Hema shop vac at a reasonable price – works like a charm!
Hello all: I bought a ShopVac BlawkHawk 5.5 HP, 5 gallon model and it does everything I need it to. It eliminates dust and goes through 2 filters into a sealed bag where it sits until you pull the bag out and throw it away. I can tell when the bag needs to be changed because the pitch of the motor changes when you’re using it. And I use it to pick up slivers of glass, vacuum out my kilns, especially when using shelf paper. I use it to clean up any shelf primer powder that may have spilled while I was pouring it in to mix it up. I use it SPARINGLY for cleaning my shop though. With that Vacuum bag and Hepa filter, you don’t want to be filling them up for things like, leaves, large chunks of glass and debris. If that’s the case, you can use a smaller model of shopvac without a Hepa system. This vacuum is LOUD! But, I think I paid $39 or $49 for it at Lowe’s over a year ago and I love it because it is self contained – all of the tools, cord, and hose are housed on the unit itself so I don’t have to go hunting for an attachment when Im working. They’re all right there.
The only thing I would have been happier with is a more durable hose – it’s plastic and, if taken care of, should last for years. I take excellent of all of my things and it is still well-sealed (no air leaks). But, when it comes time to replace it, I will probably look for a fiber or stronger plastic hose.
kim p @ relaxed glass
p.s. I looked for months for a really good shop vac and there is a company called FEIT who makes really great, commercial-grade Hepa vacuums – from $200-$600!