CoolVac 16 Horsepower Insulation Removal Vacuum

CoolVac 16 Horsepower Insulation Removal Vacuum

The demand for retrofit is increasing. Traditionally, insulation companies needed vacuums to remove fire-damaged, moldy insulation. Various contractors including pest-control, HVAC and even fire departments are using vacuums to extract old, damaged insulating material. The HVAC industry uses vacuums for cleaning duct work.

Contractors need a versatile, portable solution to remove insulation, quickly, efficiently and cleanly. With the Cool-Vac 16, you are able to remove insulation from attics, sidewalls and crawl spaces.

P1010125Damaged insulation material (fire, smoke and water) is heavy and requires an industrial solution to remove the heavy material.

With the Cool-Vac16, you are able to vacuum heavy, damp material into 75 cu. ft. disposable bags or directly into a truck or dumpster.

Review of CoolVac16

A long-time customer of Cool Machines gives his thoughts about the Cool Machine brand and the CoolVac16 vacuum. Accurate Insulation in Ixonia, Wisconsin

Production Comparison

We ran a test to compare various hose sizes and the production between our CoolVac12 (now CoolVac11) and the CoolVac16. This is an older test. Our CoolVac16 now has a larger fan blade.


Protect your vacuums by adding a vacuum saver. This capturing device filters out the vast majority of garbage. It prevents damage to your vacuum and creates safety for those manning the bags.

Insulation Vacuum Maintenance

A gas engine-based vacuum requires attention to maintenance. The dusty environment can damage your engine. This video hits the high-spots for maintaining your vacuum.

Features of the Cool-Vac 16

  • 1/4″ Hardox Liner protects the fan housing chamber. Fan housings are very expensive and run hundreds of dollars. This industrial wear strip inside the fan chamber to prevent highly abrasive fibers and foreign debris passing from damaging the housing.
  • A 20 inch diameter turbo sonic  FC blade [1. Forward Curve] eliminates wet fiber build up in the housing area. The turbulence created by the forward curvature sweeps the housing clean of debris.
  • Fully robotically welded high abrasion resistant fan blades reduce the chance of a catastrophic failure a due to operational stress. The blades are not spot welded, but a bead runs the entirety of the blade.
  • Computerized balanced blades which reduces wear to engine bearings.
  • 16 h.p. Briggs and Stratton Vanguard commercial duty engine (highly regarded as one of the most durable engines in its class), provides ample power to exceed production rates of any system in its class.
  • Powder-coated heavy gauge welded steel construction.


  • 20 inch diameter abrasion resistant, 1/4″ blades with solid robotic welds, computer balanced. Turbo sonic / FC fan blade.
  • 6 input and output tubes for hose hook up.
  • 12 volt Magnetron Electronic Ignition system
  • Easy access battery location for quick service and battery charging
  • Safety inlet and outlet guards to reduce occupational hazards
  • 16 horse-power Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V twin engine with positive pressure lubrication.
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 36 long x 30 wide x 48 high
  • No load pressure equals a maximum of 28 inches of water column
  • CFM rating is 3,600


2 year vacuum, 3 year engine


  • Hour meter
  • Re coil start back up
  • 4 aluminum vacuum pick up tube with handles

<h2>Daisy-Chain Vacuums</h2>
Add another vacuum, in-line to increase performance and reach much longer lengths.

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<a href=””>Read this article for more information about daisy-chaining vacuums together</a>.
<h2>Hook-up Recommendations</h2>
Various combinations of hose lengths up to 150 ft. can be used effectively. Larger diameter hoses with shortest hose length allow for maximum production rates. Recommended 25 ft. x 6 dia. hose for exhaust, 125 ft. x 6 dia. hose reduced to 25 ft. x 4 dia. hose for maximum vacuum pick-up in the attic. See this article on our various <a href=”” target=”_blank”>recommended vacuum hose configurations (Minimal, Economy and Deluxe).</a>