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While canned air works great for removing dust from electronics and is very portable, it has its downsides — it’s expensive, and if you use it for more than short bursts it can freeze and stop spraying until it warms up again. Metro Vacuum claims there DataVac Shuttle vacuum/blower can replace those cans of air relatively cheaply.

The 8oz Shuttle uses rechargeable batteries to operate for 40 minutes, or it can be plugged into the AC adapter if the batteries are dead. Measuring less than 7″ long, Metro claims the vacuum/blower is powerful enough to “clean dust and dirt from computers and office equipment.”

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After all the prepping and painting is over, you still have to clean your equipment. Ryobi is looking to make that last step a little easier with its paint brush cleaner. Plug in the cleaner, fill it with water or thinner, and it’ll supposedly clean any brush up to 3″ wide in a few seconds.

What’s more, they claim the cleaner will make your brushes last longer and perform better. Soft brushes rotate at 950RPM to “gently” clean the inserted paint brush. The 10″ x 11″ x 12″ cleaner weighs 4 lbs. and can hold up to 1 gallon of cleaning fluid.

The paint brush cleaner only seems to be available online at Home Depot for $30, but at least it looks like there’s free shipping.

Paint Brush Cleaner [Ryobi]
Paint Brush Cleaner [Home Depot]

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The smarter we become, the more we realize that wood dust and other airborne pollution isn’t very healthy for us to inhale — not to mention the how pissed off the homeowner becomes when there’s a thick layer of sawdust or drywall dust over everything in the house. For your shop you can install permanent air cleaners, but are you going to drag them with you to every job site?

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Sometimes the time-tested methods work best; sometimes they work even better with modern technology. A broom has no cords or hoses to catch and will reach every corner of your shop. Instead of tripping over the vacuum or dust collection hose, just connect Woodstock International’s floor sweep to your dust collection system and sweep the debris away.

The floor sweep works best when used in conjunction with a gate — that way you can just open the gate when you’re sweeping and close it when you’re done. It measures 24″ wide by 3-1/2″ high by 7″ deep and is made from 3/32″ thick plastic. It connects to any 4″ dust collection hose and can be attached to the floor using double sided tape.

Pricing for most plastic floor sweeps start at $4.

Floor Sweep [Woodstock Int]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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After using Weber’s three-sided T-Brush for a grilling season, I have to wonder why I ever bothered with square grill brushes — in my experience the T-Brush cleans the grill faster and leaves it cleaner.  It’s a little dirty after a year of use, but the bristles have retained their shape pretty well.

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With Jet’s vacuum gun in your air tool arsenal you can vacuum with your air compressor instead of digging out the shop-vac — no electricity or extra cords required.

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Cleaning… does anybody really like to do it?  Riedel makes these beads that’re supposed to be for cleaning bottles and other odd-shaped glassware in the kitchen, but they’d probably work just as well in the garage when you’re cleaning your paint sprayer or soaking a bunch of small parts to loosen deposits.  Anything that might make cleaning go faster is worth a shot.

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You might have some luck getting a corroded fastener unstuck by heating it, but you probably want to avoid soaking the fastener with penetrating oil or lubricant before applying a flame to it.  With Freeze & Release, you can do the same thing with cold — get a fastener cold fast enough and the bolt and nut should contract at different rates, hopefully freeing the fastener — plus there’s no problem using penetrating oil to speed the job.

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Falling snow can be a beautiful sight, but that pristine white snow soon turns into the gray and brown slush that sticks to the underside of your vehicle.  Park your vehicle in your garage after driving through the snow, and the next morning your garage floor is covered with water and slush.  Though your push broom may move some of the mess, a floor squeegee like these AquaDozers from Unger will do the job more effectively.

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The Exair Reversible Drum Vac might better be described as a “liquid transfer pump,” since it can fill or empty a 55-gallon drum in about 90 seconds.  It runs on compressed air and has no moving parts, and it attaches to the bunghole of any 30 or 55-gallon closed-head drum.  And you can stop giggling — “bunghole” is the correct term for the opening in a drum.

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