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Scully 08-18-2013 09:37 PM

Shop Vac Suggestions
do you have shop vac suggestions? i'm leaning towards this ridgid from home depot. only negative: the hose attachments don't clip-on...they just slide on, which i don't like because the attachments never stay on. i've never seen a shop vac with clip-on hose attachments, though.

caveeagle 08-18-2013 09:52 PM

I recently purchased the smaller Rigid (4g, 5hp) Vac from HD. It was the best combinatio I could find of a smaller compact unit with decent power.

It does have the clip on hose accesorries.

So far, so good.

Gymschu 08-18-2013 10:49 PM

Love my Ridgid vacuum. Used to buy Shop Vacs but was only getting a year or two service out of them. The Ridgid is going strong for 3 years now......built much better than the throw away Shop Vacs.

TreverS 08-20-2013 11:50 AM

I've always been impartial towards Rigid. It's a good brand.

user1007 08-20-2013 02:17 PM

Look in the tools section of this forum. There was a recent discussion about shop vacs preferences.

As I mentioned, ones that will accomodate bags was a biggy for me.

Scully 08-20-2013 10:58 PM


Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1231867)
Look in the tools section of this forum. There was a recent discussion about shop vacs preferences.

As I mentioned, ones that will accomodate bags was a biggy for me.

i will look. i like rigid, and the reviews are solid, but the slide on hose attachments kind of is annoying.

cleveman 08-21-2013 08:50 PM

I have a big rigid and it has the clip on hose and slide on attachments. I have a reducer and I use a central vac hose in my shop with some attachments.

It would be super fine to figure out how to rig up a central vac inlet which I can plug my central vac hose into and use the switch to turn the rigid on and off with.

How would one do dat?

user1007 08-21-2013 11:02 PM

I have Rube-Goldberged pvc non-glued sllip plumbing fittings to adapt the exhaust ports of all my sanders to exhaust tubing. That tubing slides into a pvc fitting/adaptor on the shop vac hose. A little duct/duck tape so things do not slide off and it works out great.

Not sure how you would rig a wall switch to turn on the shop vac. I guess you could run a switch to an outlet, leave the shop vac switch in the on position, and plug it in to the switch controlled outlet?

Scottg 09-05-2013 12:01 AM

I've got the small 4 gal version as well as the separate car cleaning kit. (Which has a longer hose and couple of specialty brushes.)

They hoses do clip on, but can be a pain in the butt to get on or off sometimes. As well... I'm not sure what the diameter is of the hose, but it's not standard for some other dust collection systems. (Like for the output of my router table dust port and some other items.) This is solvable enough with reducers and other tubes and - if necessary - of course there's duct tape. But maybe a couple more $$ for these parts if needed.

Oh, you probably know this, but I've found the key to getting good suction is to clean the filter when needed. Which is annoying, but... one of those things.

Ranger1227 09-07-2013 06:42 PM

Just bought the rigid 16 gal with the detachable blower. I love it! I bought the noise muffler, but will return it as I don't think it really reduces the noise any

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