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Wondering what filter you guys use in your shop vac. I’ve got a Ridgid shop vac and I just run the regular filter but I do use a vacuum bag. Never tried stepping up to Ridgid’s very fine filter (the blue one) or their HEPA filter (the green one). I’ve got a HEPA vac for when I need it so I don’t have to juice up my shop vac any more than it already is but I’ve been seeing the VF filters on Amazon for the same price as the regular filters. Do they perform better?

What’s your experience and what filter do you run in your shop vac.
 

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I use the Craftsman filter with the red band around it. It's the same filter as the one that comes with it.
Rigid used to be almost identical to Craftsman so I'm not sure if the filters are or were the same.
My 16 gallon vac has a detachable motor so it can be used as a leaf blower...... Or like Bill Murray used one in Caddyshack. 😁
I use the blower to clean the filter after I tap out the majority of the dust. It sort of fogs the neighborhoods but I don't care.... I need a clean filter. 😁
 

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I’m lucky if I can get 6 months out of a filter. Had a helper that belt sanded down a swollen piss spot in some particle board then vacuumed it up. Next time I went to use the shop vac I was blasted with the smell of piss filling the customers house. That filter got replaced real quick.

Then there was the clown that used my shop vac to suck up a bunch of water but didn’t remove the filter first. There goes that filter.

I try and buy the 2 packs whenever I can. That way I can put a fresh one in and still have a back up filter for when stupid happens.
 

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Piss changes everything including filters. Same here. If I have to vacuum pissy stuff, the filter has to go for the same reason.
 

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The cat piss will linger in the motor, And be with you for awhile 🥴 ….. I’m using any filter I can get, ( supply issues) lately it’s been the bags only, with no filter.
 

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Just changed my bag this morning. I found these on Amazon. I wanna say that you get 5 bags for $20ish. They’re 2 for $20 at Depot. I read some reviews about the seams splitting but I’m on my 3rd one and have no complaints or issues.

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........ I once used my sock in a pinch. 😂

Didn't work great but got the job done and a check in my hand. Guess it was a success... Or should I say a sockcess?
 

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Just changed my bag this morning. I found these on Amazon. I wanna say that you get 5 bags for $20ish. They’re 2 for $20 at Depot. I read some reviews about the seams splitting but I’m on my 3rd one and have no complaints or issues.

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I might have to try those. This sounds too cheap.
 

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It’s worth a try.
If they don't work I could use them to light briquettes.

.......unless there's lead, asbestos or Fentenl in the product.
........I'm shamefully assuming the country of origin right now.
I'm pointing towards a map of where the China Virus came from.
 
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If they don't work I could use them to light briquettes.

.......unless there's lead, asbestos or Fentenl in the product.
........I'm shamefully assuming the country of origin right now.
I'm pointing towards a map of where the China Virus came from.

You know nothing is made here in the good ol U.S. of A. so if it wasn’t made in China it was made in one of their neighboring countries. Only makes sense that a new virus would be made there as well.
 

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I used Rigid vacs for 15 years, green and blue filters. Could not tell the difference. Got tired of paying 30$(Canadian) for 2 bags. Got a Makita Vac because the bags are only 45$ for 5 of them and they are way stronger, and a Hepa rating to boot. No more taping the seams (essential for those bags). Still the rigid vacs are great bang for the buck. I take them out of retirement when I have 2 job sites going at the same time.
 

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