Brushed Vs Brushless Motors – Which do you Need?

Jan 23, 2023 | Workplace Safety

In our single phase vacuum range we offer industrial vacuums which are powered by either brushed or brushless motors. These motor types have a key difference in determining which will be best for your application.

When deciding on the ideal Delfin vacuum for your application, many aspects of the vacuum come into consideration. These factors can include power and suction capacity, collection capacity, filtration offered, and motor type.

As mentioned, within our single phase vacuum range we offer brushed motors as well as brushless motors depending on the vacuum you are considering. In order to determine which is best fit for you, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

The key difference comes down to the price and duty cycle.

Our brushed motors can offer a cost effective motor option, as they tend to be more affordable when compared to a brushless option. For a smaller price, you receive a motor that offers 800 hours duty cycle before you need to replace the carbon brushes. From here, it can continue to be used for an additional 300 hours before you will need to replace the motor itself. This can be compared to the brushless option which is slightly higher in price, however offers 10,000 hour duty cycle.

Therefore, the ideal motor for you depends on your application and how often you will require your vacuum, in order to get the best bang for your buck.

The brushed option is great for applications where your vacuum will only be used a couple of hours a week, such as general housekeeping or cleaning odd spills around the warehouse. Using it intermittently will mean the 800 hour duty cycle will stretch over a long period of time.

However, despite the brushed option being more affordable initially, if you are looking to use your vacuum continuously or on a regular basis, a brushless motor is encouraged. This is simply due to it being more cost effective for your business in the long term as you won’t need to continuously spend money and risk downtime on replacing carbon brushes and the entire motor. Our brushless motor industrial vacuums provide longevity on a high duty cycle similar to that of our three phase options.

It should also be noted, that the product vacuumed should also be considered when determining between a brushed or brushless motor option – in particular whether the product is combustible. Our brushless motors assist in removing the potential ignition source when dealing with combustible dust. This meaning, if your dust is combustible, a brushless motor is most definitely preferred. Our brushless units meet Atex accreditation as along with the brushless motor, they utilise antistatic filters, earth grounding kits, and stainless steel collection tubs. We also offer an IECEx certified range of vacuums designed for combustible dust.

Making the decision on which industrial vacuum is right for you can be daunting. That’s why our team of professionals are here ready to help you find the ideal solution for your problem. With experience and knowledge in all industries, zones, and applications, we can provide accurate and genuine advice on which vacuum is right for you. Give the team a call today on 03 8597 3376 to begin the search!

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