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Post# 200786   9/15/2012 at 11:28 (2,854 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Does anyone remember the Sears Craftsman wet/dry vacs from the 1990s? There were some interesting models with unusual features. In particular a variable speed 16 gallon. There was also an 8 or so gallon model with a cord winder and white tank. I saw one in the trash once but was unable to get it.

I also recall they sold an optional "power nozzle" of sorts that had a brush that turned when the nozzle was pushed back and forth. It was white and looked kind of like a power nozzle, but the wands did not pivot.

Post# 200981 , Reply# 1   9/17/2012 at 11:15 (2,852 days old) by Good-Vac ()        
Holcomatic Shop Vac

Could someone tell me what year is this shop vac holcomatic all metal and how many
gallon it is


Post# 201009 , Reply# 2   9/17/2012 at 16:39 (2,852 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I am a big fan of "shop Vacs " and have a few interesting ones, I will post some pics later 


Post# 201092 , Reply# 3   9/18/2012 at 05:22 (2,852 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I like "Shop" type vacuums,too-but due to their size and not real easy to find(Most users of these are commercial-they use the machine until it totally falls apart-and the motor is shot).Dream shop type vacuum-an NSS "Bronco" with the Blue "Horse" logo external filter bag!Most NSS servicecenters that I call about these-say they none come back in good shape-and the machine is no longer made-been discontinued for many years.they were beautiful-saw one in a Daycon janitorial products shop in downtown Wash DC in the early 70's.

Post# 201210 , Reply# 4   9/19/2012 at 14:20 (2,850 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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my two bigger Nilfisks

Post# 201268 , Reply# 5   9/20/2012 at 02:52 (2,850 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

very nice Nilfisk vacuums!what sort of collection filter system do they use?

Post# 201271 , Reply# 6   9/20/2012 at 04:06 (2,850 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Cloth bag filter 

Post# 201272 , Reply# 7   9/20/2012 at 04:25 (2,850 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Post# 201285 , Reply# 8   9/20/2012 at 11:44 (2,849 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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My Wap XLS cleaning te floor at our New Shop 

Post# 201373 , Reply# 9   9/21/2012 at 03:04 (2,849 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Nice collection of shop type vacuums-those are ones I just don't see in the US.Cloth bag filters work good-but can be messy to dump.Can a large paper bag be used in these?Shop Vac does this.Besides their cloth filters and pleated ones-you can use large paper bags in their machines-you have to take out the paper bag,and pleated filter if you use the vacuum for wet pickups.

Post# 201458 , Reply# 10   9/22/2012 at 11:13 (2,847 days old) by turboace ()        

Check this shop vac out, demo of it sucking up an entire bag of cement without needing to change filter.


Post# 201460 , Reply# 11   9/22/2012 at 11:17 (2,847 days old) by turboace ()        

And here is how it works.


Post# 201501 , Reply# 12   9/23/2012 at 03:38 (2,847 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have one of those alto machines , It works well, when it works but the servo's that dive the filter cleane system like to break and cost half the price of the vacuum to replace. 


The Idea is not new , BVC had a machine that did this back in the early 70's 

Post# 201537 , Reply# 13   9/23/2012 at 16:04 (2,846 days old) by Gus ( Montevideo Uruguay, South Am.)        

Andrew, thank you for your videos. They're a complete lesson about self cleaning filters. Quite a system!. I really didn't know there was such a thing, and less imagine it could be so effective. Gus.

Post# 201554 , Reply# 14   9/23/2012 at 21:33 (2,846 days old) by vacuumman206 ()        
90's shop vacs

we have one of those variable speed 16 gallons. I was told by someone it was made in the mid-late 80's, but I have reason to believe it was bought sometime between 1989-1994. my dad has no recollection of when he got it. the thing has been used so much all the attachments are cracking. I also saw a similar cord-rewind 8 gallon on craigslist that I was thinking of buying, but I don't need another shop vac.(I'd rather save space for the dirt devil or eureka rare ones)but this rewind model had a red bin AND a speed selector. really should have gotten that.
wish there was a pictoral history of shop vac somewhere!!

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