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Forum topic by SuburbanDon posted 02-06-2012 06:56 PM 1422 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2012 06:56 PM

Hi Guys, I was wondering if anybody could recommend a small shop vac with decent filtering system that I could carry around ? It can have a cord. My garage/shop ends up with dust all over everything and once in a while I like to go around and get it all up with a brush attachment. Lugging my 5 gallon shop vac around with the big fire hose is a nuisance.

Me heating guy has one but I won’t be seeing him for a while.

Thanks, Don

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 07:00 PM

I got a tiny one at Walmart that does a decent job, though it fills very quickly especially if the chips are large (think forstner bit drilling). If it falls over the wrong way while in use it sometimes panics and refuses to suck up anything else until I empty the bin.

I’ve hung the holder on the wall near the lathe and it’s great for quick round-the-lathe benchtop cleanup.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 07:10 PM

I have one like Elizabeth linked to. It hangs next to my router table, and is my dedicated dust collector for that machine. But it easily lifts off its hanger bracket, and can be carried anywhere for quick cleanups.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 07:16 PM

Thanks. This one seems to be all over the internet. How is it on filtering ?

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 07:18 PM

Our Target had a little Shopvac (brand-) on clearance last week, 25 bucks. I didn’t buy one- I should have, as my old vac is making a death rattle when it shuts off.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 07:20 PM

I haven’t noticed any puffs of dust out the back or anything, and aside from knocking it against the side of my dust collection garbage can a couple times during emptying I haven’t really properly cleaned the filter either. So…I am probably not experienced enough to give you a good answer to this. It came with a filter (the blue thing partially obscured in the photo) which separates the collection bin from the motor but I don’t know what it’s rated to.

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#6 posted 02-06-2012 07:37 PM

I have one very similar to Elizabeth’s that I use for job site cleanup. Small, easy to carry around, and very efficient. The only downside is the noise it makes – sounds like it’s 10 times bigger than it is. – lol

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#7 posted 02-06-2012 07:58 PM

Yeah, I concur on the sound…I usually have my ear protection on when using it!

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 01:58 AM

I have the same shopvac and the filter is wrapped with a secondary cloth barrier. It is held on by a large rubber ring. Cleanup is easy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 02-07-2012 03:00 AM

I have a 14 gal shop vac that works. I did learn that you need to use the bag, if not the filter clogs up very fast. With the bag the efficiency is greatly increased.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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