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Forum topic by Richard posted 12-25-2017 04:27 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2017 04:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource vacuum blower

As we all know SEARS has gone Bankrupt. I have a few of their tools and NO Regrets! I still use this one on a regular basis as a Shop Vac & Blower when needed. It’s 24 Years Old now and I paid about $45.00 or $50.00 bucks for it. Have not had to replace anything!

200 Km/h (124.whatever, Miles per hour) Blower. That would be the best OOOPPS! Forgot Family Site.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#1 posted 12-25-2017 12:22 PM

I have that exact same model purchased around 1990 and it’s still going!
I’ve had to pull the motor apart and grease the bushings to quite it down and the wheels have all worn out but it still sucks like the day I bought it.
This vac has outlasted several newer vacs that didn’t get used as often as this one.

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#2 posted 12-25-2017 12:25 PM

I haven’t bought any tools from Sears in a very long time, but prior to 1990 or so, it was my go to place for almost anything. I suspect (but do not know) that if you bought a Craftsman shop vac today it would not last as long.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 12-25-2017 08:04 PM

Well! There you go JR545 & Fred. The “Good Old Machines” are still amongst the best there is!

” I suspect (but do not know) that if you bought a Craftsman shop vac today it would not last as long.”

Sears is Down and Out!. In Canada ALL of their stores are closed.

You want to have a good laugh, go onto YouTube and Search “Sears”. UNBELIEVABLE, what is going on in some of the stores.

Thanks Guys.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 12-25-2017 08:18 PM

My local Sears still has the same employees that have worked there at least for the past 8 years I’ve lived in central FL. Great guys that can help you and actually know what they’re talking about. Majority of my cordless power tools are still Craftsman that are still going strong to this day (8 years for most) and am hoping Stanley will do something to revive the name as they’re still bringing out some cool stuff (Sidewinder Tape measure being one that comes to mind). I also have one of their XSP wet/dry vac that’s been going strong for 3 years now. The first one I got for $30-$40 did tap out after 5 years, but it was one of those small, portable units. I just think you have to be picky about which items you buy. Craftsman itself isn’t bad; it’s Sears and their CEO that brought them down to their knees, IMO.

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#5 posted 12-25-2017 08:18 PM

So I guess the moral to the story is that Emerson should have stuck to making vacuum cleaners and stayed out of making radial arm saws :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 12-26-2017 12:17 AM

I think your assumption that Sears is bankrupt is a little premature (but only a little).

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#7 posted 12-26-2017 12:29 AM

I have one of the SEars vacuums like the one in the picture by the OP. It still works fine, however, it has always shocked the crapola out of me. Recently my son left a big Ridgid shop vac at our place and I use it now. It has a different material in the hose that doesn’t build up static so no shocking. Love it.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#8 posted 12-27-2017 05:31 AM

Sounds like you picked a good unit. Congratulations.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 12-27-2017 10:46 PM

Sounds like you picked a good unit. Congratulations.

- Druid

Druid: Thank you. The main reason I picked it was, it was on sale and the young salesman hooked it up and we had a little fun with it, especially the Blower. “Oh! Sorry Mam!” ..LOL..

B.C. The most Beautiful Province in Canada! Even though I live in Ontario.

You do very nice work John! I particularly liked your Second Dragon!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 12-27-2017 11:16 PM

I also have a vintage Craftsman shop vac. It is smaller than the one in the picture, but it is a bit more mature. I know I bought it shortly after moving to Michigan, so that would put in the late 1970’s. It still works just fine. I have since enhanced the stable of suckers with two larger shop vacs and two dedicated dust collectors.

Here’s a funny story about my most recent use of one of the vacs. I have a septic system with a valve that switches between two dry wells. Long story there, but the Health Department knows best when they are spending my money. There are actually FOUR dry wells, in two pairs, for a household of two. The valve is almost eight feet under ground, with a 4” pvc stack for access with a long rod to turn the valve. I went to find it this Fall and had a hard time. Couldn’t see the white pvc screw cap on the top of the stack. On my hands and knees I finally found a 4” hole out in the lawn. Seems that the lawn service guys had ground the top off the pipe with their mowers, even though it wasn’t really very proud of the surface. A quick look with a flashlight revealed that the pipe was filled with dirt and debris to about three feet from the surface. What to do? Five feet of underground muck! Shop vac to the rescue. I was impressed that the Vac I selected easily sucked dirt, rotted grass, and a whole lot of water up the pipe. Quite a mess in the vac, but easily cleaned up. Switched the valve and mounted a new cover. This one is brass. Woe to their blades if they hit it again!

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#11 posted 12-28-2017 12:13 AM

Great Story Kazooman! Thanks for that!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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