i have a big wet/dry vac that i have out in my shed, but not something i want to deal with keeping in my studio/office all the time. i’d love to find something small that will do what i need, which is essentially clean up the crumb tray and maybe suck up pieces that fall on the carpet up here.
so is anyone using something that they like that isn’t multiple gallons that works for what I need?
I use and enjoy the ShopVac Micro wall mounted mini vacuum. I got mine at Lowe’s a while ago so it’s blue but you can get it several places. It uses a smaller hose as you might expect. I have used it for everything from vacuuming machining swarf to the garage floor to cleaning the car. Mine is going on 12 years old and hasn’t needed more than a new filter.
If you want smaller, I like the Bissel 33A1. I keep one under my desk for cleaning up after 3D printing, vacuuming off the dust from my PC filters, and cleaning the carpet under my workbench that I haven’t been able to afford to replace. It works great.
do you think the bissel will work well with the small pieces that are left on the crumb tray? that’s one of my bigger annoyances (and i was doing a super complicated piece with lots of tiny “leave behind” pieces, many hundreds of them, tonight). i need something that won’t filter those.
I don’t think it will have any issues with that size parts. It handles the leftovers from 3D printing support removal and the parts are about the same size, if a little lighter. It is really quite powerful for its size. The dust collector is also easy to get to and easy to clean if you grab a part that you want back.
Sounds like you picked something up but I highly recommend the vacuum that milwaulkee has. If you don’t have their tools in does require batteries and a charger but I use this every day both with my shop and as an industrial electrician.