On May 16, 3:54 am, email@example.com wrote:
buffalo ny: depending on the suction and size of filter an old
pillowcase held in place around the filter with a heavy rubber band
may make cleanup easier if dry vac. on one of mine there is a washable
cylinder of spongy material for wet vac.
different makes and models may have washable replacement filters
Toss it really high in the air and let it crash to the ground about 15
ft away. Repeat numerous times.
Dust blows away and you're not standing in it like you would be if you
banged it against the wall.
On occasion I'll blast each pleat with a hose to get it really clean
and then let it dry in the sun.
I'm kinda liking the fine filter bag suggested by another poster. I
will look into that.
First, buy a fresh new filter. Then pick up some "fine filter bags" to
install inside your shop vac. You will rarely, if ever, need to clean the
filter, and the bags make it much easier to dump the debris when the vac is
Before I started using the filter bags, my shop vac filter would clog up
frequently with sawdust and other fine dust. I would take it outside and
beat off as much as I could, but it just clogged up again the next time I
used it (putting additional strain on the vac motor).
Nope, the ones I use sit inside the tank, connecting to the inlet hose, and
wrap all the way around the inside of the tank. As far as I know, they're
just made of paper. Like these:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
You can find them at any Lowes or Home Depot.
Seems like that would limit the uses of your (well, *my*) shop vac. I
wouldn't want to use it for wet stuff or sharp stuff with that bag
Yes, I could remove it for those types of uses, especially the wet
use, but it seems like it would defeat the purpose (keeping the filter
clean) if I had to remove it before I vac'd nails or other sharp
objects along with the dust.
Yes, you would need to remove the filter bag if you wanted to vacuum
liquids, but the same reasoning applies to the pleated paper filter that
comes with the vac.
Personally, I have never had a need to vac liquids. Most of what I vacuum
is sawdust from woodworking, automobile carpets, drywall dust, and COLD
woodstove ashes (after shoveling the vast majority out). I don't vacuum
sharp objects very often either, but I've had nails and other items go
through and have not noticed any rips or tears in the liner bags.
Another big bonus to the liner bags is when the tank gets full. No big
cloud of dust as you dump the tank, just unhook the bag and lift it out.
Very quick and painless...
My Sears vac says I can leave the filter in if vacuuming up 'light
spills' -- but then it says to remove the filter and dry thoroughly
before vacuuming dust. I remove mine for liquids. [light spill? use
I also just bang it out inside a garbage can every couple of dumps.
re: Most people want bagless
Not me. My wife bought a small bagless for doing stairs etc. and we
hated it the first time we had to empty the container. Even though we
took it outside to the garbage can to empty, the cloud of dust coated
us and the container itself. It was more work to clean up afterwards
than it was to vaccum the stairs.
Maybe people get used to it after a while, like they say you do when
you live next to the railroad tracks, but whenever possible, I choose
not to have to get used to things I don't like.
Agree with the question. The paper filters for my Rigid shop vac cost
about $15. Too rich for my blood to just toss them away the first time
they get dirty. (Or the second, third, fourth, etc. for that matter.)
I have a few of HEPA filters, too expensive to toss.
I hit them against the inside of our trash bin & then water wash in
the laundry sink with water from the washing machine.
Let dry for a couple days (that's why I have more than one).
This has worked (so far) for dozens of cycles & filters appear to work
as good as new.
I own two. When the one in use is dirty I replace with the other one and
then use a hose with a spray nozel to clean the dirty one. It then goes on
a shelf in the shop and will be dry and ready to use by the time the fresh
one has gotten dirty.
If you have compressed air available, you can use a short air gun to
blow out the filter from the inside. This will remove a lot of what's
stuck in the pleats of the paper filter. Do this outdoors, placing
yourself upwind. Probably not as effective as washing, but the cleaned
filter is ready to be used again immediately.
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