are these little 1.25" diameter wet/dry vacs worth a shit for light duty use?

are these little 1.25" diameter wet/dry vacs worth a shit for light duty use? i only have experience with the larger so-called 5-6 hp models with 2.5" hoses, which work very well. i've heard conflicting things about these smaller units.

my intended use would be car/upholstery cleaning. things like vacuuming up light amounts of debris and sucking water out of seat/couch cushions when wet detailing.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Not really, they'll fill up just vacuuming a vehicle.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No, they're worthless imo. the only reason to go "Small" is if you're getting a battery powered one for use where you can't get an outlet. Any shop-vac with a sub-2" diameter hose is useless unless you can't get on-site power.
    >my intended use would be car/upholstery cleaning. things like vacuuming up light amounts of debris and sucking water out of seat/couch cushions when wet detailing.
    Just get an adapter to put the 2 inch hose down to 1.25 inch for tight spots. All the maneuverability with none of the low power issues.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just bought the Dewalt 20 v vac. I love it
    If you ever wanted to vac something but didn’t want to drag out a cord. These are awesome

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Which model do you have?
      Was thinking about getting one for my car, but I've had bad experiences with them in the past.
      Ohh I do like dewalt though, have like 8 cordless tools and 4 batteries.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I was reluctant, glad I went for it

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Based. I have the Makita vac and everyone at work is always jealous. It's so damn convenient.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          this shit is probably the worst tool Dewalt ever made

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have one. It's good for housework. Good suction.
    Dust, light debris, crumbs, pet hair, cat litter.
    It does a good job in the car.
    It's not a shop vac & never did "wet."

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can interpose a plastic pail with a separator like Dust Deputy and use it for wet that way. Clones exist so do some reading.

      https://www.yeggi.com/q/cyclonic+separator/ shows some printables.

      .stl exist for custom power tool dust collection too:

      https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5318519

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have all sizes since I collect vacuums for my homes and shops. They're useful in their range. if you're going to commercially detail just copy what whoever makes money at it does as there is nothing new to invent except maybe custom nozzles and parts. I use my 3D printer for those to make my heterogeneous vacuum fleet optimal for chip collection, solder fume removal etc.

    Order some cheap panty hose online for next to nothing then cut the legs off and use them for filter socks. Dirt cheap and beats buying filters, that trick was ancient when I did it about thirty years ago. Also consider a dust deputy or clones to catch your trash in a pail before it gets to your vacuum cleaner. I quite like mine and will shortly print a few since I deploy vacuums at point of use. They work so well they were used on industrial sand blasters before making it to shop vacs. Happy sucking!

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a portable battery vac for ease of use
    Im not attaching that kice just to save cleaning a filter. Havent I fired a few of you jerkoffs

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got a small craftsman one for $20 at Ace hardware, it's been great for fast cleaning. I don't even sweep anymore, it makes a lot more sense to just vacuum up any mess.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had a 2.5 gallon Shop Vac one when I lived in a little RV and it was perfect except had I had more room to store it I would have gotten one with a larger cannister for wet use. Otherwise it had plenty of power for general cleaning and also for picking up debris from woodworking projects and dust collection for a small sander.

    If you can deal with the extra size picrel is good bang for the buck and can actually hold some water, also the metal cannisters don't pick up odors like the plastic ones...if you deal with pet hair at all the eventual funky smell of the exhaust will make you abandon a plastic shop vac before it dies no matter how scrupulously you clean and disinfect it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah Ii dont live in a dog / cat kennel
      Pet owners let their shit get destroyed out of fear of being alone and unloved.
      Quit feeding the slobber, shedding, shit machine and see how long it sticks around.
      I like animals same as kids, about 30 minutes and im done…bye bye

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        t. angry because pets serve a purpose, and are loved.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Can only imagine what your trailer looks like inside.
      If a vacuum stinks I bet your couch and carpet are a biohazard

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dont let anyone tell you these vacs make yer stupid stick bigger…its a lie

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The horsepower is more important. The absolute lowest end that is worthwhile is 5 maybe maybe 4hp

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ok i understand >reddit but this is one of the best series of threads I've ever read lol in the most unironic way reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4aihf1/iama_vacuum_cleaner_repair_tech_consultant_and/

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a small ridgid and it's good for when you are working on the roof, the car, or somewhere you need to be quiet. Doesn't replace a full size vac.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they're perfect

    i use this one for shampooing seats with a shampoo attachment and it does double duty vacuuming out water or just general debris, its a hell of a lot easier and more manageable than lugging around a 12gal canister wet vac. definitely has no problem for wet vac use, just use a gfci with it

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stinger-2-5-Gallon-1-75-Peak-HP-Compact-Wet-Dry-Shop-Vacuum-with-Filter-Bag-Hose-and-Accessories-HD2025/308699706

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Where do you guys buy filters? Are bags unanimously better for dry stuff? Anybody use one of those exhaust filters/muffler things idk what they're called

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    good for vacuum digging
    spring pole your hole vaccum the dirt out.

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