The Nilfisk CFM 127 is a compact, intermittent-duty vacuum ideal for general cleaning, collection and containment of fine dust and debris in specialized woodworking applications, according to the company. Product manager Corry Luckenbach says the durability, portability and power are the machine’s best attributes.
“The machine has a steel container, which makes it very durable. It has a very efficient filtration system and has quality construction from the outside down to the components inside the motor,” says Luckenbach.
The machine uses cyclonic filtration for the first state of filtration, whereas the main fabric filter inside provides a large surface area and resists premature clogging. An optional upstream HEPA filter is also available as an upgrade. An external filter shaker handle keeps the main filter free of clogging dust and maintains the vacuum’s maximum suction power and filtration performance.
Suction performance is monitored by a manometer and light, allowing the user to know when the filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. A sound suppressor diffuses the exhaust air for optimum noise control.
The dimensions of the Nilfisk CFM 127 are 26" x 23" x 41". It weighs about 92 lbs empty. Swivel castors in the front and large wheels in the back make it conveniently portable.
“It’s very ergonomic, the handle swings over the head and drops the dust bin down so you can just reach in and pull the bin,” says Luckenbach.
The Nilfisk CFM 127 sells for about $2,000 and is compatible with Nilfisk CFM’s comprehensive line of accessories, including those for overhead cleaning.
“This is a vacuum woodshops can use, but the woodworking industry is frugal when it comes to power equipment. Larger shops that have multiple machines could get great use out of this, but we offer a number of machines with similar features in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.
Contact: Nilfisk-Advance America Inc., Corporate Headquarters, 300 Technology Dr., Malvern, PA 19355. Tel: 610-647-6420. www.stop-the-dust.com
This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.