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Who makes the best shop-vac?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by PBCounty, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. PBCounty

    PBCounty

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    We're in the market for a new one for residential use. General garage / project debris clean up as well as patio cleaning will be the application. In S. FL water pick-up is also a must. I don't want a Chinese POS.....but instead a long lifer.

    Share your opinions.
     
  2. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    Got a twenty gallon Shop-Vac wet/dry that I use for pick-up and sawdust and as a blower. Got it because everyone carries Shop-Vac brand accessories and I'm happy with it. HH
     

  3. kestrou

    kestrou Pin Member #4

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    I'll vote for Sears - only because it's so easy to get filters for them.

    I've had mine about 15 years and I go through a filter every year or so (yeah, I'm a dirty boy! :) ) - without filters you're screwed, so keep that high on the consideration list! :thumbsup:

    kestrou
     
  4. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    I like Rigid tools. I can't swear their new vacs aren't Chinese, but for $100 - $300, I would hope not.
     
  5. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Just get the one at Homers. I'm in construction and they really all the same and you dont really need a big one that takes up all that space.
     
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    american lockpicker License to Il

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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    I believe the Rigid/Home Depot line has lifetime warranty. I have one and it works fine.
     
  8. PBCounty

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    I was looking at those and liked them, but the whole "Made in Mexico" on the side of the box shot the idea down for the moment. It doesn't mean I am closed to the idea completely, it just kept me from walking out of the store with it at the time.
     
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    My brother got a Rigid on sale a while back at Home Depot it was fairly cheap. This thing is pretty incredible, I was impressed.
     
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    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    "Made in the USA" is probably made by Mexicans anyway. I have a shop vac and a rigid. The Shop vac crapped out on me and they sent me a new motor. Ultimately I can't really believe it matters much-they all suck.
     
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    scwine ^%(#@$^!!!!!!!

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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Cinic Spongy Member

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    The stop-start switch on my 16 Gal Shop Vac broke and they sent me a whole new head unit. Other than that it's been fine...not stellar but fine. I also always use a bag inside. It seems to save the filter. I've also never attempted any wet operation.

    Heh...I guess I don't really have much to say about it.
     
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    Almost the same experience, except I have used mine wet. I don't know about the other companies, but I know shop vac sent me a whole new motor for a bad switch, no questions asked.
     
  17. keninnavarre

    keninnavarre bulletproof

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    I've gone thru about every brand in my business. All I own now are Rigid. All the others lasted less than a year. But thats with hard use. The worst luck I've had was with Shop Vac. I guess you could say they didnt suck...:whistling:
     
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    jhoagland That's right! Lifetime Member

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    Works for me.
     
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    I have a Rigid that really works great, and and work we pretty much switched to using all Rigid.
     
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