Didn’t know shop vacuums could use vacuum bags? You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference they can make when working on a job site. Here are 5 reasons why using a shop vacuum bag is better than using and empty barrel:
1. Emptying the Vacuum without Lifting the Barrel
Most shop vacuums are designed with the expectation that the user can lift the vacuum barrel off the ground and up to the lip of a proper waste container for disposal. This can be more work than it’s worth if your shop vacuums barrel is large, heavy, or awkwardly shaped. Shop vacuum bags make disposal easier because they add no additional weight to your contaminants, they’re easy to grasp and maneuver and slide effortlessly out of the barrel.
2. Vacuum Contents are Held Together
Disposing of your vacuum’s contents with an open barrel risks the chance of debris becoming airborne or creating an entirely new mess, either by accident or inattentiveness. Shop vacuum bags reduce this chance because their openings are much smaller and less likely to allow debris to escape. Some vacuum bags, including Dustless Technologies Wunderbag®, feature lids or caps that further reduce this chance by sealing the bag completely. This way, contents stay contained even after disposal.
3. Your Barrel Stays Clean
Shop vacuums are made to clean up messes that regular vacuums can’t. Often, this means cleaning up wet material like slurry, mud, contaminated water, etc. Once vacuumed into an empty barrel, these contents reliably leave remnants inside which either build up over time or become odorous, unpleasant, and potentially hazardous. By vacuuming contents into a shop vacuum bag, you halt debris from contacting the barrel, eliminating the need to clean it.
4. Prolong the Life of Your Vacuum
When a shop vacuum becomes unusable, it’s usually a matter of the vacuum’s motor being damaged. Exposing a motor to dust, debris, and wet contaminants wears the motor down quickly. Motors can be expensive to replace, and many users opt to buy an entirely new vacuum. You can prevent dust, debris, and wet contaminants from reaching your motor by filtering those contaminants with a shop vacuum bag. Shop vacuum bags are made of porous material that lets air through, but inhibits dust, debris, and wet material from passing. Dustless Technologies Wunderbag® filters contaminants down to 0.5 microns, extending the life of your vacuum by years.
5. Improve Your Workflow by Removing Disruptions
When a vacuum barrel reaches full capacity, the vacuum barrel must be emptied before the vacuum can be used again. Without a vacuum bag, this means that the vacuum must be turned off, transported to a proper waste container, emptied, and transported back to the work area before you can resume vacuuming. That’s a lot of downtime. If you want to increase your efficiency, using a shop vacuum bag allows you to remove the bag full of contents and set it aside for later disposal. Alternatively, with two people on a project site, one person can vacuum, while another disposes of the contents.
Using a vacuum bag in your shop vacuum rather than an empty barrel can dramatically improve your jobsite performance. It’s also important to use the right size of shop vacuum bag in your vacuum, which is why Dustless Technologies offers our special line of shop vacuum bags, the Wunderbag® in three different sizes: 4-7 gal, 8-10 gal, and 12-18 gal. For more information, check out our Wunderbags® here (https://www.dustlesstools.com/productdetails/13141/Filters.php)
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