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Portland, Ore., carpenter Paul Johnson put eight shop vacuums through their paces to determine the one he finds best overall. Johnson established a series of tests, including vacuuming up concrete mix, powdered drywall compound, and then wood shavings that contained nails and screws. When the dust settled, Johnson rated the Makita VC4710 as best overall and the Ridgid WD1450 as best value. He also tested tools made by Bosch, DeWalt, Fein, Festool, Milwaukee, and Shop-Vac. This article includes a sidebar on vacuum filters.
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