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Old 12-07-03, 01:30 PM
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Shop type vacuum cleaners.

When I get a new ROS sander I am going to need a new shop type vacuum to hook up to the sander plus many other chores. The one I have now is old and pretty much warn out, so I prefer to go with a new one.
I really know nothing about the new ones !! I do know I want a good one with great power and suction and "QUITE" would be a real plus, price is not a big problem. My old one (20 + years) was bought used. It leaks like crazy and sounds like a mad X wife.
All recommendations and advise would be appreciated very much.
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Forgot to mention it will be used in the house on several projects so no leaking is practically a must.
 
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I have the small shop vac, 6 gallons model QSP. It is a handy size and has plenty of capacity. I rigged up a length of bilge pump hose to it to use for pulling dust from my ROS. It is amazing how much quieter they are now. I had a 20 year old model that sounded like a jet. The new one is much quieter.
 
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Changeling,

I've got a couple Craftsman - 16 Gal, and a smaller 3hp canister looking vac w/ top center handle. The lil 3hp is strong and has the perfect size hose for a ROS. I use it for all my small jobs - very handy.

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Thanks for the reply guys. Is the brand "Shop Vac" considered a sort of industry standard? I mean when I get the ROS it must have a vac hookup and I don't know if there is a standard or not. I would hate to get the sander then the Vac and try to hook them up only to have that little voice come on in my head that says "Oh,Oh"! I am sure that you know what I am talking about.
A 5 or 6 gallon Vac would be plenty. I just want it to be a good one like I said. I guess what you guys are telling me is to go with the "Shop Vac" brand, is that correct?
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Shop vac is a generic & brand name. Check the outlet on the ROS and see what will fit it. My ROS has a round outlet so connecting to it is easy. Some of the ROS I have seen lately have oval outlets. It won't be hard to connect, just challenging.
 
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Old 12-08-03, 06:48 PM
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changeling:

I was able to equip my recently purchased Sears vac with adapters from Lee Valley.
I looked for a deal on a vac for a while and I found that Sears on occasion offers pretty deep discounts on them.
Got mine for 60% off catalogue price and I couldn't be happier with its performance.

<img src="http://www.leevalley.com/images/item/woodworking/powertool/03j0825s1b.jpg">
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Old 12-09-03, 01:38 PM
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Greg, thanks for the picture. The 60% off sounds extremely tempting, I'll check things out. Thanks guys.
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Old 12-09-03, 06:58 PM
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I'm very happy with my Sears unit but I should point out that their sale prices are very deceptive.

The sale flyer I purchased mine from listed the vac at 299.00 CDN as a regular selling price, reduced to 129.00 which is about 60%.

Sears in our area floods us with sale catalogues. This same vacuum is shown in another catalogue for 199.00 !
I'm still pleased with the vac but am not impressed with Sear's tactics.
 
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Old 12-10-03, 12:34 PM
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Greg, Sears sale saying, "If you can't baffle them with your brilliance, Dazzle them with Bull S#%t".
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