All DIY enthusiasts with a lot of tools on hand are going to need wet dry vacs around their workshops. Woodworking is very much messy work. Even a brief woodworking session is going to generate a huge amount of sawdust. Extensive woodworking sessions are probably going to produce lots of wood debris along with an even larger quantity of sawdust. Workshops that aren’t cleaned on a regular basis can quickly become almost unmanageable. Having a good wet dry vac in a workshop can save DIY enthusiasts a lot of time in the long run.
Most conventional vacuum cleaners just aren’t going to be sufficient in a workshop. While plenty of vacuum cleaners can handle relatively large debris, using them to clean workshops on a regular basis can break them. Vacuum cleaners depend on mechanisms that are relatively fragile, which is why vacuum cleaners of all kinds are prone to breakage. The wet dry vacs that are specifically designed to be used in workshop settings are that much more likely to last. Some DIY enthusiasts have owned their wet dry vacs for years and years, even though they used them on a regular basis.
Wet dry vacs typically have a relatively large capacity for debris. Many conventional vacuum cleaners use relatively small vacuum bags, and users have to replace the bags on a regular basis. The storage tanks of many wet dry vacs are much larger. It’s not uncommon to find one that can hold around three gallons. DIY enthusiasts may be surprised at the amount of debris that they can produce after an extensive day of woodworking, but they may find themselves filling and subsequently emptying their shop vacs on the same day as the cleaning.
As their name suggests, wet dry vacs are designed to be able to handle both dry and wet debris. DIY enthusiasts will manage to produce plenty of both around their workshops. Many conventional vacuum cleaners cannot handle wet debris at all. The best shop vacs can handle them easily and efficiently. DIY enthusiasts that work with paint are going to produce wet debris at some point or another.
Almost anyone that has used a vacuum in order to clean up a sufficiently large mess has probably experienced problems with overflow at some point. Vacuums only have so much built-in space for debris, and trying to pick up too much of it at once isn’t going to work. In some cases, problems with overflow can damage the vacuum itself. In almost any case, overflow problems can create a much bigger mess.
There are plenty of wet dry vacs that are actually designed with automatic shut-off mechanisms. Therefore, users shouldn’t experience any problems with overflow. When the vacuum is starting to become overly full, it will simply shut off altogether, making it that much easier for DIY enthusiasts to prevent problems. When cleaning a messy workshop that’s full of sawdust after a full day of woodworking, a wet dry vac that’s equipped with an automatic shut-off mechanism can make all the difference.
Operating a wet dry vac is more or less the same as operating any vacuum cleaner, even though wet dry vacs have different specializations. Most of them will have adjustable settings, so users can modify the intensity of the vacuum action. Otherwise, all they need to do is point the hose in the direction of the debris and wait for the vacuum to pick it up and absorb it.
Most wet dry vacs aren’t especially expensive. DIY enthusiasts are accustomed to paying large amounts of money for all the tools that they need. Wet dry vacs are important pieces of equipment, but as pieces of cleaning equipment, they’re not going to be as expensive as many of the woodworking tools themselves. DIY enthusiasts can expect to spend less than fifty dollars on even many of the best wet dry vacs on the market today.
If DIY enthusiasts choose to shop for their wet dry vacs online, they’ll often be able to knock twenty percent off the price or more. People that buy slightly used shops vacs may end up spending virtually nothing in the process. A wet dry vac is perhaps the one piece of equipment that absolutely every DIY enthusiast needs to have on hand, so it’s fortunate that it’s a widely available and inexpensive piece of equipment.