My nice 12 gallon multi "peak" horsepower "shopvac" started acting flaky.
I tore into it, and decided it was just plain too gross, too beat up, and too old to be worth fiddle farting with - it was from the scratch and dent area at sears 10 years ago - so I hauled it out to the curb.
And it didn't have a locking hose, so every time I used it, the hose popped out of hte side and slobbered crap all over anyhow.
So I started at Harbor freight. They only had one (shopvac brand) and it had the little hose - that always plugs up on me.
I went to sears. They had a fine display of vacs on a counter. I popped open the first one to see what the filter looked like, and got a snoot full of crap from who knows where that they'd been demonstrating it with.
They all had cheap nasty casters, and I just had an uneasy "everything is crap, overpriced and chinese" feeling - and started down a "bah humbug" path from being surrounded by fake holiday joy.
Went to Sam's (needed other stuff) they had one - up so high on the shelf I couldn't play with it.
Went to Lowes - never found anyhting but the filters for 'em.
Went to the Depot - wide assortment of Ridgid brand. Opened it up - same guts as the crapsman that had served me well (except for the hose) for 10 years.
So - I'm leaning towards one of them.
Any other recomendations? I'm kind of a "super heavy duty homeowner" kind of user. It will see wood shavings, drywall dust, water pickup, metal clippings and shavings, grinder dust, fiberglass chunks, bondo dust/shavings, etc.
I'd like it to be a little quieter than the old one, but the old one was probably pretty loud.
I'd liek to stay under $100, but if I jump from a $80 pontiac Grand Am to a $110 Corvette, that isn't the end of the world.