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Post# 391605   5/6/2018 at 20:07 by Evilvacuumman (Los Angeles)        

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Was at my local thrift shop the other day and saw this massive shop vac. Biggest one I ever seen probably about 30 gallons. Don't really know how many gallon it really is as no sticker on it but it seems like it. It does say craftsmen as it is in grave on the top. I would like to buy it but it's so big that i dont know where to put it and it $50 with no attachment or hose. Anyone know anything about theses as I always liked shop vac but don't know much about them.

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Post# 391625 , Reply# 1   5/7/2018 at 02:06 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Generic hoses and attachments are readily available. Even home depot carries a decent assortment. But $50 is pushing it, especially from a thrift store.

Post# 391627 , Reply# 2   5/7/2018 at 02:27 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Get it as cheap as you can, if it has no attachments see if they will come down in price. $50 is very steep considering you can buy them new in that size for $80+.

The main reason why people donate Shop Vacs is when the motors start going out and sounding weird. Every shop vac I've seen at Goodwill had a dry motor.

The Sears/Craftsman hybrid logo was used sometime through the early to mid 80s I believe before they separated and just became Craftsman.

Post# 391629 , Reply# 3   5/7/2018 at 06:33 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

See if you can run it before buying the vacuum.

Post# 391647 , Reply# 4   5/7/2018 at 18:16 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
try it

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id try it out see if it works or not put a cartridge filter on the motor and hose thats 2 1/2 inches by 8 feet and voila a nice work horse for the shop see if you can negotiate the price a tad?

Post# 391759 , Reply# 5   5/9/2018 at 22:34 by Evilvacuumman (Los Angeles)        

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I went back today and the price dropped to $35 and it was a 50% off day. I was tempted to buy but I really don't have any place to put it and I really don't need another shop vac as a have 6 already. I did try it and it works.

Post# 391762 , Reply# 6   5/10/2018 at 00:30 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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$35 is a bit more reasonable assuming you can get hose & attachments for cheap. But I don't blame you for leaving it. In all truth, it's just a motor attached to a bucket on wheels. Not much to write home about. Those new chrome Shop Vacs they have around today are really pretty though, I wouldn't mind having a small one of them.

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