Sucking water with shop vac????


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Old 10-28-06, 08:02 PM
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Question Sucking water with shop vac????

I have a question about sucking up water with a wet/dry shop vaccume. I heard that you take off the filter when sucking water, is this true?
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That is true> My shop vac has a paper bag filter with a foam sleeve under it. I remove both to suck up H2o
 
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Old 10-29-06, 06:55 PM
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I looked at the manual for a craftsman shop vac that is about 6 yrs old and it says if you suck alot of water to take off the filter. I looked at new shop vacs and they say leave the filter on and either use a water filter or use a special slever over the filter.
 
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Old 10-30-06, 06:35 PM
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I have 2 different Shop Vacs.

The little one says remove the filter. I think this one is 5 gallon with 1.5 HP or so.

The big one says when switching from wet/dry/wet, then always use a clean, dry filter when changing. (so always use a filter) This is a 12 gallon 4 HP model.
 
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Old 10-30-06, 06:44 PM
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nothing to filter when sucking water

take it off
 
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Old 10-30-06, 07:48 PM
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I was sucking water off the floor from a washing machine accident and water was spraying out the top of the motor which is what brought me to this question because I have heard both ways. I am sure water isnt supposed to get into the motor like that so I think for safty reasons that is why all the new ones I have seen say to have a filter on.
 
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your saying shop vac

is it a wet/dry vac or just shop vac ?

everyone I've seen has a float to kill the motor before the water gets to high

filter isnt going to stop the water from getting to the motor
 
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Old 10-30-06, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by mango man
nothing to filter when sucking water
take it off
A filter also regulates the maximum speed the motor may obtain. Without a filter the motor might burn up. No resistance on a motor is a bad thing.
 
 

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