/ Good vacuum for DIY
As the title says does anyone have any good recommendations for a vacuum that can deal with general DIY? I'm going to have to pull down some old lath and plaster ceilings and think a good vacuum that can deal with lots of dust and paint stripped from walls etc would be a great help. I was thinking of getting the Bosch AdvancedVac 20 Wet and Dry, if anyone has any knowledge of that.
Thanks in advance
Henry - cheap and cheerful, not afraid of a bit of dust either. Mine has done two house renovations and it's good as new!
The numatic stuff (Henry etc.) is very good and not expensive. They last for ages and the parts are cheap if you ever need them. The next models up (Charles/George VE/VC370) wet vac too. Use the hepaflo bags for fine dust, the filters last a lot longer.
As a business, we strip plaster & lath on a large scale. If you have a lot to do, genuinely consider buying an air-fed hood, rather than using goggles & dust masks. They are relatively expensive but you can work completely isolated from the dust, with eye protection and a cool stream of air across your face. No long term lung damage. Best value is the 'JSP Constructor Kit Complete' bought from sitebox ltd uk.
This sounds luxurious, i stripped out an old ceiling and despite wearing a proper cartridge dust mask I still ended up with black snot at the end of the day and I was sweating like a pig all day while working.
Wickes do one. Worth comparing.
Cheers that sounds like good advice.
Next time you rip an old ceiling down, if you've got access, saturate it from above with gallons of diluted PVA the day before.
Bugger all dust
Henry again. Cheap and reliable.
It doesn't matter how good the mask is, if it doesn't fit it won't work. Anyone who uses a mask should be face fit.
I have a very expensive Festool vac, it's great, it does all kinds of fancy stuff like turning itself on when I start up a power tool and extracts the dust from said tool.
...get a henry hoover.
JSP stuff is excellent. I'm trying to convince myself that the new JSP infinity would be a good buy but at 1k it's a bit much for something I will only use for a couple of hours a month..
To the Op, ess safe force will hire out the infinity powered respirator for about £100 a week. Not sure if they hire to the public but its worth an ask.
They've just had workshop vacuum cleaners in Aldi. I noticed there were a few left in our branch this morning.
Thanks to all, looks like I will get some sort of Henry, always better to get a recommendation. Thanks
I built a boat using a Kärcher (I think WD3) wet/dry hoover which I think is great. For just under £100, it does wet/dry and has a socket on it, which is brilliant if you're sanding/power sawing as it turns on when you turn the sander on, and turns off about 3 seconds after you've turned the sander off. Works great as a normal vacuum too. I'd certainly get it again for that kind of thing.
I got a wet and dry one from Screwfix for 34quid. Can't fault it. Seems the same as the Henry I used to have. Great for the car.
We killed two inferior vacs while doing house renovation and now we have a Henry, which is coping perfectly well with everything. It's affordable, simple, robust, has a good capacity and sucks like a... like a... sucking thing.
Workies use Henry vacs. They are robust have a wind in cable and are fixable.
Certainly not anything from Miele. I broke two with plaster dust before I realised that a) it clogged the dust filter burning the motor out and b) I’m clearly an idiot.
Screwfix ones are pretty good but I ended up getting a cyclone interceptor because it got swamped with really dusty jobs (table saw + 18mm mdf)
I had a Henry in the UK and it was fine, but it's not easily available in Norway, so I have a Karcher WD 4 Premium, and it's fantastic. I'm renovating (read, rebuilding) a 200yo wooden house, and it extracts dust and dirt quickly from pretty much anywhere. I used it to suck up a large amount of plaster chunks too, no problem.
The bags aren't advertised as re-usable, but they definitely are, it's just a bit of a faff emptying them.
Karcher is the default brand for cleaning machines here in Norway.
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