Mafell S35 vs. Nilfisk 44-21 HEPA vs. Metabo ACP35 May 19, 2020 5:47:24 GMT -5
Post by hecon5 on May 19, 2020 5:47:24 GMT -5
So, I'm still on the fence about my next vacuum. I'm in the US, so the EU fancy L/M/H rating system doesn't help me much (but gosh it'd be nice if the US would adopt that instead of wondering if the "HEPA" filter on this vacuum actually means it's filtering out the nasties). Normally, I'd consider not using the HEPA filter, but since the place I am I'm nearly guaranteed to run into lead paint / lead whatever (and possibly Asbestos, but only trace amounts) and I'd like not to be sued / fined, and would very much like to ensure I'm not spewing lead in any case.
I'm presently looking at the Mafell S35, Nilfisk 44-21 HEPA, and the Metabo ACP35 (157cfm variant), in that order. I've got a local vacuum dealer that is willing to cut me a pretty decent deal on the Nilfisk (~$600), but the Mafell unit looks like its filter, airflow, and hose might be nicer, so it's quite nearly a tie.
My biggest concerns are spreading lead around in an old house when I drill into the siding / interior. While I'm not planning to do major RRP work (yet), I'd like to ensure that the vacuum I'm getting is at least certified for it, just in case someone gets extra curious / concerned and has OSHA pay me a visit.
Anyway; does anyone know if the Mafell S35 is specifically allowed for RRP/ certified by them to be RRP compliant? On paper, the specs of the filter that's provided are well above the minimums, but the last thing I want is to find out they've pulled a Milwaukee and said it's not...
It looks like the ongoing maintenance of the Mafell unit is a good bit higher (bags/filters), but I'm willing to pay the premium for premium tools; literally my only hang up on the Mafell is whether it's RRP compliant. If it's not...Nilfisk it is!