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Four things you really need to know before buying wet dry vacuum floor equipment.

For most commercial cleaning companies purchasing wet dry vacuum floor equipment can be a time-consuming and arduous task. There are many different types of wet dry vac's sold by over 100 different manufacturers in the United States. The two main types of wet dry vacuums are residential units and commercial models. Within these two types of criteria there are a number of different attributes that must be taken into consideration at the time of purchase. The four main areas to look at when purchasing this type of floor equipment is the type of wet dry vac, the size, the type of construction and the attachments that you will be using with it. Wet dry vacuums generally range from $25-$5000 in price depending on the quality of the unit.

When purchasing one of these vacuums the first determination you need to make is whether you will need a residential or commercial unit. Residential wet dry vacuums are also commonly known as disposable vacuums. These units are not meant to be rebuilt and are generally lower in price than commercial models. Most of these types of units are plastic and are either glued or fused together so that they are difficult to take apart. This makes repairing these models very difficult and time-consuming. Commercial models usually have larger motors and quality components that can easily be rebuilt in the event of the unit failing. For most commercial models parts are usually readily available at any local cleaning products dealer or online floor equipment store. It is always important to make sure that the manufacturer of the model you are looking at has been in business for a long time and continues to sell parts for older models it has produced. On average a residential wet dry vacuum should range in price from $25-$300. Most commercial models start at $300 and can cost upwards of $3000.

The size of the wet dry vacuum you are purchasing is very important. It is important to take into consideration the type and amount of debris that you are cleaning up. Wet drive vacuums usually range in size from 1 gallon up to 55 gallons. If you're using the unit for light duty clean up and nominal use a unit that ranges in size from 1 to 5 gallons should be adequate. For larger commercial cleaning jobs a wet dry vac should range in size from 5 to 55 gallons. These types of units are great for cleaning both wet and dry debris. It is also important to find out if filters are available for dry pick up if plan on cleaning in any dusty environments. If you are purchasing a larger wet dry vacuum is important that you purchase one that either roles on casters or some type of wheel system. Anything over 5 gallons of debris can get heavy and difficult to move and dispose of, in these cases a wheel system can be a big help.

Wet dry vacuums are constructed from many different types of materials. The most common types of construction are poly based plastics, rolled steel or stainless steel. Plastic wet dry vacuums are the most common type of vacuum sold in the United States. Most residential types of wet dry vac's are made from ABS plastics which can easily crack or break over time. Most commercial units are made from Rotocast polyethylene which can hold up to even the toughest abuse and will not crack when bumped into objects. Rolled steel wet dry vacuums are commonly used in construction environments and are impervious to debris such as nails or other metal objects. These types of wet dry vacuums will not crack, however can dent when objects enter the wet dry vacuum at high velocity. The last type of material wet dry vacuums are made from is stainless steel. The main benefits to stainless steel is that the unit will never rust or crack. The downfall to stainless steel is that it will also dent when objects enter the main chamber of the wet dry vacuum at high velocity. Stainless steel floor equipment can also be used in food service environments because they can be run through dishwashing systems or cleaned with high heat to sanitize the unit.  When purchasing a commercial wet dry vacuum it is important to also purchase a unit that has at least a one horsepower vacuum motor.

The most important factor to look at when purchasing wet dry vacuum floor equipment is the type of attachments that can be used with the model you are buying. There are many different attachments that will work with these type of vacuums. Some of the most common attachments are wet dry pick up tools, floor tools, carpet tools, crevice tools, high up dusting tools and flood pickup kits.  For most commercial cleaners a basic pickup kit will suffice. This kit usually includes such items as wet floor tools, carpet tools and crevice tools. When looking at the price of one of these units it is always important to ask if an attachment kit comes with the wet dry vacuum or if they are sold separately. On most commercial units attachment kits can cost up to $1000 making them a costly addition to the base unit.

The best way to purchase a wet dry vacuum is to go to a local cleaning products dealer and ask them to demo a few models for you. By doing this in person it is easy to see if the wet dry vacuum is large enough, the construction is strong enough and whether it can easily be maneuvered. It is always recommended that you purchase a commercial a dry vacuum from a reputable manufacturer. Some of these manufacturers include companies such as NSS, Tornado, Windsor, Tennant and Koblenz. All of these companies have been in business for at least 15 years and are great at supplying replacement floor equipment and have parts for any and all older models.

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