When I was asked to review the Channellock wall-mount wet/dry shop vacuum, I was a bit skeptical. After all, Channellock makes hand tools, not wet/dry vacs. But doing a little digging around, I learned that the vac is based off of (or identical to) the Vacmaster VWM510. The vac has some nice features – it’s wall-mountable and comes with a remote on/off switch – and it comes well equipped, so I agreed to test it out.
The vac has a 5-gallon capacity and is powered by a 5HP (peak) 2-stage industrial motor.
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First, let’s talk about the hoses and cords. The vac comes with a 10′ flex/extendable hose and an 11′ standard hose that you can couple together to create a 21′-long hose. Both hoses are 1-7/8″ in diameter. The cord is 20′ long, which is a huge step above the 6′-long hoses that usually come with smaller vacs.
Okay, so the remote on/off switch… I LOVED it! In using the vac to clean up wood chips, metal shavings, dust bunnies, gravel, and all kinds of random debris, I greatly appreciated the ability to activate the vac without having to walk over to the unit itself.
It is an immense convenience to be able to turn the vacuum on without having to go back and forth, especially when the vac is mounted to a wall and attached to the end of a 21′ hose. I would like to see this feature on other shop wet/dry vacs. My air cleaner has a remote control and my dust extractor turns on when an attached power tool is turned on. So why not more remote-activated vacs?
Of course, you don’t have to use the remote on/off if you don’t want to – there’s a full-on option as well. According to the product specs, the switch is dust sealed.
The vac is pretty powerful, and will grab onto fabrics and other typical vacuum-clogging materials. If you need to clean such materials, sliding open the vent on the handle should relieve part of the vacuum power at the end of the nozzle.
The hoses attach to the vacuum canister via a twist-lock mechanism. It’s not Fort Knox-secure, but I tried to “accidentally” detach the hose without success.
The vac comes with a very nice array of accessories and attachments – 2 extension wands, round dust brush, crevice tool, car nozzle (bottom right), floor/utility nozzle with a separate brush and what feels like a squeegee, and an air noise diffuser.
The air noise diffuser muffles the air return. This doesn’t make the vac silent or whisper-quiet, but the diffuser does quiet things down a bit.
Also included is a foam sleeve and a washable cartridge filter. Ever since I bought a CleanStream filter for my Shop Vac, I’ve been a fan of washable filters. It’s nice to see such a filter included with the vac rather than offered as an expensive add-on.
The wall-mount can be secured to a single stud via 3 mounting points. Since I’m in transition now between shops, I did not mount the vac to the wall, but did fix it to my soon to be disassembled workbench.
The vac docks with the mount via the top and bottom, and is easy to remove. The mount also features a detachable rail that the hose can be draped over for storage.
The 2 extension wands can be stored on opposite sides of the vac. On the left side, a spring-loaded tab must be pressed before you can lift the vac off of the mount.
Accessories can be stored via nesting points on the lid, or in a small bucket that can be attached to the vac, keeping everything neat and self-contained.
- remote on/off
- flex-hose and standard hose included
- large carry handle
- sufficient suction power
- wall-mount is easy to install
- washable filter
- full complement of accessories
- heavy-duty plastic tank
- no wheels for conversion to mobile unit
I must say, I really enjoyed testing the Channellock wall-mounted wet/dry vac. There are a lot of pros and features I really appreciated. Nothing is perfect, but it did take me a minute or two of thought to come up with the one con. If I had to offer another complaint, I would say that hose management could be improved, but on the other hand that would make the unit less compact.
The Channellock wall mount vac is currently $110 via Channellock Products, with free shipping to any local Do it Best hardware store location. Shipping to your home or shop will run you about $37.
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Thank you to Channellock Products and Do it Best for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or in some cases retained for benchmark and comparison purposes.