|04-04-2010 11:10 PM|
|ChevelleSS_LS6||I bought a shop-vac for about $60 a couple years ago, I don't use it 'hard'... just for cars, big stuff in the house (dog hair after brushing), and shop dust. Works great, and I swear I've seen Donaldson filters for them somewhere a couple years go. Not sure if they still make them though.|
|03-26-2010 02:42 PM|
|jaguarxk120||Well if I make the mess I'm the one that does the cleaning! So a little bit of planning go's a long way.|
|03-26-2010 10:23 AM|
2. Agree about the dust and so would my wife, but.......it still isn't worth it for a small job to spend almost as much clean up time as sanding, and the house, it needs dusting weekly anyhow.
|03-26-2010 10:10 AM|
Using a screen vac sanding pad with the gortex filter I have no mess, and dont have to deal with the water thing. each his own, both ways work.
|03-26-2010 08:02 AM|
When doing a small job it's well worth the extra effort to drag out the hose's and hook up the dust collector. And as far as cleanup the dust is gypsum, I just flush the mud out into the grass. One must add enough water to make a solution then on to the lawn.
The big thing is the dust isn't all over the house!!
|03-26-2010 06:19 AM|
I purchased a GoreTex replacment filter of the red stripe size at Sears about 15 years ago. It was about double the cost of the pleated paper version.
I do not know if Sears carries them any more, Looking online I only see the standard red stripe , the blue fine dust ,and the red stripe HEPA paper filter.
After a quick web search I find the filter I have is now sold under the trade name Clean Stream.
Lowes appears to carry the filter:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_11357-20097-...04839&Ntt=shop vac filter&Ntk=i_products&pl=1¤tURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=shop vac filter
Hope this helps.
|03-26-2010 06:18 AM|
|Rickracer||When I was remodeling my house, I was looking at a Rigid "dust recovery machine" and a Rigid 6.5 hp vacuum, and thinking that the vacuum would be useful much longer than the other thing, but I wasn't sure the vac would do what I needed it to do, which was capture enough dust to do the job. I chose the vac, and I'm sure glad I did, I still use it several times a week 10 years later, and it works as good now as it did new,|
|03-25-2010 07:08 PM|
OF - where did you get the Red Stripe filter(sounds like a Jamaican beer ) ?
|03-25-2010 03:13 PM|
|jaguarxk120||If your doing drywall sanding then get the dustless system. The pad use's a sanding screen and is hooked to a water bath thats hooked to the shop vac. All dust is captured in the water bath and won't clogg you filter in the vac reducing suction. Well worth the cost.|
|03-25-2010 06:17 AM|
|Old Fool||I replaced the "red stripe" filter in my Sears shopvac with a GoreTex filter. Improved performane, filters many times better and is washable. Only filter I know of that will capture drywall sanding dust.|
|03-12-2010 05:27 PM|
yeah iam the parts jobber for my shop and i get them sears vacs . they work great never a problem and they get used hard.
i think you got an obstruction also , check the suction with no hose or attactments , then add a hose section and check it , then check the attactments. also as was said try putting the hose on the exhaust side and check air flow.
|03-12-2010 02:17 PM|
|chevelle_502||Since youve cleaned your filter you have air flow comin in the hose to the filter and the container. Now check the air outlet. My vac has a filter for the air outlet (and a 265mph blower attachment) but wherever the air exhaust is check for clog because if it is the air will just swirl around in there and youll lose all that suction.|
|03-12-2010 01:48 PM|
Last year about this time I posted that my 24 year old 16 gallon Sears vac was dying, even with a new filter and wanted suggestions for a new one. It wasn't dying!! I had about a 50% restriction of some sort of stringy crud in the hose. It seemed to suck pretty well - that is until I went to clean up under my table saw. I 'reamed' out the hose, cleaned up whatever else I could and it's good for another quarter century. The little one, also a Sears 5 gallon (I think), needed a new filter. Got one the same size at HD for about 60% of the Crapsman - works fine now.
|03-11-2010 06:22 PM|
Sounds like something is FUBAR with your vac. I'll try to make a funny joke now: you are using the electric motor on it, right?
Your screen name makes me think you have an IH vehicle.
|03-11-2010 01:11 PM|
I'm glad you guys are happy with your shopvacs.
My shopvac has a new filter as of yesterday. I tried to clean the old filter; I thought that might be a problem. Theoretically, according to Sears, the filter can be cleaned. But it didn't help. So I bought a new one.
I use the hose that came with it. I don't use any attachments that weren't made by Sears.
Let me explain what brought this to my notice. Here in North Texas we've been getting a lot of snow and rain. I don't know why, but one of my dogs gets more countryside on her than the other. So I have to give her a bath a couple of times a week. That leaves a lot of dirt in the tub. I thought an easy way to clean it up would be to use the shopvac. It won't pick it up the dirt. Even though if I lean close I can blow on it and move it. I can blow on it and move it with a puff of air, but the shopvac can't pick it up.
I would think that if I can blow on the dirt and move it, the shopvac ought to pick it up. But like I said, the only mark it makes if I use an attachment is the physical displacement of the dirt where the tool touches the surface. I can take the attachment off and just use the hose and scrub it along the surface and it will clean, but like I said, a damp rag is faster and easier.
Basically, since I bought it a couple of years ago I think I've used the shopvac the way 90% of people who buy them use them. Cleaning car interiors and carpets. As I said, if you scrub hard enough it seems to work. It's just that when I tried to vacuum loose dirt off of a hard, white plastic surface I noticed, "Hey, this thing doesn't seem to be working very well."
And it isn't. Before I never really thought about it.
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