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Craftman Canister Wet/Dry vac- Motor just stopped working

Is this motor even replacable? Should I just Invest in a new one and throw this vac away?

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It is Repairable But, The parts will cost almost as much as a New Vac. I would just get a New Vac and save the Hastle and the Cash. The choice is all yours Though. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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