I’ve been using the Metro Vac ‘N Blo for a few months now, and really loving it……..it truly sucks! When talking about the “power” of a vacuum its all about inches of lift, and this vacuum has 95″ of lift, many others are hard pressed to have 60″ of lift. For example my shop vac has 6hp vs 4hp on the Metro, shop vac is 65″ and Metro is 95″ that is huge difference in “power”. It is very versatile for detailing and for carpet cleaning. I picked this item up at the SEMA show, and spent some time talking with the company, the product is highly durable and built in the USA…….not much of that going on anymore!
I’ve owned a shop vac for a few years and it did a great job, however the Metro Vac ‘N Blo is better for several reasons. First it’s SUPER portable, I can take it with me for a quick trip to a clients house for a mobile call. I got the wheels with the unit that allow it to be drug around or hung on the wall. Secondly its long and flexible hose gives me ample room to work around, no more climbing out to reposition the vac to reach the rear of the large vehicle, the flexible hose doesn’t grab on edges of the cars trim very hard to kink, and its smaller diameter makes it easy to get into narrow areas. Thirdly, the attachment kit comes with every possible thing to reach into all the crevices you wish you could get into. Fourthly, (is that a word?) it has a quick attachment to blow out water, dirt, carpets, or dry the kids hair in a pinch. As a detailer I get a fair amount of soccer mom cars that the kids have trashed the carpets, with the blow function I can blow out, and brush the carpet to loosen up the deep down grime, then vac it up easily. Carpet are so much cleaner using this technique, sounds like I should do a write up on deep carpet cleaning, so when I then have to do a carpet shampoo or steaming I’m not creating a nasty slurry of grime that stays down deep it the carpets. Almost last but not least (better than saying fifthly or such) I can dry the carpet faster after shampooing them with the extractor. Using the blower and a cotton towel I can remove the hard to get moisture that can cause carpet to wick up and re-soil, and limit the down time of waiting for dry carpets. Finally, the ability to blow out all the crevices that hold water after a wash is awesome. I have used a leaf blower in the past, I have used my shop vac too, both of them presented a bit of a conundrum……I could get lint being transferred onto the car from the air not be really filtered. The Metro Vac ‘N Blo doesn’t have this problem for me, and with a good coating of wax or sealant I can dry the car touch free, thus limiting the possible scratches. OH wait I also love it because I have it hanging on my garage wall, and with the longer hose (24′) my wife and kids can clean out my wife’s car more often so I don’t have to do it, that is priceless to me!
The product really is highly versatile for me, the variety of options make it almost like a Swiss army knife or leatherman. Not as useful as bailing twine and duct tape for a farmer, but perfect for me!