Can anyone recommend a decent vacuum cleaner for DIY work which
doesn't need it's filters cleaning all the time or just burns out.
I've bought a few bag and bagless ones but when sucking up plaster,
brick and wood dust they all block up in no time and then cleaning
their so-called washable filters does little except to set harden the
crap onto it.
Just looking for a decent, reliable vacuum cleaner under £100 with a
decent capacity. Is this possible?
I bought an Aquavac at least twenty years ago, and am delighted with it.
Sucks and blows, wet or dry, large and small diameter pipes/fittings, so
will cope with anything from a flooded kitchen floor (washing machine!)
to large wood shavings. I have a Post Office in NE Scotland and, after
heavy snow, the office floor and carpet are swimming. The Aquavac copes
wonderfully. Bought mine from Argos, but they do not seem to stock
I haven't had any problems with one of these:
It has so far coped with cleaning up the lime plaster stripping in a
room, and all the woodworking/router dust extraction I have done since I
brought it, only had it since the beginning of the year though.
I agree, fantatsic vacuum for DIY.. Also available as Wickes own brand.
Worth buying the wet/dry fillter so no messing with bags and also brush
attachement as well. If I was doing it again I would buy the more expensive
Earlex model that has a 13A socket on it that automatically turns the vacuum
on when you turn your power tool on.
Yes I've got the Wickes one - it's OK but not a patch on the Henry which
is at home for domestic use only! But it's way cheaper than Henry too
(I think the Wickes version may be cheaper than Screwfix?)
My major gripe with it may sound silly but it's a real one: for some
bizarre reason they omitted any form of carrying handle! To lift with
one hand (the other one is holding the toolbox), you have to grip it
under the lip of the lid, whereupon it tips of course - and all the
tools (neatly mounted on pegs on the top) all fall off.
One day I'm going to dismantle it and fit my own handle which I'm sure
won't be hard, but I've a few million other tuits to round before that one.
I've had one of those for several years, only problem has been the noise
(though I wear ear protectors with power tools) then someone on here
recommended getting the wide bore hose kit and connecting it to the
outlet as a baffle. This cuts the noise appreciably. When using the wide
bore hose I put the small bore on the outlet instead. I have connected
sanders, saws, routers etc to it with no problems. The wide bore hose
fits the outlet of the Trend Mk2 router table. Starts up with the tool
and runs on after you switch the tool off to clear the hose. When
trenching with the router I retract the bit, switch off and run the
router over the rebate etc again to take out the remaining dust.
Another advantage, it acts as an extension cord for your power tool. I
have just power sanded our walls prior to painting and there was much
less dust around than when I went over places by hand.
If it broke I would go out and buy another immediately. Can't say better
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I've had one for over 6 years, buy a spare filter (£5) and change often,
wash it and let it dry, hence the need for two! That way the filters last
Also available are large diameter hoses, see
Okay, ta all. I was going to get a Henry. Seems the Earlex is well
rated but it looks identical to one I bought under a different brand,
all the filters look the same too. Except mine blocked up with plaster
and wood dust and the motor overheated. I suppose I could always
return it if it screws up.
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I get good results with a cyclone - would avoid diesoons though. Makes
a huge difference when doing dust creating work. One room I did
without it, place a mess, everywhere covered with dust. Another room
had it taped to the tool, most of the room didnt need any cleaning at
Yes, I've also found that a cyclone is the only thing that works
for a number of tools which produce copious fine dust. It's quite
obvious really -- you need something that doesn't store the trapped
dust in the main airflow or it will either quickly stop filtering,
or it's not trapping the dust in the first place. I use a Dyson,
and knowing they're fragile, I'm very careful not to knock it
around, and it's been doing a fine job for about 7 years now as
a workshop tool, often coupled up directly to power tools.
It is unfortunate that no one produces portable workshop cyclones.
The reason for this is Dyson owns all the patents on making
small cyclones work, and either he has to licence them to someone
to build workshop versions, or he has to do it himself, neither
of which seem to have happened. I suspect the market is too small
to fund even a fraction of the development work which Dyson does
from his domestic sales. There used to be a ruggedised DC04
(looks identical, but is made from a different plastic),
but it cost a fortune.
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It catches most stuff, but not having the tight taper to the cyclone
does not achieve enough acceleration of the airflow to spin out the
finest stuff. Having said that I use an old vax to suck through it with
a conventional paper bag in it. The cyclone catches enough fine stuff
that the paper bag does not need changing that often.
I've just built a proof of concept, hence all the tape holding this
one together. ;)
(Due to the unique way in which Imageshack works, you start at the end
and work backwards)
Quick tests seem to work, the vacuum cleaner was emptied and various
dusts\chippings etc... were cleaned up and all of them ended up in the
bucket. If I manage to regain some space in the garage for some tools
then I'll be building a larger one. This would be worth experimenting
with a bit more I believe.
I don't see anything portable. It's very easy to make a large
cyclone and they've been understood for decades. Making a small
cyclone (i.e. portable) which works is where Dyson excels, and
due to his patents on his related invensions, no one else can do
so unless they could find completely different ways of achieving
the same ends.
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