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  • Grooming Vacuums

    I'm looking to purchase a grooming vac. Don't really want to shell out $600 for the Electro-Groom (although I know they last forever and work great). Am looking at the Metro Vac N' Blo Pro (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=135445223).

    Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with this model? Any other suggestions that are under $350 or so (would go a little higher if it was great) are appreciated. Vacuum doesn't have to be portable, but as it will be kept at the barn where I board, something that I could store near my tack box would be great. Thanks!
    ~*Friend of bar.ka*~

  • #2
    Keep an eye on craiglook.com for a used Electro Groom. I paid around $200 for mine. My neighbor has a Vac'n'Blo and I'm not impressed.
    Please don't try to be a voice of reason. It's way more fun to spin things out of control. #BecauseCOTH - showhorsegallery


    • #3
      I've had electro-grooms and vac-n-blos and shop vacs. My favorite by far was the shop vac. Electro groom is too freaking big and heavy. Vac-n-blo has to hang on my shoulder which is a major pita. My nice small Sears shop vac with a long hose is awesome and a boat load cheaper.
      Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


      • #4
        Will the shop vack pull the sheding hair out? This is a real ? right now. DH may lose his shop vack if it does!
        “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


        • #5
          Mine does. Try it and see.
          Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


          • #6
            Need more details on the shop vac. What do you do for a nozzle?
            Intermediate Riding Skills


            • #7
              Go for the Shop Vac...save 75% off the price of a vacuum for horses only and get one that has more power, more suction AND major benefit of being able to groom a horse covered in wet mud without waiting for it to dry...or one that can suck the water out of the coat and dry it off a lot faster after raining or baths.
              I'd rather pay $50-$75 for a wet/dry shop vac than $350-$500 for a Speshul For Horsies vac.
              Horses get used to the noise in about 10 minutes...after a little jumping around.
              For $20 more you can get this nozzle for deshedding or currying with the vac:
              You jump in the saddle,
              Hold onto the bridle!
              Jump in the line!


              • #8
                I just "taught" my thoroughbred to stand for the shop vac. I had been away for ten days, we had a thaw, he was caked with mud. manure and everything in between since he lives outdoors.

                It worked great and now I am getting a newer, smaller more powerful one than we have at the house for barn use only. Pulled off the dirt (after I curried) and a huge amount of hair.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for all of the feedback. Maresy is used to the vacuum (last barn had an Electro-Groom). I will definitely look into the shop vac option, that way I can spend the money I saved on other equine purchases (always a good thing!). I wasn't sure if the shop vac would stand up to all of the horse hair/dirt/grime that it would be subjected to. Any specific models that work better in your experience, or will any 'ole Sears/Lowes vac do the job? Also, thanks Misty Blue for the link to the vacuum attachment.
                  ~*Friend of bar.ka*~


                  • #10
                    I have a Shop Vac Hang Up, 3.5 gallon and purchased one of the attachable curry's from Stagecoach West. One of the best horsie items I have ever bought.


                    • #11
                      I have what Mistyblue has and love it.
                      There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.


                      • #12
                        3Dog, I got that link from someone else on here. Happy to pass it along, it works awesome.
                        When it comes to Shop Vacs..I like the original Shop Vac brand. Craftsman by Sears is also a good one. Rigid's aren't bad. I have a Craftsman in the house and a Shop Vac in the barn. Both hold up to everything I throw at them. Both also have the blow feature too...so I can use it as a blow dryer if I feel like it. But suction works better removing water from the horse's coat. Both are at least 10 years old and I use them for everything. Not a single problem...but with a barn one you'll want to pick up extra filters. They get gross pretty fast. They also make filters you can clean, those come in handy.
                        I have a little one gallon one too for quick clean ups on the horses. I can wear it on one shoulder easy and it removes that ground in dust they get in summer that takes hours to curry out of their coats. The little vac does it in about 5 minutes without me ending up with noodle arms afterwards, LOL!
                        If you go for a little one or two gallon kind you can wear...get one with a cord. The cordless ones suck....erm, DON'T suck.
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!


                        • Original Poster

                          After looking at various brands, the Shop Vac brand looks like it will best suit my needs. Now - while I am purchasing this for myself, I am sure it will get used by others (which is fine, as long as they take care of it - sort of hard to lock up a vacuum in your tack box). Barn is small/private. Not like this will be used for 30 horses, more like 5 or 6. Given that, and assuming shedding will start soon, what size/capacity do most people use? I've found models that range from 5 gallon capacity to 16 gallon. Sorry for the barrage of questions - I'm power tool challenged!
                          ~*Friend of bar.ka*~


                          • #14
                            I have used a Shop-Vac first on His Greyness and then on Baby Belgian for nearly thirty years. I use the standard upholstery attachment. The only downside is that on low humidity days this set up can generate a lot of static electricity and give your horse a shock. The trick is to keep one bare hand on your horse at all times while vacuuming. Then a charge can't build up which would make your horse jump.
                            But all the finest horsemen out—the men to Beat the Band—
                            You’ll find amongst the crowd that ride their races in the Stand


                            • #15
                              I'm the real cheapo here, I have a canitister style Eureka house vacuum that I have been using for 10 years on my gelding. Granted, I can only vacuum dry stuff with it, but it works great on crusted on mud. I also only use it on one horse for the most part.
                              There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by His Greyness View Post
                                I have used a Shop-Vac first on His Greyness and then on Baby Belgian for nearly thirty years. I use the standard upholstery attachment. The only downside is that on low humidity days this set up can generate a lot of static electricity and give your horse a shock. The trick is to keep one bare hand on your horse at all times while vacuuming. Then a charge can't build up which would make your horse jump.
                                Here in Arid-zona, we have that problem a lot. I tend to just repeatedly pat my horse with my bare non-vacuuming hand, and that dissipates the static quite nicely. You can also spritz them lightly with water and then vacuum.

                                (I have one of the Vac 'n' Blos, but haven't used it for several years. Now I'm afraid to touch it because it's probably full of scorpions or black widow spiders. I also have a shop vac (might be Rigid) that I use with my clippers... sucks the hair right away.)
                                Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
                                "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother


                                • #17

                                  I tried to insert a link to the shop vac I use. I have never done a link before so hope it comes out.

                                  I like this vac because the hose is long, and allows you to desensitize horses who are not familiar with vacs.

                                  I have a question though. After I curry and vac, I still feel there is quite a bit of dust on the horse. I have a black mare, and you can still see the grey dust on her...what do I need to do? I guess I expected the shop vac would vacuum this up, but it doesn't.
                                  save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                                  • #18
                                    Ok - here's what I'm trying. (I've bought it but it hasn't made it to the barn yet) It's a Fein Turbo I shop vac. It's leagues quieter than our Rigid shop vac. (I wear ear protection with the Rigid, and I don't need it with the Fein) Several things caught my eye - the decibel rating is equal to that of a normal conversation. The hose is flexible (narrower and much longer than our Rigid shop vac's) and maneuverable. It is built not to tip over when you pull on the hose. The hose clips in too, which is nice.

                                    If you do go for this model, you'll want a cartridge filter for it. The one Fein sells is $100. For 1/3 the price you can buy one called clearstream (or cleanstream...I can't remember) by 'Gore'. Ebay has them for around $250.

                                    Anyone else use this one?


                                    • #19
                                      I bought the shoulder vac-n-blo a few years ago. While it worked well, I stopped using it because of the static shock that built up while running it over the horse's body. I called the manufacturer for a solution, and they said while they're aware of the issue, there is no solution for it. My horses started to hate it, and now the vac-n-blo serves as a very expensive cobwebber.


                                      • #20
                                        LOVE the Shop Vac. The key is as much HP as you can afford and good clean filters
                                        "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"