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05-28-2022 05:37 PM

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For you folks who use a Shop-vac style system, Amazon has almost 50% off of the Vacmaster Beast. I used to buy the biggest Shopvac they made at Lowes, bought the warranty, and replaced it after a year or so when to motor burned up. Did that 3 times over 5 years and was pretty proud of me. For some reason, 2 years ago when the last one died I Googled something like “best shop vac” or something, and the Vacmaster showed up. I bought it and this thing WILL suck the chrome off of the proverbial trailer hitch and its construction is more industrial vs home consumer. It sucks chips out of my jointer and planer when my Shopvac never could, and my miter station is as clean as I’ve ever seen it and there’s no sawdust in the bottom of my table saw. I saw this sale and bought another one that I will keep in the box for years if need be, or use to keep the shop cleaner.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 05-28-2022 06:22 PM

I bought a Craftsmans version of this model, when Sears was closing out their store here. Look exactly the same as this one, but in the color of red. Works great, but has too high of noise decimal level. You almost need ear protectors when using it. So, I only have used mine maybe six times in the last three years.

That is a very good price, if one needs that size Shop-Vac.

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#2 posted 05-28-2022 06:32 PM


I bought a Craftsmans version of this model, when Sears was closing out their store here. Look exactly the same as this one, but in the color of red. Works great, but has too high of noise decimal level. You almost need ear protectors when using it. So, I only have used mine maybe six times in the last three years.

That is a very good price, if one needs that size Shop-Vac.

- WoodenDreams

I keep mine inside a cabinet lined with carpet foam so noise isn’t an issue but I didn’t think it was any louder than my Shopvacs which were too loud for me to run at night while the family is trying to sleep before I enclosed it. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 05-28-2022 07:23 PM

I’ve had a VacMaster just like the one pictured, in my shop for a few years now. I bought mine after seeing a glowing recommendation for it here. It is the best value priced tool I own. It’s in daily use, and with a secondary cyclone it is clean as a pin.

I bought mine at Sams club, it was 65 bux back when I got it.

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Andybb

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#4 posted 05-28-2022 07:35 PM


I ve had a VacMaster just like the one pictured, in my shop for a few years now. I bought mine after seeing a glowing recommendation for it here. It is the best value priced tool I own. It s in daily use, and with a secondary cyclone it is clean as a pin.

I bought mine at Sams club, it was 65 bux back when I got it.

- therealSteveN

Yep. I use a cyclone but keep a HEPA filter in the machine. It takes about a year to fill up with dust as fine as flour which would normally be exhausted out into the shop.

The one you linked to for $79 is the 12gal 5.5 HP. The one on sale that I already have is 16gal & 6.5 HP.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 05-28-2022 09:26 PM

Thanks. I’ll look into that…...........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-30-2022 04:01 PM

How do these companies get away with these horse power ratings? A 5 HP draws about 55 amps at 120 volts. So a 6.5 HP would be over 60 amps. And we have 15 and 20 amp circuit. I wish they would cut the bs and tell the truth. Craftsman tools were rated by ’ developed horse power.’. So much for truth in advertising…it may be a great machine, I am not knocking that.

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#7 posted 05-31-2022 12:12 AM

I picked up a Rigid with a stainless steel tank. Very happy with it.

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#8 posted 06-01-2022 08:19 PM

PS The “Beast” professional series has a 5yr warranty.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 06-01-2022 08:54 PM

LOL, Did the “replace the all plastic big box shop vac” dance when I moved to AZ. Heat kills motors. Heat and low humidity wrecks plastic and stuff cracks apart in couple of years. Especially if left in direct sunshine.

+1 BurlyBob Bought a SS can R2D2 looking original ShopVac brand unit; haven’t replaced it in 15+ years. Switch died after ~7+ years, and OEM replacement was not available. Thankfully is stuck ON, so it turns on when you plug it in. Wife needed new under wear first time she plugged it in to clean out a car mess, after switch was stuck on. :-(0)
It still sucks golf ball through garden house, doesn’t leak water, yada, yada; so it’s hard to replace it for silly switch.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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