Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
For under $200 I would get a big Ridgid. I love mine and it works very well. I started out using drywall bags for collection because they are so good at getting the fine dust, but I recently switched to those $25 Cleanstream filters. The bags get expensive after awhile, so the larger investment up front has saved me a lot of money. They don't gum up and are very tough with a high level of filtration. I just take mine out and blow it out everytime I dump the thing and it looks like new again. That being said, I have the HF DC too and if you can get a dedicated DC, this one can be had for $140 with a coupon from Wood Mag.