This page was created to showcase the differences between the DustRam® and the Dust Commander® tile removal tool attachments.
Before investing in equipment as a flooring professional or a homeowner hiring a contractor for flooring remodel, one will always search for the best value for their dollar. After all, homes or businesses are expected to endure over time; the contractor or homeowner wants to know they are receiving a quality product or service.
DustRam® LLC offers a high caliber of machinery and products to licensed and certified contractors; if applicable can also provide them with designated territories when using this equipment to provide the best value to their customers with every home remodel they complete.
The easiest way to see the value between two products is through a visual inspection of the features, seeing it in action on a job site, and by comparing capabilities in terms of efficacy, longevity, and customer support.
This video above clearly shows the initial positives and negatives between the DustRam® and the Dust Commander® tile removal tool attachments. The following table displays a quick guide into the fundamentals of these two items.
TABLE OF COMPARISONS
|Features and Benefits of the DustRam® System Tile Removal Tools & Equipment||DustRam® System||Dust Commander®|
|Has an end-to-end system of equipment for EVERY process needed to provide DUST FREE REMOVAL?||YES - Guarantee in writing to clients the finished project will be cleaner after completion than before the job started.||NO - "Virtually??" Dust Free only|
|All system components are rugged?||YES||NO|
|Equipment covers every aspect of the removal process and is well manufactured?||YES||NO|
|Design of the equipment maximizes the speed of the removal process?||YES||NO|
|Chipping hammer attachment made from durable metal?||YES - Aluminum||YES - Aluminum|
|Chipping hammer attachment NOSE made from hardened steel?||YES - Hardened Tool Steel||NO - Aluminum|
|Chipping hammer attachment NOSE designed to prevent debris from clogging the opening?||YES||NO|
|Mounting bolt(s) or clamps needed to connect the attachment to the chipping hammer?||1 bolt||2 bolts|
|Time needed to mount attachment to chipping hammer, includes greasing the chisel.||Approx. 75 seconds|
(1 minute and 15 seconds)
|Approx. 215 seconds (3 minutes and 35 seconds)|
|Time needed to dismount attachment from chipping hammer and resecure the mounting bolt(s) or clamps.||Approx. 15 seconds|
(1/4 of a minute)
|Approx. 100 seconds|
(1 minute and 40 seconds)
|Total time needed to mount and dismount the attachment from the chipping hammer.||Approx. 90 seconds|
(1 minute and 30 seconds)
|Approx. 315 seconds|
(5 minutes and 15 seconds)
|Attachment mounting bolt(s) or clamps integral to the attachment?||YES||NO|
|Attachment mounting bolt(s) or clamps are retained securely during the mounting or dismounting process?||YES||NO|
|Attachment transforms chipping hammer into a powerful pry bar?||YES||NO|
|Speeds removal on well bonded tile, travertine or saltillo?||YES||NO|
|Equipment safe to use around baseboards?||YES||NO|
|Equipment safe to use around cabinets?||YES||NO|
|Equipment safe to use around walls?||YES||NO|
|Equipment DOES NOT clog while removing thin set, tile, stone, saltillo or channelling concrete?||YES||NO|
|Equipment will fit under toe-kicks?||YES||NO|
|Skirts on grinding shrouds ARE NOT damaged from use over thin set or other radically uneven surfaces?||YES||NO|
|Skirts on grinding shrouds are designed to capture dust efficiently when grinding tall thin set?||YES||NO|
|Customized grinding wheels are designed to outperform any other type of grinding wheel on the market?||YES||NO|
|Customized grinding wheels are higher quality than the traditional grinding wheels currently on the market?||YES||NO|
|Equipment and grinding wheels can be used to remove various coatings such as sheet vinyl, wood glue, crack membrane, paint, epoxy, etc.?||YES||NO|
|Has equipment and processes developed to remove glued down wood flooring and adhesive?||YES||NO|
|Can be used to trench concrete for electrical or plumbing fixtures without damage to the attachment?||YES||NO|
|Can be used to remove tile from vertical surfaces such as stairs, risers, surrounds, etc?||YES||NO|
|Equipment can FULLY & COMPLETELY edge along baseboards, inside corners, and under toe-kicks?||YES||NO|
|Equipment can be used to tear out fireplaces, hearths, showers, curbs and tub surrounds efficiently?||YES||NO|
|Vacuums modified for performance and speed?||YES||NO|
|Vacuums modified for reliability?||YES||NO|
|Vacuums modified to handle large volumes of coarse debris quickly and efficiently?||YES||NO|
|Vacuums modified for increased CFM?||YES||NO|
|Offers contractors on the job training?||YES - 3 days - Includes equipment setup, use, equipment maintenance, marketing advice and documents||NO - 1 hour equipment set up only|
|Offers support to the contractor after purchase?||YES - Direct access to Jack King the inventor for technical questions and advice via email and cell phone||NO Not Offered|
|Promotes the contractor on SEO'd web site(s)?||YES - 2 different sites - DustRam.com & Dust Free Tile Removal.com||NO Not Offered|
|Contractors web page(s) SEO optimized?||YES||NO Not Offered|
|Sends leads to contractors who purchase equipment?||YES||NO Not Offered|
|Contractors allowed to use the manufacturer logo for advertising?||YES||NO Not Offered|
|Contractors permitted to use Dust Free Tile Removal.com in print advertising or on their trailers?||YES||NO Not Offered|
|Offers contractors marketing and administrative support?||YES||NO Not Offered|
|Offers contractors access to a highly developed and technically written Operation Manual?||YES||NO Not Offered|
There is a vast difference between “clean” or “virtually” dustless and real dust free tile removal. If one factors in for a standard tile removal job where a pound of dust is created for each square foot removed, then an 800 square foot job produces up to 800 pounds of silica dust. OSHA has categorized silica dust as a dangerous carcinogenic and ingesting or breathing it should be avoided at all costs.
A virtually dust free removal usually advertises a 98% dust capture rate; out of 800 pounds that leaves 16 pounds of silica contaminants floating through the air conditioning vents and settling on food, clothing, electronics, and anything else within the home.
To be dust free, these types of mechanisms must seize the dust at the source as it is being created. Once released into the home or business, only a long period of time and physical effort can remove the contaminants from the air and surfaces of a business or home.
To combat the escape of concrete and thinset dust during flooring removal, an end-to-end system for dustless removal at every step of the process is necessary.
The DustRam® System is usually purchased as a whole package, including all the necessary components to collect the dust and eliminate the damage and mess created by traditional removal methods.
The different DustRam® LLC devices cover each aspect of flooring removal and are well designed to maximize its speed and increase the efficiency of the operator.
The equipment is a crucial step, but as a DustRam® contractor, one has access to a complete operation from start to finish preventing contaminants from being released into the home or business.
This is not fully possible concerning equipment currently supplied by Dust Commander®.
Durability, the installation, removal, and maintenance of the attachment, and its job site usefulness are the base requirements for material on any construction project. The components of the complete DustRam® system are rugged and made to last for years.
Both the DustRam® and Dust Commander® chipping hammer attachments are made of durable aluminum and/or steel. Only the DustRam® has a hardened steel nose with a special design preventing debris from clogging where the tile chisel emerges from the attachment.
There is a definite time investment difference between the DustRam® and the Dust Commander® when it comes to the maintenance and installation or removal of the chipping hammer attachment.
A Metal DustRam® has one mounting bolt, which is secured and cannot be lost. The Dust Commander® has two but those are not secured and can be easily lost.
As seen in the previous video, the Dust Commander® chipping hammer attachment requires a total of 315 seconds to attach and detach, while the DustRam® quickly completes both tasks in 90 seconds total.
The Dust Commander® bolts require additional tightening repeatedly during the use of the attachment. Time is money on the job site, and if one can provide less aggravation to the operator, they are more likely to take better care of the materials thus improving the life of the machinery.
Usefulness and productivity are vital considerations when purchasing machinery for use during construction or demolition. The DustRam® attachment allows the use of a Bosch® 11264EVS Chipping Hammer as a pry bar and helps to speed up the removal of well-bonded floorings such as tile, travertine, and Saltillo.
This attachment is safe to use near baseboards, cabinets, and walls. The DustRam® chipping hammer attachment does not clog during the removal of thinset, tile, stone, or Saltillo. It channels concrete with minimal effort.
As seen in the video, the Dust Commander® is unable to do any of these things.
For fine-tuning during demolition, a contractor or flooring professional needs reliable grinding equipment including the best available shrouds and wheels. DustRam® skirts cannot be damaged while grinding thinset or other drastically uneven surfaces and will still effectively trap the dust when used appropriately.
The customized grinding wheels produced by DustRam® are of higher quality and designed to outperform all others on the market. The Dust Commander® cannot supply these to flooring professionals and contractors.
The only way dust free tile or flooring removal works is with the best vacuums in the business. PulseRam® vacuums are modified for performance, speed, and reliability.
PulseRam® vacuums can handle quantities of rough debris quickly and efficiently due to their design characteristics. These enhanced vacuum capabilities are not available through Dust Commander®.
In general, DustRam® items are designed specifically to tackle an assortment of flooring demolition while remaining dust free. The equipment and grinding wheels are used for removing all coatings such as sheet vinyl, wood glue, crack membrane, paint, epoxy, and more.
The DustRam® (metal version) can even remove glued down wood flooring. The Nylon DustRam® attachment effectively tear down fireplaces, hearths, showers, curbs, and tub surrounds as well as eliminating tiles from vertical surfaces such as stairs and risers.
Due to its patented design, the DustRam® chipping hammer attachment can remove flooring and thinset up to the baseboards, inside corners, and fit under toe-kicks with ease.
Finally, only DustRam® (metal version) trenches concrete for electrical and plumbing fixtures without damage to the attachment and completely dust free. Dust Commander® is unable to complete any of these tasks.
Once a contractor or flooring professional invests hard-earned money into equipment to make their projects run more efficiently, understanding the right way to use the apparatus is paramount.
For a contractor to become certified by DustRam® requires 3 days of training in Tempe, Arizona. Training will include setup, use, equipment maintenance, a 96+ page technical operator’s manual, and marketing advice specific to the contractor’s area.
Dust Commander® provides only 1 hour of equipment setup…that is all. DustRam® provides support to the contractor after their purchase with direct access to Jack King, the inventor as needed for technical questions or advice via email or cellphone.
A DustRam® contractor receives customer leads from the company and is promoted on multiple websites, while their own DustRam web page receives SEO optimization with marketing and administrative support. Additionally, the contractors and flooring professionals may use the manufacturer logo and website links for any advertising, including print, trailers, and online.
There is a continual increase in searches for dust free, dustless, and DustRam® over the past few years; with the availability of cross-advertising, gives the contractor a natural boost in exposure to the right client in their locality. Even after purchasing their implements, Dust Commander® does not provide technical assistance, training, or supplemental advertising.
DustRam® contractors receive the very best, tried and job-tested, dust free tile removal equipment available. They are covered through every step of their flooring removal projects.
The accessories are durable and easily attached or detached based on the needs of the operator. The chipping hammer, grinding shrouds and wheels, vacuums and more are specially designed for easy use and speedy removal of all types of flooring or another surface.
Finally, only DustRam® provides their licensed and certified contractors support through on-the-job training and technical advisement, marketing and SEO assistance, and ongoing contact and client referrals. Dust Commander® is unable to furnish any of this.
A final view of the difference between “virtually” dust free and the only world patented dust free tile removal equipment offered by DustRam® contractors:
Check DustFreeTileRemoval.com for a licensed and certified contractor near you to complete your flooring remodel project dust free, or to become a DustRam® contractor with your own territory and ongoing support available. Our FAQ’s page is also available to answer additional questions you might have.