Pros: Handy, powerful vac, durable
Cons: Weight may be a concern for some users.
Every once in a while, you are confronted with a product that prompts you to scratch your head. It actually challenges your sensibilities. Can this thing be for real? Ever ask that product question of yourself? I did
just today. You know what? I bought it. I have to say that the Eureka 1040 A Toolbox vac is a clever and, yes practical little item that works.
Just sitting on my bench inspecting it I can think back on numerous projects where it would have been just perfect.
Lets examine the typical home project.
Generally we all keep our tools in a central location i.e. a garage, basement in a large tool chest. Typically you gather an extension cord, your tools consisting of a hammer, screwdrivers, ratchet wrenches, shop vac, well, you get the idea. Perhaps you stuff everything in a 5-gallon and get started. Lets say you are doing a light electrical project installing a ceiling fan for instance, working both in an attic and bedroom. You are probably cutting, splicing, sawing out drywall or plaster, and installing a switch in the bedroom. Lets fast forward to projects end. You likely have left a small mess in the attic with wire sheathing; bent nails or staples possibly, drywall or plaster dust or chunks, and certainly a mess on the floor underneath the switch and fan itself. Do you pull out the Electrolux to take care of it? Thats like pulling a boat with a Mercedes. Here a smaller 1- gallon ShopVac is the answer but in lieu of one then you are lugging a 5-gallon or bigger unit to clean up a relatively small mess. Or, you can opt to consolidate some of your load and pull out the Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac!
A Closer Look
The Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac is a clever product. Is it a toolbox, a vacuum unit, an extension cord, auxiliary power source, a blower unit? Well, yes, it is all of that and more!
Hard to believe? Your turn to scratch your head!
Toolbox, Power Source, Extension Cord:
As a toolbox, the Eureka has plenty of room to accommodate enough tools needed for most household projects. Measuring 9 ? w x 21 l x 5 high, complete with a removable tool tray, it competes closely with most large tool kits. Tucked in a corner that takes up roughly 25% of your useable space resides the vac unit, but trust that this is space well taken. The toolbox is made up of heavy plastic that is extremely durable and will withstand the rigors of professional use. An ample heavy-duty plastic handle sits atop the unit but it too, has a second use. You can wrap the included 20 ft 16 gauge electrical supply/extension power supply cord. In a pinch you could wrap a 50 ft cord around it as well. The 20-foot extension/power cord wraps conveniently so you can plug the male end into the female to avoid loose ends from coming undone, nice! There is a protruding but retractable button on the end of the handle that contains the wound supply cord from falling off the top of the unit. Simply depressing the button releases the wound supply cord neatly, ready for action. The exterior side of the lower box houses a on/off switch, a ground electrical supply socket.
The lid is ample as well accommodating the 5 foot vac hose and 14 crevice tool, and brush neatly within its cavity. Two heavy-duty, replaceable lid latches, secure the unit.
Vacuum and Blower Unit
The 6.0 amp vac/blower unit is ample to clear out chunks of plaster and pick up heavy nails if needed. Located neatly in the corner of the lower box, the vac unit is self-contained with the motor taking up a smaller area doubling as a rest for the left side of the upper tool tray. The bag unit takes up the whole the height of the lower box unit and 1/6 the area with the upper tray cutout to accommodate it. The bagging unit is a replaceable multi-use heavy duty cotton material with a sliding clip for refuse release and for closing the bag airtight at the bottom with a rubber collar to contain vacuum on the topside of the attached 1 ? hose inlet. The hose inlet is carved into the lid and has an orange female receptacle extending a ? beyond the closed lid where you attach your 5 foot hose and attachments. The clipped vacuum hose, attached neatly with the lid is ready to go at a moments notice. There is a replaceable filter to prevent particulate to penetrate the motor cavity.
The blower unit is activated simply by unplugging the hose from the vacuum inlet and into the blower outlet, located on the side of the lower box. The blower is powerful enough to blow heavy dust, leaves, chunks of plaster off a flat surface or floor for cleaning or prepping a project.
Altogether the Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac weighs about 5-7 pounds empty because of the vac unit, but its handy enough to warrant the extra weight. The vac unit is powerful and not a gimmick. This is a serious attempt on Eurekas part to bring to the marketplace an efficient means of consolidating the vac and toolbox, and I dare say their attempt is remarkable.
Summary, Whos Going to buy this?
This is ultimately the acid test on whether a product grows legs. The Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac is certainly appropriate for home use, and is light enough for most users to handle. Certainly professionals, like handymen, appliance installers, building supervisors, on call maintenance professionals would find the Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac quite a handy item. For my part, I plan to use it in frequently as I am always moving tools around my home for various projects. I have supplied it with all the necessary tools I generally use, and left room to accommodate any others. Anyone who uses a toolbox and has the occasion to bring along a light vacuum is a likely target consumer for this product. I have to say my expectations were met handily. The product is durable, and cost effective. The Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac is a winner.
Eureka warrants The Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac for a limited one-year period. The website at this writing has yet to include the Eureka 1040A Toolbox Vac.