Bosch 9-Gallon Dust Extractor Review
Bosch 9-Gallon Dust Extractor with Auto Filter Clean and HEPA Filter
I do a lot of woodworking out of my garage. Despite rolling my saws outside to make cuts and then sanding/finishing with the garage door open, there is still a layer of sawdust over everything in my garage. I have a shop vac, but most of the dust is so fine it floats around the garage and isn’t contained to one area thats easily vacuumed up.
I was in desperate need of an extra layer of protection for my lungs besides wearing a dust mask, not to mention a way to eliminate the dust that has settled on everything stored in my garage. The only way to do this is to capture and contain the dust as I work by attaching it to my tools.
Enter the Bosch 9-Gallon Dust Extractor with Auto Filter Clean and HEPA Filter. After a week of using this tool it’s got me humming “so fresh and so clean clean” every time I finish a project.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- VAC090AH 9-Gallon Dust Extractor
- HEPA Flat Filter *
- VB090F Fleece Filter Bag
- VH1035 9.85 Ft. Vacuum Hose
- VX100 Bend Nozzle
- VX120 Power Tool Adapter Nozzle
The VAC090A model of the dust extractor includes everything except the HEPA filter. The model I reviewed (VAC090AH) includes the HEPA filter.
Additional attachments are available for purchase, if you’d like to add a vacuum wand or specialized nozzle. One tool adaptor is included in the box, and other adaptors are available for purchase based on the diameter of the tool you’re trying to attach to it.
If you need a simple machine to vacuum up debris from your floor, get a shop vac. If you’re looking to seriously reduce dust in your shop or job site, look no further than this lean, mean, cleaning machine. This unit has a two-stage cleaning system that utilizes a fleece filter bag to catch larger debris and wood chips, and anything too small to be contained by the bag will be trapped by the HEPA filter.
The automatic filter cleaning system cycles every 15 seconds, ensuring this unit is always working at maximum efficiency.
Use the hose with the included bend nozzle to vacuum up debris and sawdust, or hook it up to the dust port on your tools and suck up the sawdust as you work. Plug your tool’s cord into the outlet on the dust extractor to eliminate the need for a second extension cord. This unit is capable of wet or dry pick up, and the wheels and locking castor make it easy to roll this guy around your workspace.
This dust extractor has incredible suction power. I made quite a mess boring holes with a forstner bit and then drilling pocket holes in my project. This unit sucked up both the larger wood shavings and finer sawdust quickly and efficiently, without skipping a beat.
I was most curious about it’s ability to keep my workspace clean while using my tools, and I especially wanted to try it out on my orbital sander and miter saw. The included adaptor didn’t fit either one of my tools, and my local hardware store didn’t sell the Bosch brand adaptors. However, I was able to pick up a set of generic shop vac adaptors that worked just fine.
The red power dial can be turned right to the “Vacuum” option, or to the left for the “Power Tool Activation” option. I hooked up the hose to my orbital sander first, and since my sander is battery operated and can’t be plugged into the power tool outlet, I turned the dial to the vacuum position. So great was the suction power that I was able to sand my project a few inches from my face and didn’t get a speck of sawdust on me.
I then plugged my miter saw into the outlet on the dust extractor and turned the red power dial to the “Power Tool Activation” position. In this mode, the dust extractor automatically kicks on when you turn on your tool, and kicks off a few seconds after you turn the tool off.
I was skeptical that the outlet on the Bosch would be able to power both machines, but I didn’t even have the “Power Broker” knob turned all the way up and both machines ran just fine. I also loved not needing to have a second extension cord to power both tools.
Again, the Bosch had great suction power, but the small vacuum port on my miter saw wasn’t able to catch all the debris. I don’t count this as a strike against the Bosch. The suction power is there, and I’m confident if I had a miter saw hood to catch the sawdust spraying in all directions, it would work perfectly.
The Bosch website claims that the HEPA filter will capture 99.97% of particles at 0.3 microns or larger. That’s MUCH smaller than a standard shop vac. With a particle of sawdust measuring between 30 and 600 microns, that means this dust extractor should capture every little fleck of dust I can throw at it.
After using this unit for a few days vacuuming up sawdust and wood shavings, I decided to test their claim. I popped open the unit to assess how well the dust was being collected. The inside of the container was just as clean as the moment I took it out of the box, which is a testament to how efficient the fleece bag and HEPA filter are at capturing dust and debris.
You’ll pay about $400 more for a dust extractor than you will a shop vac of the same size, but if clean air and healthy lungs are important to you, the extra cost is worth it.
If you’re looking for an easily portable, yet highly powerful and efficient dust extractor to keep your garage, shop, or work site clean, I recommend giving this dust extractor a chance.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
- Automatic filter cleaning to maintain maximum suction power
- Power tool activation – allows power tool's switch to turn vacuum on and off
- Power Broker dial – for allocating power between vacuum and connected power tool
- Fleece filter bag – helps protect the filter from abrasive materials
- Wet vacuuming water-level sensor – automatically shuts down vacuum when water reaches maximum height to protect motor
Air Volume (CFM) 150
Automatic Shut-Off? Yes
Built-in Drain? No
Capacity (gal) 9.0
Speed Control? Yes
Vacuum Suction Pressure 242 millibars or 97.3” of water lift (max.)
Weight 28 lb