Having a passion for woodworking is a wonderful thing. It gives you the freedom and ability to create and build anything that you want. We all know that getting into woodworking can be a messy prospect though, and requires a lot in terms of cleaning and keeping your workspace neat and safe.
If you don’t already have a reliable shop vac for your woodworking space, we are going to help you with that. Today we are going to be looking at five of the best and highest performing vacuums that are perfect for woodworking.
WORKSHOP Wet Dry Vac WS1600VA
Ridgid 50348 1400RV
Craftsman XSP 16 Gallon
WORKSHOP Wet Dry Vac WS1100CA
This reliable and durable shop vac is great for woodworking, and provides plenty of versatility for both wet and dry cleanups. It has a really flexible seven foot hose with large opening so that you can suck up virtually anything.
The hose and vacuum are equipped with a locking tab to prevent your hose from becoming unhooked while you are vacuuming. It is made of a durable copolymer that is resistant to all kinds of wear and tear, and has an easy emptying drain for wet materials.
This heavy-duty vacuum would be perfect for cleaning up the debris from your woodworking projects. This is an exceedingly powerful vacuum that uses a 6 horsepower motor. You can imagine that this vacuum can pick up any big or small debris that is in its path.
This massive and powerful vacuum also comes with a filter and a variety of attachments that make it easier to clean your shop space. It has a huge 14 gallon container so that you don’t have to worry about letting emptying your vacuum interrupt your cleaning.
This is another intensely strong and large shop vacuum that would be great for cleaning up the debris after you are done with your woodworking. This vacuum has one the largest containers that we are going to look at today at 16 gallons, and it is great for holding both wet and dry materials.
This large vacuum also has a powerful 6.5 horsepower motor so that you are hardly limited to the type and size of debris that you can pick up. It comes with a strong handheld blower that you can use to clear debris from your area, for faster pickup. This model also comes with several different nozzles and attachments that you can use to make the cleaning job easier.
This compact shop vacuum is the perfect cleaning utility for smaller woodworking areas. It has an eight gallon container and an eight foot hose that gives you plenty of room in the vacuum and large cleaning range. This vac also comes with several different attachments that you can use for different surfaces and different debris.
It comes with a filter and a filter minder that will help you maintain your vacuum’s performance and your filter.
This awesome little shop vac provides the ultimate in onboard storage for all of your shop vac needs. There is storage everywhere on this vacuum for your hose, extensions, and all of the wonderful add-ons that this vacuum comes with.
The flat surface on the top and the locking rear wheels make this vacuum a great little work-space/vacuum while you are cleaning.
One of the first things that you want to look at when shopping for a vacuum is the power. Read up on the voltage and the horsepower of the motor to get a better idea of what it’s cleaning performance is going to be like.
The capacity of the vacuum that you need is largely dependent on the size of your workspace and the messes that you make. For bigger messes in bigger workspaces, it is nice to have a large capacity vacuum so that you don’t have to keep emptying out throughout your cleaning process. You also want to make sure that your shop vac is made of materials that can handle both wet and dry materials, and that it won’t wear out, rust, or corrode.
Extensions, nozzles, and hoses that are included with your vacuum are all very important. What’s the usable length of your hose? Do the extensions give you what you need in terms of cleaning your workspace?
You always want to make sure that you have a great filter on your vacuum. Your filter dictates your vacuum’s ability to capture debris in your workspace, and can either make your life easier or harder when cleaning out your vacuum.
What shop vac did you like the best in this review? For us, that ended up being the Craftsman XSP. What we like the most about this vacuum is that it offers the best on three very important fronts: power, design, and simplicity. This vacuum gives you all the space and power that you need for cleaning in a simple design, with all of the attachments and extensions that you need to keep your woodworking space clean.