|Review by Bill1974||posted 09-30-2013 06:44 PM||2511 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
- Shop Vac 14-Gallon 5.5-Peak HP Shop Vacuum (model: 9441411)
- Brand: Shop Vac | Category: Dust Collection
The first picture is just after it died a small fiery death. The second pic is from lowes website, the canister is not really that tall is a more squat.
Purchased this in the summer of 2008 and it lasted till September of 2013. I purchased a Ridgid WD1851 to replace it, after it died. I used it for house renovations and some dust collection. It had seen a good amount of drywall dust and concrete dust (which is what lead to its demise). The bushing (not bearing) wore and the motor shaft was loose and would vibrate. I took it apart a few time to oil/grease it and that would quiet it for another couple of hours of use. It was treated well, always used the drywall dust bags with it and at first the stock filter then the Gore Cleanstream filter. It was never used to pick up liquids.
Suction (airflow and sucking power) was good till it was used to suck up concrete dust and the bushings started to go. It had a little challenge picking up drywall screws, but other than that I had to complaints. The replacement is a little better
It was easy to move, stable, had a few spots to store accessories. Changing bags and filters is easy and readily available at the blue box store and some hardware stores. The replacement has a bag on the handle that hold accessories too, and for me is better, but it you all a wet/dry vac around the shop vac method is a little better I think, not as easy to loose pieces. If its going to stay in a shop the Ridgid is better, as long as you put accessories back in the bag.
Cord length was good, at 12 feet. It had a cord wrap, but is a pain to use, especially if the accessories were on the vac. Plus the end of the cord always seem to end up where you could not clip it to rest of the cord. If the cosd were 6 inches more or less it would not be an issue.
When new the Shop-Vac was reasonably quiet by wet/dry vac standards, not quiet by any means but didn’t leave you ears ringing. (Ridgid WD1851 is quieter and a less annoying sound, plus it came with a muffler).
Warranty and motor construction are what makes it loose a couple of stars. If there were sealed bearings and not bushing I am sure I would still be using it. Plus the fact the warranty is 3 years I think to.
In the end the bushings wore and the armature was loose. It vibrated a lot and ate half a motor brush, before it jammed on the brush and seized. Within 15 seconds it stopped and shot a little flames out the top. Killing the power it smoldered for next half hour.
Cost was great when I got this, $30, normally it’s around $95, the blue box store had it on sale and I was lucky to get it at that price. The replacement was 5 times the price I paid or 50% more if you look at the everyday price. For $30 I would have bought another one of the Shop-Vacs.
It will live on as a base and mobile canister for the Mini Clearvue in lieu of a five gallon bucket.