Tool Test: Shop Vacuums
Newest machines are quieter and offer more features
Synopsis: Roland Johnson turns his attention to shop vacuums, evaluating the performance and ease of use of 13 varieties, ranging from $100 to $700. Among the improved features he was looking for were noise reduction, auto-start, and variable suction. Check here to find out how all the vacuums performed and which won out.
From Fine Woodworking #163
Dust is an unfortunate by-product of woodworking. One of our best defenses is the shop vacuum. Woodworkers appreciate the vacuum for its versatility in the workshop. It can pick up as well as blow dust out of hard-to-reach corners and is commonly used as a dust collector for small power tools.
From the legion of shop vacuums on the market, I selected 13 that range in price from under $100 to about $700: Alto Wap SQ and SP; Craftsman 17922 and 17924; Fein 9.77.25; Festool CT 33 E; Milwaukee 8927 and 8955; Porter-Cable 7814; Ridgid WD16650 and WD1735; Shop-Vac QL60OD and QUL625.
A number of new…