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Recommend a wet/dry vacuum #4104298 05/23/16 10:39 AM
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I have a Craftsman wet/dry vac (older model) that has been decent, but I've noticed lately that when I use it indoors, it leaves a fine coating of dust on things.

Is it because I need to use the HEPA filter instead of the general purpose filter that I normally use?

I clean the filter after every use and dump the waste from the vac.

Thoughts?


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104314 05/23/16 10:55 AM
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Your subject line asks for a new vacuum recommendation, yet your post indicates dissatisfaction with your filter when used indoors. I'm confused.

Bag, foam, or pleated filter?

Do you want to replace the vac or the filter, or both?


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104375 05/23/16 11:57 AM
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Change filter types.

I have a small (3 gallon?) wet dry that I have had for years. For outdoor use, I use the little blue cloth thing. For wet, I put the foam cover over it. Most indoor stuff I just use the blue cloth, but I have a cartridge that I use if I really need fine particles cleaned up and not spread into the air.


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104463 05/23/16 01:56 PM
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You can find all kinds of filters at Sears (or KMart - if you're brave!)

Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104478 05/23/16 02:27 PM
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I've got a big wet dry that I use dry only. In the few times I've had to use a wet cac, I use a smaller (2.5 gal) vac. At 8 lb/gal, I'm not all that interested in carrying a ton of water to dump someplace safe. Then again, knock on wood, I've never encountered that much water to suck up.

Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104493 05/23/16 02:41 PM
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I recommend this + this

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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I recommend this + this



+1
The Ridgid vacs are the definitely the go-to vacs. I've had the same contractor grade for 8 years, and still going strong.

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I have an older rigid probably 18 years old. Great, i'd buy another without hesitation.


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104567 05/23/16 04:32 PM
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You can add one of these as a pre-filter (I use one on a 3.5 gallon bucket):
http://www.amazon.com/Oneida-Molded-Dust-Deputy-Cyclone/dp/B002JP315K

The really fine stuff will eventually clog the regular filter element, however.

Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: sleddriver] #4104745 05/23/16 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: sleddriver
Your subject line asks for a new vacuum recommendation, yet your post indicates dissatisfaction with your filter when used indoors. I'm confused.

Bag, foam, or pleated filter?

Do you want to replace the vac or the filter, or both?


Thanks for the reply, sleddriver.

I was actually asking both.

I use the vac "dry" 90% of the time.

My question referred directly to the dust that is obviously emanating from the vac. "General purpose pleated filter" or should I be using a HEPA filter indoors?

Or buy another vac?

Thanks.


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: Merkava_4] #4104749 05/23/16 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I recommend this + this


Thanks, Merkava.


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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4104825 05/23/16 10:09 PM
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I like Gore Cleanstream filters.

http://www.cleanstream.com


You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4105045 05/24/16 07:47 AM
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Thanks, Tom!


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2019 Subaru Outback 2.5L Limited
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Re: Recommend a wet/dry vacuum [Re: dkryan] #4106340 05/25/16 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: dkryan
Originally Posted By: sleddriver
Your subject line asks for a new vacuum recommendation, yet your post indicates dissatisfaction with your filter when used indoors. I'm confused.

Bag, foam, or pleated filter?

Do you want to replace the vac or the filter, or both?

Thanks for the reply, sleddriver.
I was actually asking both.
I use the vac "dry" 90% of the time.

My question referred directly to the dust that is obviously emanating from the vac. "General purpose pleated filter" or should I be using a HEPA filter indoors?

Or buy another vac?

Thanks.

You didn't mention what brand of vac you presently have. If available for your vac, I'd recommend a Clear-Stream pleated filter made of Gore-Tex. You can vac up fireplace ashes & sheetrock dust with it, then simply rinse it off with water to clean. Rather amazing actually and well worth the cost. I've been using them for 20yrs on two different vacs with no worries.

Re: "Another Vac". I have a small Fein that is incredibly quiet, comes with a great hose, a powerfull motor and produces lots of suction. Great for indoor & auto use, but I don't use it for 'wet' nor nasty jobs.

The second one, a Rigid, gets used for that. It's the $100 model, picked up cheap at a garage sale. Strong suction, has a tub drain, fitted with a Clear Stream filter.

A great tip is to replace the cheap, restrictive hose with 2-1/2" dust collection hose + accessories from Rockler, Woodcraft, etc. With couplers, you can make hose any length, long rigid pipe sections + a floor sweep to vac up water or the garage floor. Less restriction = more CFM + you'll save $$$$ as well.

A great benefit is this 2-1/2" hose works with both the Fein & the Ridgid!


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