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Forum topic by dvhart posted 03-22-2010 07:09 PM 38548 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2010 07:09 PM

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I’m looking at replacing a tiny little shop vacuum I’ve been cursing for years. People seem to like the RIDGID 14 Gallon Pro Vac WD1450 at $100. The comparable (capacity and horsepower) ShopVac seems to be something like a Shop-Vac 962-15-00 Vac-N-Vac Wet/Dry Vacuum for about $120. Some ShopVacs seem to get really spendy though. So I’m wondering, what have people found to be a good shop vacuum and is there anything in particular I should be looking for. I have a Jet dust collector for the table saw, jointer, and planer, and am just looking for something to use with the portable power tools and to help in cleaning the shop (dragging the tipsy Jet around just isn’t working for me :-)

-- Darren

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 07:23 PM

I love my Ridgid. It is still working great and is very old. I just upgraded it to a Clean Stream filter and a new switch.I’m adding the Dust Deputy now. If this one ever gives up I;m going with Ridgid again, absolutly no doubt.

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 07:29 PM

I have a small garage shop, and am wondering if perhaps my Jet dust collector is just overkill. I have a hyprid 1.75 HP tablesaw, a 6” Jointer, and a 13” benchtop planer as my biggest sawdust generators. Would a good quality shop vacuum handle all these tasks if I added a pre-collection bucket? If so, I guess I go with the biggest shop vacuum I can find, maybe the 16 Gallon Rigid and reclaim some space.

How about filters etc? Does it cost more to run/maintain a shop vacuum versus a dust collector?

-- Darren

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 07:41 PM

I have a 9 Gallon Ridgid and like it. The Lifetime Warranty always adds piece of mind. I haven’t had the money for a dust collector yet so I use it with my table saw, router table, and 13” planer. It does great for my table saw, and router table, but the planer still leaves a little mess. That could just be an issue with my dust hood though. And although I’ve never used a ShopVac, I’d say go with the Ridgid.

-- Matt -

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 07:55 PM

Same here as Matt, I just bought 2 of the 9 gallons Ridgid this last weekend, they were on sale for $20 each, I also own a 14 gallon Ridgid, and still has lot of power, but I think that a new filter will increase a lot its suction power.

I’m a also thinking up adding a pair of dust deputies, to the new 9 gallons or I may make my own cyclone collectors.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 08:00 PM

i bought a black friday shopvac and and at work i use ridgid vacs almost exclusively for grinding cement and at work, theres no new filters ever added into the occasion but if we do get sick enough of having no suction well buy the filter ourself and they ALWAYS spring back to life withought missing a beat whereas the shopvac does not keep up with my router and wont make too much of an attempt with the table saw either
in an ideal world we use a couple of vacs at work, 1 is a camel-back with 2 motors and the other is a pulse-bac with 3 motors and it automaticly cleans the 3 filters as it runs, but i doubt anyone wants to blow $1200 or $2,000 on a vac…lol but seriously the ridgids are pretty much a staple and never let us down untill the filter plugs and we just bang them off of course and there back to new and its very seldom that they go out on us
as for the shopvac its works ok for the oscilating sander and for cleaning up the shop but im pretty sure i will buy ridgid next time i need a vac

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#6 posted 03-22-2010 08:15 PM

I bought several on black friday…they work great in the shop…GREAT!!

I would not hesitate doing it again.


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#7 posted 03-22-2010 08:17 PM

My next vac will be a Ridgid.

Right now, I am using an older ShopVac in conjunction with a Dust Deputy and it works fine. I am not unhappy with the ShopVac, but I like the Ridgid warranty, and want to give one a shot based on the many positive comments here in LJ’s.

I have a dust collector that gets very little use. The only time I fire up the dust collector is when I using either my jointer or thickness planer.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 08:36 PM

My rigid will suck with the best of them. Had to use in in the house once on a water leak that got in the carpet. It would suck that carpet right off the floor… Best I’ve ever had. No more shopvac’s for me

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 08:42 PM

I have a Ridgid and I’m amazed at how quiet it is.

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 08:43 PM

I’ve got a Ridgid WD1660 that’s getting close to 10 years old…made by Emerson and nearly identical to an older Craftsman that belongs to a buddy. It’s got great suction and a blower. It’s on the loud side so I put a $10 muffler on it that helps.

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#11 posted 03-22-2010 08:58 PM

I have a similar situation. I have a small shop and the dust collector, even though smaller than most, takes up quite a bit of room. If a shop vacuum can do the task of the dust collector, I would rather run that than the DC because it’s more portable and less noisy. So, I am curious as well to hear from others what the others have to say in terms of the shop vacuums taking the place of a DC.

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 10:45 PM

Home Depot just had a sale like black friday sale over the weekends here in Califonia. I am sure they will have it again.

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 11:02 PM

I have almost the same tools as the OP has and get by very nicely with a Ridgid 16gal vac and a large barrel preseperator. Works great on the planer and jointer. The only place it really lacks some is the TS. Need a higher flow with that. Generates less wood dust, but seems harder to collect.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#14 posted 03-22-2010 11:23 PM

go ridgid…its what i got…i look for a good filter, easy to switch and repair , and good strong suction, ridgid passed with flying colours. it also blows out a strong gust too…so if you dont have an air gun to spray out the dust in the end use your vacuuum to blow it out…that what i do…works great and hasnt let me down

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 12:34 AM

I have the 14 gal RIdgid, and will add my name to the list of avid fans. It gets a lot of use as a vacuum (TS, TP, Ros, Miter saw, etc) and also as a blower (cleaning of the riding lawn mower after grass cutting, blowing the dirt/dust out of the garage/shop, etc). Still going strong after 3 years.

Biggest thing I noticed when I first bought it was how quiet it was compared to my previous shop vacs. I do not know if the current shop vac brands have quieter motors or not, but the SNR (scroll noise reduction) on the Ridsgid is hard to beat.



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