Tool Test: HEPA-rated shop vacuums
We test the Bosch VAC090AH, DeWalt DWV010, Fein Turbo II HEPA, Festool Cleantec CT 48 E HEPA, Makita VC4210L, Metabo HPT RP350YDH, and Milwaukee 8960-20.
Synopsis: HEPA-level filtration has become the industry standard for dust-management equipment, as manufacturers strive to help us keep harmful fine dust out of our lungs. Asa Christiana took a head-to-head look at shop vacuums with HEPA-rated filters, simulating tough working conditions that produce clouds of dust. He looked at vacuums in the 8- to 11-gal. range.
Models tested include the Bosch VAC090AH, DeWalt DWV010, Fein Turbo II HEPA, Festool Cleantec CT 48 E HEPA (smaller versions were not available for this test), Makita VC4210L, Metabo HPT RP350YDH, Milwaukee 8960-20.
Every woodworker needs a shop vacuum, trailing behind their portable power tools like a loyal pup, and helping with cleanup. Shop vacuums don’t move enough air (measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM) to handle big chip producers like tablesaws, jointers, and planers, but what they lack in volume they make up in suction power and portability.