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Forum topic by Retrowood posted 08-29-2013 03:48 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2013 03:48 AM

Has anyone tried the Craftsman 4 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac ? I was at the nearby Sears tonight and was checking one out. Supposed to be very quite and has what looks to be triple filtration, A paper filter bag, main filter and Hepa filter on the exhaust end. Seems to have a lot of features for the money. Just wondering If anyone has one and if so, does it have a seal between top motor section and tank? I’ve been looking for something small that filters well, is quiet and not cost an arm and a leg.

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:54 AM

Check out the cost and availability of replacement filters!

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 04:55 AM

Good point, typically the Craftsman vac filters are pretty reasonable although since this is a new model, I’m not sure, especially for the Hepa unit which appears to be model specific. As far as upgrading the main filter to Hepa also, I don’t have any info although believe there is a fine particulate filter replacement available.
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#3 posted 08-29-2013 05:14 AM

I have a Kobalt 2-stage vacuum from Lowes. I would guess
it shares some design DNA with the Craftsman. The noise
is a lot more bearable than the old screaming shop-vacs,
but the suction is not as impressive. The hose is also,
like the Craftsman, not a full 2.25” inch and will clog
with debris. I use it with a sander and the noise level
of the 2 is acceptable and the suction is good enough
to get sander dust. For planer shavings or something
like that it would probably be a dud.

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 06:30 AM

I’m just going use it for sander dust extraction and light clean up. Also need something to clean up my wood rack inventory in which fines have settled w/o blowing everything all over the basement and getting it airborne. I believe Sears describes this as Ultra quiet, hopefully I can get an associate to plug it in and hear it run before purchasing. The size also interests me as it would slide under my bench and be pretty mobile for sanding outside.
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#5 posted 08-30-2013 03:34 AM

I was able to check this out again and it does indeed have a soft rubber seal on the inside of the top/motor section. This must be a new model as replacement dust bags and Hepa Filter were not in stock. While I was impressed with the design, fit and finish, I’ll think I’ll hold off until normal replacement items are stocked.
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#6 posted 09-12-2013 08:05 PM

As a refresher, I once again looked this unit over in the store. The main filter is indeed replaceable with a Hepa material filter, my guess is a certified Hepa unit might be available through the aftermarket if I run the numbers. That said, no replacement dust bags were in stock or available, associate could not pull them up using numbers in owner’s manual. I feel this would be a decent vac for my purpose, just need to make sure I can get replacement parts….....
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#7 posted 09-12-2013 10:11 PM

The RIGID and Craftsman vacuums are both made by Emerson Electric and should have a good deal of similarity so filters and model specific accessories should be available at either Sears or HD. It seems like a lot of features for a pretty good price especially if it’s quiet. I can speak from experience, if you’ve got to listen to a screaming vacuum for more than a minute or two it can get very annoying, and fatiguing= very dangerous if you’re doing something that commands your attention.

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#8 posted 09-12-2013 10:19 PM

All of these are why I’m looking into the Fein Turbo Ii, quiet, compact size, good filtration. Plus I’ve had good luck with Fein tools in the past.

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 11:07 PM

Even though I don’t have a specification for noise, this unit is listed as “ultra quiet”. It doesn’t seem to share a bag w/ other Craftsman vacs, just want to make sure they’ll be available.

I’ve looked at the Feins and while I’m impressed, my needs don’t really warrant roughly (4) times the price.

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