iQ Power Tools received an award for its iQ426 HEPA Vacuum at the 7th Annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA).

After judging hundreds of power tools, hand tools, fasteners and accessories, award-winners were chosen based on industry innovation. The 2019 Pro Tool Innovation Awards recognize best-in-class products that are truly ahead of their time, and winners all demonstrated achievement in any combination of the following: innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements, and value. This year, over 360 products were submitted in several dozen categories.

The panel of judges, which consisted of contractors, construction business owners, tradespeople, and media professionals from across the U.S., voted on entries submitted by top global manufacturers. A number of the judges were impressed with iQ’s cyclonic filtering system, which uses cyclonic air movement to pull in heavier particles, and about its "fantastic design." They were also excited to learn about the technology behind the saw's dust extractor. The judges agreed that the main benefit of the new vacuum's design is that so little of what is collected reaches the filter, greatly extending the vacuum's life.

"Each year, manufacturers reach further and further to innovate and improve their products, helping improve job site efficiency, safety, and productivity," said Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. "While incremental advancements are the norm, some products truly distinguish themselves in the industry and deserve particular recognition. Business owners, builders, contractors, and tradespeople can look to the Pro Tool Innovation Awards to find the products that will help them work more quickly, safely, and with greater efficiency. These new tools also tend to save money in either material costs or time-savings. That’s the kind of innovation that often speaks the loudest."

Paul Guth, iQ’s president, added, “We were quite excited to learn that the HEPA Dust Extractor was a winner. The awards are judged in part by professional tradesman who use tools like ours every day. It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers. Decades of experience taught us about dust problems; the mess, the added expenses, and the threat to the health and safety of our industry. Today, we build smart, tough power tools that eliminate these problems. We are grateful to be recognized by the PTIA in our efforts to manufacture products that contribute to safer job sites, healthier work practices and a more sustainable construction industry.”

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