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Shop Vac just stopped

I have a 90L Quiet Series Shop Vac. I was using it and it just quit. No noise, no smoke, no smell. And now it won't turn on. Do they have a reset button of any kind?

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  • Throckmorten Feb 18, 2009

    my 5.0 Hp 12 gallon industrial shop vac just stopped, and I am guessing the brushes need replacing on the motor. But I can't seem to find anywhere that sells replacement parts.
    It seems that they treat it as one unit, which isn't very environmentally friendly.


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If you remove the motor, you will see that the wires that go from the switch to the brushes. On one side there is one wire connected directly to the brush. On the other side the wire goes to a plastic plug with a second wire going to the brush. This is probably where the problem is. This is a fusible link and it has most likely melted creating an open in the circuit. I put a piece of solder where the link was and the motor ran BUT the brushed arced like a sparkler. Upon further examination the brushes were crumbling apart. I have been unable to find replacement brushes.
This machine has a five year warranty. I called Shop Vac Customer Service 1-888-822-4644 and they sent me a new motor.
I had a Shop Vac QL50EIC which had exactly the same problem but the warranty was expired so that I had to buy another motor for about $50.

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I called Shop Vac Customer Service 1-888-822-4644 and they sent me a new motor, my unit was 2 years old and has a 3 year residential use warranty. Great customer service!

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Some do, but it would be in the open by the cord. But you could have a bad cord, switch, or a problem with the motor.

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