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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 09-28-2011 02:37 AM 1203 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2011 02:37 AM

I’m hoping someone here has used a 12 gal Shop Vac Pro. Ace had these in a flier for $49.99 after a $10 rebate. Seemed like a good deal as other places want $85 and up.
My old one which is rapidly dying is a 6 gal 3HP peak and has seen a lot of use. I picked up a new one of this size for around $47 at the blue box.
But for $3 more the other one is 2 times the capacity and 5 HP peak.
I have not opened either one and am trying to decide which one to keep.
Any suggestions?



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#1 posted 09-28-2011 02:47 AM

12 gallons = less emptying. I would go with that one. I had a 16gallon and I don’t think I could use anything that is just 6… too small

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 02:53 AM

Well, I seldom have to empty the vac. Only when I forget to empty the Thien seperator. I also use the paper filter bags so that catches the overflow. I’m also cheap and I empty those bags and re-seal them.

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 03:44 AM

More Power!

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 03:45 AM

Take em both back and get the Ridgid. You’ll thank me I promise. It might cost a little more but it will outlast/outperform the ones you have by a bunch.

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 03:58 AM

Ridgid has its share of problems too.
What I found out on my old Shop-Vac is that you cannot replace the bearings on one end of the motor.
I was going to put in some ball bearings but the way it was manufactured prevents you from getting the brush end of the motor apart. Once the sleeve bearings are dried up it will never again get any kind of oil between the shaft and bearing because it glazes over and is no longer porous.
I suppose I could take a new one apart every 50 or so hours and oil it. Seems a shame to have to do that though.
If I knew for sure that the Ridgid had ball bearings I’d be tempted to go with that one. But I doubt it does.

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 05:04 AM

D_Allen. I had the same problem with my Shop Vac. I took out the bronze bushing because the keeper broke and the motor ran out of center and made terrible noise and started throwing sparks from the brushes. I put in a ball bearing and it ran for a while but the brush housing had too much damage and shattered soon after that. I junked it and got a Craftsman. I also have a Ridgid that I found someone putting out on trash day and all it needed was a filter. It is running great.
I would opt for the 12 gallon, but for $50 or less, I don’t think they put in a ball bearing in the back end of that motor.

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