Note that even though the Makita has variable speed settings, turning it down doesn’t increase the current allocated to a connected tool, because the vac returns to full speed for every filter-cleaning cycle.
One of only two vacs in the test with no sign of fine-dust leakage past the filters; wider hose than most and hose ends that fit around on the outside of common small nozzles reduced chunky debris clogging; hose ends will fit mid-size, 1 7/8-inch nozzles.
Fine-dust leakage through rear gasket a real problem; being unable to turn down the vac power and keep it down for more than 10 seconds at a time is annoying and largely negates the usefulness of the variable-speed feature; a tall unit like this should have hand-truck handle to allow it to be leaned back and carted around on the rear wheels more easily instead of relying on the top handle; the too-long hose might be good for maintenance work, but for construction work filled up with dust and clogged at times.
- Vac motor amps: 7
- Connected tool amps: 5
- Nominal canister volume: 12 gal.
- Cord length: 24 feet 4 inches
- Hose size: 17 feet 3 inches; 36mm i.d.; hose ends 37mm, 39mm i.d.; (anti-static)
- Weight: 34 pounds
- Country of origin: Hungary
- Price: $673 ($530 tool, $143 P79859 HEPA filter)
- Includes: Standard filter set, crevice nozzle, spare hose end, plastic liner bag, fleece filter bag (HEPA filter set must be purchased separately)
- Static lift (suction): 10 to 78 inches of water Noise at 8 feet away: 67 dBA
- Filter-bag volume: 5.25 gal.
A few clunky features on this vac hold it back; the leaky gasket should be considered. Could be the specific unit I tested; I recommend a check of the rear gasket surfaces for flatness and a tight fit before using without a filter bag.