Craftsman 338.17921 Owner`s manual

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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.
Printed in USA
Do not put any object into openings. Do not use with any
openings blocked; keep free of dust, lint, hair and anything that may reduce air flow.
Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers and all parts of body
away from openings and moving parts.
Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such
as cigarettes, matches or hot ashes.
Do not use without dust bag and/or filters in place.
Turn off all controls before unplugging.
Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids
such as gasoline or use in areas where they may be present.
Do not use your cleaner as a sprayer of flammable liquids
such as oil base paints, lacquers, household cleaners,
Do not vacuum toxic, carcinogenic, combustible or other
hazardous materials such as asbestos, arsenic, barium,
beryllium, lead, pesticides or other health endangering
Do not pick up soot, cement, plaster or drywall dust without cartridge filter and collection filter bag in place. These
are very fine padicles that may pass through the foam
and affect the performance of the motor or be exhausted
back into the air. Additional collection filter bags are available from Sears.
Do not leave the cord lying on the floor once you have finishedthe cleaning job. It can become a tripping hazard.
Use special care when emptying heavily loaded tanks.
To avoid spontaneous combustion, empty tank after each
The operation of a utility vac can result in foreign objects
being blown into eyes, which can result in eye damage.
Always wear safety goggles when operating vacuum.
STAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing and use common sense. Do not use vacuum cleaner when you are
tired, distracted or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or
medication causing diminished control.
Warranty Information...........................
Safety Instructions ............................
Unpacking Carton Contents .....................
Assembly ...................................
Operation ...................................
Storage .....................................
Troubleshooting ..............................
Repair Parts ...........................
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If this Craftsman Wet/Dry Vacuum fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase,
Sears will repair or replace it, at Sears option, free of charge. For
warranty service, retum the Wet/Dry Vacuum to your nearest
Sears Service Center or Sears Store in the United States.
ff this Craftsman Wet/Dry Vacuum is used for commercial enterprise of any sod, including rental use, this warranty coverage
applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase.
This warranty applies only while this product is used in the United
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
Seam, Roebuck and Co., Dept. 817WA, Hoffman Estates,
IL 60179
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions
should always be followed, including the following:
Read all instructions
before using this product,
To reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock or injury.
Do not leave appliance when plugged in. Unplug from
outlet when not in use and before servicing. Connect to a
properly grounded outlet only. See Grounding
Do not expose to rain - store indoors.
Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention
essary when used by or near children.
Use only as described in this manual. Use only
Craftsman attachments.
Do not use with damaged cord or plug. If appliance is not
working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left
outdoors or dropped into water, return it to a Sears
service center.
Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close
a door on cord or pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Do not run appliance over cord. Keep cord away
from heated surfaces.
Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the
plug, not the cord.
Do not handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
is nec-
This vacuum cleaner is equipped with a cord having an
equipment-grounding conductor and grounding plug. If vacuum cleaner should malfunction or breakdown, grounding
provides a path of least resistance for electric current to
reduce the risk of electric shock. The plug must be inseded
into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and
grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.
Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor and grounding plug can
result in a risk of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or service person if you are in doubt
as to whether the outlet is properly grounded. Do not
modify the plug provided with the vacuum cleaner if it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet
installed by a qualified electrician.
This appliance is for use on a nominal 120-volt circuit, and
has a grounded plug that looks like the plug illustrated in
sketch A. A temporary adapter that looks like the adapter
illustrated in sketches B and C may be used to connect this
plug to a 2-pole receptacle as shown in sketch B if a properly grounded outlet is not available. The temporary adapter
should be used only until a properly grounded outlet
(sketch A) can be installed by a qualified electrician. The
green colored rigid ear, lug or the like extending from the
adapter must be connected to a permanent ground such as
a properly grounded outlet box cover. Whenever the
adapter is used, it must be held in place by a metal screw.
NOTE; in Canada, the use of a temporary adapter is not
permitted by the Canadian Electrical code.
When using the vacuum cleaner at a distance where an
extension cord becomes necessary, a 3-conductor grounding cord of adequate size must be used for safety, and to
prevent loss of power and overheating. Use the table below
to determine A.W.G. wire size required. To determine
ampere rating of your vacuum, refer to nameplate located
on rear of motor cover.
Before using vacuum cleaner, inspect power cord for loose
or exposed wires and damaged insulation. Make any needed repairs or replacements before using your vacuum
cleaner. Use only three-wire outdoor extension cords which
have three-prong grounding-type plugs and three-pole
receptacles which accept the extension cord's plug. When
vacuuming liquids, be sure the extension cord connection
does not come in contact with the liquid.
Total length of cord in feet
Not More
6 ................... 10
10 ................. 12
12 ................. 16
Not recommended
NOTE: Static shocks are common in dry areas or when
the relative humidityof the air is low.This is only temporary and does not affect the use of the appliance. To
reduce the frequency of static shocks in your home, the
best remedy is to add moisture to the air with a console or
installed humidifier.
1. Pull tank cover latches in an
outward motion and remove
tank cover and any accessories which may have been
shipped in the tank. (Figure 1)
2. Before replacing tank cover,
refer to Dry Pick-Up or Wet
Pick-Up Operation in this manual to ensure you have
the proper filters installed and inlet deflector is positioned correctly for your cleaning operation.
3. Your vacuum comes with the
filters already installed for dry
pick-up. For filters recommended for wet pick-up refer
to wet pick-up operation.
4. Be sure inlet deflector
(Figure 2) is in proper
position. Opening up for wet, down for dry vacuuming.
5. You will find four casters, four caster supports and four
screws with your weVdry
vacuum. Model 17920
includes four casters only.
6. With tank cover removed,
invert tank so that the bottom
is facing up.
7. Insert caster supports into
slots and secure with screws. (Figure 3)
8. Insert caster stems into supports by applying pressure
until you feel the casters are firmly in place.
9. On model 17920, insert casters directly into holes provided
in the bottom of the tank.
10. Replace tank cover and apply
pressure with thumbs to
each latch until it snaps tightly
in place. Make sure both lid
latches are clamped securely. (Figure 4)
11. Insert hose end with locking-nutinto inlet of tank and
tighten nut. Do not over-tighten.
12. Attach the extension wands to
the accessoryend of the hose.
13. Attach one of the cleaning
accessories (depending on
your cleaning requirements)
onto the extension wands.
14. Align toolholderwith the lugs near bottom of tank. Slide
tool holder down until it snaps into place (Figure 5)
Your vacuum is now equipped
for tool storage (Figure 6).
15. Plug the cord intothe wall
outlet. Your cleaner is ready
for use. I=ON, O=OFF
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 7). 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 8 & 9). To remove the filter for cleaning,
again hold the tank cover and turn the filter retainer counterclockwise to loosen and remove, then slide the cartridge
filter off the lid cage (Figures 10 & 11). TOclean the cartridge filter, shake or brush off excess dirt (Figure 12) or
rinse (from the inside of the filter) with water (Figure 13).
Dry completely and re-install.
Your vac filter is color coded with a black stripe. When
replacing, just match the color.
(Not standard with all models)
1. Use for dry pick-up only. Use only when cartridge filter is
installed on wet/dry vacuum.
2. With cord disconnected from receptacle, pull latches in
an outward motion and remove tank cover.
3. Unscrew hose locking-nut and remove hose from inlet.
(Figure 14)
4. Remove inlet deflector from deflector guide. (Figure 14a)
NOTE: Hose must be removed before inlet deflector can
be taken out.
5. With the opening of the inlet deflector facing the bottom
of the filter bag, slide collection bag collar over deflector,
matching notches of bag collar to tabs on inlet deflector.
Bag will only fit properly one way. (Figure 14b)
6. Slide deflector with collection bag attached into deflector
guide (Figure 14c)
7. Reinsert
hose into inlet and tighten locking-nut.
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. Invert and insert into guide
with opening facing up. 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
Misting may occur if inlet deflector is not inserted properly.
Misting in exhaust air may also 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 possible dripping of liquid around the lid.
Turn the unit off immediately upon completing a wet pick-up
job or when tank is full and ready to be emptied, and raise
the hose to drain any excess liquid into the tank. The interior of the tank should be periodically cleaned. The foam
sleeve should be cleaned periodically as described in the
following steps:
1. Always disconnect the plug from the wall receptacle
before removing the tank cover. Remove foam sleeve by
sliding it up and off the lid cage.
2. Shake excess dust off foam
sleeve with a rapid up and
down movement.
3. Hold sleeve under running
water, rinsing from the inside.
A water wash is not always
required, depending on the
condition of the sleeve.
4. Gently wring out excess water, and blot sleeve with a
clean towel. The foam sleeve is now ready to be reinstalled on the lid cage. NOTE: Bottom of sleeve should
be TUCKED in groove between lid cage and tank lid.
(Figure 16)
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