I bought the WD1000 from Wickes, about £40. Looks very similar to the Earlex
which is available at other DIY stores for a couple of quid more.
Its not particularly fancy just a straight forward drum vacuum It has a good
long hose which you can attach to powertools to cut down on creating too
much mess in the first place. Then for cleaning up it has a good strong
vacuum and eats brick dust/light rumble.
In my opinion a good value at £40.
Just bought one from Machine Mart for just under £40 - think Earlex
must make them for Wickes(?)
Put straight to task sucking up cement rubble - works excellently.
Have previously borrowed a Henry. The Earlex looks fantastic value
for money against the Henry. Sorry to all Henry fans/owners. Yes
they are great, but I now have an Earlex and quite a bit change out of
the price of a Henry.
Admitedly you dont get the fancy flex retraction and the flex and the
hose are shorter than Henry's, but as a workshop vac that's not a
Couple of points though. Seals not quite as good as Henry's though,
against cement/plaster dust. Need to be v careful fitting foam filter
- it is pretty fragile. Other than that excellent.
For 'heavy' jobs I notice they even do a 60mm wide bore hose kit,
which looks pretty useful at £11.99
I have the Earlex version (£70 from B&Q a while ago) and bought the wide
bore kit when they had in the bargain bin. It sucks plane shavings off
the floor far more easily than the standard hose and it plugs directly
into the dust port on my Trend MkII router table without an adapter. It
would be great as a garden vac. I love the power take off too. Cutting
big dadoes with the router is now so much easier as all the dust just
vanishes and I only have to think about one switch. It is bloody noisy
though, but since I usually have the ear defenders on against the power
tool noise I don't notice, the neighbours probably do though. The PP pro
ones B&Q have now would be more convenient size wise but I have no idea
Has anyone tried a Wickes filter on an Earlex or vice versa to confirm
they are exactly the same size? I ask since our local Wickes is more
convenient than buying it remotely from Earlex.
School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland
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