The S30/S35 models have been manufactured in Germany by Berchtold for over 20 years and undergone several upgrades.
The first model launched was the Berchtold S30, then followed by the S35 before the latest model the s35 DR was released in 2007.
Considered by many as one of the most popular and reliable dust extraction drills of it’s type, and used extensively in both private and NHS clinics, this drill is the ideal choice for many podiatrists.
Where did the Berchtold range start?
The first and original Berchtold S30 was released over 20 years ago and proved to be a very popular dust extraction drill,
Simple to operate and very reliable if kept in good condition, much like any podiatry drill really.
The Berchtold S30 has the two main dials for operation, the left for suction 1-10, then the burr rotation, again 1-10.
This was one of the first podiatry drills which features an opening all around the end of the hand piece, considered a good system for extracting as much dust as possible.
The end cone of the S30 is removable and can be autoclaved, although it may discolour.
Next in line is the burr rotation left or right, followed by the socket for the optional foot control, although this is a little redundant as the hand piece featured the on/off control on the back.
Support for the Berchtold S30 stopped in 2012, with spare parts no longer available.
Then Came The Berchtold S35
Going through a major upgrade the Berchtold S35 was a big leap forward for the model. Now featuring light green external case livery, and touch press buttons.
The s35 was upgraded to include:
- Three levels of dust extraction, no longer variably adjustable.
- Dust bag level indicator light (Not to be relied on!)
- Touch display panel (easy to clean)
- Fleece dust bags
To improve the suction with the use of abrasive disks there is an adaptor which can be place on the end of the hand piece widening the aperture. This works best with 19mm abrasive disks.
As with previous models there is also on/off switch conveniently located on the hand piece, saving the need for a separate foot control.
Berchtold S35 Upgrade
The Berchtold S35 internal software underwent a significant improvement with the release of the upgrade.
The control console is operated with the swipe of a finger, across the touch panel display.
The hand piece has been re-designed with the last model revision, reducing the diameter, 110mm, to 90mm, it’s more compact and easier to control. The suction tubing length is 1.3mtr.
New memory buttons allow the user to preset the burr speed and suction level, this means only one button is pressed to start the drill, with the users favourite settings.
The three memory positions located on the left hand side of the control panel.
Upgraded to include:
- New Touch Panel Display
- Finger tip adjustable burr speed of between 5’000 and 25’000 rpm.
- Three Memory Positions
- Improved software with machine diagnostics.
- New dark grey livery in line with brand upgrade
What maintenance is required with these drills?
As with all modern dust extraction drills, maintenance is key to a long and trouble free life.
The instruction manual for the Berchtold S35 has a step by step guide to taking the hand piece apart for cleaning, it is recommended this is done on a regular basis.
It is also recommend that you regularly change the dust bag as this helps to maintain good suction.
Wiping the drill down with non alcohol based wipes or solution is easy for decontamination.
It’s recommended you have the drill serviced at least annually by a qualified electrical engineer.
This will ensure all working parts are checked and inspected for wear. Always replace where necessary.
What do you get when you buy a Berchtold s35?
The drill is delivered complete, ready to go:
- Complete Hand Piece
- Full Instructions
- Hand Piece Holder
- 5 Micro Fleece Dust Bags
- 1.5 Meter Mains Lead
Optional accessories include
- Burr alignment tool
- Mandrel adaptor,
- Hand piece holders
- Hand piece tube retention clips
Tube retention clip’s are useful as they have adhesive back, handy for keeping the hosing away from workstation drawers.
Weighing in at 3.9kg the Berchtold S35 is not the lightest drill, this means it’s mainly used as a surgery based drill.
There is a black lockable hard case with pull out “airport style” carry handle available, which is recommended if it is to be used for domiciliary use.
What do the dust bags look like?
The original versions on the left were made from a high quality paper and fitted easily over the end of the headpiece tubing.
The new versions are of the dust bag are of the fleece variety on the right. Fine fleece is meant to be better at catching finer particles of dust, minimising the amount pulled through the drill and re-released back in the atmosphere.
The new S35 bags are a very tight fit, but appear to have a good capacity.
Dust bags are sold for between £9.99 – £14.95 for a packet of five 5.
Where can you buy an S35?
According to the manufacturers Berchtold, the S35 is sold in the UK by their official distributor Canonbury products Ltd, although occasionally it is available from other podiatry suppliers.
Do you have experience using a Berchtold S35? Do you think it is as reliable as everybody says? Our readers will be keen to hear your comments below.
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