Any recommendations for a workshop vacuum for the following?
- typical sawdust extraction from power tools
- sucking up sand, cement dust and lumps from between bricks
- quiet enough to be used in a confined space
- blow facility, preferably via a separate port
On getting stuff from between bricks, I am repointing a wall and the old
lime mortar is very crumbly. Any time I scrape away the existing cement
dust more dust and lumps are pulled down. A vacuum should hopefully
clear the cement and sand away and leave it clean. A domestic vacuum
fails to clean out the spaces, which is why I am looking for something
On the blow port, I've seen what looked like a good workshop vac with a
blow facility but it basically blew the air back the way it had come. I
think I would rather the air kept going in one direction.
We had a domestic vac years ago where, in order to get it to blow, the
hose had to be attached to a different point on the housing. That seemed
more sensible to me as it was easy to change and avoided spitting any
dirt back out again (being after the bag and filter) but perhaps I am
I've never had a workshop vac before. I guess it would be convenient if
there was a way to have it stop and start automatically when the power
tool it was being used with stops and starts. But I don't know if such a
facility exists. Failing that, some way to start it remotely might help,
in case the machine is a long hose away from the tool being used.
Is there anything else I should look out for in a first workshop vac?