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Vacuum cleaners??

Anyone want to suggest their favorite brand of vacuum cleaner for living aboard?? Sometimes the dustpan just needs some help!
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I'm not a live aboard, but I have a little Stanley 12v vac on my boat. It doesn't have nearly the suction of a 120V vac (surprise, surprise), but it's fine for little jobs on the boat.
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I have a Dewalt DC500 wet/dry shopvac. It is both corded and cordless. Works with the battery packs from their cordless tools from 12v-18v. I have a Dewalt 18v right angle drill and I use the batteries from that for the vac when not on shore power or generator.

Works great to get that last bit of water from the bilges.

DC500 2 Gallon Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vac | DEWALT Tools
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Ultimately depends on how much time you spend connected to shore power. In our case that is virtually never so we need machine that is straight 12v. On Raven we have something that looks like an el cheapo version of the Stanley. I like DeWalt gear but the need to recharge battery kills that idea.
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We don't live aboard, but we have 2 dogs with us which tends to keep us vacuuming often. Similar to Tim's suggestion, only a bit smaller. Great products.

DC515K 18V Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vac | DEWALT Tools
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I don't live aboard but like this one... Walmart.com: Shop Vac 1 Gallon Hang Up Wet/Dry Vac: Appliances

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Ultimately depends on how much time you spend connected to shore power. In our case that is virtually never so we need machine that is straight 12v. On Raven we have something that looks like an el cheapo version of the Stanley. I like DeWalt gear but the need to recharge battery kills that idea.
I had "an el Cheapo version of the Stanley" ($9.99 @ BassPro Shops); cracked the case on the sucker the first time I used it. Hence the Stanley.

BTW, there's another (slightly better?) version of the Stanley that has a wall bracket for mounting/storing the unit when not in use. Wish I had seen it before I bought this one. Mine just rattles around at the bottom of the hanging locker most of the time.
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I had "an el Cheapo version of the Stanley" ($9.99 @ BassPro Shops); cracked the case on the sucker the first time I used it. Hence the Stanley.

BTW, there's another (slightly better?) version of the Stanley that has a wall bracket for mounting/storing the unit when not in use. Wish I had seen it before I bought this one. Mine just rattles around at the bottom of the hanging locker most of the time.
Yep, storing the damn things is a pain. I'll check out the "upmarket" Stanley. Thanks.
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I don't live aboard but like this one... Walmart.com: Shop Vac 1 Gallon Hang Up Wet/Dry Vac: Appliances

Ditto, great little shop vac, fairly easy to store and use, and very reliable, with great suction in a compact unit.
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