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Have you ever been stuck without a pump and had to inflate a queen-sized air mattress using only your lungs? I have, and I wouldn’t recommend it; I nearly passed out several times. A pump is the obvious solution, but why buy a pump when you can use another tool you already have?

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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.

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Strap on Shop-Vac’s ShopPac Back Pack Vac and you won’t have to worry about knocking over the canister or getting it stuck between a bench and a sawhorse.

They don’t list the tank size on the 6.5 Hp vacuum, so it probably isn’t very large, but then again who wants to carry 12 gallons of debris on their back?  It’s also not a wet-vac so you don’t want to start sucking water or wet garbage with the vacuum. The vac mounts to an adjustable back pack harness system, or if you want to carry it, you can use the top-mounted handle.

The Vac features a 25ft. cord and a 4′ lock-on 1-1/4″ diameter hose. It also comes with two metal extension wands and a dual surface nozzle which both store on the vacuum. Like most Shop-Vacs it uses a cartridge filter and a disposable filter bag. Pricing starting at $130.

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We dig the Shop-Vac Blower System’s Transformer-like vibe: it starts off as a normal wet/dry vacuum (with a 4-1/2 hp motor and 12 gallon capacity bucket), but the motor in the top separates to become a detachable leaf blower.

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Today at Sears I came across what might be the most unique wet/dry vacuum accessory I’ve seen yet: a small pump that screws into the drain opening. Upon further research I discovered that Shop Vac’s new line has this feature built right in.  Now I’m curious.

It’s obvious from the Craftsman’s input screen that this is not for trash pumping. Sucking crap out of a clogged sink, sure, but anything nasty will proably clog it in a hurry. The input filter on the Shop Vac looks more serious, but it’s only going to give you a few more minutes before you have to stop and clean it.

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We’ve got a great big shop vaccuum that we use for all sorts of cleanup work, but from time to time we’ve thought about how nice it’d be if we didn’t have to go through the job of dragging it out, cleaning it up, and re-storing it when we only managed to make a little mess.  Shop-Vac’s small version looks like it might be a great solution, and the fact that you can hang it up to get it out of the way is a big plus.  We’re about out of free floor and shelf space.

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