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Old 03-07-2016, 03:32 PM
Location: Central IL
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I got tired of replacing my vacuum every couple years so I looked for reviews of COMMERCIAL vacuums. I"ve had this one for 7 years and still going strong - not sure what the price is now but it was around $200 I think:

Carpet-Pro*Household Vacuum Cleaners, featuring model CPU-2

I'm sure there are many you could check out besides this seller and model.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:23 PM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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The shopvac does wonders in the shop, but it lets too much dust through for using in the house. Although I suppose we could put a filter on the exhaust and use the shopvac in the house. If we did that, then it could be used inside although it's kinda bulky to haul around and hard to fit into a closet.

We found one of these at a yard sale, the person selling it said the power brush didn't work anymore and the hose wouldn't attach anymore so it was free. Tristar Vacuum Cleaner | The Vacuum Centre Victoria Haven't a clue how old it is, I'm guessing ours was made in the 60's or 70's or so, but it works great now that we've fixed it up. I like it since it doesn't have bags to replace, somewhat similar to a shopvac and one of the reasons why I like shopvacs is their lack of requirement for vacuum cleaner bags.

I also like the little Tristar vacuum since it looks like something the Jetsons would use.
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:07 PM
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Good call, OP.
Shop vacs have tremendous power and advantage of being wet or dry.
No, they do not look pretty.
No, they do not have "fancy features" that no one likely to use anyway.
Yes, they may appear to be "heavy" for some users that can lift a pen and cell phone and that's about it, as shop vacs are actually very light, much lighter than many fancy vacuums.
Do they put out a lot of dust through exhaust? Only when you do not clean them regularly. But if you do same to a regular vac, it will either do same or simply jag your electrical bill without actually doing much.
MANY regular vac attachments fit onto shop vac tubes. Like a spinning brush one.
Adding 2nd air filter or upgrading existing one in shop vac is easy to do.
But, $60 (or less) vs $300 or more for less efficient cleaning machine? No brainer to me.
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Old 03-12-2016, 04:47 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I used a shop vac for years in my house. Loved it! I didn't think it was hard to dump out at all.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:31 PM
Location: Atlantis
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Because they are obnoxiously loud as f************!!
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:13 AM
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Shop vacs are good for loose debris, but have horrible filters. They are great for vacuuming out the car, or picking up pieces of smashed glass and such. But if you really want to get good filtration, you need to change out the filter to a fine dust filter, or a HEPA filter, and those get very expensive.

Just recently I was doing some drywall work in my bedroom and used my shop vac which I thought had the fine dust filter in it. Unfortunately, I swapped it out for the standard filter and proceeded to blow dust all over my bed.

My regular vacuum is quieter, and does a MUCH better job pulling dust and such from carpet in which it was designed. I'm always amazed when I clear out that filter what it pulls from a rug I thought was clean. My shop vac can't do that.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:15 AM
Location: Florida
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Its not that shop vacs are so cheap, its that vacuums are overpriced. Marketing. That fancy $400 vacuum costs 10 bucks to manufacture.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:31 PM
Location: Bordentown
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I bought a Miele Whitestar on eBay for around $75, I think. I took it to a shop and they fixed it completely with a refurbished motor and other things for $160. I've had this for almost 10 years and it's still going strong.
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:32 PM
Location: Dunnellon, FL
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I use a Shopvac as my main vacuum in the house. You can buy bags to go in them, BTW, and regular floor cleaning attachments including wand extensions so you don't have to stand on your head with the short one that comes with it. I've gone through upright and drag-behind vacs and the Shopvac beats them hands-down. I don't have carpet, though, and never will again. I did buy a 25-foot extension cord and I can do practically the whole house without changing outlets.

And they're also great for vacuuming the horse...yes, horse. He loves it. Sucks the old winter coat right off along with the mud and dust. There are even grooming attachments for the Shopvac.
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by thatguydownsouth View Post
Its not that shop vacs are so cheap, its that vacuums are overpriced. Marketing. That fancy $400 vacuum costs 10 bucks to manufacture.

I think your estimated cost are a bit off
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