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7812 Shop Vacuum

Porter-Cable - 7812 Shop Vacuum

Porter-Cable's 10-gallon shop vacuum has a useful combination of size and features, including a tool-triggered start mechanism

$270.00 (As of 7/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: Tool-Triggered Shop Vacs

review date: July 1, 2007

The Porter-Cable 7812 is lightweight enough to carry up and down a flight of stairs. Of the machines we tested, it was the easiest to work with when not using a bag. The canister's smooth edges and squared-off back corners funnel contents easily into any size of receptacle. 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.

To clean the filter, a ridged shaft is drawn across the pleats. But a small handle and a shaft that doesn't contact the entire filter make this system less effective. Unlike the other vacuums tested, the Porter-Cable 7812 doesn't come standard with a HEPA filter or offer the option of upgrading to one.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Very good
Power Very good
Filtration/Dust Collection Good
Noise Very good
Empty and Clean Very good
Mobility Good

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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 Porter-Cable
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-848-5175
Weight 20 lb.
Dimensions Hose length: 14 ft.
Intake Hole Diameter 1-1/2 in.
Power 9 amps
Size/Capacity 10 gal.
Variable Speed N/A
Filter N/A
Impeller Size N/A
Dust bags $4 each
Accessory kit $60
Cord length 22-1/2 ft.

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