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07-24-2010 12:56 PM
lydanynom That vacuum looks great for the purpose, but I cringe a little to see people talking about DeWalt's great reputation. DeWalt is a subsidiary of Stanley/Black and Decker, and while for a number of years their commercial line of tools was very high quality they have always had a lower-end retail line that traded on that reputation without actually living up to it. Since 2004 when the conglomerate acquired Porter-Cable (which itself had already acquired Delta) I think the quality of the DeWalt brand has really gone downhill.
07-24-2010 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by davester View Post
I use one of these and it works well.
I have to second this Dewalt, the things perfect for the boat (and the dog hair on it). It's not intended to run for 20 minutes straight, just small jobs. While pretty loud, it has great suction. When we bought ours, it came with 2 batteries - which is where the real expense is.
07-23-2010 06:49 PM
montenido I use one of the small 1 gal shop vacs. I got it at Walmart. What I especially like about it is you can reverse the hose and use it to fill your inflatable dinghy in about a minute. Done with the dinghy? Now use it to vacate ALL the air, allowing it to be folded and rolled easily.

Oh, and it vacuums great also.

07-23-2010 01:20 PM
GraemeInCanada I just use a small battery powered vacuum like the dust buster in a sense. Works really well and gets rid of all the dust and stuff that manages to get in the boat.

For a bit more power though I would definitely move up to a small wet/dry vac. Storing it and powering it would be a pain and practically impossible at anchor unless you have an inverter. What on earth do you need to vacuum up at anchor that needs a wet/dry full powered vacuum though.
07-23-2010 12:39 PM
QuickMick heck, seems that everything DeWalt makes is rock solid... why not a vac too? tnx, ill check it out next time im getting 'expert advice' at the home depot.... lol
07-23-2010 12:36 PM
davester I use one of these and it works well.
07-23-2010 11:18 AM
oceanscapt I'd recommend a wet-dry type like the Shop-Vac or it's clone. If you don't have an inverter, you may have to look for a 12VDC version but they don't seem readily available, seem to cost more, and don't seem as good.

I do not recommend the Dust Buster in any form.
07-23-2010 10:49 AM
QuickMick this baby handles about anything i throw at it and its pretty small.

Shop-VacŪ :: Vacs
07-23-2010 10:38 AM
gulfcoastcruiser I forget now which brand wet/dry vac I have but it is the 1 gallon from Wal-Mart. I guess I will just pitch it and buy another one. I will say it worked very well until recently. I have a feeling the pet hair led to an early demise.

I do like the idea of the long hose in theory, but then I have to store the hose somewhere.
07-23-2010 10:21 AM
lydanynom What wet/dry vacs have you tried? One of those with a long hose (long enough so you can leave the canister on the dock -- buy central vac hose in bulk) was going to be my first suggestion. I love that setup.

I've just got a medium-sized Rigid from the Home Despot that has held up fine for 4 years now without any special treatment. I don't remember what I paid for it but I don't think it was much.
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