Now, through 2/28/19 (unless supplies sell out first), buy a Metabo HEPA-rated 9 gallon vacuum, get one FREE.
Buy the Metabo ASR 35 ACP 9 gallon all-purpose vacuum (US602057800), and you get one free? A free vac? The exact same as the one you’re buying?
What’s the catch? I suppose that if you don’t need two vacs, you have to figure out what to do with the second one? One for the truck, one for the shop? One for you, one for a buddy?
Features & Specs
- HEPA filters with automatic self-cleaning system
- Cable-winding mechanism
- Accessory storage area
- 10 foot hose, 1-3/8″ diameter
- 26 foot power cord
- 9 gallon capacity
- 11A power draw
- Power socket for automatic AC tool start-up and shut-down
- Variable suction power
- *130 CFM max air output
- Large rear wheels
*130 CFM spec has been confirmed by Metabo USA.
Metabo describes this as an “all-purpose vacuum cleaner,” but also says that it’s especially suited for extracting concrete and rock dust.
Price: $549 + $20 “special handling” (probably due to the large size and shipping weight)
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Ohio Power Tool has lower pricing ($350 each) if you just want ONE vac.
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Whiskey and Wood
I believe the deal only applies to the older model with 130 CFM, also, it does not have an anti-static hose, just for consideration. Metabo is however releasing an adapater that will connect both systainers and L-Boxxes in addition to another unidentified box system, and will have straps for attaching other brand boxes!
Those are the specs Metabo has for the ASR 35 ACP vac listed on their site that matches the SKU (US602057800).
It is 130cfm, however Metabo announced that they would be updating the unit in 2019 to 157cfm. It looks like they updated the spec on the webpage over the weekend but they applied the new spec to the old SKU. Or maybe they never intended to create a new SKU for the improved extractor and the spec listed on the webpage is correct?
If you go into the link Stuart provided and open the instruction manual, it publishes 220m3/H (130cfm).
I’m quietly hoping we get the updated units, since Acme has none in stock and are getting factory fresh units. But the website spec could be an error, there may be a new SKU and this promotion was probably meant to clear out the old stock.
I emailed Metabo, and am hoping they can clarify.
Metabo emailed me this morning and said the promotion is on the 130 cfm units. :(. Still a great deal.
The new units will have 157cfm on the packaging and on the unit itself (no word on the SKU’s). So if you accidentally ended up with a newer one, you will know.
thanks for this note about the cfm upgrade. i was able to talk myself off the edge using that. i have 2 festool vacs already but like the filter bangers for dry polishing concrete.
The only units that have a flow rate of 157 CFM are the 240v units not sold here in the US. If you go to the Metabo site they advertise a max cfm of 157 but they don’t tell you that the max is only obtained at 240v. You can verify it by looking at the operating instructions for ALL the models sold and you will see all the 240v units when converted to CFM units are about 157 CFM and all the 120V units are about 130 CFM. Makes sense as you don’t get something for nothing and you would need a higher powered motor for that kind of performance increase.
pappy, I don’t think that’s true, mainly because the current crop of hepa dust extractors from Europe seem to offer 150-158CFM. I suspect they are all using a newer generation motor that provided an extra 10% bump in airflow. I haven’t confirmed this. The flex vce33 indicates 158. Bosch VAC090AH is 150. Nilfisk is around 148, but it also has a lower amp draw than the other two.
Yea, this is a special they’re doing for the world of concrete expo, wanting people to get into their silica osha compliant products.
Hell of a deal on a Starmix vac.
Dang that’s tempting. Anyone in Alabama wanna split an order? 😉
I was wondering how this vac compared to Festool, Fein, Makita, etc. I found this review by the Concord Carpenter https://www.toolboxbuzz.com/head-to-head/best-dust-extractors-head-to-head/.
He did a bunch of tests of different features. This model Metabo is sixth out of the eight top-tier machines he tested. Festool only third, though. In any case, it helped me think about it.
The Hilti, which is first place costs about $949 and is a winner, but not far above the the second place for Makita at $529. I’d think Makita is the one to buy, except the Hilti has a 20-year warranty. Apparently they have a one-day turnaround on repairs as well. Depending on your circumstances, though, any of the 8 machines he reviewed might be right for a particular person/situation.
Here’s another extractor shoot-out thag contains the Metabo. https://www.protoolreviews.com/buying-guides/best-osha-compliant-dust-extractor-shootout/33792/
It does better in this shoot out, but it doesn’t look quite as scientific as the one you linked., and I’m not sure I agree with their results 100%.
Either way, I don’t know of any other dust extractor for sub $300. So even if it’s not quite as good as the Hilti, it’s $600 less.
In both shoot outs price is listed. The fact you can get two of these Metabos for the price of one normally is a steal. I still don’t trust that first link where the Festool is listed 3rd place. I’ve never thought of Festool living in any sort of tough masonry construction environment. I believe the Makita is a rebranded Nilfisk.
Yes, the Metabo is an excellent price and that is tempting. Still mulling it over. I agree that the Festool is normally used differently, like in home remodeling, usually by someone who has other Festool tools, to keep the dust out of a client’s home. One reason I liked the comparisons is that it’s easier to see how the different vacs would work in different environments. They are ranked, but the details tell the story as to which ones work best in any given environment.
Except I don’t think I would include it in the results. According to another commenter, the Festool isn’t HEPA.
“After revisiting this review I’m questioning how even the playing field was. The higher scoring extractors don’t seem to have a Hepa filter installed (not available on the festool). The milwaukee, fein and Dewalt certainly do and possibly the Metabo/bosch but it is very unclear about the rest (and not possible with the festool). The point is that obviously a Hepa filter would further restrict air flow giving the some brands a unfair advantage.
I would be curious how much the Hepa filter affects performance. The milwaukee can be run with its hepa filter removed because of their multi filter system. This would allow testing with the same unit to discover how much performace is lost.”
“Interesting comment you shared with us.
In each test case, we used the filters from the manufacturers that the manufacturers promoted as meeting the silica standards.
For the testing the units that are marked “HEPA Ready,” we followed the manufacturers recommendation.
These units, like Bosch, it meant that the paper filters that ship with the units need to be replaced with their Bosch HEPA filters before the dust collector and filter can meet the spec in combination.
In another special case, Festool, their unit has been EPA certified and rated for lead paint removal work for well over a decade. Festool doesn’t seem to have any interest in the concrete/silica market – so, no, they don’t “have” a “HEPA rated” unit, per se. but their dust collector certainly tested well against the other silica-rated units.
TBB based our overall performance measurements on Airwatts. We chose Airwatts because it is a result of both suction and airflow.
On the static suction side, the maximum inches of water column are reached when no air is going through the unit so filters have absolutely no bearing on that particular test.
On the airflow side, all of the units had the manufacturers HEPA or equivalent filters, tested clean, and installed along with clean fleece bags. Our air flow tests were less about the filters because of the fleece bags keeping them clean than if we had run the tests and allowed the dirt to get entrapped into the HEPA filters.
To summarize, TBB remains very comfortable with our approach producing a consistent and level set of results.”
In short take everything with a grain of salt.
Concord carpenter is a pretty good site for reviews,he knows what he’s talking about. I haven’t read the review but yeah FESTOOL is more of a wood working company with specialty drywall tools. Metabo seems more like a company that specializes in steel tools (though that might change with the. Hitachi buyout)and Hilti leans more towards concrete.
Obviously they all branch off in other directions and you can use there tools for other applications but that’s how I view those companies.
Festool is hepa.99.97
Excellent article, looks closely at the new osha regs and rates that Metabo best there. That article has links to each one of the machines for a closer look.
Just bought one (well 2) i was in the market for another shopvac and even if i can only get 450-500 its still a great deal
I was wondering when you’d pick up on this amazing deal…
I just bought the two pack, will sell the other on CL for between $350-375 and end up with one for myself for between $225-250
If you look at the reviews, one of the main reasons the metabo rated lower was because it’s much higher list price compared to the Makita.
Only thing that is ridiculous is the fleece bags for this vac run $15 each in 5-packs! What the heck – even Festool bags are not that expensive.
Take a look on eBay. They are readily available for 5/$50 shipped. Still pricey though.
UPDATE: 130 CFM has been confirmed by Metabo USA.
Just shows how high the markup is on these… they can afford to give you one for free when you buy one, and they’re still making money.
Just an FYI on these. I checked the dimensions and they are 55x40x55cm or 22″x16″x22″. That’s too large for my shop use. Sounds like a great deal, though.