A clean environment is a safe environment. A number of different things can go wrong at the jobsite if you don’t have the proper cleaning equipment. It’s best to play it safe and get a dust management system that can suction wet and dry debris, both off the floor and out of the air.
In this article, we want to look at one such shop vacuum that, according to commercials and customers, is a pretty darned good machine – the Makita VC4710. It meets OSHA standards for cleaning professional settings so you’re guaranteed a thoroughly clean workplace. Let’s find out what features this wet/dry vac has.
The VC4710 is equipped with a beefy 12-amp motor that produces 135 CFM of suction volume. It has a 92-inch water lift for picking up small, medium, and even relatively large pieces of debris. From the suction power alone, we can safely conclude that this machine is engineered for use in both woodshops and at construction sites. Sawdust and stray pieces of dried cement and metal chips won’t stand a chance against this wet/dry vac.
One of the most impressive things about the VC4710 is that when running for longer periods of time, the tool does not lose suction power, unlike many other of its competitors. This is especially helpful when dealing with piles and piles of dust and concrete.
Wet/dry vacs from the past were notorious for being extremely loud. Of course, the benefit of a thoroughly clean workstation is worth bearing suction noises, but prolonged exposure to loud noises is never good for your sanity. The VC4710 generates only 59 decibels – about the equivalent of normal conversation tones – which will basically be drowned out by the sound of your power tools. Of course, while working at construction sites and woodshops, you should always wear the proper PPE, including ear muffs.
The plastic casing, static-free hose, and internal components of the VC4710 have a dry weight of only 27 pounds. This is not the lightest wet/dry vac available on the market, but it’s light enough not to cause fatigue or rip muscles when lifting and transporting the unit to and from jobsites.
On the control panel located on the front-facing panel of the VC4710, you can find a variable speed dial. You can adjust how much CFM to deliver based on what tool it’s currently hooked up to. One thing we found is that turning the speed dial does very little to adjust how powerful the suction is. The good thing is that it never strays too far away from 135 CFM. When it comes to woodworking tools, CFM overkill is always preferable to a lack of suction power.
The VC4710 comes with a nano filter set that captures more than 99% of particles as small as 2 microns. This machine is compatible with HEPA filters, but you’ll have to purchase them separately. We’d recommend investing in the appropriate HEPA filters to grab and hold the maximum amount of microscopic particles (0.3 microns), but the standard filter works great, too.
The filter set that comes with the VC4710 is reusable mainly due to the fact that this wet/dry vac has a built-in cleaning system which blows air back at the filter every 15 seconds from the opposite direction. This releases any particles that stay latched onto the filter and sends it to the storage compartment, effectively increasing the lifespan of the filter. This filter-cleaning system is what gives the VC4710 its consistent suction ability as the filter does not remain gunked up for too long.
One area that many people tend to disregard is the durability of a shop vac’s hose. The VC4710 comes with a 16-foot static-free hose that’s flexible and can reach behind most if not all of your power tools. The thing we’d like to address is that the hose itself is extremely durable, but the plastic connection port to your power tools can crack rather easily. Exercise extreme caution when connecting and disconnecting the port from your power tools or making direct contact with rough surfaces.
The VC4710 from Makita is an awesome wet/dry shop vac. It’s an extremely versatile tool that can be used in almost any professional setting where debris is a problem. Dust management has become a heck of a lot easier in modern times, and the VC4710 is proof that keeping a clean workstation does not have to be a headache.
This tool produces up to 135 CFM of suction power for picking up large and small debris. It’s extremely portable so moving it from tool to tool is a breeze. The only thing you need to watch out for is deterioration in the suction hose’s connection port since even a slight crack can significantly reduce the tool’s suction power. Other than that, this tool is completely reliable and makes cleanup super-easy.