Need Shop Vac help

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by ho333ard, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. ho333ard

    ho333ard New Member

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    Sorry, can't find a more appropriate place to ask this.
    I bought a 2.5 hp 6-gallon Shop Vac recently and I'm having a hard time finding info on what sort of filtration to use.
    I opened it to discover the paper disc had fallen off and the foam sleeve was filhy beyond salvage . . . would rather just go with collection bags or a filter cartridge (I took great care to put the sleeve on properly-- it's just a PITA system if ya ask me).
    Can I use just the bags with nothing else? Or just the cartridge? Or can I/should I/must I use them together? Would also appreciate a tip on where best to buy.
    Thanks for any advice.
  2. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

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    I bought Shop Vac filters and bags at Walmart a couple of years ago.
  3. prashster

    prashster New Member

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    It depends what you're vaccuuming.
    If you are doing serious woodworking, then it's worth it (for your health and marital peace) to get a real dust collection machine.

    But in a pinch, shop vacs make good substitute.

    I'd invest in a HEPA cylindrical filter. It'll catch most fine particulates like saw dust.

    I'd also invest in a drywall dust bag. Drywall dust and cement dust are an order of magnitude more fine than saw dust and a real pain to capture with conventional filters.
  4. ho333ard

    ho333ard New Member

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    I think I solved the current crisis.
    I ordered a filter and "drywall bags" that are described to be used together from shop-vac.com, and some regular bags.
    I don't use this thing that often and intend to use this combo basically for everything . . . the first bag in my "big" shop vac has lasted 3 years without being even half full.
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