Bucket Head™ is one of those simple inventions that makes you wonder how you’d previously gotten along without it. Marketed by Home Depot, it’s a small wet/dry vacuum head that snaps on top of their ubiquitous five gallon Homer Bucket™.
What’s so great about Bucket Head™ is it’s cheap (about $22), compact, and reasonably powerful. I use mine almost exclusively for occasional wet pickups, as my larger shop vacuum is nearly always in use, and I’m loath to remove its dry content and filter just to scoop up a puddle or three.
Bucket Head™’s 1.5 HP motor sucks up standing water like I swill beers down on warm days, and it can quickly fill that 5 gallon bucket. You know the bucket is near capacity when the motor begins to slow down, at which point, simply remove the vacuum and empty the bucket.
The overall compact size of the Bucket Head™ plus Homer Bucket™ combination makes it easy to get it into tight spaces. And, as you can imagine, it’s far easier to manage a simple paint bucket of debris or water, than the canister of a larger wet/dry vac.
Bucket Head™ comes with a four foot long, 1.25″ hose, which can probably accommodate most 1.25″ wet/dry vac accessories, although I’ve never used any accessories with mine. It also comes with a simple fabric filter for dry pickup that can easily be cleaned or replaced.
Its rear blower port spits a bit during wet pickup, but it’s really no big deal. And if this, or kicking up surrounding dust, were a real concern, one could always attach a second, longer hose to the rear port to divert the air flow away, a practice I frequently use with larger wet/dry vacs.
One word of warning: whenever using any kind of power equipment near water, including any wet/dry vacuum, never stand directly in water, nor on a wet or damp surface, and always make sure your equipment is plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlet. If none’s available, use a portable CFCI adapter. I always carry one in my dedicated safety bag.
Here’s a short video review of Bucket Head™ by the Tools In Action guys, covering all the salient points. Spoiler alert: this video ends with a cameo by Ty Pennington, who can be a bit of a tool himself, as well as the historic preservationist’s equivalent of the Antichrist .
I wrote this product review of my own initiative and received no compensation for it.