Tool Test: HEPA Shop Vacuums
With better filters and features, new vacs are must-have companions for power tools
Synopsis: This is an indispensable guide to the most effective and user-friendly shop vacuums on the market. In doing the test, we selected vacuums that come standard with HEPA filters, the finest available. Where there was more than one similar model and the only difference was capacity, we went with the smaller model to save you some money. Other criteria for selection were that the vacuum have variable suction and an onboard power outlet. Models tested include: Bosch Airsweep 3931A, DeWalt D27904, DeWalt D27905H, Dustless Technologies HEPA Vacuum, Fein HEPA Turbo III, Festool Cleantex CT 26.
As part of our research for “A Revolution in Dust Collection” (pp. 52- 59), FWW shop manager Bill Peck and I brought in the best shop vacuums we could find. We used them in our filter testing, and planned to show just a few as part of a whole-shop guide to dust management. But…