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8936-20 Shop Vacuum

Milwaukee - 8936-20 Shop Vacuum

Milwaukee's 7.5-gallon shop vacuum features a tool-triggered start mechanism

$275.00 (As of 7/1/2007)

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Overview

Editor's Review: Tool-Triggered Shop Vacs

review date: July 1, 2007

The Milwaukee 8936-20 automatically alters its amperage draw to accommodate different tools. The motor reduces its power consumption when high-amp tools are in use and returns to full power when the tool is shut off.

It is lightweight enough to carry up and down a flight of stairs, although moving it across a debris-covered floor can be difficult given its low-quality casters. It lacks a drain or a water tank, and trying to dump water or other fluids straight from the vacuum is a strenuous and messy chore. Of all the models tested, the Milwaukee 8936-20 has the most expensive bags at $8 each. The vacuum can be used without bags, however, and its low weight makes it easier than other models tested to upend.

The vacuum has a standard cartridge filter that should be cleaned by removing it from it from the machine and either shaking it into a garbage can or hosing it off and allowing it to dry. The filter can be upgraded to a HEPA filter.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Good
Power Very good
Filtration/Dust Collection Good
Noise 75 db.; Very good
Empty and Clean Good
Mobility Good

More In-Depth Information

Tool-Triggered Shop Vacs Online Membership RequiredA crew of carpenters reviews five machines that make cleanup easier by capturing dust before it hits the floor

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Milwaukee
Manufacturer's Web Site www.milwaukeetool.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-729-3878
Weight 17 lb.
Dimensions Hose length: 7 ft.
Intake Hole Diameter 1-1/2 in.
Power 9.5 amps
Size/Capacity 7.5 gal.
Variable Speed N/A
Filter N/A
Impeller Size N/A
Dust bags $8 each
Accessory kit $90
Cord length 18 ft. 7 in.