Or man friend - you sexist bastard.. Believe me, when I tell my lover
about this "Rigid" machine he'll drip all over hisself running out to
get one for us.
But as far as suction goes, I'm still the best tube sucker in Utah!
What model of 16 gallon Ridgid did you get? I am trying to decided which
type of shop Vac to get. I looked at the ones at Home Depot. They seem to
been very well priced for their power level. I also saw another at Costco.
It was a real brand name shop vac. Still trying to decide. Let me know the
model and how it is performing. My only concern about the Ridge was the
canister style filter and how it lasts. In my old shop vac I use a paper
bag type filter.
Thanks in advance,
A word to the wise. Emerson Electric, maker of Rigid, recently sold it's
tool manufacturing division and the Rigid brand will now be made in China, I
believe. That old Crafstman/Rigid warranty (lifetime) is now 90 days like
all the rest. There was a recently "Heads Up" about it in "Fine Woodworking"
magazine. So, I intend to pay attention to when the current inventory runs
out and will probably move away from the Rigid brand.
I believe Ridgid vac doesn't use a dust bag. The consequence is that
its filter gets clogged very quickly, and its suction drops
significantly when the filter gets clogged up. The problem is that
this is very difficult to remove the dusts from the many folds in the
filter. I am currently living with this problem by wrapping a paper
bag over the filter (then I can easily remove the dusts from the
surface of the paper bag).
On the other hand, ShopVac uses a dust bag. The dust bag will trap
most of the dusts before the dusts reach the filter. I am under the
impression that this is a better arrangement (but I have not used a
The Ridgids we have, use a neat little HEPA filter that you clean in about 2
seconds...you can either take it off, and just drop it...tap it, or
whatever, or, you can lift the lid, tap it and its almost good as new.
Now..keep in mind, they are not the ones that come with it, but replacements
that cost about $30. The price of two new Ridgid 98% ones will cost you
that, and we use them for things like, cleaning oil furnace heat exchangers
that are sooted.
I own one Shop Vac..The standard arrangement is a foam filter, with a dinky
cloth primary filter held on with a ring of plastic.
Thus far, its NOT a better arrangement for some users. I have seen a couple
of Shop Vac filters on the shelf that look just like the Ridgid ones, but
have no clue what model they fit, or if they are a replacement for the foam
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