I originally purchased this vac in 2002. I mostly use this little vac on a 21/2 inch dust collection system for my table saw and miter saw. It does a real good job of removing dust and chips from the two tools. I have it hanging on a 10x10 post to one side of my small shop and can vacuum the whole shop floor with the 18 foot vac hose that came with the machine. It has a good selection of tools and filter replacement is fast and easy. However, it is noisy. It actually drowns out the sound of my table saw. The 4" Delta dust collector I use for my planer and jointer is actually quieter than this little vac. I will continue to use it (maybe build a sound box for it), because it does do a great job. Except for the noise level, I would reccommend it to anyone.
An update...Nov. 2004...8 months after I got this machine it started making strange growling sounds at shutdown, and was getting very hot. I called Shop Vac's customer service and the rep was extremely helpful. She told me to put it in the orig box and ship it back to them and they would replace or repair it free. I commented that the orig box was long gone, and could I use a generic box. She said never mind, we will send you a new unit and you put the old one in that box and send it back. Three days later the new machine showed up, I unpacked it and repacked the old one, applied the shipping label they supplied and sent it back. The replacement machine has worked flawlessly now for about a year and a half. Want to thank Shop Vac for their excellent customer service.
Update...April 2005..This little vac is still hanging on it's post and doing a great job. It probably averages 2-3 hours of run time every day and has performed perfectly. It now only services the miter saw, r/o sanders, large disc sander and of course cleaning the shop( everything else is on the 4"). Still highly recommend this vac...it is a great little tool.
UPDATE...JANUARY 2007..It's still hanging on its post and still doing a great job. Ya gotta love a machine that keeps on delivering great performance year after year. Still highly recommend this vac.
STILL JAN 2007...shortly after writing the update above my little vac began to make weird noises at shutdown. I contacted my local repair shop and was told if they had to get into the motor it would cost over $100 to repair. They recommended that I contact Shopvac direct. I called the 1-800 number and after speaking to a very nice young lady, discovered I could purchase a new motor for $40, including shipping. Needless to say I ordered one. It took about ten days to arrive in the mail and took less than 15 minutes to install. My little vac is once again doing its job, still hanging on the same post for over five years. I think any electrical appliance that will last five years with the use and abuse this one has had is a great machine. Still highly recommend.