Imagine a vibrant city: markets, crowded streets, and parks, fountains, traffic jams. In a sudden burst of mayhem, they start to vibrate until they get wrestled out of position, flying off in one direction – sucked out of position like in a nature-versus-man blockbuster movie, by a vacuum cleaner.
To defuse the dark image, imagine the city described above are bits of junk and left-overs on the floor of your workshop. Now that’s more realistic and do-able for two wet and dry vacuum cleaners, in particular: the Tacklife PVC01A and Shop-Vac 5989300 5 Gallon Wet Dry Vacuum.
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Overview of the models
The Shop-Vac is rated at 175 CFM, making it easy to suck dust, fur and spilled liquids. However, you would ask for too much if you wanted it to suck heavy objects like small stones, bolts, and heavy coins. This makes it a handy buddy in the garage or workshop, nonetheless. It also comes with a variety of tools such as a long hose, gulper and floor nozzles, cartridge filter, foam sleeve and a filter bag and an air blower.
This vacuum cleaner is equipped with an efficient copper motor support with enough power to suck in leaves, spilled liquids and pesky furs on the sofa or car seats. It’s round shape and crash-proof edges are backed with well-oiled and sturdy wheels which allow for easy maneuverability without damage to home furniture. The 13.1 Foot power cord is further extended by a seven-foot safety hose which allows for unobstructed cleaning of multiple rooms in one go.
Performance and power
To calculate the efficiency of vacuum cleaners, we need to know three things: CFM, sealed suction, and horsepower.
Horsepower is the overall power. A higher CFM rating is good for cleaners picking up dry messes. And sealed suction is important for the cleaning of liquids.
The Shop-Vac packs a punch for its size. It is powered by a 4.5 HP motor allowing it to do most mid-to-heavy-duty jobs. At 1188 watts, it is not the most economical unit out there, however. Although the stainless steel chassis adds weight to the unit, the Shop-Vac is still easy to move around and is rust-immune.
The Tacklife comes with an impressive 5.5 HP copper-electric motor which turns it into a behemoth for your home, office or garden. The machine will deal with relatively heavy bits with ease. On top of that, it is more economical compared to other models in the market – at just 1000 watts. The sound pollution is also relatively low due to a well-placed silencer sponge filter, emitting only 84 Db.
Verdict: Both vacuum cleaners qualify on the high-end of the performance scale. The Tacklife, however, edges the Shop-Vac to the finish line. It has a more powerful 5.5 hp copper-electric motor and is more economical.
Fancy electronics and an array of functions are not what this vacuum cleaner is about. It all comes down to the bare basics of vacuuming, and boy does this vacuum cleaner do this well! Of course, there are mechanical bits and pieces that add up to the overall quality – like handles on the sides and one at the top. The latch system looks and feels sturdy and secure. You can attach the hose to the blower port at the back – handy for dust and leaves in the garden.
With the Tacklife, the fancy stuff is hidden inside, where the motor is. On the outside, it looks simple but tough and reliable. There is a handle on the top to help you carry the vacuum cleaner with ease. The insulation is excellent, and there is an equally powerful blower at the back. The unit is also accompanied a variety of multi-purpose tools to help you clean those difficult-to-reach corners and niches.
Verdict: Having similar built, the two models are clearly designed for one purpose – to vacuum. In fact, they do this so well they don’t need extra features. Nonetheless, you have a blower at the back and a few handles to help you carry them.
Filtration system and other differences
The Shop-Vac comes with a variety of tools which you can keep securely fastened due to an onboard tool storage compartment. This makes sure that you don’t lose them. There is also a full circumference dolly that prevents tip-overs. Unfortunately, Shop-Vac has decided not to provide a tank-drain option with this model.
The machine’s innovative four-stage filtration system ensures liquids are kept inside and prevents secondary air pollution. Once dust and junk that may produce dust gets inside they spin like a cyclone in the five-gallon tank, allowing the dust filter, silence sponge filter and outer filter cotton to capture even the smallest particles. The end result is clean air.
Verdict: While power is something that both wet/dry vacuum cleaners have in common, they thread on separate paths with a few features. The Shop-Vac, for example, is equipped with a handy tool storage compartment and stays relatively secure on its feet. On the other hand, the Tacklife brags a highly effective four-way filtration system that ensures clean air emissions.
Shop-Vac 5989300 vs Tacklife PVC01A: Conclusion
Scrap the blockbuster city-destroying idea. These two models amaze by their sucking power and efficiency on a much smaller but realistic scale. They simply do what they are meant to do.
Perfectly built for the garage, workshop or garden, these wet and dry vacuum cleaners do an equally good job in your home or office. And while the Tacklife PVC01A is the more powerful one, the Shop-Vac 5989300 5 Gallon Wet Dry Vacuum is not too far behind. Both emit silent pollution well below the average in the market. With the addition of an extra feature or two, this places them in a class of their own.