Originally Posted by tmacc
Yeah, the Dewalt inflates to about the same level. It does require a rubber garbage disposal connector to fit in the valve. Once it's running you can go do other rigging till it has inflated the tube.
The nice thing about the Makita is it has a flexible rubber nozzle that you can take on and off. It doesn't fit in the hole, but you can press it over the hole easily. I think it would be very easy to modify for a hose though. The one downside is it has a trigger not a switch, so no setting it down and leaving it without figuring something out like an elastic band or similar. It will also deflate since the nozzle can switch to the intake, which makes rolling the raft much easier and more compact.
Both your vacuum and my blower seem to have many uses around camp, during rigging and de-rigging and home too, so they are worthy investments. Mine was like $75 or $85 too, so less then most dedicated electric (or even manual) raft pumps.