Shop messes are more difficult to pick up than indoor spills, so a special vacuum is required to get rid of them. Shop vacuums help people remove sawdust, liquid spills, and any type of debris that falls on almost all types of surfaces, their high-demand being easily understandable considering their unique performance.
|1. Vacmaster VBV1210||2. Vacmaster VF408||3. Shop-Vac 5870400||4. Shop-Vac 5986000||5. ArmorAll AA255|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||24.2″ x 20.75″ x 18.25″||18.25″ x 19.5″ x 12.25″||15.5″ x 13″ x 16.5″||19.5″ x 13.5″ x 13.5″||14″ x 31″ x 14″|
|Weight||21 Lbs||17.2 Lbs||16.5 Lbs||14.8 Lbs||7 Lbs|
|Tank Construction||Polypropylene||Polypropylene||Plastic||Stainless Steel||Polypropylene|
|Cord Length||12 Feet||18 Feet||18 Feet||6 Feet||10 Feet|
|Hose Length||7 Feet||7 Feet||8 Feet||7 Feet||6 Feet|
|Peak Horsepower||5 HP||5 HP||4.5 HP||4.5 HP||2 HP|
|Vacuum Capacity||12 Gallons||4 Gallons||4 Gallons||5 Gallons||2.5 Gallons|
|Blowing Speed||210 MPH||240 MPH||210 MPH||N/A||N/A|
|Air Volume||133 CFM||63 CFM||175 CFM||175 CFM||110 CFM|
|Noise Level||94 dB||72 dB||N/A||75 dB||95 dB|
|Foam Sleeve Filter|
|Top Handle Design|
|Other Features||Extra Large Drain||Automatic Cord Rewind||Cord Storage||Cord Storage||Automatic Shut-Off|
|Dust-Sealed Power Switch||Contour Handle||Lock-On Hose||Disposable Filter Bag||Air/Noise Diffuser|
|Automatic Shut-Off||Dust-Sealed Power Switch||Automatic Shut-Off||Cord Wrap|
|Filter Retainer||Rear Caddy|
|Air/Noise Diffuser||Secure Fit Hose|
|HEPA Exhaust Filter|
|2 x Extension Wand||3 x Extension Wand||2 x Extenstion Wand||3 x Extension Wand||Extension Wand|
|Car Nozzle||Floor Nozzle||Floor Nozzle||Gulper Nozzle||Utility Nozzle|
|Crevice Tool||Crevice Tool||Gulper Nozzle||10″ Wet/Dry Nozzle||Car Nozzle|
|8″ Utility Nozzle||Utility Nozzle||Crevice Tool||Blower Nozzle|
|Blower Nozzle||Round Brush||Round Brush||Detail Brush|
|Blower Adapter||Upholstery Nozzle|
|Product Warranty||2 Years||2 Years||3 Years||3 Years||2 Years|
Shop vacs, as opposed to their traditional counterparts, are multipurpose tools that can handle even the toughest of messes around the house, shop, or garage. Most of these vacuums offer wet/dry performance, meaning that they are able to clean liquid spills just as easily as solid messes. This makes them ideal for use in harsh environments like wood shops, garages and even flooded basements.
Most of these vacuums come with a blowing feature that allows you to clear the leaves that gather on your driveway when autumn comes and the weather changes, or for other similar tasks and chores around the house. Another trait of these shop vacuums is the fact that they boast an impressive power and capacity.
The bigger their capacity is the better as it shows that you will not have to waste time too often emptying the tank. Thus, you will have more time to tend to your chores and other affairs. High-end models even allow a high degree of mobility, letting you freely walk across the room when using them so that you will not have to change the power outlet as the cord length does not allow you to reach certain corners anymore.
Relatively compact and easy to work with, vacuums specially designed for use in shops are the right investment for those who usually have big messes to deal with. Although their performance makes them clearly outweigh traditional units, know that their pricing does not differ all that much. Thus, there are only benefits to reap without there being financial or any other sort of consequences to the investment.
Unlike vacuum cleaners that are quite limited in their cleaning performance, there is nothing that you cannot do with a wet/dry vacuum as it is not only capable of tackling normal, solid messes but liquid ones as well. For those who plan on using the vacuums is their work environments, this is a major plus as spills can always occur, spills that do not have to be problematic to clean up anymore as the vacuums just suck the liquid in them. Also, this capability of picking up wet messes makes the vacuums perfect for use in flooded basements.
The diameter of the hose is what shows the capability of the vacuum to handle picking up large debris. Due to the fact that the Vacmaster VBV1210 has a generous 2.5-inch hose diameter, it will easily suck in larger debris as well, thus allowing an easy cleanup of your work environment. Best of all, this generous size of the hose mouth shows that you will be done with cleaning the surface in a single pass.
Most high-end shop vacuums allow you the capability to transform them into blowers. Thus, when leaves gather on the driveway, just take the vacuum out and deal with them. This is a convenient trait as it eliminates the need for an actual leaf blower, so no additional investments need to be done for tending to other household chores. It might come as a surprise, but vacuums that double as blowers can be used in other ingenious ways too, more precisely for inflating pool toys, inflating mattresses, removing snow off of pathways, cleaning out the fireplace, and so on.
The superior lifting and suction performances of these vacuums make them the most efficient and effective cleaning tools when confronted with the removal of liquid or dust particles. Considering the fact that most of them are designed to have separate storage compartments for liquids and solids, maintenance work and emptying them will be a breeze.
By definition, wet/dry vacuums are intended for use in heavy-duty circumstances. Thus, they are designed to not only perform well when confronted with big messes, but they are designed to allow easy movement across the area as well. Long hoses and power cords are the two main traits that make these vacuums so convenient to work with, allowing you to finish cleaning after yourself in no time and with as little hassle as possible.
The longer the hose of the vacuum is, the more easily you will be able to reach into all the corners of the room, all without having to drag the cleaning device with you. High-end products, like the Shop-Vac 5870400 for example, feature an 8-foot long hose. However, you should know that there are wall-mount models that have larger extensions, reaching hose lengths of up to 20 feet. While these vacuums might be convenient to use for other reasons, their suction power is affected by the enormous hose length.
The hose’s width shows whether it can easily pick up large debris or not. Just like with the length of the hose, it is better for its width to be as large as possible. From this point of view, we recommend that you use a vacuum like the Vacmaster VBV1210 for example, as it features a generous 2.5-inch hose width, thus picking up large dirt and debris without a problem.
The length of the power cord shows how much movement the device will allow when using it. The longer the cord the better as you will not find yourself caught in the unpleasant situation where you will have to switch power outlets just so that you will be able to finish cleaning the entire area. We recommend that you look for a shop vacuum with a power cord length of at least 6-10 feet.
A generous tank capacity shows that you will not have to waste time emptying the vacuum too often. If your working environment usually gets very messy, this is a trait that you have to pay extra attention to. Otherwise, you risk wasting a lot of time and doing a lot of tedious and useless work, all because you did not bother to check the important tank capacity rating. We recommend that you choose a product like the Vacmaster VBV1210 as it boasts an impressive 12-gallon vacuum capacity.
Even if you plan on using the vacuum in your work environment, this does not mean that you should overlook the amount of noise that the cleaning device produces. After all, you would not want to go deaf because of cleaning the garage when you are done with your latest woodworking project, right? Also, you must consider the comfort of those around you, especially if you plan on using the vacuum in your own home. Thus, when making this investment, do not forget to check out the dB rating of the unit that you are interested in.
Having a convenient place to store the many accessories that come with top of the line wet/dry vacuums is a more important element than you could imagine. Not only does the tool storage make it easier for you to set the cleaning device aside when you are done using it as you will not have to search for special places to put these accessories and nozzles, but it will make it less likely that you will lose any of them as well. Considering the fact that most accessories come at spicy prices, it is a feature that you should not overlook when making this purchase.