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ProTeam® Takes On Wet/Dry World

November 01, 2010
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The world of maintenance is unpredictable. Pipes burst. Spills and flooding happen. Natural disasters occur, and so do human ones. In every business, industry and building, the need for a wet/dry vacuum inevitably arises. When emergency cleanup or restorative deep cleaning is required, there is no time for a waiting game—and the wet/dry vacuum on hand needs to be up to the challenge.

At ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2010 in Orlando, ProTeam® unveiled a new line of wet/dry vacuums to take the industry by storm. Internationally recognized for innovative vacuum technology, ProTeam joined with parent company Emerson to develop the new ProGuard™ wet/dry line. The Emerson Professional Tools division, the world''s leading manufacturer of wet/dry utility vacuums, worked with the ProTeam design team to revolutionize the ease-of-use and performance capabilities of the wet/dry vacuum. The ProGuard line includes six models that span the size and functionality range—each designed to take on different maintenance situations.

"Wet/dry vacuums have a reputation for being unwieldy and hard to use," says Matt Wood, ProTeam President and CEO. "We wanted to rethink their design, while improving their performance. What we came up with is phenomenal. The ProGuard line is versatile, powerful and effective."

In line with ProTeam''s dedication to improving indoor air quality (IAQ), the ProGuard wet/drys feature a three-layer fine dust cartridge filter that captures everyday debris plus drywall and sawdust particles. This filter provides exceptional filtration, and is washable, reusable, and clogs less than standard foam filters. This ease of cleaning and filter maintenance offers a low cost of ownership and longer durability. Optional HEPA media cartridge filters and Intercept Micro® filter bags are available in some models to aid in improving IAQ.

Starting with the most compact wet/dry, the ProGuard LI 3 Cordless is a cord-free, lightweight model designed to go anywhere for quick cleanup. An 18-volt Lithium Ion battery powers the vacuum for cleaning small spills, jobsites, flooding and spot cleaning. At 3 gallons, only 10.5 pounds, and with a narrow design profile, the ProGuard LI 3 Cordless is easy to carry and easy to store. A locking stretch hose extends to seven feet for extended reach in confined spaces.

The ProGuard 4 offers a 4 gallon tank at only 12 pounds, making it a go-to, easy-to-carry choice for emergency spills, detail cleaning and portable jobsite maintenance. With a large carrying handle and commercial tools included, the ProGuard 4 provides an ergonomic, handheld alternative to bulky machines. Four swivel casters allow for easy 360-degree mobility.

The ProGuard 10 is a 10 gallon, 35 pound high-performance and durability machine. This versatile unit is large enough for big spills, yet compact for easy maneuvering. With a heavy duty, two stage bypass motor and commercial grade tools and hose, the ProGuard 10 stays strong in even the toughest environments. Three-inch soft-ride swivel casters provide easy 360-degree mobility while a low center of gravity keeps the vacuum stable during operation.

The ProGuard 10 HEPA features the same size, advanced motor, and 360-degree swivel caster mobility of the ProGuard 10. The ProGuard 10 HEPA is appropriate for lead paint renovations under the EPA''s RRP Rule and will tackle any repair and renovation, construction, hard floor refinishing and other heavy duty tasks. The vacuum''s multi-stage, certified HEPA filtration system is 99.97 percent efficient at containing and filtering particulates as small as 0.3 microns in size. The water resistant HEPA filter and mechanical float shut-off protect internal vacuum components when recovering wet and dry debris.

The ProGuard 15 and 20 vacuums are 15 and 20 gallon models that take power and productivity seriously. A unique variable wheel pattern allows for increased maneuverability and improved speed and efficiency while offering the performance, filtration and durability of all ProTeam vacuums. Optional front mount squeegees increase productivity, ideal for fast floor recovery and flood restoration.

The ProGuard 15 and 20 offer fast and easy liquid debris removal from either the tip-and-pour spout or the convenient drain hose. An exclusive Qwik Lock™ Wet Filter and mechanical float shut-off breaks down foam while protecting vacuum motor from debris and moisture damage.

In an unprecedented move when compared to other wet/dry manufacturers, ProTeam offers a three-year warranty on parts, labor and vacuum motor, and a lifetime warranty on molded body parts. The only exceptions to this rule are a one-year warranty on the motor for the two lightweight models, and a one-year warranty on the Lithium Ion battery and charger for the ProGuard LI 3. Reliability, long product life-spans and unmatched warranties are ProTeam hallmarks.

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