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pram
05-25-2007, 01:48 PM
Gentleman and ladies alike, I needs a new shopvac and am wondering how big of one you all have. I have a 2.5hp now and it is a POS. I want bigger and better.

How big do I need to go? 4.5, 5.0, 6.0 or all the way to a 6.5 HP (the deluxe HO model)

Any input would be great

sanjuan23
05-25-2007, 01:52 PM
I have the 6.0 HP Rigid from Home Depot it's the cat's pajamas! 16 gallon capacity!

JKTX21
05-25-2007, 01:56 PM
Don't know how big mine is, but it has about a 5 gallon capacity. If you get a big one, buy the extra hoses so you don't have to lug it into the boat!

Monte
05-25-2007, 02:00 PM
Don't know how big mine is, but it has about a 5 gallon capacity. If you get a big one, buy the extra hoses so you don't have to lug it into the boat!

That is the best advice I've heard all week..



Not sure what I have as far as HP is concerned, but it is the big "SHOP VAC" at Lowes works great:rolleyes:

pram
05-25-2007, 02:06 PM
Don't know how big mine is, but it has about a 5 gallon capacity. If you get a big one, buy the extra hoses so you don't have to lug it into the boat!


Men aren't supposed to say that are they :D 8p ;)

sanjuan23
05-25-2007, 02:08 PM
If you get a big one, buy the extra hoses so you don't have to lug it into the boat!

This has been the only drawback to mine! The dam thing is so big it doesn't fit into the boat very well.

pram
05-25-2007, 02:19 PM
That is fantastic advice about the hose. I wonder if the hose from the one that I have now will fit in the new one that I will be getting. I will have to check that out before I give the old one away.

Workin' 4 Toys
05-25-2007, 02:25 PM
I've got a 3hp Craftsman, someone gave it to me about 12 years ago and it still suks real good......

My next one will be the dual power (120 volt corded and 18 volt battery pack) dewalt.

BrianM
05-25-2007, 02:31 PM
For the boat I have a Shop Vac Hang Up (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=141554-20097-95201-11&lpage=none) on the post in my boat shed between my boat and my ski partners boat. Has lots of power for a small unit and it is really nice with the long hose to just grab it and vaccuum out the boat. No need to drag around the whole thing.

At the house in the garage I have a big 6.5hp Rigid. It works great in the garage but is big and a pain to move around.

Toober Tom
05-25-2007, 03:57 PM
I have a 20 gallon Craftsman.
It came in handy the other day when the drain in the shower backed up.

(This should go in the note to self thread.....Be careful when operating a shop vac when naked.)

JKTX21
05-25-2007, 03:59 PM
Men aren't supposed to say that are they :D 8p ;)

I guess size and sucking power are positively correlated as far as shop vacs are concerned? What are we talking about?

pram
05-25-2007, 04:20 PM
I guess size and sucking power are positively correlated as far as shop vacs are concerned? What are we talking about?

I Dunno, but I thought that it was man rule that you always know how big your thing is :eek:

milkmania
05-25-2007, 04:55 PM
best shop vac I have ever had is the Rigid from Home Depot!


it's suck quarters outta your pocket:eek3:

Labatt911
05-25-2007, 05:18 PM
And why were you putting the nozzle into your pocket???????????

milkmania
05-25-2007, 05:39 PM
And why were you putting the nozzle into your pocket???????????

felt good:o

atlfootr
05-26-2007, 05:30 PM
I need a new shopvac and wonder how big of one you all have. I have a 2.5hp now and it is a POS.
I want bigger and better.

How big do I need to go? 4.5, 5.0, 6.0 or all the way to a 6.5 HP (the deluxe HO model) any input would be greatMy next one will be a uprite tank canaster type like this, from Lowes.
To be installed on the wall in between my two cabinets.
It's all I really need to use, when cleaning up the wood work on my bench.


Shop-VacŪ
3.5 Gallon, 4 HP (Peak) Hang-Up Vac

Item #: 141554 Model: 95201-11 $69.97
http://images.lowes.com/product/026282/026282119520.jpg

BrianM
05-26-2007, 05:37 PM
My next one will be a uprite tank canaster type like this, from Lowes.
To be installed on the wall in between my two cabinets.
It's all I really need to use, when cleaning up the wood work on my bench.


Shop-VacŪ
3.5 Gallon, 4 HP (Peak) Hang-Up Vac

Item #: 141554 Model: 95201-11 $69.97
http://images.lowes.com/product/026282/026282119520.jpg

That's the one I posted above. Works great for the boat.

Bruce
05-26-2007, 07:44 PM
I have the exact same one as Brian and atlfootr. Great vac it will suck the chrome off a trailer ball!

FrankSchwab
05-26-2007, 08:54 PM
Any input?

OK, the horsepower ratings are all lies. Complete and utter bull****. The power that the vac is capable of is limited by how much current it can pull from the wall socket - in the US, the best you are going to get is 115 volts at 15 amps. That's roughly equivalent to a 2 horsepower motor.

So why do they advertise 3, 4, 5, or even 6 horsepower? Well, it's a nose measuring contest - let's see whose marketing department is willing to lie the most.

I think you've got the answer you were looking for here - what's a good shop vac. Just don't get sucked into the horsepower hype.

/frank

Boy, it sounds like I should be out on the water this weekend, rather than sitting in the house, doesn't it?