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Clever: BucketVac turns a 5 gallon bucket into a commercial wet/dry vacuum. [thx EK]
Unique thinking but I imagine most of the cost of a wet/dry vac is in the motor and filter. The bucket is probably a minor aspect so it provably doesn’t save you much.
Plus most normal wet/dry vacs have wheels so you don’t have to carry it while you vacum.
So unique thinking for sure. Not something I would buy.
Probably costs more than a Shop-Vac.
I guess this follows the “less costs more” philosophy.
It’s a clever idea, but who want’s to have to worry about having the a properly sized bucket too? I’d feel much better knowing I had an entire vacuum that was designed as such.
Put a flexible gasket on it that can still maintain an airtight lock with openings of various sizes and shapes and you have something. But if you already have to own the bucket that fits it, I’d just as soon have one that comes with a bucket—and is on wheels to boot.
I think the point is that you can use it across buckets. So if you’ve got a big job, you don’t have to haul the vacuum somewhere to empty in between, you just grab another bucket and keep going.
Shipping the vac without a bucket would reduce space. The bucket product gets shipped inside each other also saving space. If your bucket breaks, you don’t need a special and hard to find special vacuum bucket.
Good points all along the way so long as it actually performs.
You can get wheelbases for 5G buckets at any Homey Depot type store. Failing that, wheelbases for potted plants are probably even more prevalent.
There is a “standard” 5-gal bucket size that applies to like 99% of buckets… compatibility isn’t a problem in most cases. It also makes use of a widely-available and often-discarded item, so it’s got that going for it, which is nice.
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PLUS most wet/dry vacs have canisters(?) that are way too big (because bigger is always better, right…) so that by the time you’ve vacuumed your spill and filled the tank, it’s too heavy/bulky to carry out. The 5 gal. size is perfect, and the pail is already well-suited for carrying. Not seeing a whole lot of downside to this idea…
We used to do this very thing at a restaurant where I worked, except we reused one of the plastic barrels that the pickles came in. I think it was because the original base for the vac broke.
I’m guessing this product came about due to similar real-world decisions elsewhere, coupled with the positives mentioned above, and put together by whoever brought BucketVac to market.
Of course, the advantage here is that it doesn’t look like you’re shop-vacing into a bucket of pickles.
What matters is the power of the vacuum, not the size of the canister, a wet/dry vac is not a dustbuster, you’re not going to use it to vacuum up spilled dry cereal. If it can suck up nails, screws, sheetrock debris, etc. it would be useful as most wet/dry vacs take up a LOT of space, but are used rarely (most people use a broom and dust pan on a job site, and then the vac for final prep before finishes get done.) This is clearly for DIYers or contractors who usually have TONS of 5 gallon buckets, so that’s a non-issue. My problem with it is that it would most likely tip over with the slightest pull of that seemingly short hose. The reason vacs have huge cannisters is for this reason, they’re top heavy, so you need a wide base. The hose should also be able to be stored inside the bucket when not in use (which is where most people keep the hose when their wet/dry vac is not in use.)
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