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Unread 08-12-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
scott anthony
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vacuum bags or filters

I am interested in using a bag system for my vacuum when I grind. I use a Rigid 5 horse.
I love it, square compact and powerful, no dangling cords or hoses.
Anyway, I have never used a bag system for it I have always used a filter. Of course when grinding for prep the filter packs in a second, but it cleans up and can be reused 50 + or- times if I wish. Does the bag set up allow it to be reused and how often does it need emptied if ever. Does this eliminate the filter? I found the product but don't know the pro and cons.
What your thoughts.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Scott,

I just use Craftsman's shop vacs and use both the "Hepa filter" and the "fine dust partical" bags in conjunction together. Even with both filter systems in use I still need to lightly cleanup the Hepa filter after each bag replacement but not even close to what it would be without the filter bag. The double filtering does help in keeping the dust at a minimum and doesn't hamper the filling of the bag. And past few years I have done a lot of grinding to remove residues and knock down high spots.
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Same as Tracy. There is no comparison if you just use the filter. I use both.

The only time you don't use either is if you are sucking up liquid.

How long does a bag last depends how much you are sucking up. If you are sucking up a 5 gallon bag of material say, by visibly looking at what you are sucking up you assume it would just fit into a 5 gallon bucket but your bag only holds 1 or 2 gallons again it might say or you might have to make a calculated guess, then you do the math....................................

I check the bag periodically, bag isn't full, I keep using it. Not rocket science.
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Thanx, so I take it the bags are NOT reusable. I recall a wood guy have in the area using a cylinder shoulder system, and he swears by it, he did say it was $300.00 plus, and I do remember him emptying the bag.
At times I will may use 10 to 15 gallons of debris, usually when I buff/scape wood glues.
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I think this is the one, and it does kick butt.
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No, the bags are not reusable, at least mine are not.

I would call that company to double check with them and see what they say.

I know our main concern was the amount if any of dust the vacuum would put out into the air so we had dustless bags.

Couldn't take a chance of setting fire alarms off in high rises.
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