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VirginiaUser
Jul 30 , 2012
best replacement shop vac out there

I purchase this one as a replacement to my old Sears 6 gal shop vac.  After 27 years of use it needed a motor.  I think I got my money's worth.  This unit does not have a large foot print and as many reviewers have mentioned before the size of the tank being vertical makes it easy to pull around a crowed shop, easy to park and does not tip over.  Power is 3x greater than my old unit with 20% of the noise level. Cleaing cars and minivans is a snap.  The hose size is a little strange but I have found some attachments that fit in nicely just by changing the hose with a longer crush proof unit.  Thanks Sears for making a great product.  Now if I can only figure out what replacement filters i can use.....

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ragman323
Sep 7 , 2013
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Vacuum good, but you cannot replace filters. It is a current model, no filters available. DON'T BUY THIS ITEM.
 

CRobertA01

Santee, CA

Apr 8 , 2014
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Good suction - nice look - durable

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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brybo86

Chicago, IL

Apr 8 , 2014
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High Quality Construction

This vacuum is very well built, the stainless steel housing is very sharp as well. The initial assembly was simple and the directions were easy to read and understand. My favorite part is the included hose wrap as I really dislike clutter. The only negative is that the suction power is a tad less than I expected. Otherwise I hope to use this for a long time.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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buckgator

Disputanta, VA

Mar 30 , 2014
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great wet vac!!

This is my favorite craftsman vac yet it is just the right size so its not to bulky to carry,it has an awsome stainless finish and it was very easy to put together, may buy another as a gift for a friend !

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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teachkids777

Roseville, CA

Mar 25 , 2014
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It sucks up the competition and also blows them away

Even though I didn't compare to most other vacs to this one this model works great for my shop needs. It is small and light weight and it definitely handles the needs for the vacuuming the cars and cleaning up the projects in the shop.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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efultz

Littleton, MA

Mar 24 , 2014
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Works as advertised

The device has plenty of power and was pretty simple to assemble. We are pleased with the purchase

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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sicrat

Meriden, CT

Feb 12 , 2014
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I bought this vacum to use in my woodworking shop ,it works very well for me

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Feb 8 , 2014
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Wet Dry Vac Does the Job

I purchased this item to primarily use for cleaning out the ashes to my BIg Green Egg. Works like a charm!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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GM101

Oak Park, IL

Feb 7 , 2014
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Works and looks great

I bought this shop vac to use as a dedicated dust collector for my sanding machines, and it has worked great so far and is much quieter than my old Craftsman Wet/Dry Vac, which is another plus.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jan 23 , 2014
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Perfect Gift at a Perfect Time for a Perfect Use

Here's an example of the best shop vac on the market to be given to a brand new home owner at Christmas! Best is it's class, this tool meets all the requirements - ready to use, stores easily, can be used indoors or out and cleans up most new or old-house mess. A perfect gift for anyone with a new mess to clean up! And it looks good too!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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halo25823

Coal City, WV

Jan 22 , 2014
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Great Christmas Gift or Any Occasion for husband !!!

My husband absolutely loves it . He couldn't hardly wait to use it in the garage. Then took to cleaning the 3 vehicles we have. He is one very clean man when it come garage and vehicles , very particular , but this made it so much easier to clean his whole garage and vehicles. Love it !!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JFH10

Mentor, OH

Jan 21 , 2014
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Great gift - my husband loved it!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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lrader64

Olathe, KS

Jan 10 , 2014
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Great Husband Gift

Perfect Gift! We had a large bulky vac that took up too much space in the garage. This is a great size. Very portable and easy to use.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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lazeekat

Madison, WI

Dec 11 , 2013
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Good performer, but below average accessories

I owned this stainless steel 8-gal wet/dry vac for a full year. I would recommend this for light use or for garage cleanup, but not if you require specific add-on accessories such as car cleaning kits. PROS: simple assembly, small footprint (tall and lean design), easy to use (one large, very visible power switch), relatively quiet operation, decent dry suction (didn't seem to have weak suction), striking professional look (contractor saw mine and complimented it). CONS: below average accessories (the 1 7/8" diameter hose is awkward and limits accessory add-ons), doesn't have any way I know of to use Craftsman car cleaning attachments, won't fit (sold separately), only front two wheels are swivel casters (so you can't fully spin this shop vac when pulling the hose), dents easily, shorter 12-foot power cord, non-retractable (compare to other models that have 20+ foot power cords)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Prauf

Laguna Niguel, CA

Nov 25 , 2013
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Excellent shop vac

I had an old Craftsman shop vac that was probably 25 or 30 years old. It still worked fine, but for my birthday, my wife and son got me a new shop vac. I'm glad they did. This new one is a lot quieter than the old one.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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msmithrnbsn

Lucas, OH

Nov 7 , 2013
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My Second Wet/ry Vaccum

I purchased a 16 gal wet/dry vac earlier this year to replace a 15 year old one, and I love it. Then the wet/dry vac in the pole barn died so I bought this model. The large wheels in the back make the vac easy to move yet its stable enough, it doesn?t tip over. The smaller hose is perfect for sweeping out the Combine or a vehicle. I haven?t used it for a wet vac yet; but the dry vac is awesome!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ragman323

Port Saint Lucie, FL

Sep 7 , 2013
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Vacuum good, but you cannot replace filters. It is a current model, no filters available. DON'T BUY THIS ITEM.


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jfoxarnold

Arnold, MO

Aug 23 , 2013
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Definitely awesome

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rfbaker

Newark, DE

Aug 16 , 2013
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works great I would by it again

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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GordonB

Santa Rosa, CA

Aug 16 , 2013
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Very good but not quite perfect

Replaced an old 8 gallon 2 HP Genie Wet/Dry vac. Very powerful, even with the HEPA filter, which I used because my first job was vacuuming up an old rat's nest in the garage firewood stack! Much quieter than my previous shop vac, no louder than my indoor carpet vacuum. The 1 7/8" hose is an oddball size so none of my old hoses or attachments can be used, but it looks like duct tape would work if necessary! The crevice tool is too narrow, can't be used for anything except sawdust and similar. Even a small leaf will stick in it. But almost everything picks up fine with just the hose and no tool attached. The latches seem not very snug, I hope they don't become problems over time. I bought the car nozzle, haven't tried it yet.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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SpikeM

Springfield, OR

Aug 11 , 2013
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Nice compact vacuum & works well

I retired my old Craftsman 16 gallon vacuum of 20 years old. Read the reviews on this one and decided to give it a try. It works better than my larger one. The size is right and is easy to move around. As another reviewer stated, 'it looks kind of like R2D2.' I might just stencil 'R2D2' on the side of my new one!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Troupa

New Gloucester, ME

Jul 24 , 2013
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Well made

This is a great vacuum... Replaced my old one.... It was 26 years old...!!!!!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MathewsReviews

Meriden, CT

Jul 20 , 2013
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Great Canister Vac!

I loved it so much I named it. R2D2

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JoeBiv

East Brunswick, NJ

Jul 18 , 2013
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Love this vac, but...

After having a 16-gallon wet-dry Craftsman vac, I wanted a smaller more convenient model and love this stainless steel 8-gallon wet/dry vac. My only complaint is that all four wheels should swivel. It is difficult moving this when it is half full of water. Wish future models would incorporate all swivel wheels.


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milanojj2012

Weirton, WV

Jul 16 , 2013
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What a powerhouse of a vacuum!

This is our first Wet or Dry vacuum. It really picks up and is a stable shop vac for the basement. An all stainless steel tank holds 8 gallons of water and is 4 H.P. of suction power. Have been delaying getting one of these for years. Now I'm glad I have one.


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Tedstor

Bristow, VA

May 16 , 2013
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Very Pleased.

Pleanty of suction to handle every task I've asked of it. Cleaning up the garage after a woodworking project is no problem. Also does a fine job cleaning the cars. And even with the ample power, this vac is reasonably quiet. Barely louder than a household, carpet vaccuum. Your neighbors will certainly appreciate that, but a quiet tool is better for the user too. The shape of the vac is also a bonus. Being taller and skinnier than some other vacs in this class make it a bit easier to manuever through a crowded shop or driveway. Build quality is good, if not great. Wheels, body, and hose all seem plenty durable. This product comes with pretty much everything you need. I don't believe mine came with a crevice tool. But most of the attachments are carried at Sears for a modest cost. And the number of available accessories is considerable. I'll likely pick up a HEPA filter for my vac in the near future.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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