Which one do you have and do you like it or not? Any brand, not necessarily only Shop Vac.
I've always had Craftsman , at present time , the one a 12 gal ( motor comes off for blower use) and Oneida Dust Deputy. This one connected to chop saw, haven't changed or cleaned filter for over a year. The larger 16 Craftsman I have Dustopper brand. Same as the oneida brand. air filter stays clean. This one I use for my band saw, small sanders and the 12" belt sander.16 gallon Ridgid for dust in my shop, hooked up to an Oneida Dust Deputy, which makes a world of difference. It’s been years since I had to replace the vac filter, and the dust gets separated into a 5 gallon bucket for easy and quick disposal.
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For general barn use, wet and dry, a Dewalt 6 gallon, plastic, not metal canister. Definitely look for the model that comes with the improved, more flexible yellow hose, and not the standard black hose. This new hose is about $10 more than the standard hose, if each is bought separately, and is worth it for ease of use. I had to really search to locate the hose as part combination package for the same price as the old hose. Amazon and the big box stores were sold out. This was around 3 months ago.
Shop-vac got run out of business due to the WuFlu...
I too have one of those, I like it, a lot.While a big corded shop vac is needed in many cases, a lot of the time I just have a small mess I want to clean up. So I decided to try a cordless version and it has become one of my favorite tools. Went with DeWalt 20v, since I am already invested in so many of their batteries. Easy to move around and no cords to mess with. Really love it!
The state shutting down businesses finished them off for good, though. Sad.I read it was more complete and utter incompetence from upper management... They shot themselves several time, from manufacturing in China going on strike because they found out that manufacturing was moving to another country and ending with the sale of the company falling through.