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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 10:58 AM

An “extractor” is simply a shop vac that’s very expensive so they call it something else. That’s not to say I don’t favor them because they are real reasons they are so expensive….so yes, it can clean the floor. But you can put a good filter on your Rigid and it will work very well (such as a Gore Clean Stream) albeit much noisier. Some of the higher price models use a bag as a prefilter to keep the main filter form clogging so quickly, and you could also do that with your Rigid. Anyway, regardless of what you do for a vac, it’s not a substitute for a DC, and both are needed in a woodshop (my opinion). The opinions you get here (or any forum) vary widely because we all measure against a different scale. Some want to capture/contain every possible spec of dust, others want to avoid sweeping the floor. If you lean toward the first part of that check out the Pentz site in the FAQ section. If you lean toward the other end most anything you do will work.

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