I need a Shop Vac, but how powerful?

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  1. MSIGuy

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    So my only vacuum I have is a little 12v cheapo from Wal-Mart that rocks for the occasional piece or dirt, but its worthless for much more than that. So I think I need to pick up a Shop Vac, but I don't know how powerful of one I need.

    I kinda want to keep it around the $50 range, maybe up to $70 if it'll really be worth it. I've looked around Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot ect and I've found a few different ones ranging from 2.0hp to 4.0hp. My question is really how powerful does a shop vac need to be? Will a 2hp be enough for most jobs or should I go for a 3hp or 4hp Shop Vac? I'm not forseeing a huge ammount of horrible carpets in my future, but I might also grab a Little Green Machine if that'll make any difference in recomending a vac.

    So what do you guys have?
     
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  3. MSIGuy

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    Well, I figured I'd check if generally a 2.0hp one works well and I'd save some money or if the difference between that and the 4hp one would be worth the money.

    I don't really have a problem getting something that is a little more expensive if its going to be worth it, but if a 2 or 3 hp vac is more than enough to use on a normal car I might as well go with that.
     
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    Rigid makes a great 2 HP, 5Gal wet vac........$39.00 also, cant beat the price....
     
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    there's a particular rigid that many people recommend. i think it's the 6050 or something like that. it's 5 hp 4 gal and $69. i've used one since i got a shopvac 5.75 hp 16 gal and wish I'd gotten the rigid.
     
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  8. MSIGuy

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    Well, I ended up picking up this one on sale from Lowes.

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=127133-20097-5872411&lpage=none

    It seems to work pretty well but I swear it blows more air out the back (I'm assuming exhaust) than it sucks through it. And yes, I have the hole covered for where you can turn it into a blower, I'm not that dense... lol

    I'm glad I went with the 5.5hp and not a 2hp or anything like that. I don't think that anything else I would have been happy with. I've got to say it did a pretty decent job with just some water and a brush then vacuming it out.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    Costco carries some in the stores, so you would be getting lifetime warranty on it if you find one you like. I believe they carry Shopvac brand and other brand.

    I was researching them last year but didn't end up purchasing one and I think I was going to get a Rigid.
     

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