I purchased this cartridge filter to replace the paper filter I had and it is better construction and a semi-paper material that can handle some wet vacuuming but generally not designed for wet use. I use my shop-vac mostly to pick up dog hair and dust and the problem with the pleated design is it holds everything in those pleats.
To prolong the life of the cartridge I blow them out with compress air and eventually that too takes it's toll on the filter and it is time for a pricey new one. So, I thought I would give other users a tip on how to prolong the life of these filter cartridges.
Wrap the cartridge with paper towels when you install it. The cartridge filter takes about three sheets to completely wrap the filter center the filter on the paper towels roll it around and put a piece of tape on to hold it.
I should just put these on auto delivery bc they're great! I'd love to try the reusable wet/dry version but this is cheaper and I'm seriously not interested in trying to clean a funky filter after sucking up dirt and junk.
These work well depending on the kind of stuff ur vacuuming. Big chunks tend to get stuck in the pleats, and fine dust tends to slip thru and shoot out the air vent thingy. If ur vacuuming gravel and grit and stuff, it works fine.
They're super easy to install. Mine isn't a shop vac... It's some other brand that uses this size filter. There's a thumb screw holding it on, just unscrew (bonus points for being fingernail-friendly), pull off the old cartridge over a garbage can, and slip this one onto the spindle and retighten the thumb screw.Easy.
The only hard part is picking up the vac motor part to put this on... It weighs like a ton! But the filter itself is easy enuff to get on. I dump out whatever's lurking in the collection bin before putting the filter on, and wiping out the entire unit..
These are OEM replacement filters for the use in the 1.5 gallon shop vac. My experience has been that a set of three lasted about 6 years and that included at some point losing the last filter.... But they last as long as the foam filter ( wet filter) they go over.
I use the shop vac fairly frequently for clean up on home improvement projects, cleaning out the car and general cob-web hunting. For general clean up you wont need to remove and clean the filter very often. The filter does clog fast when picking up fine dust from sheet rock sanding but so does everything else I've used, Not mush gets past the filter, it's not rated as a HEPA filter but it does a good job...
The three pack gives you the advantage of having a spare filter allowing you to remove the dirty one and replace with a clean one quickly. They are washable but usually a good shake out is all you need. I purchased and replaced the foam (wet) under filter at the same time.
This filter has great fit and finish. The material is coated fabric pleats with an innter mesh. This should make cleaning easier. I've bought more expensive filters that have these features and any dirt simply rinsed off. They're awesome, can't wait to try these out.
Fit my vacmaster vacuum perfectly. Don't get rid of the bottom retaining cover, you'll need it when you replace the old filter (if you have a vacmaster wet/dry vac). I'll update with performance results but first use was very positive.
Suction power was amazing.
Had a little trouble getting this on as the open end ring was pretty snug, but is well seated after getting past that. Bought this as my last filter (a single layer, different type) detached from the open end ring and b) will be doing drywall sanding in my garage.
Filter was crinkled some, due to mishandling of the Rigid box prior to shipment, apparently. Arrived a day early on two day shipping (bonus).
This style of filter is superior to the canister-type; It allows better airflow as it becomes soiled, and can be easily and quickly cleaned and replaced. I highly recommend placing a thick rubber-band in two places just under the retention ring; this enhances the resilience when moving your ShopVac quite a bit.
I switched to a shop vac because I have industrial size pet hair issues as a foster mama for the local humane society. These bags last about a month and hold a lot of pet hair. They come in a pack of 3 and are extremely affordable.
Also easy to install. I tried going to a canister vac because I disliked the complication of finding replacement bags but with these, no complications. Also the shop-vac is a powerhouse and nearly indestructible. I can vacuum pounds of pethair, spilled (or purposely kicked out) kitty liter, and spiders without a worry.
Nothing escapes these bags or punctures them. All of that I hoped for and got- what I didn't expect is that I could pick up all the paper, bead, wire crafts I make a bigger mess playing with than the pets and not break a bag or jam up the sucking power of my shop vac.
It's original equipment so it fits and operates like what comes with the machine, may have been a few cents cheaper at the walmart store but Who doesn't like getting packages in the mail?!
It was a little smaller than I thought it would be but that's hard to judge from a picture sometimes. Very powerful and easily did everything I needed it to.
We have three Shop Vacs which being used in our family, all using these 5-8 gallon bags. They have never busted on me unless we were careless, and keep the machine cleaner inside. They are a flexible enough to fit in the good sized vacuums for regular use.
Our old beat-up SV is dedicated for construction projects, car cleaning, and nasty cleanups (using paper bags or filter as needed, but mostly the bags). The other two are newer Shop Vacs that we use upstairs and downstairs in a rambling old house with lots of dust, cobwebs and two dogs in one area.
SO, these bags are GREAT for everyday use, but the yellow ones are better for finer filtering. I have posted review on the vacuum itself, too, but I have found, with attachments, we can have 3 great and versatile vacuums for less than one "slick" looking household machine by using Shop Vacs.!
Ok- so 5 Stars for a retainer nut? Well, these things are very hard to find and easy to lose. I hunted the local dept. Stores and could not find the replacement even though I had the part number. This fits my little 5 hp.
Shop vac perfectly and holds the filter on to the vac. It's an OEM replacement for the shop vac and secures the filter perfectlyl. There it is - in a nutshell.
I took a long time to finally make this purchase, mainly because I thought the price was a little high for a piece of plastic. My (endless) research indicated the DD rated highly, higher than even more expensive alternatives. I finally pulled the trigger on the "economical" DIY model and I could not be happier with the result.
After suffering through cleaning my clogged shopvac 2-3 times during every project, I was amazed at how well the DD worked. I ran the new unit for several weeks on a project, during which I attached it to my miter saw, router and sander.
Also cleaned up the floor under the table saw. I had about 6" of dust and shavings in my DD bucket. When I opened the shopvac, there was virtually nothing inside. Maybe the slightest hint of micro dust.It works.It's great.
I'm the type of person that would realize we need a new filter after we need the new filter so ordered one when I could the Vacmaster as a gift for my husband. It comes just as pictured and it's small enough to store so it's ready when we need it.
We haven't had to replace it yet, but it looks simple to do and the game plan is that once this back up filter goes in we will hop on Amazon and order another to keep one stocked and ready.
I also always find it easiest to just but the option that's meant to go with that brand than shopping around to try and save a buck and risk something not fitting or working properly.
We have an old Shop-Vac Hang Up for our workshop. The cannister hangs conveniently out of the way on the wall, works well, and we've seen no reason to change it out for a later model. For years, I've just been removing the filter occasionally from the ball-float cage, holding it down inside a garbage bag, and banging it sharply against the workbench (Poof!
Huge clouds of powdery dirt flies out). This removes much of the dust that accumulates in the filter and keeps it from needing to be replaced more often. This only works for so long before it eventually has to go, though, and I was surprised that the usual replacement filter 903-95 was no longer available this last time (even directly from the Shop-Vac website).
Turns out that this 903-98 replacement filter fits even the oldest Shop-Vac Hang Up canisters. Not sure why they changed the number other than there does seem to be a change in the filtering material. It seems to be an improvement because the old filters were of a paper-type material and this new filter is less papery and allows light washing (but be sure to let it dry fully before putting back into ball-float cage).
We're a family of five with five pets (four cats and a red heeler) and a house with only hardwoods. I've always purchased the traditional upright vacuum models, but even the ones that boast being "heavy duty" and "for pets" have not been able to handle the sheer volume of crap that I have to vacuum.
I go through at least one vacuum per year. Yes, I've considered lightening my load, but I can't find anyone to take my kids. Kidding, relax, y'all. Anyway, I've already swept the house today and I've been going hard with this machine for the past couple of hours.
I mean I've done the mattresses, door frames, windowsills, vents (inside and out), bed frames, baseboards and I'm telling you, this thing is AMAZING. I'm beyond thrilled. The machine has a long cord as well as a long hose so I don't have to switch between outlets too frequently.