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Ranger1227 08-01-2013 06:47 PM

Shopvac vs. Rigid vaccuum
I need to replace my Shopvac as mine is so old the model is not even listed on the shopvac website for me to buy new bags. I see Lowes has Shopvac and HD has Rigid. The reviews seem to be better for Rigid. Any thoughts? Also, is it worthwhile to get the blower model?


ToolSeeker 08-01-2013 07:18 PM

My vote is for Ridgid between the 2 but I have 2 craftsman that are close to 20 years old and still going strong.

joecaption 08-01-2013 07:38 PM

I've seen where the DIY Shop Vac's have gone way down hill.
I have three Ridgid's in three different sizes. The cords and hoses are longer and heavier duty then the Shop Vac.
I've abused them all and they all still work after many years of service.
The filters are expensive so watch for them on sale or once in a while they sell a box with 4 filters and the forth one is free.

Ranger1227 08-01-2013 07:43 PM

Thanks for the information. Are the blower models any good? It would be great to have a blower

ToolSeeker 08-03-2013 07:57 AM

They would be good if you have a use for them. Personally both of mine has that feature but in 20 years I don't think I have ever used it.

joecaption 08-03-2013 08:19 AM

Blower? For what?
Just hook the hose up to the exhaust hole and you have a blower.
If you need a blower I'd use an electric leaf blower instead.
Far more power.

user1007 08-03-2013 10:38 AM

Just get one that still takes bags!!!:yes: I don't shop in box stores. Last shop vac I got was from a tool store.

n2omichael 08-04-2013 12:19 AM

The blowers are great for blowing up water toys, especially the bigger ones that require lots of volume without a lot of pressure.

I have a couple of large inflate able party rafts that I use a 12Volt leaf blower to inflate 90% and finish off with a compressor.

ddawg16 08-04-2013 10:13 AM

I have abused the hell out of my Rigid.....still going good.....

Just make sure you get the one with a 2.5" spend a lot less time de-clogging it.

jponto07 08-04-2013 10:37 AM


Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1224612)
Just get one that still takes bags!!!:yes: I don't shop in box stores. Last shop vac I got was from a tool store.

Are the bags better than the filters??

user1007 08-04-2013 12:00 PM


Originally Posted by jponto07 (Post 1224956)
Are the bags better than the filters??

It depends on what you are vacuuming up I guess. And it is not a matter of filters or bags. For some things you want both. Fine sawdust and drywall dust will clog the best of filters in a hurry and find their way to the motor. I just find comfort in being able to toss a bag full of the stuff and then clean the filter too. :)

MT Stringer 08-04-2013 01:10 PM

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No filter needed on my Shop Vac. Nothing makes it into the vac except the fine stuff that the filter catches.

jponto07 08-04-2013 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by MT Stringer (Post 1225010)
No filter needed on my Shop Vac. Nothing makes it into the vac except the fine stuff that the filter catches.

Now this intrigues me. Where did you pick this up? Any idea what kind of power the vac would need? (I'm looking for a new one) I have a fairly decent shop vac thats super small (5gal 1.25 inch hose), and a crappy Craftsman that is about 15 gal (2.5 inch hose).

That being said, I'm completely UNsatisfied with my current dust collection methods.

MT Stringer 08-04-2013 03:26 PM

Search you tube for "Dust Deputy". Several videos demonstrate how it works. The Woodwhisperer did a test of several models and this one was the winner.

One member on another forum told me he uses it with a Bucket Max (Lowe's) so no doubt it would work with your vac.

Note: There may be conflict with hose sizes and fittings. There is no standard that any manufacturer follows. I have had to resort to some redneck ways to get my hoses to fit the tools but as long as I get a fit, I am OK with it.

I bought the kit from my local Woodcraft store.

Hope this helps.

Gymschu 08-04-2013 03:47 PM

I gave up on the Shop Vacs. I don't abuse them nor do I use them a whole lot but the darn things would go bad in a year's time. Finally wised up and went to HD and got a Ridgid. Three years going strong under lots of abuse. I especially like the wheels on the Ridgid.......not the crappy, cheap plastic ones you get with a Shop Vac. I will never go back to Shop Vac.

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