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Works Great In My Wood Shop
I selected this product to use in my garage woodworking shop for sawdust extraction. I had previously been saving up for a Festool dust extractor, which is quite a bit more expensive than this one. I decided to order this one, and see how it went. From what I read from the manufacturer, it seemed like this dust extractor was more closely related to general cleaning, than sawdust collection. This review is specifically targeted towards woodworkers.
My first impression was that it is not overly bulky, and the wheels turn smoothly for me to drag it around my shop. I also love that it has a handle, which will lay down when not in use, which is great for storage.
I have primarily used it for my random orbital sander. The dust extractor came with a shop vac hose adapter, which I was able to use on my Festool 125 sander. It generally works perfectly on the sander. I have also been able to hook it up to my Wen portable planer, which generally worked quite well. With the planner, I did have an issue with the hose clogging up once, but that was easily resolved. The third thing that I have tried to hook it up to is my Festool Domino. It had no problems taking the wood chips from my Domino.
I love that it has a suction control knob on the unit, so you can customize the suction based on the tool you are using. For example, when I'm using my random orbital sander, I generally keep the suction at around 3, to try and avoid swirl marks.
Another feature that I love about this vacuum is, that you are able to plug your power tool directly into the unit. When the power tool is turned on, the vacuum automatically turns on a couple of seconds later. This is just a really convenient feature, that I personally appreciate.
As for the bag situation. This unit comes with two reusable bags. The bags seem to have great filtration. I have needed to empty the bags a couple of times, and have seen very little fine sawdust in the bottom of the unit. The bags are also very simple to empty. They have a zipper that runs along one side, which is great for a fast cleanout. I would say that emptying the bag and replacing it takes around 5 minutes if that. Plus I love that I'm not spending a bunch of money on bags.
As for the things which make me hesitant about this unit... As far as I can tell, It doesn't look like replacement parts are readily available. It also doesn't have additional vacuum attachments, like some of the big-name brands do. Thirdly, I'm afraid I'm not sure what I'm going to do when these two reusable bags bite the dust. Hopefully, if this manufacturer does well in sales, they will release some accessories for their vacuums, and replacement parts.
Overall, I actually really like this vacuum. I've been using it pretty consistently now for a few months, and I sure hope that it lasts me a few years. It has great suction, fantastic filtration, and it's just easy to use. It was a very welcome addition to my shop.