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Old 02-29-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Looking into vacuums like Shop Vac, Ridgid, Craftsman etc. What do you guys use and would buy again? I looked at reviews and they are very mixed.
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Obviously, Shop Vac is the best.

But i own a Craftsman, and we've got 4 or 5 of them at work and they work just fine.

I think build quality on the Shop Vac is best.
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Get the one that fits the most attachments that are readily available--including the 1-1/4 hose adapter. Usually that's the 2-1/2 hose version. also get the one that has the easiest to get filters.

I have a ridgid. my last was a craftsman. they all suck.
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They all suck indeed. I'll look into the attachments for sure.
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I have a newer 16 gallon Craftsman. Works much better than the 12 gallon ShopVac it replaced. More suction, less clogging.
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Our craftsman is over 26 years old (my dad bought it before I was born) and other than one of the bearings screaming bloody murder when you turn it off, it has always worked.

The bearing has been screaming for the last 6 years, and only during spin down. We will replace it when it stops working.
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Not all shop vacuums are created equal. I had a cheaper rigid that couldn't lift a paper towel off the floor. I also had the most expensive rigid and it was great. Would run for hours continuously and rarely lose suction.

I have a big shop vac brand I bought on close out at lowes. Works great. It was like $80 and half off the original price.

However, I bought this for work and it is very powerful and the small size means I clean up more often and have it around the lab. Buy this.

Vacmaster VQ607SFD Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum, 6 gallon, 3 Peak HP Motor - Shop Wet Dry Vacuums - Amazon.com Vacmaster VQ607SFD Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum, 6 gallon, 3 Peak HP Motor - Shop Wet Dry Vacuums - Amazon.com
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At least they give it a realistic HP rating unlike all the other ones claiming 6 and 8hp...
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Not all shop vacuums are created equal. I had a cheaper rigid that couldn't lift a paper towel off the floor. I also had the most expensive rigid and it was great. Would run for hours continuously and rarely lose suction.

I have a big shop vac brand I bought on close out at lowes. Works great. It was like $80 and half off the original price.

However, I bought this for work and it is very powerful and the small size means I clean up more often and have it around the lab. Buy this.

Vacmaster VQ607SFD Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum, 6 gallon, 3 Peak HP Motor - Shop Wet Dry Vacuums - Amazon.com
I'll look into this thank you, also I have Prime so there is that.
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Look carefully at the housing on that one, then check out the Craftsman. Notice anything? Yup, same manufacturer.

Stainless steel drum is nice, though.
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Look carefully at the housing on that one, then check out the Craftsman. Notice anything? Yup, same manufacturer.

Stainless steel drum is nice, though.
They do look very similar, although the 1-7/8" attachment size is kinda odd.
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