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Vacuuming Dry Materials - Craftsman 113.177846 Owner's Manual

20 gallon wet/dry vac
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I = "ON"
O
= "OFF"
WARNING: To reduce the risk of
fire or electric shock, do not run vac
unattended.
Vacuuming
Dry Materials
1. The filter must always be in correct
position to reduce the risk of leaks and
possible damage to vac.
2. When using your vac to pick up very
fine dust, it will be necessary for you to
empty the drum and clean the filter at
more frequent intervals to maintain
peak vac performance.
NOTE: A dry filter is necessary to pick up
dry material. If you use your vac to pick
up dust when the filter is wet, the filter will
clog quickly and be very difficult to clean.
3. If your filter is wet but you need to use
the vac to pick up dry material, you can
quickly dry the filter by running the vac
without hose attached for about
10 minutes. The clean air rushing
through the vac will help dry the filter.
The optional Craftsman HEPA Rated
Material Filter, stock number 9-17912 will
do a better job stopping the very fine
particles than the 9-17816 filter.
Vacuuming
Liquids
1. When picking up small amounts of
liquid the filter may be left in place.
2. When picking up large amounts of
liquid we recommend that the filter be
removed. If the filter is not removed, it
will become saturated and misting may
appear in the exhaust.
3. When the liquid in the drum reaches a
predetermined level, the float
mechanism will rise automatically to cut
off air-flow. When this happens, turn off
the vac, unplug the power cord, and
empty the drum. You will know that the
float has risen because vac airflow
ceases and the motor noise will become
higher in pitch, due to increased motor
speed.
4. After using the vac to pick up liquids, the
filter must be dried to reduce the risk of
possible mildew and damage to the filter.
IMPORTANT: To reduce the risk of
damage to the vac do not run motor with
float in raised position.
Emptying
the Drum
A
WARNING: To reduce the risk of
injury from accidental starting, unplug
power cord before emptying the drum.
1. The vac comes equipped with a drain
for easy emptying of liquids. Simply
unscrew the drain cap and lift the
opposite side slightly to empty the
drum.
2. Another option is to remove the power
assembly.
3. Lay power assembly aside on a clean
area while emptying drum.
4. Dump the drum contents into the
proper waste disposal container.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of
back injury or falls, do not lift a vac
heavy with liquid or debris. Scoop or
drain enough contents out to make the
vac light enough to lift comfortably.
Moving
the Wet/Dry
Vac
Should it become necessary to pick the
vac up to move it, the handle on the sides
of the dust drum are used to lift. To
maneuver the vac, the push/pull lid
handle or metal handle in the rear of the
unit should be used.
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