Wise Buys: Tool-triggered Vacuums
Fein Turbo III 9-20-26
Capacity: 15 gallons
Hose: 2-1/4" x 10'
Tool Amps: 5; Noise Level: 67 dB
This vacuum is so quiet when I powered up my first few tools, I had to touch it to verify it was running. In fact, the Turbo III rates as the quietest in our test and about 40dB lower than my regular shop vacuum. I also appreciate its suction, as it gobbled up all the wood dust and chips I could make. It comes standard with a paper collection bag that traps nearly everything, and a 5-micron cloth filter that works great for trapping dust as the heavier debris falls to the bottom of the tub. I could hook up all but one of my tools using the included hose and reducing adapter. Although the vac's outlet lists 18 amps of possible power, I found -- using an ammeter -- that its motor drew 10 amps. So that leaves only 5 amps for a tool on its 15-amp-rated cord and plug. Exceeding this could damage the tool or vacuum motors.
-- Tested by Dave Campbell, Deputy Editor
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