ShopVac Deal

Home Depot are selling a Ridgid 12gal/5.5HP shopvac for $29.
The web site says on-line only and sold out. However, I just returned from my local store where they had a whole stack of the suckers ready to go. In and out in < 5 mins.
Only had the thing a matter of minutes but it looks pretty decent and the price was right. If you need a shop vac, you might want to try your local HD.
OSH/Walmart/Lowes/Target et al all seem to have shop-vac deals but they're all much smaller and less powerful machines.
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Malcolm Hoar wrote:

Did you turn it on? The HD cheepo units I have heard are louder than a jet that is taking off.
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Yes. Noise levels seem pretty reasonable to me. I expected something far from silent and this is a little quieter than anticipated.
It's certainly quieter than a jet or a gas powered leaf blower. Similar noise to my car engine when running somewhat above idle (say 1500 rpm). Not sure how else to characterise it.
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On Fri, 23 Nov 2007 15:30:36 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@malch.com (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:

The HD link on DealNews (dealnews.com) shows this vac. They also have a Dewalt Drill/Driver 18v for $97.00, a Dewalt 42 piece drill/driver set for $10.00. A Porter Cable Compressor combo Kit for $199.00.
Dealnews has coupon codes, etc. Something for everybody....
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That model has some annoyances built into it, but not surprising for such a cheap vac.
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

What annoyances?
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Steve wrote:

BTW, I picked one up - $29 as the OP said, and it seems to work fine. Not any noisier than the Sears 16-gallon unit that I have, and maybe more powerful. It really sucks! :-)
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It blows pretty good too!
Seriously, it blew a bunch of leaves, sawdust and other crud out of my garage in record time ;-)
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- Hose loses flexibility at temps that most of us don't consider to be that chilly. Never had this problem with my Sears vac.
- Hose only has a rotating collar where it plugs into the vac, as opposed to my Sears unit, which had them at both ends.
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