|Review by d_webb||posted 12-10-2009 09:16 PM||35474 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
Yeah that’s right, I clean my house with a shop vac. I recently learned that normal vacuum cleaners are a joke compared to shop vacs.
Earlier this summer when my lame hoover choked on penny, I decided it was time to purchase a worthwhile vacuum cleaner. After doing some vacuum research, it appeared the best thing on the market was a Dyson. However, I was in no mood to spend $50,000 on a vacuum cleaner that has a one wheel/ball thingy (maybe in better economic times).
Then it hit me, while cleaning dog hair off the rear seat of my car using my shop vac, I realized I could just use a shop vac to clean my house. Most new vacs can be equipped with a hepa filter, meaning there’s no dust in the exhaust, so I decided to give it try. I figured I should have a vac for “house use” only. So, I purchased the 4 gallon, 5 hp Professional Portable Power vac for $100. I would not recommend getting anything larger than this, this one is the perfect size. I also bought $50 worth accessories, which I’ll explain in a minute.
Dyson thought they were smart by giving their thing 1 wheel… Well, my Ridgid doesn’t have any wheels at all. It’s light weight, so you don’t need any wheels; you can just drag it around the house. Plus, you can slam it into walls and furniture and not worry about it breaking like a hoover.
This thing sucks like crazy. When using a shop vac in the shop, you never realize how powerful they are. But using it around the house, it’s almost too much power and you have to be careful. I routinely vac up socks, remote controllers, silverware, ect. And of course, pennies are just regular dirt for this thing.
You’ll definitely need some attachments. First, get a 10ft extension hose, the one that comes with it is to short and it kinks easily. And btw, get the vac and hoses with the 2 1/2 inch opening, not the small opening. Next, get the adapter piece that converts the 2 1/2 inch hose to 1 1/4 opening, and buy 2 of the 1 1/4 inch wands. The wands are good for cleaning corners and you’ll need them for a carpet attachment. Do not get the ridgid carpet attachment, that thing is junk. Go to your local vacuum cleaner supply store and buy a real carpet attachment.
I will never buy a regular vacuum cleaner again.
Anyways, I’m new here, and I didn’t know where to introduce myself, so I thought I’d write a review.