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Save This Manual ' For Future Reference Owner's Manual MODEL NO . 338.17923 _ CRAFT . TMFIN 16 GALLON WET / DRY VACUUM WITH Model Number BUILT - IN PUMP The model number may be found on the nameplate . You should record the model number in a safe o - Safety place for future use . • Assembly • Operating QRepair parts ° EspaSol p . 6 _ , CAUTION : Before using this vacuum , read this manual and follow all its Safety Rules and Operating Instructions . Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL . 60179 U . S . A . 87523 - 71 www . sears . com / craftsman Printed in USA
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• Do not put any object into openings . Do not use with any openings blocked ; keep free of dust , lint , hair and any - thing that may reduce air flow . Item Page Keep hair , loose clothing , fingers and all parts of body Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 away from openings and moving parts . Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,3 • Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking , such Unpacking Carton Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 as cigarettes , matches or hot ashes . Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,5 Do not use without dust bag and / or filters in place . Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 • Turn off all controls before unplugging . Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Use extra care when cleaning on stairs . Repair Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See Insert Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline or use in areas where they may be pres - ent . FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON Do not use your vacuum cleaner as a sprayer of flamma - CRAFTSMAN WET / DRY VACUUM ble liquids such as oil base paints , lacquers , household If this Craftsman Wet / Dry Vacuum fails due to a defect in mated - cleaners , etc . als or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase , • Do not vacuum toxic , carcinogenic , combustible or other Sears will repair or replace it , at Sears option , free of charge . For hazardous materials such as asbestos , arsenic , barium , warranty service , return the Wet / Dry Vacuum to your nearest beryllium , lead , pesticides or other health endangering Sears Service Center or Sears Store in the United States . materials . Specially designed units are available for these If this Craftsman WetJOry Vacuum is used in a commercial enter - purposes . pdse of any sort , including rental use , this warranty coverage Do not pick up soot , cement , plaster or drywall dust with - applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase . out cartridge filter and collection filter bag in place . These This warranty applies only while this product is used in the United are very fine particles that may pass through the foam States . and affect the performance of the motor or be exhausted back into the air . Additional collection filter bags are avaiF This warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also able from Sears . have other rights which vary from state to state . • Do not leave the cord lying on the floor once you have fin - Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Dept . 817WA , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 ished the cleaning job . It can become a tripping hazard . Use special care when emptying heavily loaded tanks . To avoid spontaneous combustion , empty tank after each use . When using an electrical appliance , basic precautions • The operation of a utility vacuum cleaner can result in for - should always be followed , including the following : eign objects being blown into eyes , which can result in Read all instructions before using this product . eye damage . Always wear safety goggles when operating WARNING : To reduce the risk of fire , electric vacuum . shock or injury . STAY ALERT . Watch what you are doing and use com - mon sense . Do not use vacuum cleaner when you are Do not leave vacuum cleaner when plugged in . Unplug tired , distracted or under the influence of drugs , alcohol or from outlet when not in use and before servicing . medication causing diminished control . Connect to a properly grounded outlet only . See Grounding Instructions . GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS • DO not expose to rain - store indoors . This vacuum cleaner is equipped with a cord having an Do not allow to be used as a toy . Close attention is nec - equipment - grounding conductor and grounding plug . If vac - essary when used by or near children . uum cleaner should malfunction or breakdown , grounding Use only as described in this manual . Use only provides a path of least resistance for electric current to Craftsman attachments . reduce the risk of electric shock . The ptug must be inserted • Do not use with damaged cord or plug . If vacuum clean - into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and er is not working as it should , has been dropped , dam - grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances . aged , left outdoors or dropped into water , return it to a Sears service center . WARNING : Improper connection of the equip - Do not pull or carry by cord , use cord as a handle , close ment - grounding conductor and grounding plug can a door on cord or pull cord around sharp edges or cor - result in a risk of electric shock . Check with a quali - ners . Do not run vacuum cleaner over cord . Keep cord fied electrician or service person if you are in doubt away from heated surfaces , as to whether the outlet is properly grounded . Do not modify the plug provided with the vacuum cleaner - Do not unplug by pulling on cord . To unplug , grasp the if it will not fit the outlet , have a proper outlet plug , not the cord . installed by a qualified electrician . Do not handle plug or vacuum cleaner with wet hands . © Sears , Roebuck and Co .
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This vacuum cleaner is for use on a nominal 120 - volt cir - cuit , and has a grounded plug that looks like the plug illus - trated in sketch A . A temporary _ dapter that looks like the 1 . Pull tank cover latches in an adapter illustrated in sketches B and C may be used to con - outward motion and remove nect this plug to a 2 - pole receptacle as shown in sketch B if tank cover and any acces - a properly grounded outlet is not available . The temporary sories which may have been adapter should be used only until a properly grounded outlet shipped in the tank . ( Figure 1 ) ( sketch A ) can be installed by a qualified electrician . The 2 . Before replacing tank cover , green colored rigid ear , lug or the like extending from the refer to Dry Pick - Up or Wet adapter must be connected to a permanent ground such as Pick - Up Operation in this manual to ensure you have a properly grounded outlet box cover . Whenever the the proper filters installed and inlet deflector is posi - adapter is used , it must be held in place by a metal screw . tioned correctly for your cleaning operation , . Your vacuum comes with the NOTE : In Canada , the use of a temporary adapter is not permitted by the Canadian Electrical code . filters already installed for dry pick - up . For filters recom - mended for wet pick - up refer to wet pick - up operation . GROUNDING METHODS 4 , Be sure inlet deflector ( Figure 2 ) is in proper _ GROUONUDTELDET _ _ ( _ ' M A _ ApTIERETAL _ 1 _ % ft . _ position . Opening up for wet , down for dry vacuuming . 5 , You will find two casters ( a ) , two large wheels ( b ) , two axles ( c ) , and six screws with your wet / dry pump vacuum . GROUNDING GROUNDED PIN OUTLET BOX ( A ) ( B ] _ ¢ ) EXTENSION CORDS When using the vacuum cleaner at a distance where an extension cord becomes necessary , a 3 - conductor ground - 6 . With cord disconnected from ing cord of adequate size must be used for safety , and to receptacle , remove tank prevent loss of power and overheating . Use the table below cover and invert tank so that to determine A . W . G . wire size required . To determine bottom is facing up . ampere rating of your vacuum , refer to nameplate { ocated 7 . Take one axle and insert it on rear of motor cover . into the center of the smooth Before using vacuum cleaner , inspect power cord for loose side of the wheel . ( Figure 3 ) or exposed wires and damaged insulation . Make any need - ed repairs or replacements before using your vacuum 8 . Install the axle and wheel cleaner . Use only three - wire outdoor extension cords which assembly into the underside of have three - prong grounding - type plugs and three - pole the rear wheel dolly . ( Figure receptacles which accept the extension cord's plug . When 4 ) Apply pressure to the axle vacuuming liquids , be sure the extension cord connection and wheel assembly , does not come in contact with the liquid . until the axle is tight against the axle stop . Volts TotalJength ofcordin _ et 9 . Secure the axle to the rear 120V 25 50 100 150 wheel dolly with screw provid - Ampere RatingMore ed . ( Figure 5 ) Mere Not AWG Than Than 10 . Repeat steps 8 and 9 to attach the other side of the 18 16 16 14 0 . . 6 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 18 16 14 12 wheel assembly . 16 16 14 ! 2 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 11 . Insert casters into the under - 14 12 Notrecommended 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 side of front caster supports , ( Figure 6 ) NOTE : Static shocks are common in dry areas or when 12 . Replace tank cover and apply the relative humidity of the air is low . This is only tempo - pressure with thumbs to rary and does not affect the use of the appliance . To each latch until it snaps tightly reduce the frequency of static shocks in your home , the in place . Make sure both lid best remedy is to add moisture to the air with a console or installed humidifier . latches are clamped securely . ( Figure 7 )
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13 . Inserthoseendwithlocking - 5 . Withtheopeningoftheinletdeflectofracingthebottom of thefilterbag , slidecollectionbagcollaroverdeflector , nutintoinletof tankandtight - matchinngotchesof bagcollarto tabsoninletdeflector . ennut . Donotover - tighten . Bagwillonlyfitproperlyoneway . ( Figure15b ) 14 . Attachtheextensiownandsto 6 . Slidedeflectowr ithcollectionbagattachedintodeflector theaccessoreyndofthehose . guide ( Figure15c ) 15 . Attachoneofthecleaningn 7 . Reinserht oseintoinletandtightenlocking - nu ( tF . igure accessorie ( sdependinog 15d ) yourcleaningrequirements ) ontotheextensiownands . DRY PICK - UP OPERATION With the tank cover in an upside down position , slide the cartridge filter down over the lid cage , pushing until the filter seals against cover ( Figure 8 ) . Foam sleeve will remain in place . Place filter retainer into the top of the cartridge filter , and holding the tank cover with one hand , turn the handle on the filter retainer clockwise to tighten , locking the filter into place ( Figures 9 & 10 ) . To remove the filter for clean - ing , again hold the tank cover and turn the filter retainer counterclockwise to loosen and remove , then slide the car - tridge filter off the lid cage ( Figures 11 & 12 } . To clean the cartridge filter , shake or brush off excess dirt or rinse ( from the inside of the filter ) with water . Dry completely and re - install ( Figures 13 & 14 ) . Your vac filter is color coded with a black stripe . When replacing , just match the color . F " TIGHTEN WET PICK - UP OPERATION For best results for wet pick - up remove cartridge filter and utilize the foam sleeve ( already in place over the lid cage ) . For wet pick - up remove inlet deflector from deflector guide sliding in an upward motion . NOTE : Hose must be removed before inlet deflector can be taken out . Be sure the opening of the inlet deflector is facing the top of the tank ( Figure 16 ) . Misting may occur if inlet deflector is not inserted prop - erly . Misting in exhaust air may occur if the foam sleeve becomes saturated during wet pick - up . If misting occurs , remove and dry the saturated foam sleeve or replace with another dry foam sleeve to eliminate the misting and possi - ble dripping of liquid around the lid . Turn the unit off imme - diately upon completing a wet pick - up job , or when tank is INSTALLING THE full and ready to be emptied , raise the hose to drain any excess liquid into the tank . The interior of the tank should DISPOSABLE FILTER BAG be periodically cleaned . The foam sleeve should be cleaned periodically as described in the following steps : 1 . Use for dry pick - up only . Use only when cartridge filter is 1 . Always disconnect the plug from the wall receptacle installed on wet / dry vacuum . before removing the tank cover . Remove foam sleeve by 2 . With cord disconnected from receptacle , pull latches in an outward motion and remove tank cover . sliding it up and off the lid cage . 3 . Unscrew hose locking - nut and remove hose from inlet . 2 . Shake excess dust off foam sleeve with a rapid up and down movement . ( Figure 15 ) 4 . Remove inlet deflector from deflector guide . ( Figure 15a ) 3 . Hold sleeve under running water , rinsing from the inside . NOTE : Hose must be removed before inlet deflector can A water wash is not always required , depending on the be taken out . condition of the sleeve .
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4 . Gently wring out excess not attempt wet pick - up with - water , and blot sleeve with a out the elbow in place . Do not clean towel . The foam sleeve ' cover bleed hole in elbow . is now ready to be reinstalled Failure to follow these precau - on the lid cage . NOTE : tions will result in overfilling of Bottom of sleeve should be the vacuum and misting TUCKED in groove between through the exhaust port . lid cage and tank lid . ( Figure 13 . Plug vacuum into wall receptacle 16 ) and turn on . Note : The on / off switch will automatically return to a neutral position . 14 . Start wet pick - up . The pump PUMP - OUT FEATURE will start operating once there is at least 4 " of water in the _ , WARNING : To reduce the risk of electrical shock , bottom of the tank . do not direct the discharge stream of water at the vacuum . 15 . Because the wet pick - up speed is greater than the 1 . Always disconnect the plug from the wall receptacle pumping out speed , the tank will likely fill up . When the before removing the tank cover . tank fills up , the vacuum will shut off . 2 . Remove the tank cover and cartridge filter . The tank 16 . The pump out unit will net prime if using a 1 - 1 / 4 " diame - should also be cleaned of any dirt or debris . ter hose . 3 . Ensure that the foam sleeve is in place for wet pick - up . 17 . If the vacuum automatically shuts off because it is full , ( See wet pick - up operation , p . 4 ) you will need to empty the tank by pumping . Do not 4 . Be sure the opening inlet deflector is facing the top of empty the water that is in the vacuum hose back into the tank . ( See wet pick - up operation , p . 4 ) the tank . This will cause the unit to overfill , and misting 5 . Insert one end of the tube provided into the pick - up will occur through the exhaust port . cage . Push tube in until it comes to a stop . ( Figure 17 ) 18 , The ON switch must be manually held in the ON posi - 6 . Insert the other end of the tion for the vacuum to begin pumping again . It will take tube into the hole on the bot - approximately 10 to 15 seconds for the water level in tom of the lid cage . Push the tank to be reduced sufficiently enough for the pump tube in until it comes to a to continue automatically . The vacuum will continue to stop ( Figure 18 ) . Note : To pump water out until there is about 4 " of water left in the tank . avoid pump damage , never pump without the pick - up 19 . After wet pick - up and pumping have been completed , cage and screen in place . the remaining liquid should be emptied from the tank 7 . Replace the tank cover and and the pump pick - up assembly should be removed and secure lid latches . cleaned . 20 . To utilize your vacuum as a non - pump dry pick - up vacu - 8 . To prevent unwanted dis - charge of water , leave cap in um cleaner , refer to dry pick - up operation ( See p . 4 ) for place over the outlet fitting . proper installation of filters . ( Figure 19 ) 9 . If pumping out during wet pick - up , remove the outlet fit - ting cover and connect a standard garden hose ( not supplied ) to the outlet fitting . ( Figure 20 ) 10 . Attach the 2 - ! / 2 " hose to the tank inlet . 11 . Your wet / dry vacuum is sup - plied with a wet pick - up elbow . ( Figure 21 ) 12 . Place the elbow onto the 2 - 1 / 2 " hose end , and attach the desired 2 - 1 / 2 " accessory to the elbow . ( Figure 22 ) Elbow must be in place dur - ing wet pick - up to prevent overfilling of the vacuum . Do
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EMPTYING TANK COMPLETELY ATTACHING SQUEEGEE TO 14 " FLOOR NOZZLE Your Craftsman Wet / Dry VacuUm can be emptied of liquid waste by removing the drain cap . To empty , turn unit off Align one side of squeegee with brush and remove plug from wall receptacle . Remove the drain side of nozzle . Push them together , cap and deposit the liquid waste contents into a suitable starting at one end and working toward drain . After the tank is empty , return the drain cap to its the other . Repeat process to attach original position . To continue use , plug the cord into the other side of squeegee to front side of wall receptacle and turn unit on . nozzle . ( Figure 24 ) . STORAGE Before storing your vacuum cleaner the tank should be emp - AUTOMATIC SHUT - OFF tied and cleaned . The power cord can be wrapped around the cord wraps provided on the rear of the tank ( Figure 25 ) . A This vacuum cleaner is equipped with an automatic shut hose holder has been provided for easy storage of the hose . off feature when picking up liquids . As the level of liquid Install hose holder end with fastener onto hose , Slide or snap rises an internal float electronically shuts the unit off when fastener into notch , securing it in place . Remove extension liquid reaches tank capacity . At this point , the liquid must wands and / or accessory from end of hose . Place hose end be emptied to altlow vacuuming to continue . Refer to sec - tions above . into open end of hose holder to secure hose in place for easy storage ( Figure 26 ) . BLOWER FEATURE This vacuum cleaner can be used as a powerful blower . To use your unit as a blower unscrew blower port cover locat - ed on the backside of the motor housing ( Figure 23 ) . The blower port cover is equipped with a retaining strap to pre - vent loss of the port cover while blower is in use . Insert hose end with locking - nut into blower port of tank and tight - en . Be cautious when using as a blower due to the power - ful force of air . SYMPTOM POSSIBLECAUSE ( S ) CORRECTIVEACTION Parts / accessories 1 . Packedin thetank 1 . Checkin tank are missing Dust discharging 1 . Filter not installed / 1 . Properlyinstall not installed properly thefillere from the exhaust 2 . Filter is damaged 2 . Replac the filtercientfiller 3 . Dust istoo fine 3 . Use e more effi 4 . Filter is not functional 4 . Clean or replace the filter Loss of suction / I . Loose hose 1 . Tightenhose connection 3erformance aonnecfion . 2 . Checklid latches 2 . Lidlmotor air leak 3 . Drain air leak 3 . Tightendrain cap ( net all models ) 4 . Filter clogged 4 . Clean or replacefilter 5 . Full tank 5 . Empty tankhose 6 . Hole in hose 6 . Replace 7 . Obstruction in 7 . Removeobstruction _ , WARNING : Always wear eye protection to pre - hose or nozzle if present vent rocks or debris from being blown or ricochet - ing into the eyes or face which can result in seri - 1 . Check thatfoam sleeve Water mistingout 1 . Saturated or missing exhaustedair foam sleeve is in place or replaceer ous injury . Do not direct airflow at or near people , with a clean dry filt animals or property . Wear a dust mask . 1 . Inletdeflector shield 1 . Check to makesureis Waterspraying out exhaustedair the inlet deflector is not installed properly installedproperly . Facing upfor ; vetpick - up . Facing downfor dry pick - up . Static shoGk 1 . Dry environment 1 , Add moistureto air ( sifole . practical , usea dconifier or installed humi ) 2 . This skuationis 2 . Relativehumidityof air is low temporaryand does not effecttheuse of the vacuumcleaner . 1 . Cleanmesh screen on Will not pump 1 . Pick - up cage clogged . pick - up . 2 . Vacuum hose . 2.2 - ! 12 in . hose must be attached to unit . 3 . Not primed . 3 . Need at least 4in.of water inthe tank .
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