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Comparison of vacuum pumps - Pressing of wood and plastics

Oil-lubricated rotary vane vacuum pumps / Dry running rotary vane vacuum pumps

Disadvantages of oil-lubricated vacuum pumps working with wood:
  • Discharging of oil particles into the environment 
  • High maintenance
  • Fire hazard and loss of performance

Clearly Comparison:

Discharging of oil particles Oil-lubricated Dry running
Oil is discharged as a fine mist into the environment

Oil contaminated surfaces

Health hazardous oil mist

Oil residues and fumes

Oil-free production

High maintenance Oil-lubricated Dry running
Constant maintenance

Oil level check every 40 h: Oil consumption can be per m³ air = approx. 2 cm³ oil

Oil change plus oil filter: 1st after 100 h, 2nd after 500 h Then every 1000 h - min. 2x per year

Additional dust filter: Cleaning every 40 - 200 h

Gas ballast valve: Cleaning every 1000 h with water and compressed air

Oil separating element: Change every 2000 h including cleaning of the sieve filter plus oil change

Shaft sealing ring: Change every 4 - 5 years, otherwise oil leaking

Air filter cartridge: Clean with compressed air 1x year, change if very dirty

Vanes: Check every 3000 h, change them if they are worn out

Fire hazard and loss of performance Oil-lubricated Dry running
Fire hazard caused by a clogged oil separating element: Triggered by a dusty environment and low maintenance. The oil gets very hot and is even more vaporising!

A clogged oil separating element reduces the air suction rate. The pressure drops and more energy is needed.

Accumulation of dust and other impurities in the oil

Dust and other particles are not blown out - choking of the pump!

Constant air suction rate and stable pressure

Further points Oil-lubricated Dry running
Dust is reducing the performance of the vacuum pump

Time loss caused by high maintenance or loss of performance caused by low maintenance

Up to date, robust and reliable vacuum pump - perfect for wood and plastics pressing!

Tested and established in CNC-wood manufacturing - no maintenance and continuous checks necessary!


A higher vacuum causes also higher energy costs; this is the reason why dry running vacuum pumps have a pressure of 0.85 - 0.90 mbar relative. This pressure range is optimal for pressing and forming of materials, without having unnecessary high energy costs. 

Our machine building philosophy is to build oil-free machines for wood and plastics manufacturing. 

All our machines are built according to that!

The advantages speak for themselves!

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