When I bought my house 20 some years ago I bought a small Shop Vac.
I had a junky canister hand-me-down from my parents for college. In addition to that canister since then I’ve been through probably around 6 uprights, not a single one of them worked for crap. They do not see much use here and they still can’t last.
The original Shop Vac still continues on (albeit with a 5g bucket to replace the rusted out canister). Beside general cleaning (because it needs to be run before the uprights to clean up the dirt for them so they can come along and beat the carpet and spread more dust) it’s been used to spot shampoo carpet spills and pet mishaps, empty fish tanks, start the siphon to empty waterbeds, plumbing, construction clean up and shop clean up.
So I get the idea, "Screw the upgright crap. Get a full size Shop Vac. At least they last."
I needed a bigger hose and more power for the lathe anyway (never put a machinist lathe over top of carpet).
Holy crap! This thing is pulling so much dirt out of the carpet it isn’t funny.
I’d probably gone over a section I’m cleaning 2-3 times with the original Shop Vac and once with the dying upright. It looked clean but after a pass with the 5hp Shop Vac it obviously wasn’t.
Why don’t they make an upright with some suction? (For that matter, making them so all the dirt goes through the fan is why don’t don’t live long.)
Is it just me?
For reference an Oreck is 4amps, my small Shop Vac was 7.1amps, my big 5hp Shop Vac is 11.something amps.
I’m about to go ToolMan on the upright to make the beater head into a Shop Vac attachment.
Seriously, I’ve given this some thought. All it would require is a fitting to put the Shop Vac hose into the tube the bag goes over.