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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The PB15 uses a fairly large pleaded paper filter for dry
use, but it is an odd ball, as most of these type filters are held in place bay
some sort of plate, and plastic nut. The PB15 uses a filter that has a
bottom, and is pressed into place. For
wet use, I would see if you can use the foam filter for one of the Craftsman
small W/D vacs, like the old 2 gallon model, held in place with a rubber band,
which is slipped over the cage with the float ball. It needs to be sealed across the bottom. That should cut down on spray making its way
to the motor. The PB15 does have one
good feature as the vacuum inlet has an elbow which keeps the water from being
sucked straight into the motor intake, so the foam filter should do the job
pretty well. I’d also look at the bag
and rubber band that is used on some of the smaller Craftsman vacs, which
sounds like what has been done on yours already. They are easy to find.
Because Genie no longer makes any vacuums or blowers, and did not keep a parts inventory to support owners of their products (a reason not to buy one of their garage door openers) it might be best in the long run to ‘garage sale’ the Genie, and buy a new vac from a brand that will be around for awhile. I have two Craftsmen, and one Ridgid, besides the PB15, which is going in the nest garage sale, for the above reason.
As far as your blower to vacuum problem -- The hose is moved from the blower outlet, which is the top black piece with the handle and switch, to the hole in the canister for vacuum. The intent of the PB15 was to use the top piece as a hand held electric leaf blower, or when attached to the yellow canister as a vacuum, when you use the hose attached to the canister.
Posted on May 06, 2009
Where did you buy this unit from? Go back there and ask if they have filters for yours. Otherwise look in the Yellow Pages for vacume cleaner repair shops. Sometimes they have all kinds of filters for all kinds of vacumes. You can try places like Wal Mart. What you want to look for are filters that will work with your unit. The foam filter you refer to is called a pre-filter. It traps the bigger particles so they won't damage your paper filter or clog it up especially if it's wet stuff you're picking up. You can remove that foam filter and gently wash it out in the sink with a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. And even sometimes if you have time you can wash a paper filter out by hosing it out from the inside, with just a gently rinsing on the outside. Don't use any solvents on it just soap and water. And don't use high pressure either, as it will destroy the paper. I have cleaned my paper filters several times before I finally had to replace them. You can also look at places like Lowe's. They carry shop vacs and a whole assortment of attachments as well.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
Check the filter in the vacuum to see if it is plugged. Try removing the hose to see if there is better vacuum at the machine. Is there a hepa filter in the exhaust that might be plugged. Hope this helps!
Posted on Sep 26, 2010
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