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Old 03-04-2020, 12:22   #1
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We need recommendations on a Boat vac. Small, strong, rechargeable, reliable.
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Why rechargeable? It is a small space, use of wired appliances is absolutely possible.
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Why rechargeable? It is a small space, use of wired appliances is absolutely possible.
I agree, sometimes you need some suck! I have tried a few battery vacuums over the years, they are mostly useless, not to mention the batteries seem to fail after a short time. Better batteries now days though so....?
I just usually used the small 1 gallon Black & Decker or similar. Not fond of the short stiff hoses and how they readily tip over though.
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Re: Vaccuum

I have the cordless tool system by Milwaukee, the one called M12.

All use the same battery and charger. I have a drill, cutoff saw and a light. Want to get the vacuum. It's supposed to be strong and powerful.
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Re: Vaccuum

I have the M28 version, the big drill for the winches and a circular saw, and the Vacuum.
Only reason I keep it on the boat is it’s wet and dry, but small. The thing is so God Awful loud my wife had to wear hearing protection to use it, and it’s real expensive and at the end of the day you still have to recharge it with 110V AC power, and it just isn’t a house vacuum, doesn’t have the tools so you have to buy them

So what we did was got a cheap Bissel Zing vacuum $59 Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Bissell-Canis...5944069&sr=8-4

Run it off of the inverter, much better Vacuum for rugs etc.
Rechargeable tools are good, if they are the expensive ones, but of course they are very expensive and you still need to recharge them.
I have changed my mind completely, for a whole lot less money I can buy corded tools that are often more powerful and lighter and way less expensive and run them off of the inverter, or generator.
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Re: Vaccuum

I use two wet/dry corded vacs, one for the cabin and one reserved for messy stuff like oily bilge water. If I didn't have them, I'd be tempted by the DeWalt Li-ion 20v model, since I already have dewalt cordless drills and impact drivers. The batteries, a whole lot of the cost, are interchangeable, and I have not found a DeWalt tool I didn't like.
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Re: Vaccuum

A64, those are good points. I really didn't consider how little I have invested in the two corded vacs and how powerful they are when I responded above.
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Re: Vaccuum

We love our Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal. [It will try to turn the boat inside-out on high setting...]

For shop vac needs, and since our portable power tools are standardized on the DeWalt 20/60V batteries, we have a DeWalt shop vac. [Dual power; 115V AC/battery. And no, unfortunately it does not charge the battery...]

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Re: Vaccuum

We have one similar to this

Shop-Vac® Wall-Mountâ„¢ 5-Gallon Hang-Up Vac

Mounted in one of the hanging lockers , reaches everywhere , has attachments and stuff for when you are doing cushions and stuff, but can also come in handy when I make a 'shop' mess. It unclips out of the bracket to dump and clean.
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Re: Vaccuum

We have the Milwaukee M18 wet/dry vac, a Milwaukee M12 hand-vac for quick pickups, and a corded Shark model with boatloads of attachments for carpet and so forth. All do well for their intended purpose.

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We love our Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal. [It will try to turn the boat inside-out on high setting...]

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I agree, have 2 Dysons on the boat (catamaran) and they are terrific.

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We need recommendations on a Boat vac. Small, strong, rechargeable, reliable.
I’ve used both the Bosch and the dewalt

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Re: Vaccuum

I have a Milwaukee M18 cordless wet/dry vacuum. I already had a few Milwaukee M18 power tools and purchased the vacuum without a charger or battery.

It's not as powerful as a corded unit, but it's more than sufficient for most jobs.

One thing I like is that all the attachments and the entire hose store inside the unit. This makes stowage easier with no hoses to snag or attachments getting separated from the unit. It also has a HEPA filter so it doesn't discharge fine dust through the exhaust.

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Produc...d-Fans/0880-20
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I have a Milwaukee M18 cordless wet/dry vacuum. I already had a few Milwaukee M18 power tools and purchased the vacuum without a charger or battery.

It's not as powerful as a corded unit, but it's more than sufficient for most jobs.

One thing I like is that all the attachments and the entire hose store inside the unit. This makes stowage easier with no hoses to snag or attachments getting separated from the unit. It also has a HEPA filter so it doesn't discharge fine dust through the exhaust.

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Produc...d-Fans/0880-20

The Milwaukee looks nice

Most of the work I’ve done with the vacs is vacuuming up oily bilge slops when working in engine rooms

The hose gets contaminated with oily water and weeps
Might be an advantage to have a separate hose not stored in the vac unit to keep the unit from becoming contaminated with weeping oily mess
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