A good quality podiatry dust extraction drill is a popular choice for podiatrists looking to control dust within their clinical environment. With the bewildering amount of choice it can be difficult to know which is the best.
With many of the worlds top drills boasting an array of features including touch panel displays, brush less motors and advanced diagnostics. Choosing a good drill can be a bit confusing. We take a closer look at some of the more popular models available.
All of the drills listed are offered as the premium model in the range of dust extraction drills. Quite often suppliers will only offer a limited part of a manufacturers range. There are also OEM or “supplier branded” machines, often with similar parts.
Baehr TEC drill offers a powerful dust extraction unit in a small form factor. It is also one of the quietest drills currently available. The dust bag is also smaller then most models. The A2000 was one of the original models from the Baehr TEC family to be distributed in the UK. Other models include the A700 & S1200 Spray drill.
Berchtold Podo Q
Berchtold are one of the most well known and best selling brands of dust extraction drill in the UK and worldwide. The Berchtold Podo-q is the latest model in the dust extraction series.
With a new slimmer body and brush-less motor, the Berchtold Podo-Q boasts some of the most advanced diagnostics of any current model on the market. Strong market presence and up-to-date reliable features make this a firm favorite.
The Hadewe Auroria drill is the top of the range dust extraction drill from German brand Hadewe. Hadewe have a reputation for building solid reliable medical devices and the Auroria is no exception. Featuring a side entry dust bag removal system, helping to keep dust at the front of the drill to a minimum.
Gerlach are a name of podiatry drills sold in the UK by a number of suppliers. Sadly no longer favored. The suction drill was a solid robust model that gave little complaints. It’s easy to use front panel and strong hand piece with wrap around suction made it a reliable drill. It was highly regarded by some engineers as they rarely saw them break down.
NSK Podivac 40
The NSK Podovac is a traditional rectangular design that’s both functional and sturdy. NSK are well known for their popular spray drills the Jetspray and Minispray. There is a handy hand piece holder on the right hand side of the unit, with clear easy to keep clean touch panel displays. NSK are supported in the UK by Canonbury and DLT.
Orthofex Micro Air
More of a drill from the past, these type of drills fell out of favour with UK podiatrists due to high maintenance requirements. They are actually highly regarded by engineers, who see them as being very well designed. Unfortunately their “knobs & switches” design mean they are prone to mechanical failure if not maintained regularly.
No dust extraction round up post would be complete without mentioning Unitronic. A German OEM brand sold by a variety of UK and worldwide suppliers. Offering a a complete range of dry dust extraction drills boasting the latest features. Unitonic have one of the smoothest and smallest hand-piece.
Nova Precision A500
Sold via Algeos in the UK, the Nova brand offer the A500 and A300xp dust extraction models. There is a strong suggestion that this a OEM brand as some of the component parts are strikingly similar to other models. Not that this is an issue as they are quality components used by a range of manufacturers.
New to the market, The RUCK brand offer a range of dust extraction drills suiting all budgets. Sold via Algeos under the Podolog name the drills claim to “the most advanced podiatry drill in the marker”. A bold claim. They certainly have one of the cleanest designs of any brand.
The features are however seen elsewhere. Whether they can boast increased durability is another matter. With first class support and backup from Algeos then they are certainly worth consideration.
Never has there been more choice for a dust extraction drill. Thankfully some of the tried and trusted brands are still available and support seems to be consistent, There is a model for all situations, for even the most demanding podiatry clinic.
As with all podiatry equipment, maintenance is key. The Berchtold holds the UK sales volume record for both private and NHS use. Baehr TEC claim the quietest whilst Hadewe offer some great features along with excellent backup and support.