Chip Vac System Specifications


Deluxe and Premium Chip Vac System Includes a drum dolly.

The Model 6193 Chip Vac System includes a vacuum hose, chip wand and plastic tools.

The Model 6193-5 Mini Chip Vac System includes a vacuum hose, 5 gallon drum, chip wand and plastic tools.

Premium Chip Vac Systems include the drum, drum dolly, an upgrade to static resistant hose, heavy duty aluminum tools, tool holder, air hose and quick connects fittings. (Model 6393 shown.)

Here are some sample of applications:

The Chip Vac removes abrasive stainless steel chips from a CNC


110 gallon Chip Vac offers maximum capacityy cleanup on large machining operation.


The Mini Chip Vac allows for easy cleanup of small messes.

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