I'm not sure where DHB found this thing but he located it on line. (Rockler.com
) Its been just amazing. It was sold for dust collection (collecting sawdust from power tools, that is) in a work shop but it's just awesome at sucking up insulation. My only complaint is that it could be bigger 🙂 It hooks up to the ShopVac and uses a vortex process to spin the insulation down and keeps it from making such an awful mess.
It really helps keep the house much cleaner because insulation goes EVERYWHERE. You may even find it in *ahem* sensitive spots.
Yup, this thing is tha BOMB. I caught an email ad from Rockler.com a few months ago and this thing was on sale. Now, I knew that no matter what, I could use it in the workshop out back. But. I had this really wild idea...
You see, someone took the time to put wonderful blown-in cellulose insulation into our attics (say, 30 years ago). And packed-down cellulose is hard to clear out of an attic that has various electric cables, etc., running under the insulation. So, DHB was left with pulling down the ceiling sheetrock, insulation and all. Hauling out the sheetrock, and then trying to sweep up all the insulation with a broom and shop vac.
Problem was, this stuff will clog a shop vac in a hurry.
So, I figured that if the darned thing worked for wood chips and saw dust, why not cellulose too? And, you know what? It works great on cellulose on the ground after you pull down the celing. And you know what else? It even works on cellulose that you don't pull down out of the ceiling!!!
Worth Mentioning: The S.O. is right when she said that she wishes the container was a bit larger. At about 3-4 gallons worth of debris, you will have to empty it a lot. But, the top is easliy removable and the bottom is lightweight, so that's really no problem at all.
What's really cool is that since you are using a vortex (kinda like the Dyson vacuums), the vacuum loses a bit of suction power. Now whyile this is normally a bad thing, in this case it's great because it means the totally awesome super-sucking shop vac suction is reduced just enough to get the insulation and not pick up the nails and other heavier debris.
So, insofar as a rating, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 just because of the bin size and no other reason.