Makita VC4710 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum Review
Don’t judge this wet/dry vac by its size. While small, the Makita VC4710 Xtract Vac is anything but weak. Its compact size and long-reaching hose make the wet/dry vacuum ideal for use in space-challenged and crowded garages. You’ll appreciate the vacuum’s lightweight size and easy maneuverability thanks to its sturdy casters and heavy-duty wheels.
Inside of the Makita VC4710, there is a strong yet quiet motor. Unlike some of its competitors, this Xtract Vac’s motor is built to withstand startup after startup, year after year. Boasting over 800 watts of power, the motor is able to produce an impressive amount of variable-speed suction pull and water lift.
Easy-to-use bags and quick-closing latches mean it only takes moments to switch from dry to wet vacuuming. Clogs will be rare. Two of the Xtract Vac’s best features are its auto-cleaning filters and delay-shutoff, which keeps the anti-static hose debris-free. Sound promising? Here’s the feature-by-feature breakdown of the Makita VC4710.
While it’s not the lightest wet/dry vacuum on the market, anyone can move the Makita VC4710. The wet/dry vac only weighs 27 pounds; a lightweight motor and streamlined airflow are responsible for the vacuum’s weight.
Its small size also adds to the vacuum’s manageability. Standing 32 inches tall and measuring 24 inches wide, you won’t struggle under a bulky mass of plastic. At this size, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to store it.
Although the wet/dry vac is compact on the exterior, the tank is surprisingly spacious. With its ability to hold 12 gallons of wet and dry debris, you can clean large areas without stopping to empty the tank. When you do need to empty it, the latches make quick work of this task. Makita throws in easy-to-change fleece bags and disposable bags to meet all your wet and dry pickup needs.
In addition to the bags, the Makita Xtract Vac comes with a set of nano-filters that are able to trap 99.95 percent of particles as small as 2 microns. These filters can easily last 6 months if you use the bags when you vacuum. You also get the benefit of an automatic cleaning system that extends the filter life – A rocker switch allows you to override this function if you so choose.
The length of the cord can make or break a wet/dry vacuum’s functionality. Cord length is one area where the Makita Xtract Vac really shines. At 24.6 feet, you get a wide range of motion. On the off chance, 24.6 feet isn’t long enough, you can safely connect it to an extension cord of no more than 50 feet.
No more cord tangles. The only way the power cord will become a looped, knotted mess is if you don’t utilize the built-in reel. Located on top of the wet/dry vac, the cord reel allows you to wind and tuck the cord neatly. Check out the “handling” section below to discover the reel’s bonus benefit.
We love dual-purpose features. The top-positioned reel that you use for cord storage also acts as a navigating handle. Simply grab onto the reel to get a little extra control as you push and steer the wet/dry vac.
Of course, the vacuum’s thoughtfully chosen casters and wheels make for smooth navigation, so you won’t need to rely heavily on the reel. The wheels on the rear are large and grooved, and the casters are wide and steel-made, making rough terrain, such as a gravel driveway, no trouble at all.
No matter the cleanup job, the Xtract Vac can handle it. The wet/dry vacuum boasts 135 cubic feet per minute of dry pickup power and 92 inches of water lift. You can lower and raise the suction speed with the simple dial on the housing. Since the vac is compliant to OSHA’s crystalline silica rule and the vacuum has a rocker valve for unimpeded suction, you know you can depend on its suction pull.
Sound-dampening headphones? You don’t need them. The wet-dry vac’s motor may be powerful at 840 watts, but it’s quiet. How? The motor is made of materials that bring the noise output to a safe, conversation-like level of 59 decibels.
The Makita VC4710 draws 12 amps of electricity while it’s running. However, the AC motor doesn’t require as much power upon startup. It’s equipped with a soft-start control that lowers the amperage when you turn on the power, putting less stress on the motor and mechanical components. This leads to a longer lifespan.
As you would expect for a wet/dry vac, this model has a flexible hose. Measuring 16 feet in length and 1 3/8 inches in diameter, the anti-static hose reaches into awkward spaces to get every last bit of dust and debris. The VC4710 also comes with a crevice tool for use in tight spaces. You can plug in a corded power tool to the automatic-start outlet and store the hose on the bracket set when you aren’t using the vacuum.
A Must-Have for Every Garage
The Makita VC4710 has plenty of features that make it a standout wet/dry vac. It’s not bulky, heavy or cumbersome to move, yet the tank is sizable and secured by firm-locking latches. Changing a bag is a swift task, and the auto-cleaning system prevents performance reductions.
We also appreciate the lengthy power cord and the quiet sound output of the sturdy motor. The onboard power tool outlet lets you suction dust as you work, and it’s one of our favorite features.
There are a few areas we feel could be improved. The hose is bendable, but it’s a little stiff. However, it’s hard to find that perfect balance between flexibility and sturdiness. Also, we wish there were more accessories – The wet/dry vac only comes with a crevice tool. Finally, the filters aren’t HEPA media. If you’re dead set on having HEPA filters, Makita does make some that fit this vac model. If you want a wet/dry vacuum that requires little maintenance and has a comprehensive suction capability, the Makita VC4710 Xtract Vac is it.