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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:57 AM

Help! I need to buy a wet/dry

shop vac. Any suggestions? Thank you. lmsp

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Reply Help! I need to buy a wet/dry (Original post)
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 OP
ohheckyeah Jan 2013 #1
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #2
ohheckyeah Jan 2013 #11
Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #3
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #5
Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #8
oldhippydude Jan 2013 #4
jberryhill Jan 2013 #6
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #13
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #10
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #7
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #18
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #20
Ellipsis Jan 2013 #9
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #12
Ellipsis Jan 2013 #15
Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2013 #17
jmowreader Jan 2013 #14
Ellipsis Jan 2013 #16
madokie Jan 2013 #19
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #21
madokie Jan 2013 #22
onethatcares Jan 2013 #24
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #23

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:00 AM

1. My husband loves the one he has but I don't know what it is

and he's asleep.

If you'll reply to this message, it will remind to check with him tomorrow.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:05 AM

2. Thank you. n/t

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:48 AM

11. You're welcome.

Whatever he has he has had for awhile and he uses it to clean out the garage and vacuum the den that has really thick carpet.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:07 AM

3. What are you planning to clean?

 

How much?

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:18 AM

5. I have decided to fix

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up my Grandmother's house. I need to be able to pick up carpentry scraps and such. All I know is the hose diameter, container capacity, filter replacements and air flow are all important considerations. But none of the online reviews/ratings that I have seen so far discuss these things. It can't be too heavy, I would like it to be on casters and capacity not too big because I am not strong. Thank you.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:35 AM

8. For home restoration I would go with something around a

 

10 gallon.

The hose is big enough for larger debris but the unit isnt so big it is a pain to move around.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:10 AM

4. man that sucks.........n/t

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:25 AM

6. Another vacuous retort

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:54 AM

13. They should have their own

forum. Or at least a place we could send them to, in case of an emergency.

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:46 AM

10. Data rocks

Statistics suck. It's not like I am typing this from underwater in a pile of dense organic material. I meant the help wasn't a H.E.L.P. SOS, would have used the bold function if that were the case. Peace. lmsp


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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:29 AM

7. What are your applications? What is your price range?

In general for top-end shop equipment I recommend looking first at Festool - they are expensive but very well designed. They make great HEPA dust extractors, but not wet/dry vacs specifically, although I did find a reference to a Festool wet filter. I typically get Festool products from the Japan Woodworker.

Fein also makes higher end wet/dry vacuums, but I don't have personal experience with them. Try here: http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/fein+turbo+i+wet-dry+vacuum.do?code=FROOGLE&gclid=CPufx_fsgrUCFUdxQgod7GMAEQ

I have an 15 year old Sears 6 gallon wet/dry that I have used for wet cleanup and collecting masses of dog hair. Cheap. Has worked fine.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:35 AM

18. Thanks so much for turning me on to the JW site, wow! eom

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:02 AM

20. Not more than $800.

And I want it to be as flexible as possible as job type like wood scraps, mud maybe, rouge screws and other hardware bits.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:43 AM

9. RIGID at home depot or Amazon

I've owned several shop vacs and that one stands out. If you can afford it spend 30 bucks for a hepa filter for it and you be quite content.

The one around 9 or 12 gallon 60 to 80 bucks will work just fine.

One thing many people never take into consideration is the high pitched decibel level some of the smaller lower priced ones produce.

They also had a one called a buckethead for about 20.00 bucks You put over the top of a 5 gallon bucket. it works amazingly well for the price.

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Response to Ellipsis (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:51 AM

12. Thank you, Ellipsis.

I read about the high decibel levels. I really don't want to have to wear hearing protection to vacuum. Is there a dB rating on the RIGID? Peace. lmsp

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:55 AM

15. WHAT?

I don't see a db rating on the spec. But it it similar to the one I use and I have don't mind the the level... ask them

Edited to ad: Wrong flavor. Here is the the 12 gallon with the 2.5 hose. 79.00 @Home depot

http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/WD1270-12G-Vac/EN/index.htm

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Response to Ellipsis (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:38 AM

17. I have a Rigid and absolutely love it.

I think the model I have is discontinued. It's a big square boxy thing that doubles as a rolling work surface. I picked it up on clearance at HD.

My friend just purchased a regular shaped Rigid at HD and the thing works great.

Agree with your comments on the cheapo vacs. I had one. It was loud, tipped over when you pulled it, and blew more dust out the back than it kept in the can.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:55 AM

14. We have a 16 gallon Ridgid at work

The one you want says Scroll Noise Reduction on it. It is large enough it won't fill in five minutes, it's reasonably quiet and it doesn't weigh much empty.

The important thing to look at on a shop vac is the hose. Make sure it has a 2-1/4" hose so it won't get clogged all the time.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:58 AM

16. Agreed.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:44 AM

19. I've got a craftsman 16 gallon with the large hose

I've worked it hard for 10 plus years and not a squeak out of it. I think it has a 6 hp motor and it will do some serious sucking.

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Response to madokie (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:13 AM

21. How easy is it to move around?

Would I be able to empty it full of H2O? My arms are like Olive Oil's, seriously. I am kind of a prissy girl, not much of a Tom Boy type, lol.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:35 AM

22. Best I can say is go check them out

The one I have is on casters so its relatively easy to move around. The newer models you can connect a garden hose on to it so it is draining the water as you vacuum so you never have to pick it up and dump it. They have a 10 gallon gallon size that is rated for 5 hp which is some serious suction.
If you get a chance go by Sears and have a look see. I'm very pleased with ours and when its time to replace it I will be replacing it with another craftsman.
Good luck
Peace

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:56 AM

24. the rigid discussed above is the best I've found

and I've worked as a carpenter for the past 30 years or so and now do condo maintenance. Hint, glue the wheels into the slots they go in. (after they fall out a few times you'll understand why, use reg construction adhesive).

you can attach a drain hose to the unit (regular garden hose any length needed) if you are sucking up liquid on the second floor or far away from an exit.

Build those Olive Oyl arms up, you don't have to become a tomboy.

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Response to madokie (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:41 AM

23. That's what I have, too.

I don't know off hand what is its capacity, but it's a Craftsman. It's the smallest model they have that can handle liquids. I got it when I was dealing with a leaking aquarium. It also doubles as a blower. Mine is at least 10 years old, too. I am very happy with it.

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