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Small service vacuums and compressors.......

Any suggestions for a small vacuum and compressor for typical service call cleanings on boilers?  I don't do any oil boilers, so mainly what I need to clean up is dust and rust.  The 3 1/2 gallon Sid Harvey Soot Master is simply too bulky and I am looking at equipping smaller vehicles for service vans or pick ups.  I have a small hot dog compressor, but smaller and lighter would be better yet.
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  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,195
    For light clean up I like the

    8 gallon shop vac from True Value hardware. It has a choice of fine filter bags and is large enough to clean a decent size mess. Small compressor I use a cheap one fron Harbor freight, it is a mini twin tank. The good oil-less compressors do not seem to take bouncing around in a truck. The one I have is oil lubed. I use a Tacoma with a cap for most work but I actually would really prefer having a cab forward with a plain box for the boiler work. My truck is fine 80% of the time. It is that 20% that is a drag.
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  • rlaggren
    rlaggren Member Posts: 160
    Some people talking about compressors here...

    FWIW, before I found a deal I couldn't turn down I was figuring on the Senco.

    disclaimer - I'm a plumber, not a heating pro.
  • Looking for smaller....

    I have a 3 1/2 gallon Sid Harvey unit, but want something smaller.
    The Steam Whisperer (Formerly Boilerpro)

    Chicago's Steam Heating Expert

    Noisy Radiators are a Cry for Help
  • World Plumber
    World Plumber Member Posts: 389

    Shop-vac makes a little 1 gallon unit. I like it for clean the gas boilers and small pickup jobs. I use my soot vac for oil. If I'm doing a job where I'll be making a mess. I put my 5 gallon Shop-Vac on the truck.
  • Glen
    Glen Member Posts: 855
    buy cheap

    and shed no tears when they pack it in. I tried the soot master - poor track record and longevity. No oil? Regardless the fine dusts and aldehydes still kick the slats out of the vacuum motor and bearings.
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