I recently bought a new shop vacuum(Rigid) to replace the small underpowered vac I had used for several years. This machine has a 14 gallon tank and a pleated filter. I use it for collecting dust from the table saw and gerneral shop clean-up. It seems that the filter clogs up almost immediately and even after removing and cleaning, it sucks up dust from the tank and is clogged again as soon as it is turned on. Apparently the 14 gal. tank is only fully utilized when vacuuming water. Is this normal?
Yes, I would like to have a dedicated dust collection system but there is no room in my small shop. This vac got a high rating in its class. Overall, I like the vacuum but would like to maintain full efficiency for a longer time.