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14 people found this helpful
powerful enough and very handy
on April 4, 2005
I was hesitant to buy this...only the DeWalt return policy gave me the confidence to purchase it. It's supposed to be reconditioned, but looks brand new to me. So far I've bought 5 reconditioned tools from Amazon, and they all looked brand new....no scratches, plastic handles, etc., are new, and smells like new plastic. LIke many people, I like the feel and smell of new tools....and like to feel I'm working with a great tool...but these reconditioned tools are for all practical purposes brand-new. I've had nothing but great luck with them...the factories must replace the outer plastic parts and all visible working parts and just keep the motors..if that much. .I can't see how anything has been used.
For this vacuum, I was worried about how powerful it was. I do everything from work on cars to replace electrical outlets, etc. I was looking for a portable vacuum powerful enough to pick up drywall dust, sawdust, etc. And the DeWalt DC500R is just the trick. It has more power than I thought. Not as much as an upright, but enough to suck all the dust out of the corners of carpeted stairs, etc. It will suck up fine drywall dust and none of it gets put back into the room. The hose is one inch ID and will suck up chunks of wood, drywall, stones, dirt, brick dust, anything that fits. It is great for the carpeting in your car: my wife and daughter love it to clean their cars. The filter is fantastic: it's stuck on tight and easy to clean and can be used over and over. I just open it up, dump the dirt into a garbage can, and clean the filter with my dust collector.. It's also lightweight: I had my 8 yr old son clean the carpeted stairs down to the basement with it. It's safer than trying to balance an upright on stairs. It's also quieter than the average upright: the sound is not annoyingly loud. Overall, it's one of those tools that does jobs others can't...and you'll have a cleaner house, cleaner cars, and cleaner work areas. The 18 v battery lasts about 20 minutes....and has the same power as plugging it into 110v. It also dies out fast...it'll work full power and then die out quickly...it takes about 1 minute to die down. which is good. Like other DeWalt owners, I wish the battery was NiMH...but they're not. So I have to give DeWalt a lower grade for their batteries....but for what this is, and what it does. it's a 5....it's impressive and solves a lot of cleanup problems....I also found out that Shop-Vac accessories will fit on this vacuum....the hose size is 1 1/8 inch...