Shop Vacuum SQ - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Shop Vacuum SQ

Alto Wap - Shop Vacuum SQ

The Alto Wap SQ features a quiet, variable-speed motor and a diffuser to soften the air exhaust.

$495 (As of 6/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Shop Vacuums

by Roland Johnson

review date: June 1, 2003

No shop vacuum has the power or longevity to replace a dedicated dust-collection system, but a number of them will work well enough as portable dust collectors for benchtop machines in small shops or as backups to larger systems. The 13 vacuums I looked at were quieter than those of a few years ago, and all had adequate power as long as I kept the filter from clogging. I found that the better performers had filters situated horizontally above the tank. Hose diameter also is critical to the function of a vacuum, particularly when the machine is used as a dust collector.  A 2-1/2-in.-dia. hose is good for planers and routers, but a small hose diameter is best for small portable tools like sanders and saws.

The Alto Wap SQ was a standout in the crowd with its variable-speed motor and quiet operation. Capacity is only 10 gallons.

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Editor Test Results:

Exhaust Diffused around motor housing; very soft
Noise Rating 59-66 dB

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Alto Wap
Manufacturer's Web Site or
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-366-2586
Controls Auto Start: Yes
Intake Hole Size N/A
Impeller Size N/A
Materials N/A
Size 10 gal.
Horsepower N/A
Amps 13
Volts N/A
Speed Variable: Yes

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