It is laying out in my drive free for getting it out of here. Bought this "5" gallon Shop Vac about a month ago, mainly due to its light weight and easy to move from place to place. First off it is advertised as a 5 gallon. Put 2 gallons of anything in it and it runs out hose port. Only way it would hold 5 gallons is to plug the intake hose port and leave the top off.
Used it a couple times on the cement floor in the shop. Seemed to pick up OK but noticed there was fine dust in the air. A week ago I tried to use it to clean the fly ash out of the multi fuel stove in the basement. As soon as it started to pick up the ash a cloud of fine dust filled the air. Used a 20 year old steel 12 gallon can vac I bought at an auction many years ago. It has the exact same filter as the Shop Vac. No problem Checked the filter, etc. and everything was installed right. Emailed Shop Vac and they said I needed to use their micro fine filter bag. Bought one for $10 and put it on. This morning was doing some maintenance on the fireplace and was going to use it with the new filter to clean up some ashes. As soon as I started to pick up the ashes a cloud of dust filled the air. Being highly pissed at this point I unplugged it and gave it a throw out the door into the drive way. If anyone wants this thing come and get it.. Otherwise it will make some black smoke when the wind dies down. I will NEVER buy another Shop Vac product again. They are junk from the word go and their customer support really sucks.
I talked to my older son a while back and he said he has the same trouble with his identical vac picking up fine saw dust. I would not advise anyone to purchase any Shop Vac Vacuum. Now after a cup of coffee going back to finish up the fireplace with my 20 year old Wards vac.
Edited by chieffan, October 29, 2015 - 06:02 PM.