Rigid 16 Gal Wet Dry Vac - Quick Review

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Who _isn't_ selling deceptively labelled shop vacuums? Again, it's not the sellers, it's the manufacturers.
Dayton, VacMaster, Craftsman, ShopVac, Rigid and others all offer 6.5 HP rated wet dry vacuums in the "consumer" price range.
Sure, you can buy a Fein Turbo II for $400+ and not see deceptive HP rating (No HP rating at all as far as I can tell) but as long as you realize that the HP ratings are just relative, who cares? A 6.5 HP unit is probably going to be more powerful than a 4 HP which is probably going to be more powerful than a 2.5 HP - assuming you're comparing similar era machines. As I stated in my original post, I really don't think my new 6.5 unit is ~2.5 times as powerful as my 20+ year old 2.5 HP Craftsman was. 2.5 HP was the most "powerful" you could buy back then and even that was a deceptive number.
I'm not going to spend $400+ on a Fein just on principal. I know the 6.5 HP rating is bogus, but as long as it's bogus across all of the choices in my price range, it's not a factor. As long as everybody is doing it, it doesn't matter if I buy it from a Big Box or Small Box or On-Line store. It's not the sellers, it's the manufacturers.
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On 06/07/2014 11:51 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

All I said was:
"The typical Bigbox store horsepower rating is calculated from the inrush current the instant the motor starts in a cryogenic chamber."
My statement is true. If you want to nit-pick it, be my guest. Knock yourself out!
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Micky,

I use these bags for my 14 gallon Ridgid vacuum:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-High-Efficiency-Dust-Bags-for-RIDGID-12- 16-Gal-Vac-VF3502/100390230

I'm not sure how much smaller soot is than fine ash, but I vacuum out our wood stove yearly. I scoop out as much ash as I can into a bucket, then clean the chimney from the roof with a chimney brush. I move the top firebricks in the woodstove so the soot and ash can fall down inside the woodstove. Then I use the vac to clean up the ash and soot inside the woodstove. I never see any blackening of the internal vac filter, and nothing blows out of the vacuum.
I'm not sure if that would be adequate for your needs, but it works great for me. More importantly, it eliminates the constant cleaning of the internal filter for day to day jobs.
Anthony Watson www.watsondiy.com www.mountainsoftware.com
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That wasn't _all_ you said. You also said "Apparently Grainger is becoming a Bigbox store if they are selling deceptively labelled shop vacuums."
You seem to still want to place the blame on the sellers not the manufacturers.
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On 06/08/2014 07:45 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

I'm not blaming anyone, just stating a fact. Bigbox stores mostly sell products that have exaggerated specs and dubious quality.
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