No matter what you want to buy these days, it's all about its features. Cell phones that are video cameras, cars with navigation systems, and on and on, even vacuums are loaded with features these days. Shop Vac's newest vacuums are loaded with so many different options and features that no matter what you might need a vacuum for, they make one that will fill your needs. I reviewed three different models of the Ultra Pro Series, and though all had different features, they also had some similarities as well.
When opening all the boxes the first thing that you realize is that your vacuum isn't put together yet. Have no fear though. If you are used to the basic assembly often required for most household products the process is pretty intuitive and easy to figure out, if not the included instructions are easy to follow and understand, making assembly a snap. Another universal feature found on all of the vacuums I tested was the superb filtration systems. A rarity in most vacuums of this kind, all three of these vacuums included a vacuum bag to be used for vacuuming up very fine debris, such as drywall dust. Additionally, Shop Vac offers many different filter options, including the remarkable HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which are 99.97% efficient down to 0.3 microns. None of the vacuums I tested had the HEPA filter; instead, they all came equipped with Shop Vac's cartridge filter that is good enough to handle most consumers' needs.
The first vacuum I tested was the most modestly equipped of the three. This was the Ultra Pro Series Wet/Dry vacuum that had a 5.0 hp motor with a 12-gallon tank. This vacuum cam equipped with many extensions and items, my favorite being the 14-inch squeegee attachment that came with all the vacuums I tested. This unit has a blower feature which allows you to attach the 2 ½-inch diameter, 8-foot long hose into a special inlet that uses the vacuum motor to generate the blower feature. The main reason this feature is so good is that the 5 hp vacuum motor has plenty of power, no more so than when vacuuming. The suction is great, and maybe the best of all, the motor runs extremely quiet. The days of hearing your Shop Vac throughout the house are definitely over.
The big feature this unit had was a detachable leaf blower. The vacuum motor just pulled out, you attach one of the 2-½ foot long extension wands and the included blower nozzle and you have yourself an independent leaf blower. When I first had the blower in my hands I had my doubts, but once I tried it out I was converted, it worked great. Though I wouldn't recommend this for landscape professionals due to its small stature, it is perfect for household and basic yard work.
Instead of a detachable blower, the marquee feature of this vacuum is its sump pump feature. Shop Vac boasts that with this vacuum there is "no more carrying heavy loads of water. This vac pumps itself out using a standard garden water hose." In this case their boastful claims are dead on. The outlet is compatible with a standard garden hose, so operation is easy. With the 5-½ hp motor this vacuum can pump to the height of 50 feet and could easily drain a fish tank, flooded planter, and even larger jobs too, making it very versatile.
All three vacuums I tested were easy to operate and each had great features. There are some complaints, though most are minor. First, I felt the tool bin is too small for the multitude of attachments that come with each vacuum. The tools flow over and have no functional organizational pattern. Secondly, with the tool bin in place, and all the tools overflowing, rolling up the cord in the provided place is awkward and difficult. Lastly, only two plastic clips secure the tops of these vacuums. Though there are side handles when needed, the tops aren't held on very tightly and if you aren't careful can be jarred loose or popped off.
Though there were some complaints, overall I thought all three of the vacuums I tested were of good quality and performed well. The blower and sump pump features show that Shop Vac is dedicated to making their vacuums fit any need, and their dedication to quality definitely show through.If you would like to learn more about Shop-Vac and there other great products click here to visit their website.