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Old August 3rd, 2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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I need to get a shop vac. I'll be renovating the house soon, and would rather not waste my time on a pos. So, who's used what, and how did it hold up?
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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I like the Shop Vac brand. I had a Ridgid brand shop vac and it quit vacuuming the 3rd or 4th time I used it. Took it back to Lowes, got another and it puked a year later.
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One that sucks!
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I have a rigid, has been bullet proof.
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The new XSP series shop vacs are kick ass. I love mine.
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I need to get a shop vac. I'll be renovating the house soon, and would rather not waste my time on a pos. So, who's used what, and how did it hold up?
Depending on which brand you get (I like my craftsman), look to see if they sell a premium air filter that fits it made especially for drywall dust. It will supposedly extend the life of your vac.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 08:23 PM   #7
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I like the Shop Vac brand. I had a Ridgid brand shop vac and it quit vacuuming the 3rd or 4th time I used it. Took it back to Lowes, got another and it puked a year later.
You mean a Kobalt? Home Depot sells Ridgid vacuums and they have been very durable for us.
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I have a Rigid wet/dry vac that doubles as a leaf blower.
I've had it for 14 years. Still works awesome.
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Shop vac pro series 10 gallon. It sucked close to a thousand gallons out of my friends basement this spring. Still works awesome.
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I like rigid. One at my work has been through hell and still works
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I have a rigid, been through a few renovations and still going strong, my dad has has a rigid for at least 10 years and he is the kind of guy that can break a hammer using it correctly and his vac has been fine.
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OP, buy a Ridgid vac.

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Thanks for the info. I had heard good things about the Rigid. Growing up we had a craftsman that took alot of abuse, just needed a current perspective on what was worth the money and what wasn't.
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I've got a Ridgid at home with no complaints. It doesn't get a ton of use, but it works well when we do use it. We've got lots of Shop Vac brand used at work. They get used often and taken care of poorly and they seem to handle it fine.
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Depending on which brand you get (I like my craftsman), look to see if they sell a premium air filter that fits it made especially for drywall dust. It will supposedly extend the life of your vac.
Yeah, no. Get a regular air filter and a drywall bag for the inside, especially if you are dealing with dust and other shit you don't want on you when you empty it. Because of all the water we got this year, I'm not running a bag. I'm running a Shopvac washable sleeve and foam filter in mine.
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My dad has a Craftsman from the 80's still, works great.

I have a Rigid I got second hand from a buddy. Both work great.

I did have one of the smaller Rigid ones that failed from drywall dust, well it still works, but it's obvious a bearing is bad the way it squeals.
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I have a fair/mid sized Rigid that I'm extremely happy with. It came with a fair number of attachments, then I bought a kit with a smaller hose and attachments for use with the vehicles. I takes a popular sized filter, so they're easy to find in a variety of types.
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We had a rigid at work that ran 24/7 for months. Sometimes shut off for a few minutes like at lunch but other then that sucked constantly 3 shifts a day. It was being used for air filtration on a machine. It lasted at least 6 months running like that. It has since been replaced with a $30,000 filter setup.
I only use rigid shop vacs.
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