I have the 8 gallon AS/E (with the Porter Cable dryall sander wand)...a friend recently borrowed it and did not use a filter bag. Now I can't get the alarm to turn off. I have gone through all the trouble shooting suggestions in the manual and have thoroughly cleaned the filter.
The unit feels like it has pelnty of suction yet I can not get the acoustic warning to turn off.
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Need some more information, are you vacuuming dry wall dust or wet dust or saw dust ? The reason I ask is sometime their are "upgrades" available for the newer models of vacs you may not be aware of, when I worked at the Big Box H D tool rental center the vac we rented out used a water filtration set up instead of bags U might wont to check newer model for any changes, like you ,I had Craftsman for over 15 yrs. and when it died the replacement vac had a new mod for the filter that I always thought was needed. Good luck , Bret
Craftsman 17765 canister vacuum cleaner is known for its assortment of power tools especially when it comes to cleaning jobs. It is designed to give you an easier, more effective cleaning. This vacuum cleaner delivers a high capacity reservoir, power and the versatility to swap easily between tasks. Craftsman wet/dry vaccums soaks even drosp of water on the floor with one of their 16 gallon wet/dry vacuum. It is also equipped with utility nozzle, extension wands, and dust bag that makes the cleaning process easier. The extension wands can clean the hard to reach areas like cupboards, corners, and bends. It has a large gallon tank that includes convenient drain port for easy emptying when the job is done.
This type of vacuum does not use a bag. If you are worried about clogging the filter cartridge try using a paper filter for a shop-vac. They are relatively cheap and are available at most hardware and department stores. These are made to simply wrap around the big cartridge. A rubber band will hold it in place.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=765231 Generic problem for all Vacuums I have a 6 gallon Posted by tsfroggy on Jul 10, 2008 I have a 6 gallon shop wet or dry vac. The dust and dirt comes out around the base of the motor fin, not around the tank top. Now what? Oh I lost the filter around the drum that holds the ball, so I wrapped a rag around it and made it secure. Respectively: TOM Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The bag is not going to do the job as well as the filter around the drum that hold the ball. The filter that goes under the motor does a lot of the filtering or you would have to do some type of cage filter then a foam filter and then a paper bag, I f you have a cartridge filter then the paper bag can go over the cartridge filter , B4 you do anything – id you have some type of compressor – use it to blow out the dust and dirt out of the motor, then buy a cartridge filter and then a paper bad with a rubber band to hold it on. This will do the best filtering . Check with your local vacuum cleaner dealer and bring in the top of your shop vac so that they can fix a proper cartridge / paper bag filter – or the cage frame with a foam filter with a paper bag. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. http://shopvac.com/contact.asp Customer Service 570-326-0502 Phone # Customer Service 570-326-7185 Fax # Shop-Vac Corporation 2323 Reach Road P.O. Box 3307 Williamsport, PA17701 Hours are: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.