|Review by Cory||posted 12-20-2012 04:04 PM||12474 views||1 time favorited||37 comments|
I bought this vacuum for $220 from Amazon a week or so ago to replace a 6 year old Craftsman shop vac. I was drawn to this one because of the auto-on switch and the suction adjustment feature. Those are two items I had been wanting after demoing a Fein and Festool vac. At about half the price of those vacuums, this one performs equally well. There are a few minor negatives, but my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
-variable speed/suction power is great when using sanders (pieces no longer get sucked into the sanding pad)
-auto switch works with tools to turn vac on/off at start/stop of tool
-easily changed filter and bags
-beefy 14ga power cord
-wheel configuration makes rolling it around very easy in tight spaces
-seems very well built
-vac stays engaged for 15 seconds after tool turns off (this seems to take forever when you’re waiting for it to stop). Seems like a 5 or 7 second run would be plenty.
-power cord is relatively short
-much heavier than my previous vac (not sure this is really a bad thing)
-Compared to the Fein and Festool the hose is garbage (I’ll continue to use my Mr. Nozzle hose)
Overall I’m thrilled with the vac. I’ve used it extensively over the past week and it has performed very well. If it had a better hose and you could modify the amount of time the vacuum stays on after a tool stops this would be a perfect dust extractor. At half the price and comparable features, IMO it’s every bit as good as much more expensive vacuums.
Thanks for reading.
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