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Can anyone recommend a good shop vac ?
The ones at Home Depot or Loew's are not powerful enough + the filters clog too quickly.

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Can anyone recommend a good shop vac ?
The ones at Home Depot or Loew's are not powerful enough + the filters clog too quickly.
I have a small shopvac brand vacuum and I thought as you, not powerful enough. Get rid of the plane paper filter that it comes with and replace it with a pleated paper filter... HUGE difference.

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Not powerful enough for what? I have an HD shop vac which sucks up tools if I do not pay attention. I have had it for 3 years and changed the filter once.
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Denise,

I don't know which shopvac model you have, so I'll make some wide-ranging comments. I've got two Craftsman shop vacuums, one 12 gallon, one 16 gallon. One draws about 9 amps, the other 11. They have pretty good suction and hold quite a bit w/o plugging up. There are also HEPA (ultra-fine dust) filters for them. I have one and they work great. The vacuums have ~2-1/2" hoses and sell for $50 - $120. You can usually find them used on craigslist for about 25-40% of that price.

If the problem is that its filling up too fast (wood chips, etc.), you could get a cyclone pre-separator like this one. Oneida Air Systems - Dust Deputy

If the sky's the limit of price, Oneida makes a Dust Cobra, but it sells in the $700 - $1,000 range. It draws up to 260CFM (several times that of a mere *mortal* vac and can draw up to 90" of vacuum (*lots*), but is priced out of the budget of most. It is available here Dust Cobra

When you choose a vac, consider that its only designed to really hold 1/3 to 1/2 of a tankfull between dumpings. That's why many go with the 12 - 16 gallon units. They're kinda bulky but hold a fair amount.

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I have two HD shop vacs that I use for dust control at my TS, router and sander. As said byothers they work just fine, but in my application they get cleaned often. The plan is to extend my dist control lines to pick up the TS and router this month or next so in the mean while I started wrapping a lower half of an old "T" shirt around and tucked in at the top and bottom so the heavy crud gets cought there and the filter stays much cleaner and when I clean the shop vac mostly I just shake out the cloth outside.

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Crquack, do they still make your model? I am rebuilding my workshop after a house fire, so I am open for suggestions in all areas. I am thinking about going with the shop vac from Rockler.

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I read recently that they now have ceramic filters for some shopvacs, including craftsman. The claim is that the materials do not stick to the filter. I do believe that .5 micron was the numbre they used.... havn't had much time to look further into it..if it works,,,i'm liking it.

anyone with any experience with these?
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A good question. FWIW it is Ridgid WD09450. Ask your local HD or do a search on their web site. NB I am in Canada and if you are in US the model may not be available there.
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I went thru filters fast at first the I found the Dust Deputy. My filter is almost 9 months old and still clean. no suction lose at all, but the DD bucket fills up fast. best $ 100 I spent.

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