How to Use a Shop Vac as a Blower

If you don’t own a leaf blower to blow debris out your garage, you can use a standard shop vac instead. A shop vac also works great for blowing dust and debris off sidewalks and driveways, as well as out of tools and lawn equipment.

To convert your wet/dry shop vac into a blower:

  • Remove the shop vac motor from the base.
  • Take the hose out of the vacuum port on the shop vac.
  • Insert the hose in the exhaust port of the shop vac.
  • Turn the shop vac on, and use the hose as a blower.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information


Whenever a garage door is left open, it seems like the wind blows leaves and debris, in making a mess of the floor. Now, if you have a leaf blower, you can just blow them out. But if you don’t, you might still be able to blow them out if you have a wet/dry vac.

The first thing to do is to disconnect the motor unit from the collection tub. Then switch the hose from the vacuum section to the blowing side of the motor. Almost every shop vac has that option. Then simply turn it on and blow the leaves out of the garage.

You can see that even with a small unit like this, it provides a pretty powerful stream of air, and it blew out the leaves in just a few seconds. Now, this is good not only for blowing leaves out of a garage but also for blowing grass clippings off of sidewalks and driveways; and also for blowing clean your lawn and garden equipment like this tractor here.


  1. I’m a 71 yr. old female with bad back & have a ton of big acorns to get up. I used my shop vac. to suck them up, but its so heavy I was wondering if theres a way I can blow the acorns out into a trash can r my truck. Please help. I have to do my yard & my Mother-in-laws also. Thanks, Brenda

    • Hi, D,
      All products are different when it comes to what they can and can’t do. (Or, more accurately, what they should or shouldn’t do.)
      Check the product manufacturer’s instructions for what your specific device is rated to handle.
      Thanks for your question!

    • Hi, Benjamin,
      We usually direct fans to the manufacturer for product-specific questions.
      Unfortunately, The Shop-Vac Corporation closed permanently due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this product is no longer supported.
      Here’s what you can do: Connect one-on-one with a home improvement pro immediately through JustAnswer, a Today’s Homeowner partner:
      Take care. 🙂

    • Thanks for writing to us, Morrie. It looks like there are some AutoCorrect issues, though, so it’s a little hard to follow along.
      Please proofread and re-send the question. 🙂


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