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What shop vac's are you guys using? I carry a small one in the trailer at all times, but need to upgrade and stop barrowing my pops. A little incite on what to look for would be good I have only used a hand full of them. What is it that makes some work better than others?
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I have a Rigid and have no complaints.
I also love the little DeWalt with the battery option.
 

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I have a new Ridgid on the truck. Local plumbing supply had a special 45 BUCKS. 12 gallon 5HP peak. works good!

As a plumber I probably suck up water and debris a lot more than sawdust and dirt. When you can't dump the water down a drain 12 gallons is a little heavy to bull up stairs, not to mention dumping the damn thing on some ladies nice floor. So I also carry a small simmer type pump that discharges through a garden hose. I just take the motor off the vacuum drop in the pump and pump the water to a point where it can discharge.
75 - 100 feet away if necessary. They make pump discharge vacuums but they cost a hell of a lot more than $45.00.
 

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I've got one of the small Ridgid ones too. Great little vac, although it takes a smaller filter. Can't just buy a new one anyplace.
 

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Just went out and bought a new one. Aint tried it yet but will in a moment.

^^^Had one like that for a couple years. It is great. Easy to carry in a house and not have to pull all the doors off the hinges!!!

Still works like a champ, I think the vac's were the one thing they have not screwed up.
The only Despot tool I own
or endorse. :clap:
It's great to carry it around
rather than drag it.
Easy to stack stuff on, and a good
step stool or lunch seat.
Too bad the hose is proprietary,
the wands are a must have, IMO.
 

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I have three Ridgids and love them. :thumbsup:

One is missing two wheels and getting little long in the tooth, but I'm holding off on buying a replacement until I go through the Lead-based paint certification. I know there are Hepa filters for the Ridgids but I want to make sure they pass muster before I buy another one.

The two big ones I own have a filter on the output, but I doubt it's enough.
 

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I have a Fein which when my miter saw is plugged in does a great job of collecting about 90% of the sawdust. I also got the Dewalt 2 gallon which can be used with a 18V battery. Real great for quick jobs that don't warrant dragging out anything bigger. Dewalt just announced a 10 and 12 gallon shop vac, I imagine similar to the ones in the UK. I'll have to take a look at them when they get released.
 

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Just went out and bought a new one. Aint tried it yet but will in a moment.

I've got one just like this, works pretty good, but you'll find yourself fighting with the hose now and then. And what seems to be the new norm for Ridgid, it was poorly thought out as far as hose and accessory storage. The hose and cord both go in the same compartment, and it is always a treat trying to get them to both fit back in there. And to top it off, that is the same compartment the crevice tool fits in too. If the hose and cord aren't just right, the tool won't fit.

I have 3 other Ridgid vacs as well, two are the bigger stainless steel ones, They are great, and surprisingly quiet for a big vac. They also have paper filter bags that fit in them, great for drywall dust and other filter-clogging fine dust.

Last year I had one go bad, the motor quit running. I followed the warranty stipulations and sent the powerhead in figuring they would blame it on me or the way I use it or something. Surprisingly, they sent an entire new vac - hose, accessories and all. I am impressed to say the least.
 

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I have three Ridgids and love them. :thumbsup:

One is missing two wheels and getting little long in the tooth, but I'm holding off on buying a replacement until I go through the Lead-based paint certification. I know there are Hepa filters for the Ridgids but I want to make sure they pass muster before I buy another one.

The two big ones I own have a filter on the output, but I doubt it's enough.

Same here, I believe we all will need a good quality Hepa vac by next April so I am holding out until I know what the Feds are going to require.
 

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I have the little 5hp 2 gallon ridgid, I love it but I only need something for small cleanups. The hose it garbage, but the vac works great.

I also have a larger ridgid that I use for the big messes. I'm on my second in about 5 years.
 

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I've got 3 feins and a festool ct33, all kind of pricey but nice and quiet. The feins are all at least 7-8 yrs. old and have held up real well, and all have the tool activated switch...used mostly for sanding, router tables etc.

I've got one of the large rigid shop vacs for really nasty crap, but it rarely gets any use.
 
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