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Forum topic by Mike Gager posted 03-30-2015 04:30 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Gager

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03-30-2015 04:30 PM

looking to buy a small vacuum for my shop to hook to a couple smaller machines and for general cleaning. i have a large ridgid vac which is fine but to big to use how i want to. wanting something i can store under a bench i have some tools mounted to. i have a dust collector but dont want to hook it up to these tools as i dont think it would be cost effective. will mostly use it at a drill press and small band saw to vacuum up shavings and loose debris

any recommendations? id like something i dont have to clean out the filter every 5 minutes if thats possible. might make a small thein baffle seperator to go with it if there is room under the bench


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#1 posted 03-30-2015 04:35 PM

For space savings you might want to look into a wall mounted unit. $50 probably won’t get you anything decent new, but used definitely. You might have to be patient until something becomes available.

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 04:39 PM

$50 ain’t enough. There’s a big difference between the special “sale” models and the regular ones (missing accessories, short cords, short hoses, etc.). You’ll want the full-sized 2.5” hose models.

I have a 12-gallon Craftsman, which I love; but it’s $80. Every now and then it goes on sale. http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-xsp-12-gallon-5.5-peak-hp-wet-dry/p-00912006000P

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 04:47 PM

like i said i already have a large ridgid vac. looking for a smaller one

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 04:52 PM

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 05:48 PM

You might try looking HERE but it is a little higher than $50. Do not know how effective it is, and is avilable from HD also if you want to look at it up close.

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 05:57 PM



heres one im looking at

http://www.amazon.com/Vacmaster-VJ507-Vacuum-gallon-Motor/dp/B000ST9IB0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427733871&sr=8-3&keywords=wet+dry+vacuum

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If you don’t care that the hose is only 1 1/4”, then go for it.

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 06:01 PM

How about a Bucket Max? I have one I used with my pocket hole jig and random orbital sander. Cheep enough.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_49940-20097-6004511_0__?Ntt=bucket+max&UserSearch=bucket+max&productId=3160385&rpp=32

All you need is a bucket. :-)

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 06:03 PM

12 gallons is plenty small enough to fit under a bench. I wouldn’t bother with the smaller ones that have bag filters. But that’s just me.

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 06:06 PM

Mike, have you checked out Home Depot?

Here’s a nice 6 gallon Ridgid in the mid $40’s range http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-6-gal-Wet-Dry-Vacuum-WD0670/205144661

And a nice 3 gallon for just under $50 http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-3-gal-Wet-Dry-Vacuum-WD3050/202078667

Hope that helps, and good luck.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Mike Gager

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 06:52 PM

both seem nice, looking for anyone that actually uses one. reviews on the website are good for all the ones ive been looking at. i figured someone would have a small shop vac tucked under their bench just hooked to their scroll saw or whatever

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#11 posted 03-30-2015 06:59 PM

Mike, I do use the 6 gallon Ridgid. I’ve had it for several years, and it’s worked like a champ. I drag it around and use it for dust control with the hose plugged into various tools. I like it.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#12 posted 03-30-2015 07:14 PM

I have a 12 gal Ridgid dedicated to my Delta 12” disc/6×48 belt sanding station. It works OK, but I would opt for something a little more powerful if I had it to do over again. I have a Shop Vac 12 gal dedicated to my 16-32 Performax, and it works better than the Ridgid. I am pretty sure that I paid less than 50 bucks for each of them, but that was a few years ago. All in all, both sanders probably need to be connected to a DC, but I can sit them on a shelf on the stand under the machines in my space challenged shop.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#13 posted 03-30-2015 08:07 PM

I have a small 5 gallon Shop Vac for moving around, taking out to vacuum cars, taking in the house for small remodel projects, etc. (Older version of this one) I also use it to hook up to a 1in belt sander. Works just fine and allows me to leave the larger vac stationary for everything else. I have a Thein separator and extra hoses for the larger vac in order to reach most of the shop.

One thing to look out for. Some of the off brand vacs are cheaper, but the accessories don’t fit with Shop Vac branded ones. Since that is what most stores are going to keep in stock, make sure to get one that was either made by Shop Vac (even if it has a different brand on the label) or that is compatible.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#14 posted 03-30-2015 08:32 PM

There are a BUNCH in Kansas City that would work for you, and most are $60 or less.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/search/tla?query=vac

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#15 posted 03-30-2015 09:22 PM

+1 for MTStringer’s suggestion. Those really suck, but they don’t move a large volume of air. Should work for you, though, and are inexpensive enough ($22) to replace if/when you burn one up.

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