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DCinSeattle
Dec 8 , 2007
My Favorite Tool! (Toy?)
I bought the 16Gal Wet/Dry Vac w/blower in Dec 06 just before moving into a new house- thinking it would be nice to have a utility vac for indoor/outdoor use, car cleaning etc. It quickly became a lifesaver as our basement flooded and I was able to quickly clean out the place with the strong suction and usefool tool assortment. The detachable blower acts as a nice "dryer" by just setting it on a floor without attachments. It will dry about a 2x5 space in 5-10 minutes, and I've left the blower on for hours without any trouble. The detachable "blower" is a cool funtion and is quite powerful- great for blowing leaves around, out of gutters etc. The 16Gallon capacity is just right. When full of water, it's quite heavy to lift up to a sink etc. There is a removable plug to drain outside or into a floor drain to make that easier. This Fall (07) I purchased the optional gutter cleaning kit and easily cleaned out my gutters. With my existing vac assortment, the gutter pack allows me to reach heights of 10-15 feet above ground, so I can reach most spots just standing on the ground. I share it with my neighbors and am a local hero with that little $20 add-on. This December 07, the Vac was again called into service as we got another "storm of the century" in Seattle. Again clearing water and blowing dry- hours of continuous operation without trouble. Like many Sears products, this item cycles in and out of sales pricing. I bought mine at a great price, well below the standard list price today, so if you can wait a bit...you might be able to catch a great deal; but if you can't, I would say it's worth the full $120.
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Physicists
Nov 17 , 2008
as blower, won't last long
This product as a great idea, nearly well executed. I loved mine for a few months. If you use it predominantly as a shop vac it's fine. Use it as a blower and you'd better only ever blow leaves in one direction. The issue is that the impeller is made of flimsy aluminum. At those very high revs, as you swing the blower around, as you have to, the gyroscopic forces on that impeller stress it. The impeller will shear off 1/2" from the axis. I can be pretty confident in predicting that because it happened to me twice. How twice? When the rigid one broke, short both a vac and a blower, I went and bought a Craftsman. When that broke within months, I recognized the identacle impeller on taking that one apart too. I presume Home Depet/Rigid re-brands Craftsman items or they have a common manufacturer. It was opportunistic of both companies to make the motor a detachable blower, but they should have re-engineered the impeller for the different manner of use. Pity. Great idea but like a chain is as strong as the weakest link, with that flimsy impeller I have 32 gallons of landfill and a story to tell.
 

FrankCNY

Cape Coral, FL

Nov 29 , 2013
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Craftsman 16-gal 6.5 Wet Dry Vac

Quality has gone downhill. Bought this unit to replace my old 16 gal Craftsman wet dry vac which finally failed after about 12 years. I find the quality of this newer model lacking in many ways. Firstly, the lid does not snap down tightly on this and that in turn makes it lose some suction. Also, the hose is cheaply constructed. There's a small clip on the end on the nozzle that is worthless. Good luck trying to use this as a blower as the hose will fly off every single time. Lastly, the casters are of poor quality also. Already seeing signs of rust after only a couple months use. For all the improvements they made on the motor, they cheapened the design of everything else. Rated 2 stars only because I didn't pay full price.


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SKEBEE

Pikeville, TN

Aug 6 , 2013
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CRAFTSMAN 16 GAL 6.5 WET/DRY VAC

THIS VAC WORKS GREAT!!!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dtuoti

North Salem, NY

Jul 29 , 2013
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Real powerful & easy to remove blower.

My husband had heart surgery, so he can no longer use our gas powered blower - so this is excellent to be able to remove & use. Even a women could handle this.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JJI

Wever, IA

Jul 27 , 2013
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Has the most suction of any shop vac I have ever used.

I bought this shop vac because I have a 1998 model 6.5 shop vac, also a craftsman with detachable blower that has the most powerful suction of any shop vac I had used. It still performs excellent after 15 years. I needed another shop vac for a different location, so when I saw this new one on sale I bought it. Takes less than 2 mins. to set up out of the box and when I turned it on for the first time I knew I had made the right choice. Filters are a little pricey but if you blow them out with a air compressor, you can use them over several times without loss of suction.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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smack1963

Indiana, PA

Jul 20 , 2013
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I was surprised!

The last 'shop vac' type vacuum I used was my father's Montgomery Ward and it was a piece of you-know-what. This is pretty much like R2D2. It's larger than what I thought, but it has excellent suction and the detachable blower is WONDERFUL. Plenty of useful attachments and places to keep them. I questioned the quality of the hose prior to buying, but this one seems decent and flexible. I hope if I ever need to buy a 2nd one that this model is available.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jul 2 , 2013
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Great little machine

Runs very quite and does a great job of picking up the water and dirt for every job that I have used it for

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 28 , 2013
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The best shop vac model on the market

The detachable blower is great for outside...I clean my bed and breakfast with the vacuum...

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 20 , 2013
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16-gal 6.5 Peak hp Wet/dry Vac withDetachable Blower

Too early to tell for sure but it seems to be a very nice machine for now

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JujusBeans

Miami, FL

Jun 9 , 2013
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5 years and still going!

This is one of our favorite tools for the house and yard. We use it more than the house vacuum. It's so powerful. Loud (I wear noise canceling headphones when I operate it), but powerful. With three dogs that shed, this is a must for keeping our house clean. We purchase the blue HEPA filters to reduce allergens. We also use the blower all the time because we live under 6-7 live oak that drop leaves 12 months out of the year. This machine has never let us down. A few filter changes over the years, that's it. Great product, please don't ever discontinue this item.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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malina311

Saint Petersburg, FL

Jun 8 , 2013
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2 years and still working!

Still working. Zero problems. Just have to replace twice filter.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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joanohlendorf

O Fallon, IL

May 29 , 2013
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great vac with great uses and pick up

This vac is teriffic it is the best

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dallas_2013

Dallas, TX

May 22 , 2013
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Good vac for the price...

I bought this vac to vacuum my vehicles and because it has the detachable blower. So far has done a real good job, no problems. I only give it 4 stars because I would like this vac to have more attachments, like one of those big brushes....this one did not have one and I have to purchase it separate. I paid 109.00 and I looked at other major stores and they all were more expensive and it did not have as much power than this one.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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19DIYer56

Rock Hill, SC

Apr 28 , 2013
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Unreliable

Bought this wet/dry & blower in order to not have two tools (all-in-one) in my shed. Well I have mainly used it as a leave blower for the last 4 months and it has work fine until I used it to clean up my shed and vacuum sawdust and other debris. After about an hour or so of vacuuming the unit would not turn on. After several attempts to let it cool down (just a thought) still the same results, nothing. Lucky I purchase the extended warranty even though the unit is only 6 months old. Either way I wait for my store credit to try it again.


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DuoArt

Woodinville, WA

Apr 4 , 2013
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Yes, it really does two things well

I generally don't like tools that try to be two things at the same time. But for my purposes, This blower/vac combination is excellent. I had the previous generation model of this vac until it failed nearly 15 years later. This unit seems even nicer. Super powerful motor. Highly recommended.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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santuario70

Portland, OR

Mar 16 , 2013
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So far it's great

Only used it a little bit - just received it - but so far it's great!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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WetVacAdvisor

Montgomery, AL

Mar 1 , 2013
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Motor bearing burned up after 3 years of very light use


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waggs3228

Bellefonte, PA

Feb 13 , 2013
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16 gal 6.5 Wet/Dry Vac

Very versatile tool. Can be used as a leave blower, vac or clean out your rain gutters with the right attachments

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Timtoolman

Racine, WI

Jan 28 , 2013
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The Best

I had this vac for 15 years and will still suck the paint off a wall! The blower is just as good, I can't find a gas one with the same velocity! Unlike Shop Vac brand I don't get dust blowing everywhere in my shop when I'm cleaning up. If you need a good vac, this is the one.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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oilfield304

Brohard, WV

Jan 17 , 2013
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craftsman 16.5 gal/6.5 hp wet dry vac

was really impressed with the pickup power and filtering system. my old shop vac only good pickup for a very short time and the filter got full then it just blew dust ever where the craftsman 16.5 shop vac so far has none every job without stopping to clean the filter when i'm finished with the job i just empty the basket take the filter out i use my air compressor to blow the dust out put in back together and its ready for the next job what i like best is i have not seen any dust come out of the exhaust.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tingler87

Custer, WA

Jan 12 , 2013
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Great Vac

Used for 3 years now. Works great!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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klborschel

Monticello, FL

Jan 8 , 2013
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This has been an excellent vacuum

This vacuum has been a real workhorse.  It's very reliable and I really don't know of any complaints.  I purchased this same model about 2007 and mine still works great.  Even though I haven't had the opportunity to do much "wet" vacuuming, I can attest that the power of this unit is very sufficient for dry vacuuming.

I started remodeling a 1928 home that required a lot of demolition and cleanup.  This vacuum has been used to suck up dirt, saw dust, concrete remnants, tile, nails, blown-in insulation and more.  My vacuum has been drug around and torchured yet continues to run well as long as the filter is cleaned/replaced.

I'm cheap so I reuse my filters for a very long time.  When the suction starts to deteriorate, I know it is time to clean the filter.  Open the unit up, remove the filter and convert the vacuum head to a blower - just go outside or to an open window and blow out the filter yourself.  I think I am on my 3rd filter now after almost 6 years?  This may not be recommended, but it's what I do.

I also use the blower all year to clean off my sidewalk after edging and to blow leaves and yard scraps out of the yard and blow out my garage.  It has sufficient power for my needs and gets the job done.  It really is a great unit.

My squeegee attachment did break over time, but I was using it on hardwood floors with staples and nails sticking out.  My other attachments are very worn now and probably should be replaced, as well as the hoses, but since they still work, I keep on using them (minus the squeegee head).

The unit is on the loud side, but I think it's to be expected and I don't mind.  A set of ear protectors solves that problem, and that's only if you're indoors someplace like an empty room that echos a lot.

All-in-all, a GREAT vacuum - at least mine has been!

Thanks Craftsman!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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flhri

Savannah, GA

Dec 26 , 2012
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double duty shop vac

This blower has the power to do the job. Using in the garage suck up a small cresent wrench by accident.When it comes to blowing it is simple button and the motor detaches to blow leaves and small sticks 265 mph away.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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chuckspke

Glen Ellyn, IL

Dec 21 , 2012
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Christmas Gift

Owned this unit for several years, and just purchased a new one to give to my son-in-law for Christmas. Have had no problems with my unit and has excellent vacuum and the blower is extremely strong. Would recommend this Shop Vac to anyone. Excellent product.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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popsandover

Andover, MA

Dec 9 , 2012
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Great Machine - It sucks and blows

We now have two in the family and are very happy with this vac.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jayeagle32

Chesterton, IN

Nov 21 , 2012
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Wet/Dry 6.5hp

The higher HP 6.5 is a step above the 12gal lower HP it replaced. The detachable blower attachment is a multiple plus. Tha ability to multi-task and perform several functions is a definite time saver.


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