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Charles Murray
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Re: Shop Vac Doubles as Food Collector
Charles Murray   5/15/2012 7:44:04 PM
It's interesting to hear that old-is-better-than-new is an ongoing theme in Made by Monkeys, Rob. The auto industry has managed to boost its quality and reliability enormously over the past 35 years, so I can only wonder why so many home appliances and handhelds are getting worse.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Shop Vac Doubles as Food Collector
Rob Spiegel   5/15/2012 4:49:09 PM
That's a pretty good story about the Shop Vac, Jon. I think the key to the sucess of your Shop Vac and the Genie (the vacuum he went back to) that Dave discusses in the Monkey story is the age of the vacuums that worked well. Not surprisingly, the older ones work better than the new ones. This is quite a theme in Made by Monkeys.

Jon Titus
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Shop Vac Doubles as Food Collector
Jon Titus   5/15/2012 4:14:07 PM
Sad to hear about the poorly designed shop vacuum.  I have a Shop Vac that continues to run well after 35 years. Wouldn't trade it for any other type.

Some time ago my son decided to get two goats as pets. He bought large alfalfa pellets but figured they might cause the goats to choke. So, how do you grind up large quantities of pellets to make a finer feed?  Use a Dispose-All to grind them and collect the bits in my Shop Vac connected to the Dispose-All outlet. Worked like a charm.  You never know when a shop vacuum will come in handy.

Ann R. Thryft
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If it ain't broke...
Ann R. Thryft   5/15/2012 2:52:22 PM
This sounds like yet another case of if the design/production processes ain't broke, don't fix them.

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