Wet Dry Shop Vacuum Comparison

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Wet-Dry Vacuums

A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is a vacuum cleaner that allows you to vacuum and wash all with one cleaner. With a wet/dry vacuum you can clean water spills efficiently and also remove airborne debris, dirt, mites, pollens and other kinds of allergens.

Wet/dry vacuums are large canister type hoovers that are useful in a garage or workshop as well such as the home. Some are able to receive large amounts of liquid spills and also construction debris that would ruin a regular vacuum. They can be kept in the garage to help clean out your car or used in the home to aid clean out clogged sinks. Some of the vacuums can even help you strain a couple of feet of water from your basement!

Wet/dry vacuum cleaners come in various sizes and congius capacities. Some of them are:

Wall mount vacuum cleaners: good for quick, easy cleanups including spills. These can be hung along a wall for easy storage.

Six gallon vacuum cleaners: These are good for smaller work. They are easy to maneuver and easier to store than larger models. They actually fill quicker than larger models along with require frequent emptying.

High capacity models: These are created for use in workshops or garages or perhaps anywhere large spills occur. The huge capacity tanks on these lowers the advantages of emptying these very often.
To take a look at some wet/dry vacuums you can try looking all-around on the internet.

There are two different types involving filters used in wet/dry vacuums. There is a pleated filter that is reusable and may be rinsed. There is also a flat filter that needs to follow removed when switching from dry to wet vacuum function. The pleated filer has a better filtration area than the flat filter.

There are some features that are available on a lot of these vacuum cleaners. One feature is the automatic shut off device which shuts the particular motor off automatically if the aquarium becomes full of water. This prevents the vacuum from overflowing. Some wet/dry vacuum cleaners come equipped with wide set wheels that prevent the unit coming from tipping over. Some also have a built in pump attachment that allows this water to be pumped through garden hose pipe that attaches to the vacuum.

If the wet/dry vacuum has a drain valve or spout it makes emptying the vacuum much easier. If it is a smaller unit, it probably won’t have a drain valve and then to unfilled the unit you must remove the actual lid and tip the vacuum over.

How to Choose a Wet-Dry Vacuum

My husband called and told everyone that we needed a wet/dry vacuum. Why, I asked him? Well, he explained, for the new truck. We just got a brand, spankin’ new 2008 Toyota Tacoma and I guess we need a wet/dry vac for it? Hmmm, now I’m not the one who ever needs an excuse to buy a new tool but our new truck is too new to even vacuum! But like I said, I have on’t need an excuse to buy a new tool and this is a great reason to research the a variety of wet/dry vacuums that are out there.

My first step was to find the right size of it for our needs. We are in the act of remodeling our house – – on the actual 5-or-so-year plan. So, we would use the wet/dry vacuum for cleaning up remodeling debris whenever we knock down walls, drywall dust, fingernails or toenails, and such. I am clumsy in addition to being a bit of a neat freak and could use this to vacuum my garage and clean up spills and maybe I could even attach it to my miter saw? And then, there’s the car and the truck to clean. But we live in a 1100 square feet, not-so-sprawling hacienda home, so we don’t have much storage for a large unit.

We need a wet/dry vacuum that will be small and portable, yet powerful and durable. Wet/dry vacuums come in a variety of sizes, from 1/2 gallon capacity to 15 gallon, 3-stage motor capacities. One feature I had been looking for was something that might suck up small bits, wood motherboards and other sharp debris without placing holes in the hose or filtering. I also want a wet/dry vac that will attach to our sander, miter saw and other power tools. Maybe the vacuum could even sweep my new bamboo floors. I am looking regarding something that has a durable hose that won’t kink and also accessory parts for corners and upholstery. I add’t need an enormous tank however I want a vacuum with powerful suction.

First, I looked into the DeWalt DC515 Heavy Duty 18v 1/2 gallon cordless/corded wet/dry vacuum. One very cool feature of this kind of vac is that it has a cordless option. The 12v or 18v battery NiCad or Nano from a DeWalt power tool will power this DC515 vacuum. This feature makes it convenient to use in attics and areas where there isn’t a power, and also useful for cleanup your vehicle. Plus, it small plenty of to store on your truck. The downside with this vacuum is the low suction pressure score, how far up a glass tube a vacuum motor will lift a column of water. For the DeWalt CD515, the suction pressure is raed from about 40-inches. Priced at around 0, the DeWalt DC515 is like an expensive dust broncobuster. DeWalt also makes a 2 gallon cordless/corded wet/dry vacuum, the DC500. A Factory Reconditioned version can be purchased for around . The DC500 has a Gore wet/dry filter that traps 99.7% of drywall dust. I couldn’t find a suction pressure rating on this one which probably = not good. The DC500 is a great cordless vacuum option however and can drive out either a 12v or 18v DeWalt Nicad or NANO power supply.

I decided to explore the ubiquitous Shop-Vac. Shop-Vac’s have been around for all over 40 years and are sold in almost any hardware store imaginable. There must possibly be something to their popularity. The Go shopping-Vac 971-03-00 is a 3HP/2gallon wet/dry vacuum. Horsepower rating is the maximum end result horsepower of a motor determined from a laboratory dynamometer test. But peak power is outside the normal operating range of a vacuum cleaner, so it is not really a factor that determines how much atmosphere a vacuum can suction. The Shop-Vac 971-03-00 has a 60-inch suction pressure rating. That’s pretty good for a wet/dry vacuum. Shop-Vac’s range in sizes from small, cordless dustbuster type wet/dry vacuums to 55-gallon, commercial versions.

These options are fine but may i also attach the wet/dry vacuum to my sander and other saws as I am working in the garage? Standard hose diameter’s seem to be 1.25″. I searched and found the actual Fein 9-11-55 TurboI wet/dry vacuum. The Fein vac features a cloth filter that will screen dust debris up to 5-microns (perfect for the workshop). It also has an onboard panel mounted release. You can plug your sander to the vacuum and when you turn your electric sander on, the vac starts automatically. Nice! When you shut your sander down, the vacuum continues to run for 3 seconds to clean the hose.Your filter is removable for wet applications and with 16 feet of flexible hose and a sturdy rubber adapter, it can effortlessly attach to power tools for debris collection. Compared to the others, your Fein 9-11-55 Turbo I has a suction pressure rating of 90-inches, quite a bit more suction than the DeWalt DC515 or the Shop-Vac.

And that baby is QUIET! (aka: you could use it as your household vacuum) The Fein 9-11-55 TurboI comes with an upholstery as well as a crevice tool but the floor brushing attachment has to be purchased individually (the floor brush has wheels but is not a beater brush for carpeting). With a standard hose diameter at 1.25 inches though, I wonder if you couldn’t use a floor brush from an old vacuum? I have a Fein Multimaster and I know which Fein manufactures tools of exceptional top quality. I’m sure for 0, the Fein 9-11-55 TurboI wet/dry vacuum wouldn’t disappoint.

Of course, these four vacuum options just touch the surface of what is available in a wet/dry vacuum. DeWalt makes larger versions and other manufacturers such as Festool and Doorkeeper Cable, to name a few, also make high quality wet/dry vacuums.

The basic features to look for in a wet/dry vacuum come down to

  1. suction pressure rating (be concerned if this doesn’t show a rating)
  2. tank size (in gallons)
  3. quality components (flexible rubber hoses of which won’t bind or kink)
  4. length of cords and hoses
  5. what attachments are included (for furniture and extensions for floors)
  6. filtration system (the smallest particles who’s has the capacity to filter)

Remember that a vacuum’s performance is rated by the amount of work performed by the vacuum cleaner and the size of the particulate matter that it has the capacity to filter. Air power is a combination of suction and air flowing. Particulate size is determined by the filter rating. Air power will always be reduced by dirty filters, leaks in addition to poor quality attachments. A dirty filter system will reduce the suction and air flow. Vacuum filters need to be cleaned regularly and replaced as necessary to accomplish peak performance in your vacuum.