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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 676 days ago 993 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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676 days ago

I need another shop vac to attach to my TS.

Who’s got the best suck out there?

EDIT:

I ended up with the Ridgid 12 Gal.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Jeff in Huntersville

398 posts in 1820 days


#1 posted 675 days ago

Don’t know who has the best but my Ridgid vac with the attached Dust Deputy cyclone does a great job on my Ridgid table saw.

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Gene Howe

5510 posts in 2054 days


#2 posted 675 days ago

I’m still using the 16 gal Sears. Noisy but suck is adequate for the Router table, Rigid oscillating sander and shop floor. I use a DC for the table saw.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Bill White

3404 posts in 2586 days


#3 posted 675 days ago

Russell, for $149.00, you can get a HF dust collector. Much less noise, and fewer empty cycles. I am very pleased with mine, and for the bucks, ya can’t beat it.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Fred Hargis

1716 posts in 1119 days


#4 posted 675 days ago

It seems to me that most of the vac brands are about equal in terms of air movement. I would look at availability, warranty, or whatever other factors might be important. To me, an important consideration might be the cost/value aspect. This would also be a good time of the year to wait for the black Friday giveaway that Lowes usually has on them….of course, there’s no guarantee thew vacs will be a featured item, but history is on your side.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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RussellAP

2944 posts in 912 days


#5 posted 675 days ago

Bill, I’ve thought about that DC at HF but I just dont have the space for it and the hoses. ShopVac has less footprint and can be moved around. And lets face it, a joiner is a mess no matter what. I’m almost inclined to take the damn thing outside when I need to use it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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nwbusa

1016 posts in 912 days


#6 posted 675 days ago

Best? Festool or Fein.

Best bang for the buck? My Ridgid hasn’t failed me yet.

That said, I doubt that any shop vac is going to out perform a DC at the table saw… but that wasn’t your question… :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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RussellAP

2944 posts in 912 days


#7 posted 675 days ago

I’d almost rather just put a box under the TS and let the dust fall out than to have to go to the trouble of a SV just for it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Loren

7390 posts in 2274 days


#8 posted 675 days ago

A shop vac works great as a dedicated collector for a table
saw. I used one for a few years. I used a Craftsman –
lots of noise and lots of suction.

If you are looking to collect fine airborne dust you need
to get it both above and below the blade. I was
curious about filtering through water and found a video
of an Australian guy who made a simple system to
get most of the fine dust trapped in water using a
vacuum, 2 5 gallon buckets and a dust deputy.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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TheDane

3722 posts in 2289 days


#9 posted 675 days ago

I have had good luck with a Ridgid 5hp/12gal vac. I use it in conjunction with a Dust Deputy on my router table, drill press, etc.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Gene Howe

5510 posts in 2054 days


#10 posted 675 days ago

Russell,
The wife sewed me a fairly heavy duty bag that fits under the jointer. It’s held in place by six ea. 1/2”X 1/8” rare earth magnets in little pockets she provided.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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NiteWalker

2709 posts in 1203 days


#11 posted 675 days ago

My blue shop vac from lowes has done it’s job as my only dust collector for years now without failure.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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gfadvm

10721 posts in 1316 days


#12 posted 675 days ago

I have 3 Ridgid Shop vacs (2 in the shop and 1 at the clinic) that we’ve used and abused for years. Don’t know why but the 14 gal seem to have MUCH stronger suction. I bought and returned a 16 gal for that very reason. I used a HF coupon to buy the last one at HD. They didn’t smile but they took it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Lifesaver2000

512 posts in 1738 days


#13 posted 674 days ago

Not sure it is what you are looking for, but Home Depot has a “Special Buy” deal on a Ridgid 12 gallon, 5 HP vac with a detachable blower. It is just $59.88. The only other Ridgid vac at that price is a 9 gallon 3.5 HP unit, so it seems to be a pretty good deal. It also has a 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 100 reviewers.

I bought one yesterday, and the blower part at least works pretty well.

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Robert Tutsky

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#14 posted 674 days ago

I purchased a Craftsman 5 hp/12 gallon vac and like it a lot. Super suction. Hooked up to my bandsaw there is virtually no dust what-so-ever. A step down from the one I got used the smaller hose which doesn’t fit my tools,this one uses a 2.5” hose. My only gripe is I wished it was taller rather than it’s bulky width but I can live with it. Oh, and it is much quieter than my comparable Ridgid I once had.

-- http://www.benchtopwoodworkingtools.com

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teejk

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#15 posted 674 days ago

I gotta vote Ridgid…16 gal with the detachable blower. Current one is #2 after leaving the 10 year old #1 behind on a move. The only complaint I have is with a clean filter it will grab anything in sight.

I also have a new Shop vac brand that looks to be the same. It’s much safer in that it will only grab stuff that I stick into its nozzle (but that one has the HEPA filter bag in it so I’m sure it is not a fair comparison)

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