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I bought this vacuum for these reasons: - I needed something small to take on the road with me to do clean up after some repairs at my daughters place; - I needed a vacuum that would pick up gypsum wall dust (from sanding) without dying; and - I liked the idea that I would only need to replace the battery and not the whole vacuum when the rechargeable battery eventually dies.
Well, this vacuum has proven to be a bit of a disappointment.
It can pick up fine dust without dying thanks to its HEPA filter and it is easy to empty the dirt collector. But, unfortunately, it only picked up some of the gypsum dust as the unit's suction was not strong enough to pick all/most of it. Also, the mouth of the vacuum is only about three inches wide so it quickly becomes tiresome to clean up anything more than a very small area. Moreover, the shape of this vacuum is also a bit odd and it is not particularly user friendly. On the other hand, battery life is ok (15-20 minutes with a small battery) and I liked the ability to use the hose to get at difficult to reach dirt. Overall, however, it has not lived up to many of the positive reviews that I had read on this product.
I'm keeping the unit because it has been used for several hours already and it is fine for the odd small clean up job but I would look for something else if I were buying again.
Ive only had this thing for ~2 weeks but love it so far. You need a decent sized battery, it drains the 1.5 that I had for my drills very quickly. The filter needs to be cleaned often...but that's cause it's picking up all kinds of dirt/hair I didn't even know was there. It's great to be able to quickly clean this this as it comes apart in seconds.
After 2 weeks the on/off switch stopped working. The vacuum is stuck on and battery needs to be removed to shut it off. I will update if/when dewalt resolves this for me.
Good suction. Excellent filter. It works well, but you have to be careful how you attack your dust as the exhaust blows out both sides and blows down at the floor thereby scattering unsucked debris. Overall I am OK with it but it isn’t up to DeWalt’s standards, imo.
A well-built and versatile little vac that works quite well with my full line-up of 20 V MAX batteries. Note that this unit is not meant to replace your HD shop vac, but it certainly is one that performs well for those smaller tasks. The fact that it has wet/dry capability is also a bonus. It is very portable with a reasonably-sized canister & filter that are easy to access, empty & clean. The detachable hose also comes in handy for those hard to reach places. Overall, I love my new "dust buster" and would highly recommend it for those light duty, quick pick ups chores.