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DeWalt’s new 10-gal. shop vacuum has some fantastic features, such as HEPA filters, automatic filter cleaning, and a higher power rating than the company’s previous models. To test it, I repeated the tests used for a shop-vacuum review we did last year (“Tool Test: HEPA Shop Vacuums,” FWW #223).
After removing the optional paper dust-collection bags and seasoning the filter, I measured the working airflow at the end of the 14-ft., 1-1⁄4-in. inside-diameter hose. The DeWalt maintained 65 cfm, second only to the Bosch Airsweep 3931A, the Best Overall in the review.
With HEPA filters but without the paper bags in place, the automatic filtercleaning feature is essential, and it works well. The two HEPA filters are third-party rated to remove dust particles as small as 0.3 micron with 99.97% efficiency.
The DeWalt has a power-tool actuation outlet. Also, a variable power control feature allows you to dial down the power draw to accommodate the amperage of the tool you’re using. Multiple lift points make the vac easy to empty, and a retractable handle makes wheeling it around the shop a dream. Also, the hose connector can swivel, making it easier to use for general shop cleanup, including wet pickup.
When compared with the models in last year’s test, the DWV012 is a Best Value choice.
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