Built like a shop vac, not quite a dust extractor, yet claims to be both, and is neither "out of the box".
Ok, I am normally a big DeWalt fan, but I've owned this for a few months, and this has been a negative experience like no other. I cannot in good conscience recommend this unit. The fact is that the kit (by design) is almost unusable by itself because essential accessories (which ought to be included), aren't included by default. To bring the unit to a usable state, the accessories are a surprisingly large additional expense on an already expensive unit. Even once you have the accessories, it performs rather poorly compared to cheaper models of...both shop vacuums and the cheapest dust extractor I've ever bought. I bought this DeWalt DWV900L-XE Shop vac to replace my old one that died. I was time poor, and having had my cheaper one die after a few years of use, at the worst possible time, I just wanted a "good one that worked reliably". I've had a lot of positive experiences with DeWalt, and so I bought this one without doing my due diligence. This is one case where "you DON'T necessarily get what you pay for. I have to say that I'm BITTERLY disappointed. I literally could not use it as a shop vac when I took it home. I had to resort to taping up connectors in order to get it work (poorly) as a dust extractor. ASSESSING IT AS A SHOP VAC: Now let's just start that for $539 Australian, it's by no means cheap for a shop vac. There are significantly better models for less money out there. In fact, $539 is just the start of the costs because you CANNOT use it for anything much at all out of the box. You need accessories which aren't normally included in the kit. So let's start with the problems I've found with this unit as a shop vac:
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