Shop Vac 5870400 Review

Shop Vac 5870400 Review


It is very rare that you find a small shop vac that has the power of a general purpose vacuum. This vacuum is one of the exceptions. If you are looking for something portable but still able to handle the general cleaning demands, you may want to consider this model. I actually wish I found this one when I was looking for a vacuum for general use which can also fit into storage easily.

Shop-Vac 5870400

Who is it Made for?

If you are the kind of person who likes power but prefers to have a smaller version of the powerful vacuums for general use, then this is probably for you. It can work in the house, the garage, workshop as well as outside in the yard for blowing leaves.

Features and Benefits of Shop Vac 5870400


A number of features combine to make this a portable shop vac. It has a small 4-gallon tank which makes it compact and light, the electric cord too is 18 feet which means you can move it around a wide radius as you use it without having to switch sockets. It also has a top carry handle for easy lifting as you work or transport it. It is also fitted with 2 small wheels and 2 big ones which makes it easier to move around over different terrain when full.


The 4.5 suction power is almost as strong as some of the more expensive models with bigger capacity. This suction makes it possible to use the vac on any surface in the home, workshop as well as garage and basement. You can use it to suck up liquid as well as dry waste. For an aggressive cleanup, you can count on this all round vacuum to deliver. In a way, you may wish the tank was bigger since it is sucking up debris very fast.


The Shop Vac 5870400 comes with a variety of accessory tools at your disposal which gives you versatility in the kind of tasks you can handle. You will find a nozzle with a brush which is good for cleaning pet hair from car seats and carpets, gulper nozzle for sucking up wet messes, a collection filter bag for fine dust, crevice tool to reach tight spaces and the long hose as well as extension wands.


At the back of this shop vac is a port that can be used as a blower. You only have to attach the hose to it and you can use it to blow leaves or dust instead of using a broom to sweep. The long cord once again is an added advantage as you can move around freely and even add an extension cord if you have a wider area that needs to be blown outside. Using the blower is something you may find gets sweeping tasks done faster and better.


This unit has the backing of a 3-year warranty, this should serve as a testament of how much faith the manufacturer puts in their product and believe it will last longer than 3 years. It is always important to have a product that will serve you for long especially if it is as good as many of those who have used it say it is. It is made from strong plastic and as long as the motor is used as recommended, the vacuum should last as long as they say it will.


  • The long power cord provides easy mobility
  • The wheels make it easy to move around without scratching the bottom even if you are not carrying it
  • A number of accessory tools which makes it possible to use it for different cleaning purposes
  • Powerful suction
  • Easy to drain the tank with the easy release lid
  • Fairly priced


  • The handle is not comfortable for long use

Key Features

  • 18-foot power cord providing ample mobility
  • 4.5 peak horsepower for strong suction
  • 4-gallon capacity tank
  • Variety of attachment tools for different surfaces (Crevice tool, brush, gulper nozzle, extension wands and more)
  • Dust and debris blower
  • 4 wheels for easy mobility
  • Top handle
  • Easy reach on/off switch
  • Wet/dry filter

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.Some reviews say it is quiet, how quiet is it?

A.In comparison to other shop vacs that have the same motor horsepower, it is quiet but it is louder than an ordinary home vacuum.

Q.Can you use it without the bag?

A.It is possible to use it without the bag but when dealing with fine dust it is better to use the bag so that the particles do not escape.


If you are considering purchasing this shop vac 5870400, you should remember that it has a smaller tank but strong suction. This ensures that you have a portable vacuum that still maintains the amount of suction that a bigger home vacuum provides. With this vacuum, you should be able to find storage space easily and you do not have to struggle carrying or pushing around a heavy vacuum.

Andy Evans

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