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Old 06-25-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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Am I doing something wrong? My shop vac is a 15 gal? 5.0 HP. I put drywall dust bags in and after the bag gets MAYBE 1/4 full, the bags tear and allow the dust to blow out the exhaust. The bag that came with it lasted until it was about 2/3rds full, but the bags I bought at Home Depot tear almost right away. Are there better bags?

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Old 06-25-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Am I doing something wrong? My shop vac is a 15 gal? 5.0 HP. I put drywall dust bags in and after the bag gets MAYBE 1/4 full, the bags tear and allow the dust to blow out the exhaust. The bag that came with it lasted until it was about 2/3rds full, but the bags I bought at Home Depot tear almost right away. Are there better bags?

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Maybe. There is a difference in bags. Some bags plug because they have smaller holes and plug faster. Sheet rock/mud dust is very fine and plugs bags easily. Cheap bags may not have hte bursting resistance of better bags. By now,you probablly do not care how cheap a bag is, as long as it does not burst and blow powder all over.

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Maybe. There is a difference in bags. Some bags plug because they have smaller holes and plug faster. Sheet rock/mud dust is very fine and plugs bags easily. Cheap bags may not have hte bursting resistance of better bags. By now,you probablly do not care how cheap a bag is, as long as it does not burst and blow powder all over.
Yes, the bags I bought were like 14.95 for two. I would pay three times that for bags that held up. When I bought the bags I bought, I just looked for the right size and picked them up. Could be they had better bags and I overlooked them. Thanks for the reply.
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I use the HD bags all the time. The only problem I ever had was using a bag that was a bit too small. It didn't quite sit on the bottom of the canister all the way. As the bag filled up it pulled away from the "collar" it attached to and tore at the attachment point. Drywall dust is actually pretty heavy. I've never had the bag itself to actually "blow out". Maybe just a bad batch??
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All three so far tore in the same exact spot. With the bag in place, it's tearing on the side near the filter. Originally I was using it without the cartrige filter in place because I know how quickly that clogs with drywall dust. But I thought maybe the vac motor had a sharp edge or something and put the filter back in. Still did the same thing. The first replacement bag tore almost as soon as I turn it on. So I changed it out for the 2nd new one. When it tore, I took the 1st replacement bag and taped the tear with 3 inch packaging tape and put it back in. It is holding for now. I have decided that whatever bags I buy next, I'm going to tape that area before I put the bag in.

These are white bags by the way. The one that came with the vac was yellow.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:25 AM   #6
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Yeah, I use the white bags. And it's a matter of the bag to keep from having to clean the cartridge filter (which stays in place). Don't quite understand what the issue might be. Maybe the HD "generic" bags just aren't compatible with your vac for some reason......
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I think I'd still take them back used and get a refund or store credit and get the yellow.

Sounds like Made in *you know where* bags.

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