The Vacmaster VBV1210 is a large, powerful shop vacuum that handled itself well in all our tests. The amount of debris or water it can hold is significant, and it cleaned the entire area without an extra pass. It's quiet compared to other shop vacuums we reviewed, has a reusable filter and comes with a wide variety of extra attachments. All of these factors make this shop vacuum one of the best we've reviewed.
This shop vac is strong and sturdy. The tank can hold up to 12 gallons of dust, waste or water. The motor, at its peak, reaches 5 horsepower. Of the shop vacuums we tested, only the Ridgid WD1450 was more powerful. The vacuum sucked up 2 gallons of liquid in 3.9 seconds, which means you can get water out of your basement if there's ever a flood. The motor is helpful when the vacuum converts to a handheld blower as well. At 210 mph, the blower capability of this shop vacuum is unmatched. The large tank does make the vacuum harder to move around and store, however.
The Vacmaster VBV1210 is definitely big, but it doesn't mean it isn't portable. The vacuum moves around on four 360-degree casters, which are quick to install. One concern we had is that the wheels don't snap into place. It's not a big deal when the vacuum is in use and you're rolling it around, but they could fall out if you need to lift the entire unit in the air. The tank is dark blue and made of durable polypropylene with a nice, bright finish.
The best part of the Vacmaster is the thick hose. The diameter of the hose is 2.5 inches and can reach a length of 7 feet. When you're using the vacuum, you can pull it around by the hose without risk of detachment and pick up large materials. One thing we really appreciate about this shop vacuum is the large drain port at the bottom of the tank. Other shop vacs required you to lift the tank and dump it. Despite its size, the Vacmaster is not awkwardly heavy. The vacuum weighs a manageable 17 pounds.
Several different filters are available for the Vacmaster VBV1210. It comes standard with a cartridge filter for cleaning dry debris, but includes a foam filter you can switch out for liquids. The cartridge filter was easy to install and remained incredibly clean after a few passes. Vacmaster does work for fine dust, such as drywall, soot or ash, but the manufacturer suggests you buy a separate dust filter, which is sold separately. If you want great dust filtration, you might examine the Ridgid WD1450.
The heavy tank has a rack for attachments, and there is no shortage of options available on this shop vacuum. The Vacmaster VB1210 comes with eight different attachments. There are two extension wands, meaning you can vacuum the floor without having to lean over or reach the ceiling for dust and cobwebs. There's a car nozzle and crevice tool for cleaning upholstery and in-between seats. The vacuum has a concentration tool for spot cleanups. We really like the extra blower attachment, too. While most of the wet-dry vacuums in our reviews convert to a blower, few manufacturers thought to include a blower nozzle that helps spread out the air to cover a wider area.
The Vacmaster VBV1210 is a versatile vacuum that could become the only vacuum you need in your home. It can clean regular carpet and spills, but it's made for serious debris, messes in your garage and flooding. It works well as a stand-alone blower; it doesn't simply have the function thrown in as an afterthought. The vacuum has more attachments than any we tested, and all the attachments fit perfectly on the large, sturdy tank. The different filter options also mean that the vacuum should last a long time without you having to worry that dust will corrupt the motor. This is one of the best shop vacuums on the market.
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