You could check out this site? It might have some helpful tips.http://www.top-vacuums.com/top-rated-vacuums-for-under-100/
I have a tri-star, very very pricey but is the best vacuum I have ever owned. Never an issue in the last 10 years.
I've always buyed a eureka, it is very easy to service yourself. You could take the whole machine apart and pit it back together without any screws left over.
Selvage the cord from the old vacuums, they work great on the skill saw.
Smart. I never would have thought of that.
Yup, I keep all of my cords from sweepers, toasters, irons, and the like. They make great extension cords that'll carry a load.
I was just thinking that 50 foot cord on my vacuum would be awesome on a skilsaw.
It may but an under sized extension cord does the same thing.