Shop vacuums are like many other tools in one area – the price. You can pick one up for the price of a new video game or drop a couple of hundred bucks if you so choose. It all comes down to what you need in the end.
The Vacmaster VQ607SFD is a vac that will be right at home in your garage, and it’s an affordable option with some outstanding features. We’re going to break all the important areas down for you below as we dig into what makes the VQ607SFD tick.
Where to buy?
- 3 Peak HP
- 6 Gallon Debris Tank
- 7-foot hose 1-1/4” in diameter
- 12-foot cord
- 14 pounds
Who is it for?
This vacuum is geared towards consumers that don’t want to spend a ton of money on a shop vac. You don’t have to sacrifice quality or performance with the Vacmaster VQ607SFD either, as it’s solid from top to bottom.
Power and Capabilities
A 3 Peak HP motor provides the suction for the Vacmaster VQ607SFD. That’s in the middle of the pack when it comes to power, which makes it a light-duty machine in our eyes.
Even at 3HP, this vacuum has more than enough suction to deal with everyday dirt and debris in your home. Turned over plants can be cleaned up in seconds and you won’t have to shed a tear over spilled milk anymore.
As for the drum, it’s 6-gallons which again is around the average for this size. It’s taller than it is wide and sports a large drain plug on the bottom as well.
Want to use the vacuum as a blower?
You can do that, but shouldn’t expect miracles due to the overall horsepower in this machine. It can move a pile of leaves or blow dust; it’s just not as powerful as larger models.
Ease of use
To say the Vacmaster VQ607SFD is easy to use would be a slight understatement.
It only weighs in at a little over 16 pounds and measures 14.8” x 13.2” x 20.5”. This machine won’t strain your back and has a solid set of wheels underneath. They aren’t quite as sturdy as ones you’ll find on professional models, but you will have plenty of clearance.
While not built for the job site, you would have no problem moving the Vacmaster VQ607SFD across a rocky lot or uneven ground. Considering how light it is, you probably wouldn’t need to roll it at all.
The cord is listed at 12 feet, so it will be easy to manage as it’s just about right for home use. It wraps up when not in use, and won’t be an issue. The hose is 7 feet long and of average strength. We would hesitate to call it uncrushable, but do expect it to hold up well under regular use.
Filters and accessories
The accessories are honestly nothing to write home about with this one. You get two extension wands, a crevice tool, and a multi-surface nozzle. There is also a 2-in-1 utility nozzle and a dust brush for upholstery. When it’s time to use the blower, you’ll appreciate the air control nozzle as well.
All of these tools are handy to have, but the filters are what stands out to us. Normally, you only get a single filter out of the box, but Vacmaster gives you three with the VQ607SFD.
The usual cartridge filter is included along with a foam sleeve and a dust bag. That means you will be able to tackle any spill immediately, and don’t need to purchase additional filters right away.
Tools are handy to have, and a “must” on any good shop vacuum. While the ones included with the Vacmaster VQ607SFD are of average quality, they ride along well on the vacuum. The company designed the tool holder to be out of the way, and it’s a small, but nice feature.
As mentioned, the Vacmaster VQ607SFD is a lightweight machine, so you may not need to roll it as often as you’d think. You also won’t have to carry it around under your arm as the company has included a balanced handle on top.
Last but certainly not least is another small but overlooked feature. That would be the power switch, and while it isn’t super smart, it is sealed. This is something you want to look for it you work around a lot of dust or drywall. Fine dust can get into the crevices of your machine and really wreak havoc on the internal parts.
That includes the power switch, which is the one thing that can put your vacuum out of commission rather quickly.
This machine isn’t necessarily built to work on carpets, but performs wonders on hardwoods and other flat surfaces. That said, all shop vacuums are that way, this one was just a little underwhelming in that department.
We also feel the need to mention the cord and hose again.
For home use, the length of the cord should be fine, and you shouldn’t have to use an extension cord. You may have to unplug, but there is enough cleaning range to handle most rooms off one plug. If you’re using it in the shop, it should be sufficient as well. That said, the cord is shorter than ones found on many upright vacuums, so definitely keep it in mind.
The hose will also suffice, but we feel the diameter could have been larger. Especially considering the size of the coupling and lower horsepower.
The Vacmaster VQ607SFD is not going to be for everyone, especially consumers that want a heavy-duty unit that can hold 10 gallons of sawdust. If that’s you, you may want to check out our list of the best shop vacuums and look for something larger.
Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a lightweight shop vac that looks good and won’t drain your piggy bank, you may have found it. The price tag is hard to argue with, and we light the fact that it’s weather-resistant, even if it’s not meant for hard labor.
You also can check our review for Vacmaster vbv1210.