I could use some help. I can't really figure out what I should buy for
cleaning up sawdust in my garage shop.
I currently have a QSP 10 gal shopvac. The noise doesn't bother me too
much but it does have other issues. I've never fill it more than 3
inches before the paper filter clogs. After it clogs, the motor goes
into a high pitched wail. That's when I know I have to clean the
filter. I use a combination of a slapping it against the side of a
large trash can and using a soft bristled brush to "comb" out the
inner folds of the filter. It also gives me an electrical shock if I
touch a metal part when the machine is running. (At first I thought I
had a defective unit. I returned it and got another. It did the same
thing. I also checked the primary ground in the house. It's fine. This
same thing also happened when I used the unit at a newly purchased
I live where the weather is very nice. I use my contractor saw and do
my sanding & routing outside in the driveway. I have a Delta overhead
unit to take the fine dust out of the air in the garage. (This works
very well.) I don't use dust collection on my mitersaw, bandsaw or
I usually use a broom to sweep up the biggest piles of sawdust and
chips and then use the shopvac on the rest.
I "googled" past posts. I read many articles the Fein, Festool and
I like what I read on the Fein but a few people said that it is better
on dust extraction than picking up sawdust off the floor. The Festool
looks like it is best used if you want to run all Festool hand tools.
The Porter-Cable looks like it is better for picking up the fine dust
rather than the chips and piles of sawdust.
So.... I can't really figure out if any of the other tools would be an
improvement or if I should just keep getting lightly shocked with my
current fast clogging unit.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer.