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Well the ShopVac crapped out 2 days ago. Turn it on and no power to the switch,bang on the switch and it kicks in but the motor labors and cuts in and out. This was a $160 Vac bought in 2001 which has given me trouble. It is controlled by a large circuit board which got fried before the warranty expired.This Vac has an electrical outlet on it where you can plug in any power tool and it goes off when the power tool goes off. I feel it has too many electronics on it which puts out too many amps (12.5) plus the power tool amps. The only good feature of this Vac is that is has a large paper filter bag inside which fills up and this keeps the filter clean.

Now I switch to my Sears 16 year old wet/dry 16 gal.Vac. I understand that Sears has large paper filter bags for their Vacs but it won't work on my model because the inlet inside the Vac has two outlets and the paper filter bags have only one hole in them. Is there any way I can adapt the outlet to use a bag with one hole?

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Are you sure it needs any bags at all?
Why did you double post this?

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Hi Gary

I have a Sears 25gal. vac. and I don't use the bags and it works just great this way.
I do need to clean the filter more offen but that's no big deal,the only time I need to change it more offen is when I do alot of MDF stock.
I do slip over a old pair of the wifes panty hose over the filter to make it easy to clean out.

Now for the ShopVac ,if the motor is ok I would order a new board and just replace it or get your volt meter out and see if the motor is just a standard motor and if so just by pass the circuit board and cut out the outlets on the top side all together.

I just replace my circuit board on my Mig Welder and it was was duck soup to do,they are cheap now days, 28.oo bucks for the board and 1 hour to get the job done.
The repair shop want $280.oo to do the same job but this is a big welder I guess 225 amp. AC/DC and would take a truck or a trailer to pick it up, I ask the guy why can't you just do it in my shop and he said ,we don't do it that way.
So I said new board ,6 screws and 8 plugin wires to get it up and running again .
What one man can do another can do just as easy.


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Are you sure it needs any bags at all?
Why did you double post this?
I would like to use a bag to keep the filter clean otherwise I have to use another vac to clean out the filter.
I double posted it because someone wanted a picture of it.

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Just put 2 bags in it..

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Gary, the small white filter bags cover your filter and trap finer dust plus they prevent build up in your filter. As I mentioned in the other post see the post in The Bargain Bin.

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As Bob said, replace the circuit board. They aren't as complicated as you think and they are reasonably priced now days. If you are afraid of doing it yourself, take it to a shop that repairs electrical tools.
My shop-vac has a piece of foam that fits over the filter bag.

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