Product Review: Duravac Wall Mount Vacuum and Justins Detailing Centre Hacks auto product reviews
Product Review: Duravac Wall Mount Vacuum and Justins Detailing Centre Hacks auto product reviews
Duravac Wall-Mount Vacuum. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Justin Pritchard

I’m good at writing car reviews, mostly, but the boss and I were chatting the other day when I mentioned two great things I’d just picked up for the ole’ garage. He suggested I jot down some sort of product review to share my great new stuff with our readers.

I have friends with proper garages and tools and hoists to help me if I need to get wrenchy, so I don’t typically do work in my garage on my own ride. However, I am what you’d call a neat-freak – so I figured that my garage’s main purpose, aside from being a hangout or a hiding place or a storage facility for random crap I don’t want in the house, would be a sort of detailing centre.

After all, I love me a nice clean interior – and I hate lugging the Shop Vac out to the cramped garage because it’s big and cumbersome and I usually get angry – like, Italian angry – when I wind up tripping on the cord and landing on the pavement surrounded by suction attachments and pieces of hose. I suspect the vacuum I use for the floors and carpet inside the house is a little too delicate to suck up the sand and rocks and other heavy-duty stuff I often vacuum out of cars, plus, it requires carrying around and finagling into the garage, too.

Solution? I was browsing online and came across this – the Duravac CVWM510, aka, the “holy crap does this little thing ever suck” vacuum cleaner. And I mean suck in a good way. I wanted a permanent solution – that is, a vacuum that’s wall-mountable and would require me carrying it into the garage just one time, ever. It needed to be permanently attached to the garage wall, and needed to be able to reach the dirty car in question, whether it was inside or outside of said garage – meaning it had to be mounted as close to the front of the garage as possible.

Thanks to precious wall space in the garage being chewed up by cabinets, a fuse panel and some shelving, there was only one feasible space to mount the vacuum I chose. That space was tight. Most wall-mount vacuums that would fit there were wimpy, and the ones with any sort of power to them were too big. It was a dilly of a pickle.

So, after measuring and comparing dimensions and horsepower specs, the Duravac Wall Mount vacuum seemed to be like Goldilocks’ proverbial bowl of porridge, albeit a bowl of porridge with a five-horsepower, two-stage suction motor and over 20 feet of hose to reach the car inside or outside of the garage, or anywhere within the garage itself, to tidy things up.

I ordered the thing from Costco, online, for about $120. It arrived the next day. God bless you, Costco – purveyors of delicious meats for my barbeque, reasonably priced barrels of fabric softener, and high-performance man-vacuums for my garage.

Anyhow.

Product Review: Duravac Wall Mount Vacuum and Justins Detailing Centre Hacks auto product reviews Product Review: Duravac Wall Mount Vacuum and Justins Detailing Centre Hacks auto product reviews
Duravac Wall-Mount Vacuum. Click image to enlarge

After receiving and unpacking the blue and black suction-beast, I found a stud in my wall, wedged into the precious sliver of space between the garage door opening and my cabinets. The mount on which the Duravac hangs can be fixed to a single stud, easing installation. Zap two screws into it and the vacuum itself slides and clicks into place, where it stays securely up on the wall. Attach some hoses, a caddy, the handle, the noise muffler, and you’re pretty much good to go.

After a month or so of use, I found a few particularly admirable things about the Duravac. One is that it has a super-flexible, floppy section of hose at the end that sneaks around even tight spaces without kinking. Another is that the end of the hose is fitted with a special remote control which you can use to start and stop the unit from, say, outside of the garage. And you get lots of hose, and even a floor attachment, which makes garage cleanup a cinch, too. Or, if you’d rather, swap the air muffler and hose ports, and use the Duravac as a blower to blast dust and debris out of your garage, or clean the nearby driveway and porch areas of leaves or other stuff.

For car detailing, you get the standard narrow crevice nozzle, a round bristly brush that grabs almost everything, and that handy, flat, blade-style attachment like what you’ll find in a gas-station coin-vacuum. (Except your Duravac gets cleaned regularly, probably won’t be ‘out of order’, and shouldn’t smell like Doritos and feet).




About Justin Pritchard

Justin Pritchard is a full-time auto writer, consultant, broadcaster and AJAC member based in Sudbury. When not writing about the latest new models and industry trends, you'll probably find him fixing his Dodge Viper.