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  • #501800
    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    The ridgids have good suction, but the filters get clogged to quickly, and the bags are expensive and seem to rip every time I try to swap them.

    I’m hoping the Bosch bags can be changed without ripping. With all of the use mine has been getting, I can’t believe I haven’t needed to change a bag yet…

    Jon P.
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    #501801
    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    interesting review about the hepa vacs.
    but there is it again 😀 :
    “The Bosch is a great vac, but its main annoyance is that its filter-cleaning system must be turned off manually every time you turn on the vac. If you forget, the cleaning cycle will damage the HEPA filter and filter bags.”

    I had no clue that there are so many different brands out there with dust extractors.
    But I still think Bosch’s dust extractor is top notch.
    (even that I don’t own yet but lots of good reviews about it)
    quiet, good suction/cfm, lboxx intergration

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    #501803
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    The ridgids have good suction, but the filters get clogged to quickly, and the bags are expensive and seem to rip every time I try to swap them.

    I’m hoping the Bosch bags can be changed without ripping. With all of the use mine has been getting, I can’t believe I haven’t needed to change a bag yet…

    What are the Bosch bags like? The Festool is like a quilted fleece that’s really tough. The ridgid is more of a loose weave paper that has no strength at all.

    #501811
    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    #501853
    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    right at the end of the hose and/or at the vac itself

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    #501854
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    yah when you want to clean the filter, you press a button and it goes pop and if you continue to press the button it’ll act just like the automatic. the button is on the handle of the hose itself.

    #502185
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    The ridgids have good suction, but the filters get clogged to quickly, and the bags are expensive and seem to rip every time I try to swap them.

    I’m hoping the Bosch bags can be changed without ripping. With all of the use mine has been getting, I can’t believe I haven’t needed to change a bag yet…

    What are the Bosch bags like? The Festool is like a quilted fleece that’s really tough. The ridgid is more of a loose weave paper that has no strength at all.

    The bags I use are made of a paper material. I prefer them that way as they are basically a pre filter before the main filter. They offer fleece bags in both disposable and reusable varieties.

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    @Austin, It’s far from a pain to turn off…just a simple button to press. The issue is that Bosch claims this feature should be turned off when using a HEPA filter or a filter bag because the cleaning action could damage the filter/bag. If you use a liner or fill the canister directly, it’s a non issue.

    Personally, I use paper bags and leave the AFC on most of the time. I’ve experienced no ill effects.

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    #502187
    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    yah when you want to clean the filter, you press a button and it goes pop and if you continue to press the button it’ll act just like the automatic. the button is on the handle of the hose itself.

    So does that mean you can only use their hose, what if you want to hook up a dust deputy.

    #502189
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    yah when you want to clean the filter, you press a button and it goes pop and if you continue to press the button it’ll act just like the automatic. the button is on the handle of the hose itself.

    So does that mean you can only use their hose, what if you want to hook up a dust deputy.

    The filter cleaning feature is also activated by simply blocking the end of the hose. The button on the side of the OEM hose end does just that, it blocks air flow.

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    #502197
    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    @jponto07 Ohh ok I understand. So basicly you could just cover the end with your hand and it would clean it.

    #502253
    Doobie
    Moderator

    @jponto07 Ohh ok I understand. So basicly you could just cover the end with your hand and it would clean it.

    Does it in fact work in that manner?

    #502258
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    With all the talk about the auto being a pain to turn off I think I might just get the semi automatic. In that one you manually push a button or something to clean it right?

    yah when you want to clean the filter, you press a button and it goes pop and if you continue to press the button it’ll act just like the automatic. the button is on the handle of the hose itself.

    So does that mean you can only use their hose, what if you want to hook up a dust deputy.

    I’ll have to test later on blocking it with your hand. When using it with the dust deputy, the end of the hose where the button is located is plugged into the top of the DD and you can activate the button that way.

    #502296
    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    That would be great @r-ice things like that would be whether or not I would get the semi or full auto.

    #502297
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    jponto07 Ohh ok I understand. So basicly you could just cover the end with your hand and it would clean it.

    Does it in fact work in that manner?

    Well now I’m second guessing myself…. I can’t find where I read that!

    Jon P.
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    #502312
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    In my ct I’ve used the fleece bags since day one. Over two years and I’ve not even had to bang the filter out yet.

    #502335
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Over two years and I’ve not even had to bang the filter out yet.

    Wow that is really great news. I guess the fleece bag stops all of the dirt.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #502365
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    Over two years and I’ve not even had to bang the filter out yet.

    Wow that is really great news. I guess the fleece bag stops all of the dirt.

    I can say the same using a combination of paper and fleece. There is almost zero bypass. I don’t think I even have a spare filter for the vac. Very impressive

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #502416

    Ran into a store to get some tools th other day and a rep was there with the sys vac demoing it to the owner. Didn’t have a chance to check it out really.

    I had to send my ct26 in for some repairs so I picked up a midi while it was down. I think for the price, capacity, and performance just adding a midi as a backup seems to make more sense.

    Maybe if I were doing more work in condos and apartments where I had to go up and down stairs and elevators, I would consider the sys vac

    The Midi is hands down the best vacuum in it class . I highly recommend it . I love mine but the weight is still heavy . If your doing punch list items or small projects the sys vac could be a winner in its weight size and that it stacks with other systainer’s . Lugging a vacuum from the truck for a small dust could be a time killer to . @overanalyze @Doobie

    Always willing to learn .

    #502513

    Ran into a store to get some tools th other day and a rep was there with the sys vac demoing it to the owner. Didn’t have a chance to check it out really.

    I had to send my ct26 in for some repairs so I picked up a midi while it was down. I think for the price, capacity, and performance just adding a midi as a backup seems to make more sense.

    Maybe if I were doing more work in condos and apartments where I had to go up and down stairs and elevators, I would consider the sys vac

    The Midi is hands down the best vacuum in it class . I highly recommend it . I love mine but the weight is still heavy . If your doing punch list items or small projects the sys vac could be a winner in its weight size and that it stacks with other systainer’s . Lugging a vacuum from the truck for a small dust could be a time killer to . @overanalyze @Doobie

    My trim tools are in Systainers. I see this being in that stack I wheel in for cabinetry and trim. Just yesterday I had 1 vac on site and was using 2 tools. It was a pain to keep switching back and forth…I just can’t rationalize the $375..yet…lol!!

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #502641
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Ran into a store to get some tools th other day and a rep was there with the sys vac demoing it to the owner. Didn’t have a chance to check it out really.

    I had to send my ct26 in for some repairs so I picked up a midi while it was down. I think for the price, capacity, and performance just adding a midi as a backup seems to make more sense.

    Maybe if I were doing more work in condos and apartments where I had to go up and down stairs and elevators, I would consider the sys vac

    The Midi is hands down the best vacuum in it class . I highly recommend it . I love mine but the weight is still heavy . If your doing punch list items or small projects the sys vac could be a winner in its weight size and that it stacks with other systainer’s . Lugging a vacuum from the truck for a small dust could be a time killer to . @overanalyze @Doobie

    My trim tools are in Systainers. I see this being in that stack I wheel in for cabinetry and trim. Just yesterday I had 1 vac on site and was using 2 tools. It was a pain to keep switching back and forth…I just can’t rationalize the $375..yet…lol!!

    … Yet… You will soon though. Funny how that works. I don’t think I’ve talked myself out of many tools I’ve wanted.

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