A friend of mine who recently tested one of these described it as “a big-ass shop vacuum that you can hold in your hand.” As you can imagine, that caught my attention. We use the crap out of our shop vacuum here — it’s a huge, rolling-cannister type that I’m sure you’re familiar with — and the idea of a small version that’s powerfull enough to actually use as a shop vaccuum sounds pretty incredible.
Dyson claims — as with their uprights — that their “Cyclone” technology offers twice the suction of competing vacs. We’re betting that this unit offers more than that, as most of the “Dustbuster-style” units we’ve had experience are just that — dust busters. They’re great for picking up light dust and potato chips from the couch, but you’ll never pick up a lot of metal dust with them — especially if it’s a little sticky.
It also features one-touch emptying, and a 21.6V lithium-ion battery, the characteristics of which we’re sure most Toolmonger readers are familiar with.
We’ll see about getting our hands on one of these for “hands-on” testing, but from what we hear they’re great. Street pricing (when these hit shelves November 1) will start around $150.