Detailer's 8 Gallon 2.5 HP Wet/Dry Auto Detailing Vacuum Review....
For some time now I’ve been thinking about replacing my very old, 25 years, Craftsman 6.5hp 16 gallon wet / dry shop vacuum. It still works but it’s heavy, very noisy, takes up a lot of room, is 6 1/2hp, and isn’t very portable.
With the list of dislikes above, I started looking around for a new vacuum that addressed these issues but having to give up the strong suction of my larger vacuum wasn’t an option.
In life, timing is very much a component and who comes out with a vacuum that caught my eye; Autogeek
with their new Detailer's 8 Gallon 2.5 HP Wet/Dry Auto Detailing Vacuum.
When I read the vacuums description, it appears that Autogeek
teamed up with the folks at Shop Vac and worked out the functional specification for a new vacuum tailored for detailing. Detailer’s Pro Shop Vac Information
- Motor – 2.5hp
- Tank – 8.0 Gallon
- Cord Length - 35 Feet
- Crevice Tool
- Claw Tool
- Soft Tool for dashes and other delicate areas
- Operation Sound Level - Super Quiet
- Hose Size - 1.5" Diameter X 12' Long
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Tank Drain
- Lock-on Hose
- Onboard Accessory Storage
- Color – Yellow & Black
- Air Flow: 185 (CFM)
- Sealed Pressure: 90 (inches)
- Electrical Ratings: 120V 60Hz 9.7Amps
- Peak Air Watts: 375
Side by side my new Detailer’s 8 gallon vacuum next to my old reliable Craftsman Wet/Dry vacuum, and as you can see there’s an amazing difference between the two.
Side by Side
Angle View Packaging & Shipping
The vacuum was well packaged, something I can always count on from Autogeek
. Once I removed everything, assembly was easy and very straight forward.
The vacuum is made of a very heavy plastic. The tool caddy is large enough to hold the tools that come with the vacuum but there’s plenty of room for extras.
The tank separates easily by unlatching the 3 clips that hold it securely to the motor housing. Inside the tank were casters, caster supports, screws, and a vacuum brush. Directional Nozzle
Instead of directing dirt, debris, and water directly into the filter, this design deflects everything to the side allowing it to drop harmlessly into the tank. Assembling
Assembling the vacuum was extremely easy. First, I mounted and secured the tool caddy. This is accomplished by aligning the molded pins with the corresponding holes and slide it into place.
The same goes for the two front casters
Don’t forget the hold down screws. These are important otherwise it’s possible for the caster assemblies to slide off if the unit is lifted. Flexible Hose
The 12 foot hose attaches easily. Slip the hose fitting in the vacuum port and secure it by tightening the retaining ring. I like this design as it’s easily removable for storage and cleaning. The heart of the vacuum…
The Detailer's Pro vacuum comes with the wet/dry filter already mounted. Also included are two paper style bags. These are used for dry work only; no water should be used when using this option otherwise you’ll have a mess on your hands. An important note; when using the dry bags the blue wet/dry filter MUST
be removed and properly stored. Removing the Wet/Dry Filter
Holding the filter securely in place is a heavy plastic retaining cap. Rotate this in the direction indicated approximately 90° then pull straight out. Grasp the filter and pull outward in order to remove. Tank Full Safety
If you’re like me, while working I occasionally get tunnel vision. If I was cleaning up a large spill I could easily and unknowingly over fill the tank and ultimately damage my new vacuum but the folks at Shop Vac already thought of that.
Inside the filter mount they use a plastic ball. This ball simply floats on the surface of the liquid and if the tank becomes too full it shuts off the vacuum preventing damage.
Draining the tank couldn’t be easier. Loosen and remove the heavy plastic cap drain any liquids from the tank. Ready for Action
In less than 30 minutes I had everything assembled. Something I think you’ll enjoy is the 35 foot long electrical cord. For 25 years part of vacuuming was locating an extension cord as the one that came with the old Craftsman was only 8 feet long. While this may sound miniscule I can’t even count the number of times I spent 10 minutes or more searching for one heavy enough to operate the vacuum.
Without videos it's somewhat difficult to convey the actual power and performance of this vacuum but the before and after photos tell the tale. Before After Before After Conclusions Noise
– This little titan has more suction that my old 6 1/2hp Craftsman. It easily outperforms it in every respect and does it so quietly you can have a conversation standing next to it using your normal voice!
The Detailer's 8 Gallon vacuum does it all in a compact, easy to carry size. The design and manufacture is well executed and something tells me there was some brainstorming done by the folks at Autogeek. Functional specs are important; this is how your requirements are met by the manufacturer in order to satisfy their customer.
There’s nothing about this vacuum I didn’t like. It’s has a tremendous amount of suction for deep cleaning those carpets and floor mats. The crevice tool allows me to get into those tight areas to get the job done right. A 35 foot electrical cord means no more searching. You can literally reach every corner of your garage without changing outlets.
The new Detailer's 8 Gallon 2.5 HP Wet/Dry Auto Detailing Vacuum is a detailer's dream come true. Design, quality, portability, and performance are all available from the folks who wrote the book on detailing; Autogeek
I hope you find my review enjoyable and informative…