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September 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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How to Reduce Shop-Vac Noise and Make It Quieter with a Muffler

I was recently browsing YouTube and fell down a rabbit hole of people making their shop-vacs quieter by building a muffler box around it. They used an insulated box to reduce Shop-Vac noise with foam rubber or styrofoam. I knew I could do one better because I just so happened to have some acoustic mineral […]

Best Wet-Dry Shop Vacuum Buying Guide

Best Shop Vac Reviews 2021

The best shop vacs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and price points. Nearly every store that sells tools also sells shop vacuums. These handy tools range from larger-capacity units to smaller, portable models. We separate shop vacs from dust extractors based on hose size and intended use. Our picks for best shop vac […]

Milwaukee Compact Vacuum

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Compact Vacuum

Versatile Milwaukee Compact Vacuum Features Two-Stage Debris Separation For small areas and spot cleaning, Milwaukee has introduced the M18 Fuel Compact Vacuum (model 0940-20). Milwaukee tells us that this vacuum delivers up to 50% more sustained suction than other cordless compact vacuums currently on the market. With a unique two-stage debris separation and including five […]

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor Coming Soon

DeWalt is announcing that they’ve added an OSHA-approved dust extraction solution to their roster of cordless tools. The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor joins the other 120+ Table-1 compliant solutions that the brand currently offers to help limit the exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust during drilling, cutting, and grinding applications. Of the hallmark […]

OSHA Compliant Ridgid Shop Vac? It's Here!

OSHA Compliant Ridgid Shop Vac? It’s Here!

There’s a new OSHA compliant Ridgid shop vac available at your favorite Home Depot. Well, it’s not actually new from top to bottom. Ridgid is has a new filter/bag setup that’s going to make some existing models HEPA and OSHA compliant. What’s really compelling here is the price. The least expensive model in our OSHA-compliant […]

Review7.4(out of 10)
Shop-Vac Hawkeye 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac Review

Shop-Vac Hawkeye 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac Review

Inevitably, you will find yourself with just enough of a mess to warrant pulling out the shop vacuum, but not so much of a mess that you want to bother with breaking out some hulking goliath of a cleaning solution. When you find yourself in that sort of situation, you’ll be happy you have the […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
best heavy duty shop vac Vacmaster VK811PH

Vacmaster 8-Gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vac Review

After checking out our best shop vac reviews, we wanted to cover this HEPA filtering model for good measure. The Vacmaster 8-Gallon HEPA Wet/Dry Vac moves toward the more industrial side of things with its HEPA filtering and metal parts. This industrial Vacmaster model flirts with becoming an all-out dust extractor, but it does it […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
DeWalt 9-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac

DeWalt 9-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac Review

In our Best Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum Buying Guide, we break down a host of models. There’s everything from value pricing to premium and small capacity to large. DeWalt is a surprisingly new player to the scene. The $90.72 DeWalt 9-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac and its brethren are part of a new lineup from Alton Industries, who […]

Review8.3(out of 10)
Ridgid 16-Gallon Wet Dry Vac WD185101

Ridgid 16-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac WD1851 Review

If you haven’t had the chance yet, go ahead and check out our Wet/Dry Vac Buying Guide, where we look at a bunch of the available professional level shop vacuums on the market today. There’s a little something for everyone in that article, but if value and suction are first and foremost on your list […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
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Vacmaster Beast 16-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac Review

If you’ve got a big mess, a shrimpy shop vacuum might not help out all that much. That’s where you need a hard-working, high capacity vacuum. Incidentally, large, Pro-performance level shop vacuums are what’s on the review menu for today. The Vacmaster Beast 16-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac presents an outstanding value for a large-capacity vacuum. This […]