Shop-Vac’s turbo nozzle may not be a new tool, but it’s new to me. Let me back up. I own a dog, a German Shepherd to be precise. She loves to ride in my truck and I’m constantly reminded of this fact by the hair she leaves all over the seats. Whenever I get sick of the hair, I drag out the turbo brush from my Dyson and stick it on my garage Shop-Vac. It works okay, but doesn’t fit well and it’s only held on by suction when the vacuum runs.
Recently while walking around my local Menards, I was surprised to find Shop-Vac actually makes a Turbo Nozzle Shop-Vac attachment. I would have picked it up on the spot, but I try not to buy anything that’s not on my list to prevent myself from spending thousands of dollars in tools every month. But this just may have to go on my list.
The Turbo Brush fits any 1-1/4″ hose. Unlike many products with a “turbo” in their name, turbo is appropriate to describe this attachment. An air-powered turbine steals some of the energy of the air rushing into the vacuum to drive a rotary brush. While this isn’t as effective as a powered brush, it has the advantage of not needing any external power cord.
On the Shop-Vac website, the Turbo Nozzle lists for $8, which seems like a bargain — throw in another $7 to ship and that’s the cost of buying over the web, but why do most online stores list it for $24 plus outrageous shipping and handling charges? Who are they fooling? Menards carried the Turbo Nozzle for under $15. So in this case if you can find it locally, that’s probably your best bet.