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Shop-Vac 6.0 hp Peak 12 Gallon 'Exploding' after 10 seconds of use. Happened twice on two different brand new Shop-Vacs.

I purchased a 12 gallon Shop-Vac 6.0 hp to **** up water out of a trench and within 10 seconds of turning on the Shop-Vac it there was a loud pop and all suction ceased. I immediately turned off the motor and opened up the canister and found plastic and aluminum shrapnel everywhere. Nothing was actually sucked into the canister. I returned it thinking it might've been a rare thing but the exact same thing happened with my replacement. Both were brand new.

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    I believe the motors on both the Shop-Vac's are still working but the fan is blown apart.

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Since you said you were sucking water out of a "trench" I would bet there was some debris in the trench that impacted the impeller on the vacuum and caused the metal impeller to fragment, taking the plastic pieces with it. It is highly unusual for this to occur on vacuums if some type of debris, such as a small stone or piece of metal does not reach the high speed impeller/fan. I suggest using either a foam sleeve over the filter cage, or an old nylon stocking if you can get one, to screen out the debris that will cause this condition.

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SOURCE: shop vac sucks water for a few seconds then it spits it back out

Don't use the paper filter for sucking water. It can ruin it. It will still be usable if you just set it out to dry but there is no reason to use it for water in my experience. I have a sears shop vac and it will fill up more than half full without ejecting the water.

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