Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-27-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Allen K. Littlefield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Paltz, NY 12561
Posts: 935
Car Vacuum question

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2009, at 10:56:08 a.m.

I have been contemplating the Compact Portable Vacuum as advertised in the latest Griot's Garage catalog #292. I like the idea of a portable unit rather than a larger shop vac. Griot's wants $139.99 plus shipping for his unit. Any body have experience with this or an equivalent unit? Any advice welcome and thanks in advance.

AKL

Allen K. Littlefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Depends on the day of the week....
Posts: 1,400
You know, I've rolled the idea around for ages of getting on of these things, but I always seem to come back to the conclusion that it's not worth the money. Obviously it's going to have far less suction power than a shop vac (or even a good household vac- I have an Electrolux which can suck up marbles LOL), though the convenience of the small vac is going to be a plus. I think the only thing that would convince me to buy one of these was if it came with a very robust kit of small brushes, extensions, crevice tools etc which would greatly help cleaning a car.
__________________
Boxster S
Cloudsurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 09:28 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,696
save your money. Go down to Sears and get the small shop vac $30, maybe less for the one that's the size of a soccer ball. A Boxster aint that big.... I keep in the garage right next to the car. does the job PERFECTLY. Used it to clean out the intake after I took out the old air filter and put in the new.
I tried the dustbusters and comtemplated the Dyson handheld. Anything that's powered by the cigarette lighter will NOT make enough suction, ditto for battery powered. $130 is nuts for this job. Use that for an orbital or impact wrench.
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 09:51 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Midwest
Posts: 1,724
Wall hung Rigid unit, comes with extra long flex hose (soft type that doesn't scratch car's finish), don't have to drag it out. plug it in or put it away. I think it was ~ $100. Worked for me.
coreseller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 10:14 AM   #5
Fred Demara
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
sorry, thread hijack.....that is priceless footage...


Quote:
Originally Posted by coreseller
Wall hung Rigid unit, comes with extra long flex hose (soft type that doesn't scratch car's finish), don't have to drag it out. plug it in or put it away. I think it was ~ $100. Worked for me.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 10:33 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 1,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fred Demara
sorry, thread hijack.....that is priceless footage...

That's what I look like after a day at the track!

Small canister vac for me...have had it about twenty years, bought at a garage sale for a few dollars and works perfect for the cars.
__________________
JGM
2002 Boxster S
1973 911 Green FrankenMeanie
PCA DE Instructor circa '95
jmatta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Allen K. Littlefield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Paltz, NY 12561
Posts: 935
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perfectlap
save your money. Go down to Sears and get the small shop vac $30, maybe less for the one that's the size of a soccer ball. A Boxster aint that big.... I keep in the garage right next to the car. does the job PERFECTLY. Used it to clean out the intake after I took out the old air filter and put in the new.
I tried the dustbusters and comtemplated the Dyson handheld. Anything that's powered by the cigarette lighter will NOT make enough suction, ditto for battery powered. $130 is nuts for this job. Use that for an orbital or impact wrench.

Good advice. I once had a small battery operated vac that couldn't hardly lift a kleenex let alone floor dirt. I need a vac that I can do the Boxster with without experiencing a wrestling match like I now do with the house canister (this is one machine I absolutely despise!!!) and also do the van interior. I will not buy anything with batteries in the vac line. Looked up online the Bed & Bath and Sears sites so far and the price on vacs run the gamut. The cost of a new house canister caused me to apologize to our current monster and make me promise not to drag it around the house with the lack of care that I have shown in the past. Also I promised not to curse the damn thing out when it hung up on everything in sight. I did not see any shop vacs or prices at Sears and I believe I tried every possible category including "Vacuums". Next trip to town will have me checking out Sears, Target, Best Buy etc.

AKL
Allen K. Littlefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2009, 07:07 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,696
Sears Shop Vac $30
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 06:21 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Allen K. Littlefield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Paltz, NY 12561
Posts: 935
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perfectlap
Thanks for that connection. For the life of me I could not find that through my search through the Sears site. I tried Automotive, Vacuums, etc.

I will most likely go for the Sears $30 rather than the $139 for all the reasons you state. I will never get a battery powered again. The only thing that works well for me on battery is my DeWalt drill. Thanks again.

AKL
Allen K. Littlefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 06:39 AM   #10
bmussatti
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I have been using the same Sears Shop Vac for the past 18+ years. Still works great. It's on the larger size. Keep the filter clean.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Allen K. Littlefield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Paltz, NY 12561
Posts: 935
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perfectlap
save your money. Go down to Sears and get the small shop vac $30, maybe less for the one that's the size of a soccer ball. A Boxster aint that big.... I keep in the garage right next to the car. does the job PERFECTLY. Used it to clean out the intake after I took out the old air filter and put in the new.
I tried the dustbusters and comtemplated the Dyson handheld. Anything that's powered by the cigarette lighter will NOT make enough suction, ditto for battery powered. $130 is nuts for this job. Use that for an orbital or impact wrench.

Thank you Perfect Lap, I owe you a couple of beers for sure!

Picked up the $30 vac this afternoon and it is a little gem for its size. Really will pull stuff out of the carpet and is light and flexible. Saved mucho dinero from your advice. Vac is strong enough to do interior of my Town & Country van and is much easier to move around than the house canister.

AKL
Allen K. Littlefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 05:42 PM   #12
Registered User
 
schnellman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 868
This thread really sucks. I'm heading for Sears in the morning. Thanks, guys.
schnellman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 06:10 PM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: bahamas
Posts: 31
lmao

Quote:
Originally Posted by schnellman
This thread really sucks. I'm heading for Sears in the morning. Thanks, guys.
it has to lol
dirtyg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 04:38 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Bothell, WA
Posts: 279
The craftsman is on sale for $19.99 right now!

__________________

'01 Boxster S, 51k miles
'05 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Wagon
yimmy149 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page