20 Most Recent Craftsman 17026 Wet/Dry Vacuum Questions & Answers


The price of motor is expensive. Perhaps you would be money ahead and buy a new vacuum at HD or Lowe's.
826404 Motor Assembly

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Mar 28, 2018


Go to the Craftsman website, they have free manuals you can download. type in the model or serial number

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on May 27, 2014


The filter is for dry pick-up only. Remove it for wet pick-up.

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Oct 18, 2013


Hello again.
When it says wet vacuuming, it means that the vacuum will pick up water, not dispense it. When you are using the vacuum to pick up water, you'll need to remove the paper filter element under the motor, inside the canister, to avoid ruining it. When the filter is removed, you will see a plactic ball inside a cage under the motor. It's purpose is to float up on the surface of the water being vacuumed up, and prevent the motor from getting water into it. You'll be able to tell when the canister is full; the noise the vacuum makes will change and sound higher. Also, the suction at the hose will quit. At that point, shut off the vacuum and drain the water.
Be sure to replace the paper filter when you swap back from liquids to solids.
Best regards, --W/D--

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Apr 02, 2011


there are two holes the one your using is the opposite of the other

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Apr 12, 2010


I thought this was free info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Feb 16, 2010


try a different plug......low voltage

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Nov 04, 2009


If it's a paper filter, take it off. If it's a cloth filter that can be washed and dried, leave it on. Your machine will have a float to close off the suction when the tub needs emptying. Anyway, air from the tub only goes through the turbine, not through the motor itself, so you need not worry. It's good practice to run the vac dry for a few minutes after using it wet, just to make sure the turbine's dry.

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Aug 16, 2009


I had a similar problem with a Shop Vac. The solution was to disassemble the power switch and polish the metal electrical contacts to remove any oxidation caused from humidity. Tedious and time consuming but effective.

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Dec 30, 2008


Alright, I have fixed mine, so maybe the same thing will work for two as well. I actually have a slightly different model (113.298341) but I imagine the electronics follow the same basic layout. FYI, I got a manual online through Sears for free.

Mine has a manual reset thermal overload protector to keep from burning up the more expensive stuff. It is the red "reset" button near the main switch that ought to pop out if it gets too hot, and can only be pushed back in when the machine is back down to a safe operating temp. I overloaded my machine, and the protector broke the circuit, BUT the button did not pop out and I therefore couldn't just push it back in. I took out the protector, and although it looked like the circuit should be closed, there was no conductance through the protector. I took off the tiny bolt on the back of the protector, essentially jostled the thing a little, replaced the bolt, and conductance is now restored. I re-installed the protector, replaced the front cover, and now she works like a charm.

So maybe these reset switches often don't act like they are supposed to? I'd recommend just checking everything in the line, beginning with the main power line in. it will contain three wires: the ground will be bolted to the frame, the others will run to the main switch and the relay, respectively. With the machine plugged in, touch your volt meter probes to the contacts on the way INTO the switch and relay, and you should have 120V. Then, check the switch by turning it to the ON position with the machine plugged in, leaving one probe on the IN contact of the relay, and moving the other to the OUT contact of the switch. Again, you'll get 120V if the switch is working correctly. Alternatively, you could just check conductance through the switch directly w/o involving the relay contact, either way is fine.

Next in line is the thermal switch, which was my issue. Unplug the machine and/or turn off the main switch (I do both, no point taking risks). You'll need to unscrew the switch, which is a black plastic cylinder about an inch in diameter with the red reset button on it, and check for conductance by probing the wires leading into and out of the back of the black plastic cylinder. If you don't get conductance, you're in the same boat as me, and try to fiddle with the bolt and restore conductance. Otherwise, it might be the relay or the capacitor on down the line. If not those, your motor might be shot, but we'll hope thats not the ca$e.

Hope this helps guys, I was really surprised that it turned out to be such an easy fix, you just need a screwdriver, a 3/16 wrench (for the bolt on the switch), and a voltmeter that tests up to 120V and can test for conductance. One thing to be very careful of is the large capacitor in the control box. I just stayed away from it, but I would seek further advice on how to test it if you need to. After taking apart a couple of cameras as a kid, I know not to mess around with those things. Otherwise, just use the same good sense you should bring to any fix involving 120V of electricity and a 10 inch steel blade.

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Sep 06, 2008


It is supposed to have a round plastic plate and a plastic handle with a nut made in it that tightens against the plate to hold the filter on

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Feb 27, 2008


Got to Sears.com, click on the parts link, put in your model number and a parts list will come up, if a user manual is available, you can click to buy it from them.

Craftsman 17026... | Answered on Jan 22, 2008


then it might need a new on/off switch

Craftsman... | Answered on Jun 29, 2019


I don't know exactly but if it has one it will usually be found in intimate contact with the motor.

Some vacs were fitted with a bimetal breaker which is also sited close to the motor, but sometimes there is so much dust around once they open they fail to make a good contact again when the cool and close.

Older vacs weren't fitted with any safety devices.

Craftsman... | Answered on Nov 11, 2017


Yes, you need to take it apart. Maybe ask a friend who knows Mechanics or Electrical.

Craftsman... | Answered on Sep 01, 2017

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