Thanks to all who posted here. I have felt the need to start "sucking it up" thinking my shop will be a bit cleaner. Sanding is the step before finish yet after you do, the shop is in no way ready to finish anything.
The horrid obnoxious noise the shop vac makes has been the number one reason I don't attach it to my sander. The sanders got a little bag on it, right? Kinda works. Was better than my beloved PC speed block sander I've been using for 25 years. What a great sander it has been. Have the half sheet too. Table tops come out so flat.
Then there's the hose. What an unruly evil cuss. Do they make ball joints for these? If I'm going to use a vac on my sander, it's got to be at the very least flexible. Thanks for the link for the softer hose Wooden. But still it's got to be as close to the free wheel sanding I've been doing so I need a soft hose and a quiet vac. I see the Fein models are in fact whisper quiet. And they have that nice auto on off feature. Can't be reaching down to turn it on and off all the time. Need to dial down the suction too. I hooked the sander to my vac and it sounded like I was sucking the guts out of the sander and the vac just gets louder. Can we all agree the noise a shop vac makes is tantamount to listening to some loud crying kid at one of the box stores? Gees!
HEPA? It sounds like a good idea but I don't do HEPA work. Not a remodeler. Don't sand in someone else's home. Don't have a HEPA shop. For now I'm passing on the HEPA filter. Just walking through the shop will stir up enough dust to negate the HEPA I gained buying the $35 filter.
I'm up to
Whisper quiet vac
Auto on and off.
Speed control for sanding.
This is the screaming runt I just couldn't force myself to use.
This is what I ended up with. Sensing switch for on and off is coming next week along with the fan control to slow down the vac. Came out whisper quiet.
Without altering the shop vac. I slid it in a quieter cabinet.