The other day, we talked a bit about Dewalt’s new wet/dry shop vacuums, including a new stainless steel drum model.
There were some questions, basically asking why someone would buy a stainless steel shop vacuum in place of one with a plastic collection bin.
Um… uh… *shrug*. Stainless models seem to be more aimed at industrial settings, but I don’t recall why. Maybe it’s a perception thing?
Shop Vac has a “how to choose your perfect wet/dry vac” guide. There, they say:
Plastic vs. Stainless Tank
This one is simple – there are benefits to both. Our plastic tanks are lighter and won’t dent. Our stainless steel tanks are more durable and easier to clean. Whichever is more important to you will be your perfect fit.
So, there you have it. Shop Vac says that their stainless steel vacuum tanks are more durable and easier to clean.
Could there be other reasons? Maybe. But it seems that durability and ease of cleaning are the 2 official reasons.
Shown above is a 12 gallon 5.5 gallon model, which as of the time of this posting sells for $122 via Amazon.
In the other post, someone mentioned ash cleanup. While ash vacuums do have metal tanks, but they are generally a lot smaller than this and other stainless wet/dry vacuums, and have different filtration systems. Here are some examples of ash vacs.