Draper Expert 35l M-class Wet And Dry Vacuum Cleaner – Woodworker Magazine Review


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The January 2016 issue of the Woodworker Magazine performed a variety of product tests, included in their tests was the Draper Expert 35l M-Class Wet And Dry Vacuum Cleaner, the review highlighted the vacuums tank volume, efficient performance and range of accessories, giving it an overall score of 8.5/10.

Draper Expert 35L M-Class Wet And Dry Vacuum Cleaner

“So what do we want from a workshop vacuum? Efficiency, reliability, good filters, sufficient capacity, and of course, a power tool outlet. The M (for medium) class wet and dry vacuum from Draper could be seen as a definite contender, meeting all of the criteria above. It also ticks the relevant safety boxes as far as the recommendations from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) go when it comes to filtration for power tools.”

Large capacity
It certainly has a large capacity – 35 litres – and I would be happy to leave it at the workshop and choose a smaller more compact extractor to take on site. This extractor does what it says on the box, vacuuming up standard workshop debris plus of course the power tool take off. To meet the full requirements, a secondary paper bag filter is recommended. One of these is supplied and, despite it being fitted with a closable opening cap, is not designed for emptying and re-use. So stand by for purchasing more or running the vac with just the basic cartridge filter.

Self-cleaning
As vacuum technology improves and evolves, many industrial machines now incorporate a self-cleaning device, which vibrates the filter and shakes off much of the fine dust, which can soon clog a busy extractor. Models such as this one will now keep on top of things for you, which is ideal.

In use
In operation, I have to admit to being a bit confused by the controls: the diagrams aren’t very clear and dust covers obscure the buttons. I had to resort to actually reading the manual! Once running, however the vacuum is as good as gold, and the inclusion of a rubber adaptor nozzle means that a power tool hook up is a simple affair.
The plastic hose is of an adequate length, but I’d prefer a lighter or at least more flexible one. The power cable is a nice, heavy-duty example, and can be coiled and clipped to the side of the vac on a flexible hook. For power tool working, there are additional clips provided, which hold the accessory cable onto the hose; this makes a neat job of things and I wish I’d noticed them before my eight board railsaw marathon last week.

Summing Up
An efficient and ribust vacuum, well suited to a workshop environment.

Verdict
An impressive vacuum perfectly suited to workshop use. The tank volume is more than adequate and the plethora of supplied accessories make this a definite contender. The fact it is recommended by the HSE is also and added bonus.

PROS
  • Choice of filters meets regulations
  • Power tool adaptor
  • Self-cleaning
CONS
  • Unclear controls
  • Slightly cumbersome

VALUE FOR MONEY ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
PERFORMANCE ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

MC – The Woodworker Magazine – Jan, 2016

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