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Old 08-08-2020, 22:53   #1
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Vacuum cleaners?

What are you and other boaties you have met using for day to day vacuuming on live aboard boats? I have a vacuum cleaner that works with my sander that I won't be taking with me out of the boat yard as a full size vacuum takes up two much room.
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Re: Vacuum cleaners?

I use Ryobi battery powered tools. A few weeks ago I bought their tool box vacuum. Iím pretty impressed. It is a wet/dry vac. If you have battery powered tools see if they make a tool box sized vacuum that will use your existing batteries.
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My wife used to walk about below decks with masking tape wrapped around her feet,- sticky side out. We were always low-tech and saving our amps.
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Only 600w, perfect size, $29, been using it for years:

https://www.kmart.com.au/product/2-i...vacuum/2521319
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Re: Vacuum cleaners?

I have found there are lots of times that I need a wet/dry vacuum. Regardless of what you get, I would consider purchasing one of these.

We have a Craftsman 2.5 gallon model that works fine for us and is not too large to stow. We are a US boat so the vacuum cleaner is 120 Volt. It runs fine from our modified sine wave inverter. When in marinas with 230 Volt/50 Hz shore power, our transformer brings the voltage to 120 Volts, 50 Hz, and the vacuum cleaner is happy with that, also.

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Re: Vacuum cleaners?

we just use a dyson stick. works perfectly

why would you need anything else ?

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we just use a dyson stick. works perfectly

why would you need anything else ?

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Wet / dry would be good to clean up the wet gunk if water got into the bottom of a storage locker (or the like).
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Shark 110V stick vac (pet version) for real cleaning, Milwaukee 18V wet/dry vac, Milwaukee 12V dust sucker.

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We also got a Dyson stick which is great but also the smallest mini shop vac for cleaning up when itís wet.
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If I were buying now, I'd either go for a small shop vac and a carpet attachment or one of the stick vacuums. Currently we have a mid 80s vintage Hoover canister vac. Works well enough and it came with the boat.
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We use a broom and dust pan, and follow up with a damp cloth for dusting. Easy quick to do, takes up virtually no space, uses no amps, and really cheap. Takes a couple of minutes to sweep the floors, and ten minutes or so to dust the interior of the boat. Low tech and effect.

Think of the NASA story, they spent thousands to develop a pen that would write upside down, while the Soviets used a pencil...

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I have a 1.5gal wet/dry vac and a handheld battery vac that uses same battery as my drill.
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Re: Vacuum cleaners?

I agree with Hopcar, if you have cordless tools on your boat then get the same brand of cordless vacuum cleaner. It uses the same batteries, has tons of power and also can be used to clean up wet messes in your bilge or other places.

Milwaukee M18 2-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
https://milwaukeetool.com/Products/P...acuums/0880-20

We've had this on board for about six months now. It's well built, powerful and everything packs inside of the box so it's easy to store and retrieve. It is missing one thing, a brush head. All of the attachments are hard plastic and don't like using it on surfaces that can scratch, but it's easy to find one an to the box.
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We use a broom and dust pan, and follow up with a damp cloth for dusting. Easy quick to do, takes up virtually no space, uses no amps, and really cheap. Takes a couple of minutes to sweep the floors, and ten minutes or so to dust the interior of the boat. Low tech and effect.

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I agree. If I didn't have carpet, the vacuum would be gone.
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We have DeWalt tools on board and have the small DeWalt dual power (battery and 110 volt) wet/dry vac. Works well for us
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