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The Attix 19 gallon comes in five models: the Attix 19 Basic, the Attix 19 HEPA, the Attix 19 RDFL, the Attix 19 2-operator Pneumatic/Electric Autostart with XtremeClean, and the Attix 19 Water Relocation Vacuum (also called Attix 19 AE). They are designed for contractors, drywallers, woodworkers, body shops, oil and lube shops for vacuuming autos, and other commerical or industrial uses. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE A FULL TABLE SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON.

The vacuum power head for the Attix 19 models is the same power head used on the 12 gallon, so they are very comparable except for the canister size. The Attix 19 gallon models are built on a cart design, with a very nice canister that can be dumped by tilting it on the frame, or removing it from the frame.


The Attix 19 Basic and the Attix 19 HEPA are identical and have the exact same power head. The only difference is the basic filters to 1.0 microns, which is perfectly suitable to capture drywall or sanding dust. The HEPA provides greater filtration to 0.3 microns, which is sometimes necessary for picking up asbestos, lead based paint, or for hospitals.

The Attix 19 RDFL as well as the Attix 19 2-operator Pneumatic/Electric Autostart with XtremeClean (also called the Attix 19 AS/PE 2 XC) have several features that make them more durable than the Attix 19 Basic or Attix 19 HEPA. RDFL stands for Rental Duty Filter with Filter Liner. This can get a little confusing because all models come with the 1.0 micron washable, reusable model that Wap originally called "rental duty," even the Basic model that doesn't have the RDFL letters next to it (and again, if you get a HEPA model, we will make sure you get a 1.0 micron filter in addition). The
Filter Liner is a pre-filter that hangs down from the top of the canister to prevent dust build up in the pleats of the 1.0 micron filter.

When you move up to the RDFL, it
has some features that make it more "rental duty" durable, including the Soft Start technology and a metal floor nozzle, as opposed to the plastic floor nozzle on the Attix 19 Basic and Attix 19 HEPA models. Soft Start technology gently gears up the motor over 2 seconds to decrease wear on the motor, particularly if you have multiple on/off cycles in a day. This enhances durability. So if you expect to turn the vacuum on and off multiple times per day, you should get a model with Soft Start technology.

The
XtremeClean filter system, which is a new feature never offered in previous Wap models, blows half the filter clean while the other half is being used for suction, so you always have continual, uninterrupted suction and cleaning of the filter. Every 30 seconds, the vacuum swaps and blows the other half off. Click here to see a video demo of the XtremeClean filter working. We do not want to represent this as a filter you never have to clean. The XtremeClean feature is really, really nice, though, and it will give you about 25 times as long between iterations of needing to manually knock out or blow out the filter. So, if you are working with drywall, sanding, woodworking, or fine dust, this is an excellent model for you. About 90% of our customers find the XtremeClean self-cleaning system to be so good they do not have to use any bags or a pre-filter (also called a Filter Liner) with their vacuum. Some, however, will enhance the cleanliness of the filter by using bags or a Filter Liner with it.

Autostart turns the vacuum on/off when you to plug a small tool such as a sander or saw (500 watts or less) into the vacuum and turn the tool on/off. The Autostart feature comes only on the Attix 19 2-operator Pneumatic/Electric Autostart with XtremeClean model. There is a standard household style outlet on the front of the vacuum to allow for this. For the pneumatic autostart, there is an air supply line input going into the vacuum, and an pneumatic output where you would connect the pneumatic tool's supply line. Two operators connector their sucton hoses to the vacuum's input via a Y-splitter.

The Attix 19 Water Relocation Vacuum (also called the Attix 19 AE) is a favorite of fire departments and other users that must move large volumes of water quickly. It can pick up 3,000 gallons per hour, and dump the water automatically through a discharge hose up to 200 feet horizontally or 23 feet vertically. It utilizes a sump pump inside of the vacuum to do this.

Things to keep in mind about the Attix 19 models: they are about 35-40 pounds heavier than the 12 gallon models and are taller, so they are not quite as portable. They have a durable cart design that makes for easy maneuvering particularly when going up or down stairs. The canister can either be removed from the cart to dump it OR tilted on the cart's fram. All models come with a metal wand. Additionally, the XtremeClean models have slightly more powerful 1200 watt motors, as compared to the 1000 watts on the other models, since they require a little more power to operate the XtremeClean filter system. Even so, all 19 gallon models are rated at the same 140 CFM, 105" vertical water lift.

All models come with a metal wand and a 1.5" diameter suction hose except the Attix 19 2-operator Pneumatic/Electric Autostart with XtremeClean model, which has a slightly smaller 1.25" diameter hose. This is because this model is designed with sanding in mind, so you can hook a small hand tool directly to the vacuum hose. We really don't get too many complaints of things getting jammed up in the smaller hose, and if you ever need a 1.5" or 2" diameter hose, you could buy this separately since the inlet on all Attix models, regardless of 8, 12 or 19 gallon size, is 2" and can suit a larger hose. And, if you ever need to adapt a 1.5" hose to a hand tool, there is an optional tool adaptor.

Also, any non-HEPA model can be converted to to have HEPA filtration instead of the standard 1.0 micron filtration by purchasing a HEPA filter for your vacuum. You can also use a Y-splitter to allow two users to plug into a vacuum's suction hose input. These vacuums have plenty of suction power to allow for 2 users. You may also add on additional suction hose (hose can be purchased by the foot) for up to 40 feet of suction hose.

If you have any questions, please call us at 800-214-9111, or email us at sales@industrialvacs.com


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