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Old 03-06-2016, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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We bought a shop vac last week to clean out some construction mess in the garage. I was blown away by two things, the price and the efficiency of the thing! It cost around $60. Is there any reason not to use one in the house? It came with several attachments. We have all hardwood and tiles in the house, not much carpeting at all. I just can't figure out what would make vacuum cleaners so much more costly, though!
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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I'm really not sure but I have 2 of them and I love them both!
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I bought a small wet/dry vac last year to deal with a flooded trunk in my car and also was surprised at how cheap it was. The only think I can think of is the motor for the brushes on regular vacuum cleaners, that would make them cost so much more.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:52 PM
 
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We bought a shop vac last week to clean out some construction mess in the garage. I was blown away by two things, the price and the efficiency of the thing! It cost around $60. Is there any reason not to use one in the house?
Filtering system is not as great on a shop vac, so you won't be trapping as much dust as you would with a vacuum cleaner.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:57 PM
 
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If you can take the noise, go for it!
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Old 03-07-2016, 07:52 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There aren't a lot of design features. Instead of handles that raise and lower and brushes that can be adjusted, you get a plain round can. That's part of it.

The other part of it is the filtration system. The filters don't work as well. A "shop vac" with an excellent filtering system is called a Filter Queen and that is a very expensive vacuum cleaner, although in addition to the more efficient filter, there is more engineering, much better quality hose, lid stays on much better......

Other than that, I use my shop vac a lot and I do use it indoors to vacuum floors. It's efficient but I find it to be more awkward to use than the upright on carpeting. I vacuum hunched over when trying to use the shop vac on carpet
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We bought a shop vac last week to clean out some construction mess in the garage. I was blown away by two things, the price and the efficiency of the thing! It cost around $60. Is there any reason not to use one in the house? It came with several attachments. We have all hardwood and tiles in the house, not much carpeting at all. I just can't figure out what would make vacuum cleaners so much more costly, though!

Don't know why they are so much cheaper but am glad they are. A month ago I bought a new one to replace my ten year old shop vac. It still works fine but doesn't have quite the pulling power it used to have. It still works fine for small jobs and for water pickup. I do remove and wash the filters every now and then. When I bought my house I said NO carpets so I have all wood floors and scattered throw rugs. My new vacuum works great and it's so easy to get under furniture with it. I was happy to sell my upright Bissell AND the carpet cleaner!
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:48 AM
 
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I just can't figure out what would make vacuum cleaners so much more costly, though!
Canister vaccum cleaners are more popular in Europe. Uprights are more popular in USA, Canada, and United Kingdom.

Besides noise and filtration which were already mentioned, the bristles in most residential vaccum cleaners can be pretty expensive. Since most shops have cement or linoleum floors, and most homes have carpet, there is a great deal of the cost difference.
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Yakima yes, an apartment!
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We bought a shop vac last week to clean out some construction mess in the garage. I was blown away by two things, the price and the efficiency of the thing! It cost around $60. Is there any reason not to use one in the house? It came with several attachments. We have all hardwood and tiles in the house, not much carpeting at all. I just can't figure out what would make vacuum cleaners so much more costly, though!
If you're sucking up dust, then the shop vac is great for industrial use. In house it'll not be so good. I had wood floors and put the vacuum outside for cleaning. But since I was just making Mom happy it wasn't a bother and we didn't want to spend $600 on a Kirby or Hoover anyway...Found a hose that was 20' long..helped a lot...
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:24 PM
 
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Shop vacs are ok to remove construction dust or liquids, but cleaning the house?
Never heard that someone use a shop vac for cleaning the house. They are noisy, poor filtration and not very efficient. They are very unstylish and they lack maneuverability. And it's a nightmare to empty a shop vac. Do they have an automatic cord wrap? Very unpractical.

It's better to buy a reliable high-quality canister vacuum for $200.

This one for example:

Amazon.de: Miele S 8340 EcoLine Lotusweiß Bodenstaubsauger EEK D / 1.200 Watt Efficiency-Motor / AirClean-Filter / 3-teiliges integriertes Zubehör / Comfort-Kabelaufwicklung / Plus/Minus-Fußsteuerung
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