Shop Vacs and how to quieten one

Does anyone have a Quiet Deluxe Series Shop Vac and is it considerably quieter than others you've had?
Also has anyone tried any ways to dampen the sound from your shop vac that worked well.
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I don't have that vacuum, but on the second question...
There have been some pretty decent discussions about building baffled quieting boxes. Here some leads: <http://groups.google.com/groups/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&q=shop+vac+noise+reduction&safe=off&qt_s=Search
I built a basic version a few years back, but ended up abandoning it in favor of ear shields and a longer hose, due to the lack of portability. The box did significantly reduce the noise.
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: Also has anyone tried any ways to dampen the sound from your shop vac that : worked well.
Here's a great solution to shop vac noise. Also works well for a regular vacuum. I'm very happy with it.
http://tiny.cc/9muAi
http://tiny.cc/JTvgf
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Absolutely, Festool and Fein both build quiet shop vacuums but be prepared to pay for that quiet. They are pretty darn good vacuum cleaners also.
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There ARE some, but they're expensive for that very reason. I solved my problem, and storage too, by placing it on the other side of the wall, in the garage, with a piece of blueboard insulation between it and the wall, and only feeding the hose to a fitting, then buying a couple more hoses for extensions. Easier to lug the hoses around than move the vacuum around anyway. Attaches to my tools easy that way, too. WEll, all but my bansaw; it's on the opposite wall so the hose crosses the shop floor; gotta hang it someday.
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My old vac was a Craftsman, very noisy. When it died, I got a ShopVac brand with the built in pump for pumping water out. It's considerably quitewr than the Crapsman.
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I put my cheapo Maynard's forty dollar shop vac in a carpeted box with a bunch of one inch holes at the top for ventilation. It got a LOT quieter. You could, like, hear yourself think when it was turned on.
But people told me it would overheat and die. And they were right. Six years later, it died.
By then we had two or three vacs around the house and I put the ShopVac Quiet model in there about a year ago. With THAT one in the box you can hear the air whistle through the sander. I was leaving the shop when I heard the air moving through the hose and realized I'd forgotten to turn it off.
The box is on casters and I bought a long hose. For me, portability isn't a problem. But like I said, we also have one for the basement and another small one for just for wet work.
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You can replace the one you have with another quieter model. Expect to pay 30-40% more.
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I couldn't help it. :^|

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Mike,

I had a 12 gallon "Quiet" Shop Vac for about three years. It was MUCH quieter than the average shop vac, at least when I first got it. I mean, it was still loud, but it didn't have that ear piercing whine of the cheaper vacs. Unfortunately, the last year or so, the bearings started wearing out and it died a smokey death when the brushes finally burned out. They don't sell replacement parts (only the entire power head), so it was time for a new vac.
I recently bought a Ridgid WD1450 14 gallon vac, based on comments I received here and other positive reviews. It's a little larger than I really wanted, but it is fairly quiet, at least as quiet as these things get. For the price (about $100), you can't go wrong.
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asmurff wrote:

I don't have the vac either, but what I've done with my rather noisy vac is to put it outside. I have a small detached building that serves as my shop. The vac sits outside, as centrally located as needs be, and I've doubled the length of my hose. The noise from the vac is quite tolerable. YMMV
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asmurff wrote:

Take a look at the Central Vac mufflers. The one on mine cuts the noise down a fair bit. You may be able to adapt one to your Vac or make your own.
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