I don't have that vacuum, but on the second question...
There have been some pretty decent discussions about building baffled
quieting boxes. Here some leads:
I built a basic version a few years back, but ended up abandoning it
in favor of ear shields and a longer hose, due to the lack of
portability. The box did significantly reduce the noise.
: Also has anyone tried any ways to dampen the sound from your shop vac that
: worked well.
Here's a great solution to shop vac noise. Also works well for a
regular vacuum. I'm very happy with it.
There ARE some, but they're expensive for that very reason. I solved my
problem, and storage too, by placing it on the other side of the wall,
in the garage, with a piece of blueboard insulation between it and the
wall, and only feeding the hose to a fitting, then buying a couple more
hoses for extensions. Easier to lug the hoses around than move the
vacuum around anyway.
Attaches to my tools easy that way, too. WEll, all but my bansaw;
it's on the opposite wall so the hose crosses the shop floor; gotta hang
I put my cheapo Maynard's forty dollar shop vac in a carpeted box with
a bunch of one inch holes at the top for ventilation. It got a LOT
quieter. You could, like, hear yourself think when it was turned on.
But people told me it would overheat and die. And they were right. Six
years later, it died.
By then we had two or three vacs around the house and I put the
ShopVac Quiet model in there about a year ago. With THAT one in the
box you can hear the air whistle through the sander. I was leaving the
shop when I heard the air moving through the hose and realized I'd
forgotten to turn it off.
The box is on casters and I bought a long hose. For me, portability
isn't a problem. But like I said, we also have one for the basement
and another small one for just for wet work.
I had a 12 gallon "Quiet" Shop Vac for about three years. It was MUCH
quieter than the average shop vac, at least when I first got it. I mean, it
was still loud, but it didn't have that ear piercing whine of the cheaper
vacs. Unfortunately, the last year or so, the bearings started wearing out
and it died a smokey death when the brushes finally burned out. They don't
sell replacement parts (only the entire power head), so it was time for a
I recently bought a Ridgid WD1450 14 gallon vac, based on comments I
received here and other positive reviews. It's a little larger than I
really wanted, but it is fairly quiet, at least as quiet as these things
get. For the price (about $100), you can't go wrong.
I don't have the vac either, but what
I've done with my rather noisy vac is to
put it outside. I have a small detached
building that serves as my shop. The vac
sits outside, as centrally located as
needs be, and I've doubled the length of
my hose. The noise from the vac is quite
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