Skil has previously come out with the Dust Collector, a tool for capturing the mess of drilling into drywall.
The Dust Collector sticks to the wall with its own internal vacuum mount. When you flip the switch, the vacuum pump sticks it to the wall and then turns off. Then as you drill, dust and debris falls into the collection box instead of the floor. There are also internal brushes that clean the drill bit and prevent any dust from escaping when backing out of the hole.
The Dust Collector is powered by two AA batteries and, according to Amazon’s listing, you should get 2 hours of runtime. This runtime expectation is somewhat confusing, given the way Dust Collector operates in the Rockler video below. The pump only runs for seconds each time you stick it on the wall and then shuts off.
The clear cover allows you to see when the dust hopper is full. To empty the Dust Collector, simply pop off the cover, over a trash can of course, and dump the contents.
The Dust Collector comes with 2 AA batteries, 20 drywall anchors, 2 drill bits for the included anchors, and 20 screws.
Skil set a suggested retail price of $25, but you can find it over at Rockler on sale for $15 plus $4 shipping (unless you have a free shipping coupon code). When the sale ends, Amazon has the next lowest price of $21 with free Prime Shipping, or free shipping over $35 orders for non-Prime customers.
Note: Some vendors are touting this is a new product, but Amazon’s listing says that it was first available in the summer of 2012. If you’ve used this before, what do you think of it?