Let's face it, this is one of the most versatile tools in your garage. And possible the one most forgotten about, that is until you really need. it. Some of you might just know this as the vacuum that you use for your car. Sure, it works great for that, but it can turn a bad situation into a not so bad one. Water is one of the most damaging things to your home. And in case of a plumbing emergency, say like a supply line broke and has now started to flood your home, Shop Vac to the rescue. With the change of a filter, this vacuum just became a lifesaver. Getting that water up fast is key to preventing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars of damage. So, I say this with all seriousness, every homeowner should have one and have the vac along with it's filters readily accessible, not buried in one of 3 possible places.
So what about the brand. Which one to get. I know that this blog post is titled Shop Vac, but that has really become a general term for any wet-dry vac. The three main ones to pick from are Shop Vac, Rigid, and Craftsman. I will be honest and say that I don't have much experience with the Craftsman models, more just of the Rigid and Shop Vac. And as far as those go, I have found them to be very comparable. You will always get that one person that swears by their own and everything else is junk, but I have found that if you are comparing similar priced models, they are very close in almost every aspect. The one thing that you will find wrong is the Black Friday models. And this seems to plague the Shop Vac brand more. I know that some of you out there love Black Friday deals, but here is the thing. Some products are regular stocked items, but some are manufactured just for that day. Meaning, what you are buying is junk. The old saying "You get what you pay for" rings true here. I have not only talked to store associates that talk about the plagued Black Friday models, but I have been on the receiving end of that as well. So, now that my warning is out of the way, my suggestion is to get one that is sold by a store near you. Seriously, that simple. I say that because generally you will not see the brands of wet-dry vacs competing side by side. And the accessories do vary so get one at the hardware store that you frequent so you can also easily get the accessories that you need when you need them. So down below are some videos of mine going over the different filters available and showing you some tricks for them. Or you can click on this link to go to my page about shop vacs. www.greatwhiteninja.com/shop-vac.html
Author - Nathan Cox
I'm just a guy in his late 30's, well 40's now, living in the Mid-West. Just an average family guy hoping to share my knowledge and entertain a little along the way.