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Shop Sweep Shop-Vac Vacuums - Review

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David Beaulieu

The Bottom Line

Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums are specifically dry vacs, and do a good job of cleaning driveways, sidewalks, patios, garage floors, etc., as long as this limitation is kept in mind. Use Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums to pick up dried leaves, dried pine needles, dried grass clippings, etc. Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums will pick up such organic debris well -- and mulch it, to boot -- as long as you wait till it's dry. But fresh grass clippings will stick to a driveway, for instance, and Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums will not be able to pick them all up easily.
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  • Wide collection nozzle cuts down on the number of sweeps you have to make.
  • Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums will mulch dry leaves, etc.


  • Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums are intended for use on dry debris, only.
  • No mechanism for locking the trigger.


  • Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums will pick up (and shred) dried leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, etc.
  • The above fact makes the product useful throughout summer, to clean up driveways, patios and sidewalks after mowing....
  • Likewise, keep Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums handy in fall to shred leaves and turn them into mulch.
  • In my tests, these outdoor vacuums also pick up (but failed to shred) pinecones.
  • I was also unable to pick up acorns with this Shop-Vac product.
  • The collection bag seems durable enough, including the zipper. The bag size is 8-gallon.
  • For those needing to clean up work spaces in a garage, Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums are designed to pick up saw dust.

Guide Review - Shop Sweep Shop-Vac Vacuums - Review

When engaged in yard work, the fastidious among you will find yourself constantly in need of cleaning up the portions of your yard devoted to hard surfaces. For instance:

  • Grass clippings discharged onto a sidewalk
  • Autumn leaves blown onto your driveway
  • Pine needles that have fallen on your patio

In addition to needing to clean such surfaces, perhaps you wish to make use of such organic debris as mulch, or place it in a compost pile to "cook" until it becomes compost. Either way, it's helpful to be able to shred the organic debris first. Enter the Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuum.

Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums are dry vacs. As long as you wait for the organic debris to dry out, these outdoor vacuums will be useful both in cleaning your hard surfaces and mulching the organic debris.

There are 2 settings for wheel-height but, frankly, I didn't find much rhyme or reason behind the 2 settings. Just by trial and error, however, I did find that I was able to pick up certain debris easily at one setting, but not at another.

I found this dry vac's collection bag easy to take off and put back on, and I judge it to be durable. The wide collection nozzle is also a plus. But a mechanism to lock the trigger -- which Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums sadly lack -- would greatly reduce fatigue while using the product.

The manual warns users not to pick up stones with Shop Sweep Shop-Vac vacuums, lest the impeller be damaged. But in my judgment, the power of the product didn't appear so phenomenal as to warrant any great concern over this matter. In my tests, the dry vac's "1.25 (peak) horsepower single-stage electric motor" didn't seem capable of gobbling up stones. And to tell you the truth, if I'm supposed to avoid stones, it's just as well that my outdoor vacuum seems disinclined to ingest them!

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