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Old 11-24-2012, 01:11 PM
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My craftsman shop vac I bought in 1980 has a bearing going out. It wasn't their best then but still can't they make stuff that will last. I'm so disappointed
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:51 PM
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My craftsman shop vac I bought in 1980 has a bearing going out. It wasn't their best then but still can't they make stuff that will last. I'm so disappointed
Boy are you in for a surprise when you get your next vacuum...
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:09 PM
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I was joking but I am afraid of the quality of what I may have to buy. This is my backup vac. My bigger one is Craftsman also....it almost seems like everything is crap anymore. Suggestions on what to buy?
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:32 PM
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If it uses ball bearings, replace the bearings but check the brushes first.
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At that age I doubt a cord replacement would be wise
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:55 PM
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All of my shop vac's, but one,(I've got 7 or 8) came from the side of the road. More often than not, cleaning the switch and /or oiling the bearings/bushings, bring's em back to life. The one's that need hard parts usually get stripped and toss'd.

For a while, I was picking up old carpet sweepers, on trash day,(Electrolux, Kirby, hoover metal case and similar ) and cleaning/repairing them for resale. After a bit, I saturated the market and ended up giving away the last of the inventory.

Yer right, the quality of stuff made lately is JUNK. I just went thru a long fruitless search for a simple rotary switch for a high end Hampton Bay floor fan. It's now hard wired, on High speed, just so I can finish running the life out of it...

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My craftsman shop vac I bought in 1980 has a bearing going out.
That sucks.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:01 PM
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It's amazing what can be found at SurPlus Center at times. Found a motor and blade housing assy for way less money including time and trouble for replacing what was on the old w/d vac.

Of course nothing beats the 2hp Delta sitting on a 50 gal drum.
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No ,the problem is it doesn't
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:27 PM
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It's amazing what can be found at SurPlus Center at times. Found a motor and blade housing assy for way less money including time and trouble for replacing what was on the old w/d vac.

Of course nothing beats the 2hp Delta sitting on a 50 gal drum.
Another jewel found along the Hiway. You can take almost any vac and make a shop vac out of it. I recall my first one was a cannister vac mounted on a drum lid. Also go to a vac repair place...they still have them, for industrial machines.
You can probably get a replacement motor complete for little money.
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