We asked Hart Tools – a TTI brand – if there were any new tools coming to the brand, and nobody got back to us. A whole year after they relaunched the Hart Tools brand at Walmart, I expected to see some new items.
Scouting out their website for tool deals, even though Hart and Walmart said their prices were low enough that they didn’t expect to offer any discounts, I came across this tiny Hart 6 gallon shop vacuum priced at $29.
Is this an early Black Friday 2020 vacuum deal? Or was it this price all along? Nobody at Hart has responded to our previous inquiries, and so we’ve got nobody to ask. I’m guessing this is a Black Friday type deal – there are only 3 user reviews so far and they were all posted this week.
I was hoping to see a $49 Hart shop vacuum deal that would compete against the types of wet/dry shop vacuums that Home Depot and Lowe’s typically bring to market for the holiday shopping season, but this seems like a decent deal nonetheless.
This Hart vacuum is as basic as they come, but that’s really what most people look for in a 6-gallon vac.
It features a 6 gallon stainless steel collection tank, “5 peak HP” motor, 8-foot power cord, and 6-foot 1-7/8″ hose. It comes with casters, 2 extension wands, a utility nozzle, crevice tool, reusable cloth filter, and foam wet filter.
Hart says that the vacuum offers “14′ of cleaning reach with hose and power cord,” which I suppose is what you get at maximum cord and hose extension. I’m surprised they didn’t add the length of the extension wands into that calculation.
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Compare: VacMaster via Amazon
What’s odd is that they say the manufacturer is Cleva North America, Inc. TTI has several vacuum brands in their corporate umbrella. Cleva North America is a competitor, with brands such as Vacmaster and Dura-Vac in their portfolio.
In my “compare” link, there’s a Vacmaster 6 gallon vacuum with “3 peak HP” motor, stainless steel drum, and several upgraded features compared to this Hart vac, such as a drain port and more premium caster base with built-in wand and accessory storage. But, it’s more than double the price.
At $29 on sale (Walmart has a $58 price crossed out), this Hart vac is a no-frills and basic model, but maybe that’s all you need.
Something you should also keep in mind is that Hart tools are aimed at Walmart shoppers, and are thus everyday-level of homeowner quality. I wouldn’t trust this vac to hold up in professional usage environments.
Should be noted that the stainless steel is almost guaranteed to be CHEAP stainless steel and will rust. You cannot leave moisture or water in it. I regret buying a stainless drum vac. It will dent and rust. Plastic would be a much better choice.
I would imagine that vac is streaming loud as most the cheap ones are. They should sell ear plugs for most low end vacs these days.
All wet/dry vacs, shop vacuums, and most dust extractors and collectors are loud. It’s the nature of the beast unless added noise-reduction features are built in.
On a small vac, noise reduction will increase price and lower performance.
In full disclosure, crappy vacs are a huge pet peeve of mine. I own 4 Fein Turbo I/II vacs all are 8-12 years old. I can use the same Hepa filters and just two different sizes of bags which are available at a reasonable cost. They kick ass and take names. They just purr along quietly. It’s a shame piece of junk vacs proliferate the market, loud as crap and somehow people think that should be normal. I’m not harping on you or the post, just that plenty of companies do make quality and quieter vacs but yes they cost more. If vacs were plugged in at the stores and people could turn them on, they would walk the other way. They buy the low end junk, get home and the first thing they’ll say is damn that’s loud.
My first home shop vacuum was a Craftsman (made by Emerson) 32 gallon. It must be 40+ years old – still works – but even with an add-on exhaust muffler it makes a racket. I thought the noise level was just the nature of the beast until we bought our first Fein dust extractors for the business. For my home use – I soon followed with a Fein 9 gallon (Dalek look alike) then a 6 gallon mini then a 5.8 gal one for out winter place. I’m sure that there are other shop vacuums that are also quiet – but I’ve had great luck with Fein over the 20+ years I’ve had them. .You don’t have to put up with the noise – but as John points out you need to be willing to pay more. For me the extra cost is worth my hearing and sanity.
I tried to purchase this from Walmart 11 minutes after it was live and got the “out of stock” message.
Who owns the Hart brand? Is it owned by TTI or is it owned by Walmart?
According to Justia Trademarks – the trademark “Hart” (associated with tools) is owned by TTI
CURTIS R SMITH
When I use any other tool but the creavas tool, I hear something inside the motor get sucked up and block suction. I have to turn it off then I hear the thing come loose inside. Any clues?
I Purchased this vacuum yesterday. It seems to be a pretty good little vacuum cleaner. I have a shop vac that is the same size, and the Hart seems to be just as good. The hose is a little larger than the shop vac. I’m not sure how the little locks on the hose will hold up, they are a little flimsy but for the $29 price, I had to take a chance. It has good suction which is A+. It has a washable bag filter that has a good thickness. I wish it came with an inside bag to go with it but it doesn’t. I plan on using it in my shop where I build my RC airplanes. It has a big enough hose to hook to my band saw and sander. I think it will be a great addition to the shop.