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Forum topic by maxyedor posted 12-03-2018 05:41 PM 273 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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maxyedor

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12-03-2018 05:41 PM

Looking for options on shop vac bags, I try to use a cyclone when I can to prevent the dust even getting into the bag, but often that’s not an option. The Rigid brand bags are $10/each, but there are a million other options on Amazon and even at Home Depot for a whole lot less, but none that I’ve tried have the correct size inlet for my WD1451 14 gallon vacuum, they’re all about 1/4” too small to slip over the flange on the inlet.

Any suggestions? $10/bag is really starting to add up.


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#1 posted 12-03-2018 05:46 PM

Have you tried re-using them? The bags I use can usually be reused at least twice. The first time i cut one end open and empty it, then reglue it tightly. Then I go to the other end and repeat. For a while I was using Shop Vac drywall bags (really catch the finest dust) and i took a piece of PVC 1 1/2” pipe, cut a slit down the length that was about 1/4” wide. That became a clamp for the end of the drywall bags. After rolling the end tight, I would slip the plastic clamp over it. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but it worked well.

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 07:56 PM

They do make filters so that you don’t need a bag for your shop vacs. This what I do on my 20 gallon shop vac. One way to get longer use out of your shop vac bags, is when it fills up, don’t throw out the bag. At one end of the bag, cut open the end & pour out the contents, take a scrap piece of 1/2”x1/2”x 6” or 8”long, and roll the end of the bag over the scrap wood and staple the end closed. You can get another 3 or 4 uses of the bag this way. I tried tape but won’t stick with the dust, gluing in also another option.

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maxyedor

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 08:47 PM

The reason for going with bags over filters for me is ease of disposal. Take it out, chuck it in the trash, no giant cloud of dust involved.

I’ve considered re-using, but the trouble comes when we need to swap one mid-day, then we’re stuck with either transporting a full bag around, or back to making a giant mess at the dumpster. Some of the sites I work on require that you either bag your dust or you have to empty your vacuum off-site due to their EH&S rules.

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