Over at Acme Tools, they have the Flex VCE 33 LAC 9-gallon HEPA vacuum on sale for $300. I’m not familiar with the Flex brand, although it seems to me that this vac is made by the same folks that make Milwaukee’s HEPA vac. (Both Flex and Milwaukee vacs appear to be customizations of the Nilfisk ATTIX 33.)
In comparison, the similar Milwaukee vac is ~$650!
The Flex HEPA vac features a corded tool auto-activation receptacle, 11A motor, and both dry and wet pickup capabilities.
- Manual on/off and “automatic” mode switch
- Automatic filter cleaning system
- Adjustable suction flow rate
- Electronic liquid level control (for wet pickup)
- Soft start
- 15 second overrun/run-on feature empties dust and debris from vacuum hose prior to shutdown
- Dust-protected anti-static finish prevents electric charging of the suction hose
- Large rear wheels and swivel casters in front
- 158 CFM max
- 25 ft power cord
- 1.25″ x 13′ hose
Sale Price: $300
The Flex vacuum also seems to have a third dial, with the first two being for on/off/automatic control and variable suction power adjustment, but we’re not sure what it does and there doesn’t seem to be any documentation about it.
Replacement HEPA filters look to be available from Acme Tools and elsewhere.
I can’t help but feel there’s a catch somehow, but I can’t find any. Maybe there’s a new model coming out? Otherwise, this is a fully-featured 9-gallon HEPA-rated vac that’s currently priced at a fraction of the price of other leading HEPA-rated vacuums.
Last night, when I first spotted this vac in Acme Tools’ deal list, the price was published. As of this morning, you have to add the vacuum to your cart to see the $299.99 promo pricing. Update (6pm ET): you should now see the advertised price as soon as you visit the product page.
I’m not familiar with the Flex brand, but if I didn’t already have a Festool HEPA-rated dust extractor, I’d likely jump on this deal. It still seems “too good to be true,” but on the other side of things, supplies might be limited, or the promo pricing might only be valid for a short time. I’ll be looking to learn more, and will post an update if I discover anything.
Update: Supplies are limited. I’m also becoming increasingly convinced that this is an even better deal than I realized. Auto filter cleaning, adjustable suction power, automatic liquid level sensor, HEPA-rated filtration, and decent specs, and for only $300.