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Forum topic by bbqking posted 09-13-2008 04:36 AM 5443 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2008 04:36 AM

Not too long ago I saw an article/review of a re-usable air filter for shop-vacs that you cleaned out, rinsed with water, and used over and over again. I have either misplaced or tossed the magazine and cannot find it anymore. Does anyone have any info on this item? Have any of you used it? I’m thinking that if they work and you had a couple of them it would save a guy a lot of headache. It seems that they were priced around $35-$40. bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 06:14 AM

What I use is a Hepa filter. They are available at Home Depot and Lowes. One of them have them for a couple of brands and the other has them for different brands.

They are made by Clear Stream.

From my experience They will continue to suck with full power until the hose fills up. I take them to someplace solid and I continue to tap them until they are clear. I hit one of them (1 have three) with an air compressor blast and it started to peal the fabric off the filter. So don’t do.

They are specified to be true Hepa and filter down to Real small particles.

I paid around 25-30 for each. I bought mine from each of the two big stores.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected] †

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#2 posted 09-13-2008 07:44 AM

I have a ridgid shopvac and it came with a washable filter . Its’ fairly easy to clean but it still takes 10 or 15 minutes. You tap the filter on the side of the shop vac and then rinse it off with the hose.
They do eventually go bad and tear but they last 15 to 20 washings.

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#3 posted 09-13-2008 03:22 PM

i use a rigid too. I have 2 filter, the one that came with it and one i bought. the are both washable. i keep one clean and keep shaking the other out until it completely clogs up.
Also something else i’ve heard and tried is to use pantyhose as a prefilter over filter. keep it as tight as you can and it will keep the larger partcles from clogging the pleats as fast

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#4 posted 09-13-2008 06:21 PM

Nice post and panty hose do a great job keeping the filter clean of the larger particles I have them on both my vacs. I’ve got Hepa Filters on both of them too, they are expensive but worth it in my estimation they cost around $30 each.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 09-19-2008 04:58 AM

Wow, you guys have lots of money to blow on filters. I have a 5 gal craftsman which works just fine. The filter I use is my mother-in-laws panty hose. Yes—I said panty hose. You need a large size. After you clean the paper filter, cut the legs off the panty hose and pull them over the paper filter. They perform as a prefilter. To clean, just peel the panty hose off and sweep the filter with a shop brush. I get years and years out of a cheap paper filter.

PS: you need the large size, better my in-law than my wife. Don’t tell her: she doesn’t know.

-- Wood is good.

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 05:20 AM

I also use the Hepa filter in my shop vac. In fact, all my vacs (I have numerous vacs for different uses) they are available from any hardware store or big box. I had to order mine (I cant stand the bigboxes) from AceHardware. It was $30 and worth every penny, if you think thats expensive try buying a set for the Bosch vac ($150) The Hepa filter removes down to .03 microns which is the best filtration available, for me there is no price to high to pay to keep micro particles out of my lungs.

They can also be ordered direct from shopvac on line.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#7 posted 09-19-2008 07:21 AM

This is what you’re asking about probably.

I saw them at HD Saturday.

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#8 posted 09-19-2008 11:41 PM

The Shop Vac website has specials. Sometimes they have buy a filter and get two of the good bags free. They might also have the HEPA s on sale sometimes. Save your gas going to the store.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#9 posted 09-19-2008 11:50 PM

I have a Shop Vac and it came with a washable filter. I also have an Oneida Dust Deputy in line before it, which catches most of the dust before it gets to the vac.

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#10 posted 09-20-2008 12:14 AM

Tim- How did you luck out and get a good filter? I bought the biggest & best with cheap paper included. Envy reigns. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#11 posted 09-20-2008 12:21 AM

Mine has a paper filter but the pre filter is washable. It is like a sock that goes over the paper filter. I bought it at the borg.

-- Scott - Chico California

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