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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 10:37 am
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I'm looking to purchase a cheap hoover for when I start ballasting and scenery work can anyone on the forum suggest what type of hoover is best for picking up loose bits without being to powerful. :)



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I bought a cheap 12 Volt dust buster for ballast etc.

I run it off my car battery charger.

I keep it clean for ballast only.  It's small and easy to get in tight places and I just tip the ballast back into the jar as I go.



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Quite a few on Amazon, including USB and car rechargeables (no trailing flex to knock down scenery)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mini+vacuum+cleaner&sprefix=mini+vacuum%2Caps%2C152&crid=1QT88OGVQ32KY



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I bought a rechargable one from Amazon.  It has a handy plastic dust collector so I can reclaim the debris.

It's not particularly small but it does a good job.

I think this is the one but is was a bit cheaper when I bought mine :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/VonHaus-Rechargeable-Portable-Handheld-Charging/dp/B00WA47UM0/ref=sr_1_109?ie=UTF8&qid=1499177294&sr=8-109&keywords=mini+vacuum+cleaner

A word of warning - don't buy one of the cheap vacs claimed to clean your computer keyboard.  They cost around £2 to £5 but that's what they should pay you to take it off their hands ............................. :twisted:



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 I bought a cordless Black & Decker. Heavy, cumbersome, almost non existent suction, short battery life, absolute crap.

Use wifey's Dyson instead.


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Hi Kev,

I use a small wet/dry shop-vac ("Stinger" made in the ROC), my wife saves her torn tights, insert a square between the flexible tubing and the nozzle making a small pocket, very useful for catching all those items that went missing. Saves rummaging around in the bottom. Not an original idea, but tried and tested, especially when it comes to getting all that loose ballast and greenery off the layout and reusing it. It pays to run a big magnet over the track from time to time as well, it's surprising how much ferrous metal ends up on the layout.

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I use a little VAX 18 volt cordless vac that I stole borrowed from the kitchen.
Great for the layout but useless for anything else.
At least that's my story  :lol:



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Hi and thanks to all for the advice on layout hoovers much appreciated guys. :mrgreen:



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Save your SLW [Scottish Laughing Water] tokens and make your own adaptor to fit the domestic vacuum cleaner...

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=6631&forum_id=11&highlight=doofervac

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I bought a basic hoover from Argos for about £35.  It comes with a range of tools so it can be used to hoover the shed carpet as well as ballast and scenery.  The dust/ballast is captured in a removable plastic container (the hoover is described as "bagless") so you can re-use anything captured - I keep the container relatively clean but a bit of dirt mixed with the ballast or scenic flock is not an altogether bad thing.

I hate hoover bags because I hate spiders........... :chicken

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I bought this rechargeable Hoover a couple of years ago, and it really does the job. Has a built in small nozzle for hard to get to areas.
I don't know if it is still available - cost around £15 IIRC.


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