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DEWALT DC500 2-Gallon 12-to-18-Volt Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vacuum

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  • Runs off of 12-volt and 18-volt DEWALT battery packs (not included) or 120-volt ac
  • Gore wet/dry filter traps 99.7% of drywall dust
  • Wet/dry filter eliminates change overs
  • Washable filter; tap or water rinse to clean
  • Heavy-duty rubber hose provides durability and flexibility; drain port on tank for easy emptying of liquids
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Product Description


Offering convenient corded and cordless cleanup, the two-gallon DEWALT DC500 wet/dry vacuum sucks up big work shop messes and job site debris quickly and efficiently. A high-efficiency wet/dry filter handles particles as small as 0.3 microns and captures 99.7-percent of dust, letting you present finished products neatly and keep fine drywall dust and other health hazards out of the air.

Wet/dry filter eliminates changeovers (view larger).
At a Glance
DC500 2-Gallon Cordless/Corded Wet/Dry Vacuum At a Glance:
  • Wet and dry performance with 2-gallon tank

  • Gore wet/dry filter traps 99.7 percent of drywall dust

  • On-board hose, cord and accessory storage

  • Uses 12- or 18-volt batteries (not included)

  • Three-year limited warranty; one-year free service
At a Glance

Other convenient features include an on-board hose design, cord and accessory storage that makes moving from site to site easy, and a drain port on the tank for quick, spill-free disposal of liquids. This vacuum runs off either 120-volt AC power or optional 12-/18-volt DEWALT batteries (batteries and charger not included).

Washable Wet/Dry Filter

At the heart of the DC500's performance is a Gore HEPA wet/dry filter that's rated at 0.3 microns and traps 99.97 percent of dust particles. This capture rate helps to keep work sites looking their best and helps to keep the air you breathe cleaner and safer. And since it's a wet/dry filter, you don't have to worry about time consuming change overs between jobs.

This washable filter is incredibly easy to clean. You can either tap the filter clean or rinse it clean with water--no big mess or complicated cleanup.

DEWALT's XRP Extended-Life Battery System

In addition to using 12-volt batteries, the DC500 vacuum is also compatible with DEWALT's 18-volt XRP extended run time batteries, which provide up to 40 percent more run time than standard Ni-Cad batteries. And any XRP battery can be used with any 18-volt DEWALT tool, which allows you to expand your system by adding other DEWALT cordless tools (sold separately) as the demands of your job grow.


This DEWALT tool is backed by three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship (from the date of purchase). It's also covered by DEWALT's one-year free service contract, where DEWALT will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use--for free.

What's in the Box

DEWALT DC500 2-gallon cordless/corded wet/dry vacuum; 5-foot rubber hose; crevice tool; wide nozzle; operating instructions (12- or 18-volt batteries sold separately)

Heavy-duty rubber hose provides durability and flexibility (view larger).

From the Manufacturer

Don't be fooled by its compact size, DEWALT's DC500 wet/dry vacuum can quickly clean up monster-size messes around the job site, garage, and workshop. And unlike standard wet/dry vacs, this cleverly designed unit has two power options: plug its power cord into a 120-volt outlet, or run it off of any 12 to 18-volt DeWalt battery for the ultimate in portability. The DC500 sucks up everything from wood chips and metal filings to sawdust and standing puddles of water. The vacuum has a high-efficiency GORE air filter that captures up to 99.7% of ultra-fine drywall dust. The washable filter can be tapped cleaned or rinsed under running water, and its unique design allows it to be left in place regardless of whether you’re vacuuming up dry debris or wet spills. The DC500 has a two-gallon capacity tank that’s equipped with a convenient drain plug for emptying liquids. It comes with a 1-1/4 inch diameter by 5-foot-long flexible rubber hose, narrow crevice tool, and wide-mouth nozzle. And it's backed by a DEWALT 90-day money-back guarantee and three-year limited warranty. The battery and charger are sold separately.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number DC500
Item Weight 10.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 16 x 12.8 x 14.5 inches
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Item model number DC500
Power Source cordless-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description One year warranty, one year service contract, and 30 day no-risk trial

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #222,724 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#126 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Punches > Center Punches
#5,667 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools
Shipping Weight 12.6 pounds
Date First Available October 2, 2001

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I can't believe some people are dissing this because they thought it could be a shop vac replacement. If it could, no one would buy any shop vacs! And I also can't believe people think that this kind of money would buy them a charger and battery all included. Not exactly reasonable expectations.
What IS reasonable is to expect this to be a great tool for quick clean ups. Hanging pics, minor trim projects, installed closets, etc. All things that generate a mess that isn't worth setting up a shop vac, including hauling a probably dirty and bulky unit into the house, or worse a customer's house, running a cord etc. for a 2 minute clean up. If you want to clean up your car quick or pick up some dust or shavings from a smaller job, this IS the ticket. I have even used it as dust collection on my miter for that occasional cut or two.
If you are already a DeWalt user with batteries and chargers for other tools, this is a great complement to your gear. If not, it certainly doesn't warrant going out and buying the charger and battery for a stand alone vacuum. Use your head.
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Very handly tool for small clean up jobs. Great suction for its size. Is compatable with other 1-1/4" accessories as from Home Depot or Sears if needed.

Opposite end is good for blowing light debris into a more confined area. Very light in weight even with a battery.

Do not expect the power of one battery to last all day so have another battery(s)on hand if you are a neat-nick.

Does not have a shoulder strap but has clip hoops if you buy your own.

You should have an extension cord handy as it has a 6'cord. This is a great little vac for job site, auto, home and don't be afraid to use on your computer keyboard and CPU if that is in a dusty environment (with care of course).

Outdoors people will find it handy with the battery(s) for quick tent clean up or as a fireplace bellows without passing out blowing.

If you do not need the versatility and expense of corded/cordless, it is not for you. After all, it was designed just for that versatility and the price is not unfair, considering.

If you do not already have Dewalt batteries, the price will be more in order to accomodate the battery power but if you need/want the cordless feature, and a small, cordless, wet/dry, vac/blower for small jobs this thing is great. If you need more power you will have to buy something bigger or less versatility.

Dewalt could have thrown in a shoulder strap. (Had to find something bad)...

...Oh yeah, wife thought I was nuts for paying a hundred bucks for this, until she used it. She loves it and after remindinding her of her intial response, I finally, did get an apology out of her...That does carry some weight too...It reduces the pain of bla, bla, bla.

She read my review and laughed about my posting her thoughts with her just saying...OK OK...
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I've owned this for about 2 months now and actually have used it a lot more than I thought that I would. For its size, it has good vacuum power. In fact the power is the same whether you are on the cord or the battery. Some have complained that you only get :10 minutes of use. Well, that's a lot of use. You are not supposed to vacuum the house. Typically I have it on for about 30 seconds to a minute. I think that I am getting more than 10 minutes of use by the way. It's great for cleaning up small messes and I think that it has amazing suck power.
Things that I would like to see improved:
1. Add a battery charger
2. The cord should be about 3 feet longer
3. The price is a little steep, but no one else is making this thing and they have to pay for all those NASCAR's.
All in all it's a great little tool especially if you are a handy man and want to leave your clients house clean.
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I bought the DC500 vacuum a few months ago to keep in my truck. Before that, I always had a little 120v 2-gallon wet/dry shop-vac in my truck for small cleanup jobs on service calls. I was keen on the idea of having a decent small cordless wet/dry vac that can run off my Dewalt 18v batteries. Mainly because it seems that when working on smaller jobs, I always end up making little messes that are scattered all around a finished building wherever I have been drilling or cutting, sometimes in remote areas where there is no electrical outlet to be had. This little vac makes it much easier to clean up as I go instead of leaving it until the work is finished and then going back with a dustpan and brush or extension cord and my old 2-gallon shop-vac.
The suction is quite good and the DC500 also has a blower function for getting fine dust out of tight spots and crevices. It uses a single pleated filter for both wet and dry use. Dewalt says the 1-1/4-inch hose is five-feet in length, but the hose actually stretches to almost seven-feet.
I used it to clear a clogged laundry sink and it does pick up water quickly, but of course, since it is only a 2-gallon tank, it fills up fast. A fresh, fully charged 18V XR-Plus battery will last for around ten to fifteen minutes of continuous use. Since I usually only use it for a couple of minutes at a time, I get can get by for quite a while with just one battery but, if needed for extended use I can always go the traditional route an plug it into a 120v outlet with an extension cord. The DC500 doesn't come with a brush attachment, which I use often, so I bought a Shop-Vac 1-1/4 inch right angle brush for about four dollars and just leave it on the hose. That way I can carry all three attachments with the vac for any type of cleanup that comes along.
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