In the dark recesses of my memory I seem to remember Leon saying a
while back he was pleasantly surprised with a new "scroll technology"
shop vac from Ridgid.
We have had a lot of flooding in the area here the last few days, and
due to the saturated ground not holding any more water, my sunken den
got it on the last rain. About a 1/2 or so of water was in the den
before I knew it.
All water extractors are rented now for the month since we have had so
much rain. So I tried one of my old shop vacs, but it has been in the
job so long it doesn't pull much air, and it leaks so much that it
really is only good for big sawdust. It was pitiful.
So with no extractors available, down to HD I go. I saw the "new,
quiet scroll technology" proudly emblazoned on the box. Since HD is
so good about taking things back, I thought why not... it isn't like I
have a plan B on this.
Got it home an plugged it in and away I went. Much to my disbelief,
it is probably only half as loud as a regular shop vac. To my
astonishment, it has so much suction that with the utility nozzle on
it, it pulled as much water out of the carpet as a water extractor!
This thing really sucks hard. Not the normal way that things from HD
suck, but in a good way. It pulled out about 13 - 14 gallons of water
out of carpet, not off vinyl or tile, in just about 20 minutes. And
it left it as dry as the extractor I normally use.
It may break tomorrow and I'll be pissed and rail out against HD, and
then give corporate America a good cussin' too, but for today it is
working quite well. So if you are looking for a good vac, or a second
vac (since all the Feins and Festools are now no doubt dedicated to
the new Domino machines) put this one on the list for a test drive. I
think it's a helluva deal for about $100.