I have been thinking of getting a new wet/dry shop vac and had a question.
When vacuuming water from a basement floor or something else, can you
attach the drain hose and have the vac drain while you vacuum? Or will it
lose all suction when the water level in the tank gets too low.
Would I have to close the drain, vacuum until the tank is full,then attach
the drain hose and drain? Thanks,
I think there is one fancy rather big model of Shop-Vac that has an
output pump (not just a drain but a pump). I don't know if it runs
simultaneously, but probably.
None of the others I know even have a drain, and I'm sure Shopdog is
right about those that do. (After all, his father was Shopvac and his
mother was Poodledog.)
I have a 12 gal Shop Vac that has a built in pump. You can vacuum water and
at the same time be pumping it out (via a plain old garden hose). The vac
can suck up water at 10 gpm and it pumps out at 5 gpm. When it completely
fills up (about 2 min) it shuts off and then you just pump to empty the tank
Yeah, that's it, and that's not very big. I fear I made it sound
bigger than it is when I called it "rather big".
Definitely sounds good. (I just fill up the five gallons and then
lift it up and pour that in the laundry sink, splashing water all over
the place. But I don't use it much, and have no space for even a
slightly bigger vac.)
I'd find some space for it--I went through the lift it up and dump in a
shower routine--- It didn't take too many trips before I was pooped out and
had to give up. I've only had to use it once and it was a life saver.
So you look up the pump, call them & tell them what you want, and ask
who you can buy it from retail.
[also some branches will sell to anyone with a business card. If
you're sitting in front of a computer and can't figure out how to get
a business card then go to Home Depot and buy a bucket and broom]
Shop Vac makes 10 models with a built-in pumps:
Sears has had this feature also, although I couldn't find one in their current
catalog. They sell an accessory called the "Pump Out" that attaches to the
drain of any wet/dry vac and converts it. If the link doesn't work go to
sears.com and search for "pump out".