A common question that comes our way is, “Can your insulation vacuum remove fiberglass batts?” We get this question because of spurious claims by some and a video (on YouTube no longer posted). More
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Every blower and vacuum are assigned unique serial numbers. These numbers identify the version of machine you own. More
Are you looking to get into the insulation business or expand your existing one? Here is a trailer package that is ready for work. The generous-sized trailer will hold a ton of material and have plenty of room for the following equipment:
- Low hours Standard CM2400 Cool Machine Insulation Blower
- 2 – 12 amp blowers
- 12″ airlock
- Used one-time, CoolVac 12 Insulation Removal Vacuum
- 12 horsepower LCT motor
- 6″ openings
- Generac Generator – 8KW (plenty of power for the CM2400)
- 8×22 foot trailer
Having been an insulation contractor, one of my greatest needs was accurate estimating software. My excel spreadsheets became quite unmanageable and just one faulty formula meant that I either overbid or underbid a job. Both are very costly mistakes!
Whether you do take-offs directly from a blueprint or field notes, this software will help an insulation contractor develop accurate estimates, saving time and helping you prevent errors.
This software works well as…
- A standalone product
- Integrates with Quickbooks
- Integrates with your Blueprint Takeoff software
For more information, please visit: AllPro Insulation Estimating Software
Insulation Removal Vacuums go through abuse. The obvious problems are caused by the foreign objects that are sucked through the hose (nails, pieces of junk, even brick pieces) from the attic.
The SILENT killer of a vacuum is failure to maintain the vacuum. Dust gathers around the engine, unlike most applications. While extracting the insulating materials, they create enormous clouds of dust. Here are some tips and videos on maintaining and tuning up your insulation removal vacuum machine. More
Dense packing with fabric is an excellent way to see if the cavity is filled with insulation material. Standard, wood framing makes it easy to staple the fabric. However, what happens when you are faced with steel construction? The usual approach is to glue the fabric to the studs. This requires you to let the glue set and return to fill the cavity. Here is a better alternative!
Insulation Innovators developed metal strips that provide a nice, clean and tight fabric wall. These strips are screwed to either wood or steel and will make the best possible stretch for dense packing. Here is why they excel over the traditional staple and glue methods:
- Stapling fabric requires many staples. They are placed about every 1 to 2 inches for maximum hold. With the fast strip, only three screws, on average, can hold the strip in place.
- Eliminates expensive stapler failure. Automatic staplers are the choice of many insulation professionals. For example, the Joseph Kihlberg stapler is considered the industry’s best. It is hundreds of dollars. The stapler requires maintenance of the seals and pistons which cost at least $80 to replace.
- Allows for “glue & screw” method for drywall installation. If you use fabric, then the gluing of drywall to the stud is compromised. This method creates a surface so that drywall can still be glued to it.
- Prevents bulging. No matter how good an insulation professional installs the fabric, there are bound to be bulging throughout the job. These strips create a tight fit and prevent the fabric from bulging.
Clogged hoses. They are inevitable. No matter how many years of experience, you will clog your hose. This can be a time-wasting ask and create a hassle to finish the job in a timely manner. This article will help you identify the causes and show a quick video on unclogging your insulation machine hose.
How to Prevent Clogged Hoses
Prevent kinks from developing in your hose. A hose reel will help keep your hose free from kinking which leads to many clogged hoses.
Related to the first point, make sure your hose is laid out as straight as possible. Don’t let your hose get all twisted and curled up. This restricts he diameter of your hose and can create the kinks.
Reduce your hose appropriately. If you want to reduce, for example, the last 50 feet of your hose, choose to reduce by one inch every 50 feet. Attempting to reduce the circumference of your hose, too radically, will create binding spots. For example, reduce from a 3″ hose to a 2″ hose, maximally.
Check how much material you are feeding through the hose. Make sure, if you are filling a wall cavity, that you do not have your airlock wide open. Consider this as a standard. If you are filling a 2×4 wall, then set your airlock at 4″. If you are filling a 6″ wall, then 6″ airlock opening works well.
How to Unclog Your Hose
Hose clamps are great, but they can be a pain to deal with when unclogging your hose. We use a hose clamp at the machine and at the beginning of one of the reductions to prevent the hose from blowing apart where the pressure is greatest. Duct tape is your friend! When you hose clogs, all you need to do is to run a utility knife around the connector, cutting the duct tape. Then you can separate your hose section quickly.
If you are using a translucent hose like Mark II, then you will appreciate the fact that you can locate the beginning and end of a clog in the daylight.
Remove the hose from the blower and reverse it. Connect the other end of the hose to the blower. Now you will be blowing the material backwards. Since the material will only further impact if you try to increase the blower motor, reversing the air flow and giving your hose a vigorous shake at the clogged point will 90% of he time blow out the impaction.
This is a low hours, complete Meyer Series 1400 fiberglass, Rockwool and cellulose insulation blowing machine.
Comes complete with …
…everything needed to install in a truck to make it operational. Includes a new Chelsea PTO drive for an Allison automatic transmission, also has the original PTO for a manual transmission also with low hours. Also has the hydraulic pump that connects directly to either PTO drive, has the Hydraulic tank and hoses that mount to the frame of the truck and the fluid cooler is also included. Everything works like new and is in excellent shape. The entire set-up only has 716 hours and will last for 10’s of thousands of hours. Everything included would cost well over $40,000 if purchased new today. This equipment will produce $thousands$ in income per month for 15 to 20 years. 100% ready to install and get to work. Please call or text for more info or set-up a time to inspect the equipment. I purchased all of this 4 years ago with the idea of starting a 3rd business and I just don’t have time to do so. My loss is your gain.
At first glance, the striking, DURABLE black powder-coating and yellow flame decal grab your attention. The smart narrow, ERGONOMIC profile makes for a very versatile machine. The AGGRESSIVE auger design moves loads of material into the airlock. Our OVERSIZED auger shafts last forever. The EXPOSED triple-sealed, re-greasable bearings make for easy maintenance. The GLOWING plugs show power supply at a glance. PRECISION-engineered components, at every level, make for a solid, tight machine ready to last a life-time. We could go on and on…
Yes, these machines are good “lookers.” Their good looks, combined with the most durable, rugged, precise components have put Cool Machines “on the map,” as the innovative leader among insulation machine manufactures.
The Cool Machine CM1500hp (high performance) out-produces other machines in its class. Comparing this with the Krendl 575, there are many reasons why the CM1500hp excels.
The Krendl 575 poses a trip hazard. The loader of the machine needs to straddle the blowing hose as he loads it. The CM1500hp is designed so that the hose is out of the way and exits the back of the trailer/truck.
|Power Requirements||20 amp / 15 amp input 120v||30 amp / 15 amp input 120v|
|Blower Size||2 - 13.7 amp 140cfm||2 - 13.7 amp 140cfm|
|Airlock Size||18" x 10" 1414 cu in||14" x 10" 1099 cu in|
|Airlock Pressure||4.5 psi||4.5 psi|
|Cellulose per/hour||3000 lbs||2600 lbs|
|Fiberglass per/hour||1200 lbs||800 lbs|
|Hopper Size||13.5 cu ft||14 cu ft|
|Quick release airlock access|
|Quick release agitator access|
|Built-in pressure gauge|
|Powder coated rust resistant|
|Weight of machine||380 lbs||380 lbs|
Here is a detailed description of the benefits of owning a CM1500hp.
Description of CM-1500hp Features:
Compact and Robust: size to power ratio provides a high capacity and high production machine with low power requirements, while conserving valuable space in your vehicle.
Powder Coated Metal: Powder coating provides a high quality, long lasting finish exhibiting professionalism to your customers.
Check Valve Blower Protection: Protects blowers from back-flow of fibers into the blowers causing long term damage.
Tool Holder: Convenient storage location for tools and diagnostic equipment specific to this machine.
Hour Meter: Records total run hours on the agitator motor airlock for maintenance intervals.
Voltmeter: monitoring of correct voltage to agitator motor to prevent long term damage.
Pressure Gauge: Used to calibrate pressure for dense-packing sidewalls and diagnose condition of airlock seals.
Ergonomic/Safe Loading Design: Output hose does not interfere and create ‘trip’ hazard when loading fibers into hopper.
Re-Lube Bearings: heavy duty, triple sealed, ‘cast iron’ bearings allow re-greasing to provide endless life to bearings and eliminate maintenance.
‘Self’-Locking Loading Tray: allows quick opening and closing of loading tray without additional task of latching in closed position.
Quick Release Hopper: Quick release flip latches allow rapid removal of hopper for access to base unit for
Quick Release Agitator: Quick release of ‘scalping auger’ for convenient access to airlock seal replacement.
Modular Control Panel: Quick release panel box with plug-in connections for easy removal (for supplier exchange) and direct power diagnostics to motors.
Front Panel Reset Overloads: Easy access to re-set thermal overload protection to all motors and protected
L.E.D. Plugs/Self Diagnostics: Easy diagnostics to confirm power to motors.
Heavy Duty #16 Gauge Remote Cord: Heavy gauge wire conductor with double thick protective jacket provides durability to a component exposed to extreme wear and abuse.
Scalping Augers: Cool Machines proprietary technology providing enhanced fiber conditioning and positive feeding to airlock with no fiber bridging in hopper.
Wheel Package: Allows convenient transport of machine between vehicles and job-site.
Blower Filter Cover: Reduces blower filter maintenance