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Most Helpful Reviews
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.....
Laguna Niguel, CA
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 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!
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Santa Rosa, CA
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 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!
New Gloucester, ME
East Brunswick, NJ
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.
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.
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.
Fort Wayne, IN
I am a IT professional and needed something portable to clean up drywall dust, saw dust, wire clippings and general debris after a job. The performance of this vac really impressed me. It's small, light, has a small footprint, quite and very powerful! The on board storage is great and it looks like it uses a regular shop vac filter as well. I like the stainless steel look as well, which is very easy to clean as well. Overall, a great performer that I can see using around the house/car, not just the job site. A+++!
I love my new 4 HP vacuum. As a DIU guy, I'm always working on projects in my shop. My 5 HP, 12 gallon Shop Vac finally died. It performed well enough but was very noisy, physically quite large (with the tool storage container on the back), the 2 1/2 inch hose was clumsy (especially when cleaning out vehicles), and when I pulled it by the hose, never seemed to follow me in a straight line. My new Craftsman is significantly quieter. It has fixed larger diameter wheels in back and nicer quality casters in front, so it tracks behind me appropriately and pulls easily. Tool storage is well designed and doesn't increase the foot print of the vac. The design of the latches which hold the power unit to the tank are superb - secure and very easy to use. It came with 1 7/8 inch diameter hose which, for all around home owner use, is an excellent compromise. Finally, for all but contractor use, 8 gallons is optimum. It's a no joke good size, but not significantly larger than a 4 to 6 g
Deer Park, TX
Melbourne Beach, FL
I did not like this vacuum. I bought to vacuum my cars and it has poor suction and the attachment for vacuuming the carpet has such a small and distorted opening that a pistachio shell or a galled up gum wrapper won't fit through.
Salt Lake City, UT