Metabo Dust Extractor
Metabo isn’t a name most people have heard of. Even among contractors and those in the building trades it is one of the more obscure brand names. That is slowly changing with social media and the internet. They are best known for their line of world-class grinders. Talk to a welder. Chances are they have heard of Metabo.
I have three of their grinders from the 90’s. Two are for metal and one is for concrete. I used to use it with my old Clark industrial shop vacuum but now I use it with something much better!
Long before OSHA passed the new silica standards in the US, Metabo Power Tools were making scores of dust free solutions for cutting drilling and grinding concrete in Germany. Europe already had high standards regarding quartz(silica) and Metabo has some of the highest performing dust extraction solutions on the market.
The backbone of most of these solutions is the ASR35 ACP dust extractor. I must say right off the bat that it is one of my top favorites among the auto clean HEPA extractors.
It is made to use with your power tools that have dust extraction provisions. If you look on the control panel you will see a covered receptacle. You plug the tool into this receptacle and when you turn on the tool the vac starts running. When you turn the tool off the vac runs for several seconds then shuts off to gather any remaining dust. You can also see two turn dials. One is marked “current control”. It is a very nice way to balance power needs with what is available. You don’t want to overload the extractor or the circuit.
If you run the extractor on full power 11 amps that leaves 4 amps for your tool on a 15 amp circuit. If you have a 10 amp grinder you need to turn the extractor down to 5 or at least close to it. It is good to have the flexibility for noise as well. You don’t always need 100% of the power. When sanding, too much suction can pull your sander too tight to the surface causing more heat and scratches in the finish. The other dial controls which mode you are in. Off/ On with no auto clean, on with auto clean and tool activation with auto clean.
Power Holds Up
On paper the ASR35 may look to be a little underpowered compared to some of the competition. It is rated at 130 CFM (cubic feet per minute) airflow while others are rated higher at around 150 CFM. With brand new filters the others feel more powerful at first. When you start using the vacs the field starts to level out more.
When you peek inside you see the Metabo vac has 2x to 4x the surface area on the HEPA filters compared to all the other extractors. see the difference in the video below.
It also has the most effective filter cleaning mechanism of all the auto clean extractors I have used. Most extractors use reverse airflow to blow air back through the filters. They all work to varying degrees but all of them lose a certain amount of air flow during the cleaning cycle. The Metabo vac uses an electromagnetic pulse to physically shake the filters. This ensures that you never lose any of the air flow and it also more effectively cleans dust and debris from the filter elements. This mechanism is louder than the Makita and DeWalt extractors but not as loud as the Hilti, Bosch and Fein units. Almost all auto clean vacs have a set interval for the auto clean process. some are annoyingly frequent. The Metabo does it less often than any of the other extractors I have used. It is not at set intervals. It is only periodically as needed.
We have used and abused our Metabo vac for about 2 years now. We have run it with no dust bags the whole time to see how it compared to other extractors. Still we are on the original filters. So far we have used it for cutting concrete grinding concrete to level for tile, cutting tile buffing tile, sanding drywall and texture, extracting wood dust in our shop and on the job sites. We have used it to clean the floor on job sites and the shop. Probably the worst thing we’ve done with it was heavy silica clean up after soda blasting paint from brick. It makes a 2” layer of baking soda, silica and paint dust on everything in the vicinity. When we clean it up, we repeatedly fill the vacuum until it is hard to lift it. At that point we would pour it into the dumpster and repeat.
One thing became clear when we used this vac side by side with all the other major extractors from all power tool companies. We found it has the most consistent performance. It has gobbled up everything we have thrown at it in remodeling and fire and water damage restoration without a hiccup. Recently we have had 2 vacs from another manufacturer fail to keep up with the dust we create when breaking up tile and grinding thinset. We have had a different one from another manufacturer fail completely in just a few short months. The little Metabo just keeps doing its thing with no issues and less noise than many other vacs.
We really like the size of the unit. It is very compact with a more rectangular footprint than some. It rolls easily even around cords and hoses on the job or in the shop. A welcome feature is a flip-up arm for cord and possibly hose storage. I also use it to hold my sander between uses. There is also a little light to let you know when you are restricting the airflow too much.
There are no bungees or hooks to keep the hose tamed while moving it around. It came with a regular grey/silver hose. We ordered the optional red antistatic hose to avoid getting shocked from static buildup. The hose ends are I believe 27 mm. I would like the option for a 36 mm end for bigger tools. I borrow a hose end from my Makita when I need the bigger size. My old trusty 7” Metabo grinder with dust shroud has a larger port than the hose. The factory hose fits the newer smaller grinder shrouds perfectly. It also fits the majority of other European tools like Festool, Mafell and Bosch. In fact the same vac is available from Mafel and Hitachi which will become MetaboHPT. They are made by Starmix which is well-known in the industry for making high-end extractors.
[UPDATE] There is a new version of this extractor with 157 CFM. It is $719.00 We have been using one now for a coupe of months. It has enough power to use it with a 6″ grinder. OSHA Table 1 regulations require 25 CFM for each inch of grinding or cutting wheel. The 130 CFM version which is the one in the $549.00 BOGO deal is rated for a 5″ wheel.
The Metabo vacs may not be the easiest to find but they are definitely one of my top recommendations if you are a heavy user and want something consistent for the long haul.
As you seem to be a long time user, you may help me see if my vacuum is defective.
I own a Metabo ASR 35 M ACP and I’m impressed by its efficiency.
Nevertheless, I’m surprised by one point.
The electromagnetic shaking starts once when I put the main switch on “IR” or “AR” or when I get out of those modes.
Nevertheless, it never started automatically during operation. I’ve been sucking up plenty plaster, fine dust and I’ve been sanding during hours an oak floor with an excentric sanding machine (and 60 grain sand disk) connected to the vacuum.
When I block the pipe with my hand, the alarm sounds but the electromagnetic shaking does not start. I also placed the switch on 35mm and artificially reduced the airflow, just before the alarm sounds, but nothing happens. The electromagnetic shaking never happen.
Is this a defect ?
By the way, I think there is a mistake in your review. The second knob that let you set the hose diameter does not regulate the vacuum sucking power. It should just let the autoshaking logic know when the sucking flow goes below a threashold and shake the filter to unclog them.
Man what a great thorough review ,.. you guys always do it right Mr. and Mrs. Toolpig. This extractor looks amazing and the price point and value is IDEAL!!
What we suffer with here is , an amazingoffers
Decent click on the component under to mitigate
Been dying to try some of Metabo tools.
The dust extractor was one of my choices for dust extraction but decided on Hilti .
I’ve heard how good this vacuum is, I guess the problem with loss of suction on my current vacuum could be the surface area of the filter. Ingenious would be great if they were more common to get my hands on one.
I’ve used this vac and love it it works great especially with the new osha regulations
This sounds like a beast! I remember seeing Metabo in Lowe’s one day and I was like, “Whoa! Another German engineered product! awesome!”
I have three projects one hold until I get get a dust extractor.
Best dust extractor I’ve seen reviewed. I’d love to try one out. I’ve got lots of dust!
Interesting if it works as well as reviewed
Would love one for dust extraction, but also to clean my filthy basement. ?
Nice write up, really like the “current control” function on this extractor. Nice to know there are other options than just the Festool extractors. Would definely love to put a Metabo through it’s paces in my shop.
Sounds awesome, would love to have one for sanding currently don’t have anything like this for the shop. Also great review !!
I’ve used the Hilti version on my job site and the thumping is quite loud and the filter clogs very quickly this seems like a much more efficient version
Great article. The vacuum field has gotten bigger and better. Festool is not your only option. Good to see competition and your review.
These extractor sounds awesome. Been looking into getting one especially since it allows to be dust free. I haven’t really had much experience with metabo tools but it sure does sound like a nice vacuum extractor.
Looks like a great product.
Awesome review here! Seems like a great method and keeps dust down, with the way the industry is moving towards a dustless way of building.. Metabo is on its way to the top!
I like the design of the new vac almost looks like the Festool ct 26’s cousin. I wonder if it will have an accessory to fit the Metaloc boxes on top.
Looks like some nice vacs!! Hardly any metabo out this way.
I could easily get on board with one of these. I have a collection of tools from over the years and i like how it fits a lot of major brands. I also really love the ability to run efficiently bagless and have the auto turn on feature allowing you to stay focused on the project not the power.
great review! looks like an awesome vaccum that can handle an abuse!
Looks pretty cool. What’s the delay in startup, does the master hit peak voltage, then it kicks in?
That’s a super legit extracor, to be able to grind concrete dust Free like that is a absolute must. Definetely on the list of tool needs. ?
I’d be really curious to get to see how that cleaning function works. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Bosch auto cleaning function, and I’d love to hear your comparison of the two.
Great write up, it looks like it would make a great addition to the tool arsenal, especially if you don’t own a dust collector already.
This thing looks amazing!! I so want one!!!
Over the past few weeks I have learned the true importance of dust extraction. To get started I picked up a small shop vac and plan to add to that as time progresses.
Looks like it would be a solid choice! Appreciate the reviews! Always in depth and full details! !
Looks like it would be a solid choice! Appreciate the reviews! Always in depth and full details!
I waste so much time on clean up during and after the job is finished. This would make it so much easier and faster. Looks great!
I know dustless is the way to go but always got frustrated with the need to clean/replace filters any time there was substantial dust. Of course that is on the cheaper vacuums. The idea of a self cleaning filter makes me ready to buy one.
I havent seen these in Canada but would love to try as i need another dust extractor. Great article by the way and your reviews are honest as always. Thanks for doing what you do, you have helped me out many times in deciding on a tool purchase.?
After reading your review of the metabo dust extractor I’m convinced by the features such as the auto start and the electromagnetic shaking to clean the filters. I’m convinced this dust collector is far superior over the festool dust collector counter part that if I was buying one I would choose this over the festool without a doubt. Thank you for such a great and thorough review.
I think the most valuable features are the Autoclean and the Current Control features. The design of the Autoclean feature makes you want to use it rather than not because you’re already plugging your tools into it. I know sometimes choose not to use dust extraction because if the extra steps of seeing it up. This helps. Also, the Current Control feature allows you to take into consideration which tool you’re using and adjust accordingly. I hate when my sander gets sucked into the work piece and digs in too much. Another reason to not use dust extraction, but Metabo has designed for that. I would love to take one of these for a spin and see what it’s like.
I need it
Great Review. Keep it up ?
Would love to add this to my tool collection ?
It’s nice to see companies caring so much about people’s health. Most people don’t think twice about breathing In dust when grinding/ cutting/ sanding. I’ve been looking for this type of dust extraction and it seems like this is the way to go. Thanks for the great review.
Very cool, looks super powerful. I can see why everyone wants one of these, myself included!
This extractor looks very nice and everybody should give it a try. Meta i makes very nice tools, and this extractor looks amazing. Hope this enters us into the giveaways!! Also check out @toolpig on Instagram.
This seems like such a great product. Im currently using the festool platform but I’m sure getting excit d about maybe trying something like this. That you for your well written review of this metabo product.
I’m definitely going to look into buying one of these as a second dust extractor. I currently have a festool ct26 that I bought years ago. Have a few complaints but overall a great machine. Looks like the metabo can handle the same if not more abuse than the festoon. Thanks for the in depth review!
Great review. I’m glad to hear you’ve been using the dust extractor for 2 years. To me, that means you have enough experience using it to give a well informed opinion and long term use. There were many details which I was surprised you included, rather I never considered them myself. It sounds like this is a great unit for contractors and even better for occasional use or home workshop.
I like! Looks like it would be perfect for some of my jobs. I hope to see more reviews on this vac.
Right sized, looks powerful and portable. It would definitely keep the new wife happy to have the Metabo ASR35 to keep the shop clean
Great review with a lot of small details we forget to think about when making a purchase. Two years of use is a long time of testing before making a review so thank you. I would love to have one of the metabo drills. I have the SSD 18v Impact already so this is the next piece I need so I can replace my milwaukee gen 2 which has a terrible chuck on it and you would save me lots of $$. Thank you and Keep up the great work.
Looks like a good option for dust extraction
I like how compact it is I have the makita great vac just big.
Metabolism quickly securing a place in my trailer. Impacts are a little lacking for me still but the grinders and their little jigsaw are great. Might have to pick this up!
Tons of features and conveniences over my shop vac, and as much as I’d like one, it’s cost prohibitive for me. I’d love to own one otherwise.
I’ve addded a dust cyclone separator last year so I’m pretty happy with dust collection, but I’d love to see what this can offer.
That current control seems super smart. I’m curious about the magnetic pulse to clean the filters and how loud it is. I’ve been using the company I’m working with Bosch and I find the thumping to be really annoying. I’m also wondering how it compares to the Mafell if it does at all. I know they have a connection with the batteries but I’m curious about how far that connection extends also considering the relationship with hitachi. I don’t know it all seems exciting.
same vac as Mafell
That’s a bummer that you’ve gotten such a complete review of this extractor. I’ve purchased the Festool Midi, and now I’m wishing that I would have purchased the Metabo. Especially because it has the auto clean filter with a HEPA certification. Festool doesn’t
It seems a well built I would love to have to use for concrete cutting and grinding.
I love that metabo is being recognized as a leader in a dustless work environment. Lots of people don’t realize how dangerous accumulative exposure to dust can be! Excellent review of the unit and keep up with the reviews on other extractors as well -may influence people who would otherwise not use any dust mitigation measures to smarten up!
I think it would be great in my collection
Sounds awsome, this looks like it could really help when connected to my tablesaw while ripping MDF board , Not too many people around here have Metabo , yet alone heard of it. Great review and great that your able to review Metabo tools. Hopefully i can win a drill kit so i can help get the Metabo tool name out there ?
I just spent a decent amount of time researching dust extractors. Primarily for light woodworking and cleanup. Was eyeing festool, but couldn’t justify price for how much money it would be making me (yet :)). I then decided a Fein Turbo would be right. Budget friendly and works well. Next day I stumble into a clearanced older model Mirka extractor (built specifically for my Mirka sander) that I ended up with!
Thanks for the through review on this extractor. When researching my sander Mirka Deros your website has more info than almost any other!
Looks like a great product, but I think it could do with a better hose storage system. I also think a better method of holding the sander between use would be sensible. Great that it has a HEPA filter.
I’ve had this vac for about two years. It’s done it pretty tough, mostly just drywall sanding dust.
I blew up a motor bearing. Grinding concrete and a small split in the filter gasket enlarged and let concrete dust through. Local tool shop said it was my fault as filters are maintenance. Metabo overruled them and replaced the entire motor, bearing, and housing. Excellent warranty and excellent service from Metabo.
I love this vac. Quiet. Nice size and shape. Sucks good. And it’s still going strong on the new motor.
Looks like a good vac. Thanks for the review. Always look at your website for an honest opinion of what’s new. Keep it up!
Thanks for the review. Currently using a ridgid vac to contain some of the dust. Have yet to invest in a dedicated extractor. This seems like a great option. @build_superior
I really have never needed a HEPA filter on a vacuum but there are a lot of reasons for it. I have been around Metabo grinders other metal working tools because of my dad being a welder. Would love to have the opportunity to put there drill in my tool box. Thanks Toolpig for supporting the trades!!
I really like this vac. I woulda bought it but it wasn’t available when it was time to buy a hepa vac. So I went with a nilfisk. I may buy this metabo as well tho.
Ig is @brinserbuilders
This vac has a lit of awesome features and would be a nice addition to any setup!
Nicely said Paul. No fluff and the fact youi used it for 2 years before regretting it says allot. To meet that means it just works and you don’t have to think about it. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Chris IG chris___ley
Looks awesome metabo is always top notch. I want one of these badly. @themagnificentjimmyf
Awesome article and awesome tool. It’s great to see tool companies putting so much thought and effort into designing products like this to keep the occupational hazard down. I truly hope this trend endures. I work at a stair shop and there’s constant sanding happening. Wether we’re sanding wood or epoxy coating on wood, it’s a challenge to keep dust levels down and the dust masks ON the employees. Safety should be this convenient. I hope to use one of these in my department someday.
Thanks for the article. Even if I don’t get picked for the Metabo drills, it was a pleasure to read.
Honestly looking for more and more HEPA products on the job site. Something that is preventable should be easily contained. I know it sucks paying for the tools. But protecting the worker should be the number one issue. Metabo is such a great company already and their products are above and beyond. So can’t wait to see these on site.
With the new laws we’ve started looking into dust extraction more in depth. The first place I wanted to get it for was my woodshop but I’m quickly realizing that jobsite dust collection is easily as important. I’m also a fan of the smaller quality companies that are making a name for themselves. I’ll be looking into this unit as an option.
Looks like a nice setup. Currently running a dewalt hepa. Not alot of metabo dealer around here. Good info from article. Thanks
The automatic shutoff is the most tempting thing for me. I’ve always found it irritating/ felt it slowed you down to have to hook up so many extension cords and switch both on before you can do anything and then switch both off in order to hear someone. I’ll take this into consideration for my next interior job and pick one up. Any kind of Acme Tools in FL?
Man I have been looking into dust extraction for awhile, different vacuum setup and air filters. This would be great when sanding Walnut! Love the reviews!
looks awesome, but well beyond my budget currently.
I’ve been having more and more remodel jobs as of late. I used to scoff at hooking up a dust extractor for interior work. It felt like an extra unnecessary step to have to turn the vac on and off for every little cut. And the noise. But automatic shutoff really makes this tempting. I hate dealing with dust while in someone’s home. I may have to pick one up.
That’s the kind of review I’m looking for when I go to buy a new tool. Thank you and keep up the good work. This dust extractor is definitely at the top of my list now.
My shop manager is constantly thinking about upgrades or moves for better dust extraction. We don’t have a big space, and need to keep dust away from the adjoining framing room, so this sounds like it could be a perfect fit for our setup. Haven’t heard of Metabo before, but I’m interested in checking their stuff out. Good review
That’s pretty cool that it has a system to shake and clean the filter. I was always wary of using dust extractors because of how often I was afraid I’d need to clean it out (or if I didn’t, it would be worthless). I currently use a 6.5HP ridgid with a dust deputy cyclone which works great, but is cumbersome to haul around and set up to say the least.
I wouldn’t mind trying this with a diamond cup grinder. The vacuum is set-up I have now leaves something to be desired.
Been interested in getting a new dust extractor for a while. Going back and forth between this one and the Milwaukee.
I would love one of these.I’ve been thinking about getting a Dustless Extractor for a while it just depends on my budget and needs but very well written review and will keep comparing products.Thanks Toolpig keep up the good reviews.
I love my metabo cordless 6″ grinder so I’m sure this is no different in quality of the build. Would love to have a hepa system to keep the silica dust out of our air on the jobsite. Love what you do big guy toolpig… Thanks
Would love to add this to the arsenal. Sounds like a powerhouse. Great article.
This is a little nice unit now these days when you were in a job site the cleanup is very important please vacuum is one of the best .
I do like to technology especially in tools.
I hope I can get one of these on my hands one day thanks for the article and the contest.
Looks like a really high quality unit. I need to step up my extraction game from the wet/dry vac I’ve been using (it isn’t great for sanding at all). I’ve been thinking Festool but this looks like it would be a better fit for me.
Seems like exactly the vacuum I need! I currently have the Milwaukee auto lean vacuum released last year and it is very good, but the filter cleaning Isn’t even close to this metabo. I’m grinding thinset and concrete a lot so I need the filter cleaning to be on point. Great article and great tool!!
This would be a welcome replacement to my “amazing” shop vac. Electromagnetic pulse to shake the filter while in use is genius. That had to be my number one complaint with my current vac, it is easily clogged with fine particles rendering it useless. Great write up.
ive never been disappointed with the german made Metabo tools. I spoke with toolpig recently about different choices in dust extractors and i think if i can find this Metabo ill give it a shot.
Very intreged about these Metebo tools! This ASR vac sounds like a perfect solution for a lot of stuff I do at a contractor. Grinding concrete happens on the regular and would be very interested to try these out and compare, they seem to be very competitive and they seem to have great build quality. I would also love to try there drill and impacts, from what you have shown they seem like amazing products!
I love dust extractors, but hate clogging filters. Metabo’s electromagnetic pulse is a compelling feature for this well thought out device.
Can’t wait to pick one up.
Wish I had one. Looks nice.
That’s pretty impressive. I’ve always known metabo made some great tools (have one of their old sanders). This gives me hope for when the hitachi/metabo merger happens that hitachi will pick up some of metabo’s tech.
Seems legit. I wish this was in the budget for me! It would be a nice upgrade from my Rigid Vac with all my custom fittings and attachments for dust extraction.
Actually not a bad tool brand, would love to be able to actually own one of the tools including the dust extractor. (I’ve used them from my old job before).
Great write up as usual! Metabo isn’t a brand I hear about often but it sounds like they make some good tools, and dust extractors!
To begin with I work for a heavy highway civil company and OSHA is invited to the 16mile, 26 brigde site quarterly for reviews. We take Silica Compliance very serious. I like the write up because you explain the durability of the vac and what youve done to it. We currently use Hilti due to the 150cfm for 5” and 300cfm for 7” grinding and they have already been sent in for warranty issues after not even a year. Being a supervisor I’m always looking for a new piece of equipment that will help my guys out. I also do some work around home we’re the metabo would be a great add and I hope when they come to Lowe’s they not only replace hitachi but add more!! Thanks!
A couple of years ago I would have heard or been exposed to these awesome and unknown brands. But thanks to social media, it is amazing to know these relatively unknown brands have some of the best product lines.
I’m glad to see so many dust extractors coming out for all the new regulations. Metabo is a great name in tools so this must be a great one! Hopefully more and more come to the market so we can keep our lungs happy!
Great article with a lot of real world use behind the review. I’m in the market for a dust extractor for my home shop and his will help with my decision
Great information and experience from real world use. I’m in the market for a dust extractor and this article is a big help
Great Write up! Thanks for the info.
For pole barns a dust extractor isn’t needed much, but in my tiny home shop, it would be a lifesaver. Good in-depth review of a dust extractor I’ve never really heard of!
I’ve always been interested in Metabo tools but, I have never seen any in the retail stores to try.
My go to for dust extraction is Hilti but I’d like to see what Metabo has to offer .
Since this is only 130cfm does that mean it’s not OSHA compliant ?
It is compliant for most tasks. The limit of diamond cup wheel on it is 5 inches. This has outperformed two Hilti 150 cfm vacs in my work. This model is getting a 150 CFM rating very soon
We just did a floor leveling job. The homeowner is a electrician and had a rental contact who provided a hilti extractor and grinder setup. I can’t believe the difference between the two. It doesn’t even look like the Metabo is running. I was pretty impressed with the Hikti setup and I have a hard time believing how much of the more course debris it is picking up. We had a lot to pick up later with the Hilti. I own a Metabo grinder already . They are the standard . It is really nice to see that companies don’t just rest on their laurels and that they are continually evolving to grow and meet the needs with the times. I really need to figure something out to stay compliant with these new OSHA regulations. We do a lot of masonry repointing and it is so hard to imagine that a machine could keep up with that level of dust . That video gives me hope that it is possible.
Hey Toolpig, great article, as usual. Very informative. I’ve usd Festool and another worker has a Makita. I would love to put this Metabo extractor to the the test. The video you posted was pretty amazing. I can’t believe you filled the extractor to full capacity and it still had strong suction! I’ve used Metabo grinders and in my opinion, they make some of, if not the best, grinders on the market. Love the power to weight distribution, as well as their variable speed controls. However, you are spot on about Metabo not being the easiest tools to find, especially in the 808 State. But well worth the search. Mahalo!
Great write up. Every time a question came up it was answered, except for the filter. Is it a brand specific filter? 2 years out of one filter is amazing, but what is the price per filter? How long of a cord does it come with?
This Metabo vac is very nice. I work in new home construction and do several repairs for home owners and show home building and remodeling.
A quality vac like this would make a difference in speed and satisfaction of my home owners and upper management.
I watched you Instagram videos and read the article. Both very convincing displays on this tool.
I definitely would love to win this machine.
As a flooring guy this would be perfect for all the tile I tear out. Shop vacs just dont cut it.
Wow that seems like an amazing extractor. The fact you can plug a tool in to it and have it run together is awesome. The current control feature is something I’ve never thought about needing. I don’t see any metabo tools out in the wild where I live. Would be a treat to try some out.
The video of it doing work on the concrete was impressive!
It looks like a great tool, appreciate the information as always!
Really like the write up on the extractor, starting a remodel on my home and it has a lot of plaster dust. This extractor would be nice and I think you’d be a good platform to start with because at this point I don’t have one yet
Having owned metabo tooling, I can vouch for the quality of tooling. The quality of your reviews and metabo tooling, is enough of an assurance for me to add another one of their products to our line up! Thanks so much guys.
Thanks for the support! They really are a great company.
That is a pretty awesome dust collector. The larger filter size and emptying interval are outstanding. Paired with my buildclean …would anybody know I had done any work or just assume I spent the day cleaning?
That’s right man!
It looks like it works great. That’s a dusty job without it. Table one compliant too.
Impressive. And very nice job with the write up! I have yet to see a Metabo grinder in person, but based on what I see/watch/read they’re a must!
I got this vac a few weeks ago and I love it so far. I’m a trim carpenter, so it mostly gets used for sawdust instead of cement. I find that the auto clean is very convenient as opposed to buying tons of bags and thumping the filter myself as with a shop vac.
Nice to have the peace of mind that the fine particles get caught by the HEPA filter, so it’s not just for chip collection but guarantees a healthier air quality on the job.
I also appreciate the compact profile for loading in my small trailer. Shop vacs in this power range tend to be bulky and waste a lot of space in their design.
So far, the only letdown has been the swivel casters on front. The plastic front wheels and brakes feel kind of cheap, especially for a premium vacuum like this. But I suspect it will be no trouble to swap them out for some better ones from the hardware store.
Looks like the way to go definitely better than a shop vac
Great write up! Metabo makes great products. If you work in the concrete industry you know they have the best grinders on the market.
I have always loved metabo tools, I wish they were in wider circulation in the US. This would pair very nicely with my pneumatic sanders I believe. It has very impressive power!
Best extractor hands down. Metabo really knows how to build quality tools.
Love the fact that here in america they are FINALLY catching up to europes health standards when it comes to construction …. for far to many years we put our work ahead of our health …. this vac looks grwat and i love the thorough review…. the concrete grinder combined with this vac is an unbeatable combo…. dust free is not only better for me but the client as well
This thing looks great. And nice write up. I am struggling with which extractor to buy. I am heavy on Makita tools and have mostly been looking at that one, but I watch all your posts about extractors and feel like this or the Makita seems like a damn good choice. Thanks for the thorough review.
I need it
Excellent write up!!! There is nothing better than excellent engineering in a tool/machine. And by the looks of it and the review you have given, this tool definitely resembles that. Keep up the good work!!
looks very promising I have only a cheap old home vacuum that needs replace….
I’m only running festool extractors currently but this looks like a great addition for concrete grinding. Not having to purchase bags would be great too!
This things aweome, gives the festool a run! So handy having that plug for convenience while cutting inside
Love this vac oribital setup. Nothing beats it! @jtcianciolo
Would love to have one of these. So nice!
My local retailer just carrying Metabo…fantastic build quality. The vacum seems to be in line with all of their tools. Great article.
Really wish I could afford a good dust extractor for when I’m on site at a job.
Looks dreamy! Would love to have a dedicated dust extractor so I could convert my ridgid to only construction debris. I’m sure it’s high quality given metabo’s reputation.
this is an impressive looking unit. it makes me second guess getting the makita. i find its difficult to find this vac thogh.
Would love to have a good extractor, looks like this would be a good choice.
Metabo are always a high standard, high quality manufacturer which is making up to date tools in 21st century.
Metabo are always a high standard, high quality manufacturer which is making up to date tools in 21st century.
Thanks for the article.
I like how it’s clear for power adjustment vs the tool you’re using. Also the fact it auto cleans which helps out alot on those extra dirty jobs.
This was a really well written article Paul. I would really like to see a comparison of starmix based extractors and nilfisk based. I have a string of jobs coming up in old houses that is going to require plaster removal so I am eyeing an extractor and the new m12 cut off tool. I’m blown away that you’re getting such good performance without the hassle of bags
Good read! I wish we would have gotten this at work instead of the DeWalt one!
Nice, thorough review. It looks like I’ll have to give Metabo a shot.
I love Metabo products, may have to pick one of these up
I have had Milwaukee the last few years and i really love there stuff. But i got a chance to use metabo recently from a co worker and i really like there impact and drill. When i become a journeyman i am thinking about upgrading to metabo. I just don’t know if they have as many tools as Milwaukee does. I like to stick with one battery platform, that’s honestly just to help save money. If i could win a metabo impact i would use it everyday
I have never used the metabo vac, I was able to try a drill out once and it was very nice. They make some very nice power tools. I’m sure this vacuum is fantastic. And it is hepa rated. So you can use it with concrete doing heavy work or just light clean up. It would be a awesome thing to own one day. When i get my Journeyman’s license I would like to treat myself to some good tools like metabo.
Never had heard to much of Metabo, but after that review I might consider buying that Metabo Dust Extractor. And see how that works for me.
Metabo is a top Power tools! The new vacumm looks great!
That vac is seriously awesome! I’ve never really looked into metabo vacs but this one looks really promising. I really like the automatic start and shutoff with the outlet. That’s super neat! Great article!
My dad is a welder and has had Metabo grinders and other tools for years! This vac looks really cool. My current shop is small and full! The drills would fit though.
Can’t wait to try some Metabo tools!
Some hospitals have some really strict rules when working onsite. Usually having to due with dust effecting patient liabilities. I could see a lot of them requiring this.
Looks great! Metabo is always coming out with great ideas.
Nice article. I love Matabo products.
Wish i had a hepa Vac, I know these things would be great to have in remodeling especially. Would love to give this thing a try! Great review toolpig!
have rarely used metabo but some of their new technology looks pretty amazing such as the electronic clutch on their 1/2 inch driver.. vacuum looks great though
I’ve always heard great things about Metabo. Unfortunately never owned one. This my be my first. I was actually looking to pick up a new auto clean vac.
Awesome! Metabo is coming out with some great tools!
Sounds like a solid unit. I’m starting to go out on my own more as a handyman, and will be looking for a good vac soon – how would this one compare to the Bosch 9 or 14 gallon auto clean extractors?
Is this a rebranded Pullman ermator s25?
Wonder how this would stand up to the festool planex i use a ct36ac right now would love yo compare !
This looks like a great product to have around the work site.
I wonder if there would be a way to work around the amperage restriction. Something you could use to switch the extraction on while having a bigger tool powered elsewhere. Without having to go to the extractor, obviously.
Either way, sounds like a great product.
Love metabo! Great quality tools!!!
Nice article. I need to find some kind of dust extractor for my garage. Nice to know about this brand and cool features.
Nice read. I was able to try several brands out recently. I was impressed with the Metabo line, they are well built tools. These things seemed to be built for everyday use and I think anything from Metabo would be a real asset to your arsenal of tools.
i love metabo tools. ive had other brands, but this company goes above and beyond to fit your needs. i remember my drill stopped working last year and they send me a brand new one . quick too.
Excellent review sir. As a newbie, one could only hope I could afford a German engineered product one day. This one seems pretty cool though!
Always nice to see more and more HEPA class tools and vacs hitting the job sites to help protect the people in the job sites. Seeing any tool with the Metabo name on it assures me that the vacuum was built to last with high quality. Reading the article I’m in love with their idea of adding the outlet to the shopvac. Another solid article and review from you guys and another great product from Metabo. Keep up the great work guys.
IG – Steelcitylegend
Great review, you didn’t seem to exaggerate or oversell with no cons. Only ever used a Festool extractor with the planex. Looking at possibly buying an extractor for myself, this definitely helps in the selection process. I would also love to will one of their impact or drill sets from your IG post lol.
I’ve been shopping for a dust extractor. Since Metabo has partnered recently Hitachi it makes this one look really good. We have a couple Metabo grinders in the shop and they always been top notch. Thanks for the great review.
Nice article! I can’t wait to be able to get one!
sounds great, now lets see the price.
I have one Metabo tool and that’s an angle grinder.
Based on that, I know they make high quality tools.
I’d love to pair my grinder with this awesome vac!!
I have one metabo tool and that’s an angle grinder.
Based on that’s i know they make high quality tools.
I’d love to pair my grinder with this awesome vac!!
Looks nice good size
Fantastic article, anything made in Germany has my vote. Keep up the good work @toolpig
My husband is on the Metabo wagon now. The size and compact shape of this look great!
That looks fantastic! Maybe I can try to convince work to pay for one! ?
I’ve never owned a Metabo tool in my life but have heard such great things. Can’t wait to eventually try them out!
Great review! I would really like to try this dust extractor. I would like to upgrade from the current cyclone and shop vac setup I use now. Metabo has great tools. I wish they had a factory store to go with their US headquarters in SE PA.
I only have a black and decker wood sander with dust collection. A metabo vac and maybe a new grinder would come in handy for my home reno’s projects…??
What a beast of a machine. Love to get my hands on one of these. I just bought the Bosch one but this looks like he can keep up with it if not the better. What a review thanks
Looks like it’s made to last. Good job in the review @toolpig
I need an auto clean extractor. I like metabo spent a chunk of my life with their grinders. Going to check it out
I have never used any Metabo tools but they sure sound nice from your reviews. Thanks for all the work you put into doing these. It is invaluable for people like me who want to get the best bang for their buck and can’t test everything themselves.
I have a metabo grinder that I use for polishing stone! This extractor would be great to control the micro fine dust. Metabo is German for “quality tools”!
Looks much better than dewalts! I’ve always liked metabo. Than you for your honest reviews and your hard work. Congrats on all of your success
I want to try it with metal grinding dust
I wonder how it would work for soot, I also do a lot of core drilling and it would be nice to be able to run it and my rotary hammer off of one cord with the adjustable power control.??
Looks like a nice unit. Wondering how it stacks up to my festool. That auto clean mechanism sounds nice. Also the regulating of where to put the power is a big deal.
I’ve been so impressed with the quality of Metabo. I’ve loved owning their concrete grinder.
Really like the review, I have been meaning to get a new vac since my has been decommissioned for some time now. This just makes my decision a little easier now, thanks!
Need to add this to the tool force,nice write up
Would love to have one of these for sanding also! Especially with walnut, that stuff is nasty!
I appreciate the great review. Awesome info. That vac has been flying under my radar till now. Thanks so very much Paul!
This seems like a great extractor. I’m going to have to see how it stacks up cost-wise with Festool. Thanks for the great and thorough review. This would be a huge addition to my tool kit!
Great review! Metabo is slowly growing to be my favorite brand in power tools. Have been using their metabo 254 kgs sliding miter for a while and it has performed flawlessly, would love to use that in combination with this shop vac. (and many other tools of course)
Haven’t really had much use with metabo products but there are a lot of great tools coming out of Germany. Especially for a sparky like me!
Nice thorough review as always! Thanks for the unbiased approach and keep up the good work. Been looking at Metabo a lot more recently for some upcoming tool purchases. I’ve absolutely loved all their grinders I’ve used. Gonna look closer at this extractor.
Wow, metabo giveaway?. Your review for this is great. Making my decision between the makita and this a difficult one. Need to decide soon though, got a basement floor that needs grinded from old thinset before new tile goes in. I think I know what you would say, but between the two, what’s your final pick?
In general you can probably tell I love Makita.I also love Metabo when it fits my work. The Metabo grinders and shrouds are heavier built than the Makita versions. The Metabo vac is more compact and stable. It is a little down on power by comparison but its barely noticeable. The Metabo stays consistent longer before its full. The Makita drops a little but I feel it always has more power. I think the Metabo filters are going to hold up longer since they have about 2X the surface area. Tough choice I know but that my best answer.
Love Metabo tools, I have their 6” cordless grinder and the three speed cordless drill which tops out at 3800rpm!
Very interested in the new cordless vacuum, hoping to see some comparisons with the Milwaukee backpack vacuum. Hard to judge by the specs alone because Metabo has higher cfms but Milwaukee has higher static water lift. Both are excellent machines, no doubt.
Nice write up. Your making my decision a hard one. Going to be needing one here in the next month or so.
you are welcome to borrow both if you like.
I’m not sure if I’m doing this right or not to enter to contest. But i have milwaukee tools right now and was recently able to try a co workers metabo. They are so nice. I haven’t got to see the vac yet unfortunately on a job site. But, i hope one day to be able to purchase one, metabo has some fantastic power tools. I’m hoping i can possibly treat myself when i get my journeyman’s license in 8 months. Again i hope i did this correctly to enter. Winning anything metabo would be awesome and i would be extremely grateful.