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Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 03, 2020 11:22AM
Back in 2007, I bought this Shop Vac via Amazon. As it lasted over a decade, I can't really complain about it (but I will, a wee bit). It was powerful & could hold a lot, but the onboard storage wasn't great. About 3 years back, the power button got finicky, basically to the point where someone would have to hold it down to keep it running.

I loaned it to my eldest to help clean up a rental house so I will assume I'll never see it again, and will use this as an opportunity to replace it.

I'm not against getting a newer one from Shop Vac but I know how brand names wax & wane in quality over the years.

My only real requirements is that it not cost a great deal (under $100 is fantastic, under $120 ideal, under $150 a requirement). Portable, too. (i.e., not a wall-mount, though I know that's rare)

The 6.5 gallon was a good size; would prefer no smaller than, I guess, 3 gallon? I would prefer wheeled or, if not, it have a good handle for carrying (assuming it's a smaller capacity).

I was initially looking for one with onboard storage for all attachments, but this Shop Vac had that and it was pretty useless. Plus, thinking on it, I wouldn't want all the bits & bobs falling off as it was moved from one usage point to another. I would at least like there to be holders for keeping the vacuum hose in place when not in use.

Speaking of, the ability to get an extended hose & piping, notably for upper vacuuming in the garage and vacuuming behind the washer/dryer without being a contortionist.

I can do the above kind of research; only mentioning b'c I'm spitballing my own thoughts on the matter.

More importantly, any specific name brands to look at or avoid?



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 03, 2020 11:36AM
in the past year

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my recommendation stays the same -- just mine over the weekend, worked great.

However, you love the orange ones... so =)



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: February 03, 2020 11:40AM
About the switch, our smaller shop vac had its switch go out after 10 years or so. We just wired a toggle switch and its been going strong for over 20 years. It wasn't a tough job replacing the switch.



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 03, 2020 11:52AM
I bought this one for $99 (on sale) [www.homedepot.com]

I suggest putting up an alert on slickdeals.

Also, you might consider replacing the switch on your existing vac if that will work for you.

At any rate, the ridgid vac I bought works very well. I have no complaints. Seems to be the top performer of the current crop.



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: steve...
Date: February 03, 2020 12:15PM
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mattkime
I bought this one for $99 (on sale) [www.homedepot.com]

I suggest putting up an alert on slickdeals.
.

I noticed a slightly smaller Ridgid (14 Gal, 6.0 HP versus 16 Gal, 6.5 HP), also with good reviews, on sale for $99, normally $139.

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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 03, 2020 12:35PM
Favorite Altoids....

      

             
while vacuuming shop, or shopping for vacuums...
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Edit: Swapped Raspberry Sours in for 40% off Peach Mints...



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 03, 2020 12:46PM
Thanks all, and thanks jdc for the kick in the memory bag; I had completely forgotten about those threads.

And, yeah, I do like safety orange stuff. Yellow is a close second. :-)



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 03, 2020 12:55PM
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mattkime
I bought this one for $99 (on sale) [www.homedepot.com]

I suggest putting up an alert on slickdeals.

Also, you might consider replacing the switch on your existing vac if that will work for you.

At any rate, the ridgid vac I bought works very well. I have no complaints. Seems to be the top performer of the current crop.

That's the one I bought...and b/c I had a deal alert set on slickdeals, I got it for $99. Love it.




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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 03, 2020 01:54PM
To each his own, but entirely unclear to me why a shop vac needs to be "saftey orange". Its hardly a "safety" hazard unless you are trying to jump over it?



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: February 03, 2020 05:16PM
jmo, any home type bought from a big box or bezos' should be considered disposable.
(think cheap DVD players)
And forget Horse Power ratings, they're BS marketing. Be concerned with air flow
(CFM) and water lift. Most of the disposables usually won't state both specs.

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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: February 03, 2020 07:23PM
If I was in the market for a new shop vac, I'd get what I have now, a Nilfisk GS81. I've had this one for over 30 years. It's industrial strength, no cheap bits anywhere. It makes most shop vacs sound like a freight train. It's HEPA. Expensive new, in the many hundreds of dollars, but reasonable on the bay for $100-$300. I've had the big box types- never goin' back again.



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 03, 2020 07:34PM
get one with larger diameter hose.
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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: February 03, 2020 09:40PM
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space-time
get one with larger diameter hose.

This!



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: February 04, 2020 09:41AM
Excellent thread drift Buzz. My preference is Cinnamon!

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Buzz
Favorite Altoids....

      

             
while vacuuming shop, or shopping for vacuums...
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Edit: Swapped Raspberry Sours in for 40% off Peach Mints...



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Re: Shop vacuums -- any favorites/avoids?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 04, 2020 01:09PM
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Markintosh
Excellent thread drift Buzz. My preference is Cinnamon!

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