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Old 12-29-2014, 01:09 PM
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need a new vacum for the garage?

looking at getting a new Wet/dry vac for the garage.

what do you have or recomend?

looking at the Ridgid brand that Home Depot sells with the metal canister.

looking to stay under $200

also anyone have any coupon codes for this

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Well, that depends on how big, what size, and just what features you want it to do... I've always went with the Shop Vac brand, wet/dry. Very dependable. Bought mine over 20 years ago, and still works fine.
Same here. Bought a ShopVac in 1990 and it still sucks like it did back then. You DO get ur money's worth with SOME things
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I just wore out my Shop Vac after nearly 30 years. It just quit, and I tossed it, as I figured I'd gotten all the service out of it, and time for a new Shop Vac.
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I have a Sears 16 gallon that has been going well since 1985 even though my son did his best to kill it by leaving a couple gallons of water in it several times back about 1990. I also have a little 5-6 gallon Sears that is almost as old that continues to chug along.

A little 4-6 gallon vac, IMO, is useless for a big shop in both suck up ability and capacity though it will do a good job cleaning out a car.

Something you do have to do before you buy one and that's make sure that the air filter is reasonably priced and will be available for many years (oh and you cannot use them with that filter in place to suck up water unless you like spending 16-18 bucks each time)

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I personally found the small vacs a lot easier for me. Yes, I have to dump it more often, but I prefer that to dumping a very large can. It's also a good idea to dump more often, as I've found stuff lumping together, and it's easier to get out the sooner I catch it. Also so easy to move around with my small 6 gal. vac tank. I did get a longer hose, as mine came with a 10', and that's a pain. I had a 20' on the old one, so swapped it to the new vac. Makes it so nice to vacuum and not have to constantly move the vac.
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Be careful on Sears shop vacs today...
you mean as in 4 peak hp electric motors running on a 25 foot cord the size of headphones wire?
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shoddy vacs

At one time I had about 6 or 7 vacs in the shol*. one for every wood working machine and at the metal lathe and metal drill l*ress.
( this is a brand new Christmas coml*uter and three keys don't work. Made in china quality, tested ok sticker...
things to look at.
latches to hold the motor vac to the barrel. . one I don't like has a lil* inside the tol* and is hard to get the thing eml*ty.
motor cooling. good ones use a different fan to cool the motor. hose connection. how hard to switch from to vac or blow.
one I have can be used as a leaf blower.
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I had a Shop-vac, that I used the snot out of. Working on boats, grinding fiberglass in tight places, sometimes I would turn it on, crawl under the bow or motor well in the back, and just try to keep the hose directly by the dust coming off an old Skil grinder.
The motor finally quit on the vacuum, so I went to a local store, and got a smaller one, to keep working.
The next day. I got on the Shop Vac website, got a contact number, and called them. Told them the model of the vacuum that quit, and was informed they had a newer improved motor. they took a credit card number, and in a few days, I had a new motor on my door step.
I believe it is made in the USA, but I do not know about current models.
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I have two Craftsman 16 gallon vacs. My go to vac was purchased in 1977. 37 years old and still going strong! The youngster was bought in 96 so I didn't have to keep carrying the vac between the garage and the shop.
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I have a big Shop-Vac W/D but unless I'm trying to handle wet stuff, I use the big old Central Vac unit that hangs on the wall, exhausts through the wall and was acquired at a garage sale for $10.00. Easy to empty the catch can, works like a damn
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