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Aldi dust extractor/vacuum

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by ^woody^, 6 Apr 2018.

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    there is presumably a dust bag or a cartridge filter inside it (not shown in the listing).

    I've found you can often get modern fleece bags with a rubbery seal, which are much better for trapping fine dust than the old brown paper bags. If it has an exhaust or motor filter, you can buy it by the square foot very cheaply. This can improve the dust collection of older or cheap vacs, as long as they don't have leaks in the high-pressure casing.

    If spare bags to fit are not available, don't buy it.
     
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    One of the images on the Aldi site shows a smallish bag. It's not clear if it's cloth or disposable, but normally if vacuums use disposable bags they tend to sell packs too at the same time.

    I wondered if the provided bag is not too good, if I just fit a Henry HEPA bag in, whether that will perform as well as the Henry.

    But if as you mention the bag is a rubbery fleece, it may be ok.
     
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    Righty then, a couple of the Q&A's on the screwfix site state that this is not suitable for plaster or MDF dust as it's too fine.

    That settles it.
     
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    The new slightly smaller version of the Henry is on offer at the moment £99.99 at Argos (spend another penny get a £10 voucher), same price at Tesco and amazon.
     
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    yes, I have something similar (I think the one Tiger has is the biggest/heaviest model)

    You can get white cartridge filters now, possibly better than the old pleated cardboard ones, and if you use a bag as well, the cartridge takes much longer to clog, and they are cleaner in use.

    It's worth keeping a spare bag handy, in case it gets punctured e.g. by broken brick or screw. The cartridge filters last a very long time.

    Mine seems to take a standard cartridge that fits many brands.

    The PTO socket is very handy if you are using it with power tools, as the vac starts up when you start the tool.

    The blower facility enables you to blow through a hose e.g. out of the window, which creates suction in your workroom and prevents dust being blown about in the vigorous airstream.

    p.s.

    the plastic hose and attachments are very flimsy, but there are vac parts suppliers on ebay or appliance stores who sell parts to fit.

    In wet mode (remove the bag) they will suck out blocked drains or floods from burst pipes.

    They are rather noisy.
     
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    Update: I gave it a go and brought it when Aldi reduced it to £49.99. Took it back the next day. :rolleyes:

    Basically it was crap. I tried it on the garage floor and afterwards noticed that dust was escaping internally, and the sponge filter on the outside was dusty too so dust was coming out the exhaust. I could have lived with the very high pitch motor noise, but not a vacuum that blows dust out.
     
  13. Since buying a top notch extractor myself all other pale in comparison.
     
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    I concur. Thought you were a tradesman, Woody - in which case you should be using the appropriate extractor and not faffing about with DIY ones o_O (at least if the HSE come calling)

    One thing that may be worth considering if you are on a budget is running your extraction through a pre-filter cyclone to remove 80% or more of the material before it gets to the main extractor. Could be worth a punt
     
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    Only at weekends and some evenings. :whistle:
    The Aldi one does say "Professional use" on the box.

    I can't justify a pro extractor as I would not use it that often. I use good old Henry at the moment and he does a great job on plaster and mdf dust - but it's the main house one :cautious:. I liked the box shape of this Aldi one as it would stack nicely on my other boxes and the hose pack away.
     
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    I just ask at the local tip if I can take a discarded vacuum cleaner, often find they are thrown out because owners think they are kaput when they are simply blocked or cord snapped at handle, 10 mins on the workbench and up and running. Had about 6 this way for free.
     
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    Does your missus know that you've started a collection? Vacuum cleaners, that's a new one - although I did once meet a chap who collected lawnmowers. He had over 100 of them in his 2nd floor flat in central London :rolleyes:
     
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