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Astro Droid or Wet/Dry Vacuum? The Shop-Vac 925-40-10 is Both!

My dad is definitely a handy type. Growing up, I remember him working away on whatever needed working on – fixing this, figuring out that. In his spare time, he enjoyed wood carving – as you can imagine, he produced a fair amount of wood shavings, sawdust and various spillages. So, when it was time to clean up, he’d reach for his Shop-Vac – which 80% of the time could be found in my room.

It was not in my possession because I was a particularly messy child or the type who liked cleaning. You see, I was a geek early on and in my eyes, the Shop-Vac made for an excellent partner in my re-enactment of Star Wars scenes. That vacuum was the best little Astro Droid any kid could wish for.

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Admittedly, the Shop-Vac doesn’t really look like R2-D2 and I knew that back then (if anything, it’s more like … SUPER DORK ALERT: an R4 or an R5 astromech droid) – but that’s what imaginations are for, after all.

So that’s why I liked the Shop-Vac. This is why you will: Shop-Vac is THE name in garage and industrial vacuuming. This particular model features a powerful 4 HP motor that provides 55 inches of sealed pressure and 130 CFM. That means it’s going to suck up whatever you direct it at – be it dry materials like sawdust and scrap material or wet stuff like paint and water spills (a high quality filter cartridge that runs on two filtering stages helps deal it deal with the debris). This 10-Gallon Shop-Vac includes a 6-foot locking hose, extension wands, crevice and gulper tools, and a 14-inch floor nozzle with squeegee insert. This model is easy to move around as it features side-carrying handles, caster wheels and an 18-foot power cord.

The Shop-Vac 925-40-10 4-Horsepower 10-Gallon Wet/Dry Vaccum can be found at for $110. May the force (and filter!) be with you.

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix’n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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The Shop-Vac is THE name in garage and industrial vacuuming – it's also a decent R4 or R5 droid when playing Star Wars as a kid. The vacuum has powerful 4 HP motor that will suck up whatever you direct it at.

This Star Wars R2-D2 robot vacuum is perfect for lockdown cleanup fun

Meet the homemade Star Wars housekeeping droid you are looking for.

This custom-made Star Wars R2-D2 droid wants to clean your home.

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Sure, you could clean your home using Samsung’s Stormtrooper robot vacuum cleaner . But if you don’t want to turn to the dark side of the Force during coronavirus lockdown , you could always ask R2-D2 to take care of your messes.

Star Wars fan Matthew Scott Hunter transformed his Roomba into a realistic-looking R2-D2 cleaning droid back in 2018, but the video of it resurfaced this week as many look for ways to make cleaning more bearable during the coronavirus lockdown. Hunter used a lightweight garbage can with a dome lid, poster board, and random household items to build the cleaning droid.

Hunter used oscillating fan parts so the droid’s head could turn. He also added a Bluetooth speaker inside so R2-D2 could make droid sound effects while it cleans the floors. The helpful droid moves around on its own, or it can be controlled remotely.

“I made a few special modifications to my Roomba, because if you’re gonna have a robot cleaning your home, why not make it the droid you’ve always been looking for?” Hunter wrote on his YouTube video page.

The DIY cleaning astromech, which Hunter named R9-D9, weighs 14 pounds, which is still light enough for the Roomba vacuum base to move around and suck up dirt.

The head on this astromech cleaner moves back and forth using fan parts.

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

In fact, this project may inspire some tinkerers to make more Star Wars-themed cleaning robots. How about a BB-8 floor waxer or a IG-88 window washer? Personally, I would be happy with a mouse droid stair cleaner if anyone wants to build me one.

After you build your own astromech housekeeper, here are a few Star Wars crafts you can make for even more fun during lockdown.

Meet the homemade Star Wars housekeeping droid you are looking for.