Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Years ago my Craftsman was almost dead. So I went to spend about $150 and get a "Good" shop vac.
I came home with two Rigid shop vacs. Horsepower? Capacity? It's not important as they are NOT intended to be a dust collection system. They work just fine and do their intended jobs. (One dedicated to the SCMS and the other general clean up.)
One bit of advice. DO NOT, (repeat for emphasis) DO NOT get a model that you can take the motor off and use it as a leaf blower. What happens is that the motor never really seals perfectly and the unit is less than efficient. As the gasket ages, the seal between the tank and motor becomes even less effective. I finally took about a half a tube of painter caulk to make a permanent seal between the tank and motor. Works just fine now. BTW - I never used it as a leaf blower.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.