The model number is 113.179255.
A picture of the filter is here:
The nut you see at the top of the picture won't budge. Thus, I cannot remove
the filter. I called Sears and they said it should come off easily without
any tools. The vacuum is less than a year old and only used a couple of
times. I don't think I ever removed the filter before. You can see how
mangled that plastic nut is now after trying every tool the in drawer to
remove it. (Why would they use a plastic nut?) I must be missing something
really obvious. One other thing I should mention, the owners manual shows
the parts blow up which includes a "filter nut lever." I didn't see anything
like that attached to or near the nut.
Thanks for your replies.
If his is anything like the old, old SHopvac, you don't need the nut.
All the filters I have had were frictionfit (some fell off easily,
though!). I just bought a replacement at Home Depot since the guy I had
lent the vac too gave it back so filthy, I chewed off half the filter
trying to clean it with a garden hose :-(
I have a Craftsman that is probably 20+ years old at
this point. But it uses a similar filter and looks like
the same or similar design. On mine the filter is
held on by a special plastic wing nut, if you will.
That wing nut is large and has only one side,
more like a lever. Sounds to me that could be
what Sears is describing.
If that is what you had, almost all of it is gone
at this point. The special plastic wing nut
is likely formed around a steel nut and in
your case almost all of the plastic is gone.
Something must have been very wrong with
this from the factory for it to have gotten
stuck on there like that in less than a year.
My 20+ year old one still works perfectly.
Have you tried spraying it with penetrating
oil and letting it sit for a day? If it won't
come off with pliers at this point, the only
thing left to do would be to carefully cut
it off with a hacksaw, grinder, or try a
nut splitter. Then you can get a new
nut from Sears.
What are you doing?
That filter is extremely clean. There is no need to mess around trying
to remove it.
Yes, I agree that eventually (when you start putting it to some real
use) that you'll want to remove it to slam it against a tree trunk or
brick wall to get the fine dust out of it.
But at this point it simply does not need to be removed.
I have a 10-year-old Rigid (sp?) shop vac (the large size) and I keep
re-using the same filter. The filter looks like a cross between brown
cardboard and really thin leather. Once every year I'll rinse it under
warm water, opening every fold and flushing out the fine mud. Then I'll
put it outside on top of the AC unit where it dries.
He can still use it to vacuum up water - with the filter on. I've done
Once you're done, just turn it upside down (like he has in the picture)
and let it dry out. Sit the whole thing on top of the outside AC unit
and let the hot air dry it out.
Because the vac is sometimes used to suck up water and a metal nut on a
metal rod would rust solid.
I must be missing something
Did it look like that before you took the tools to it? This is what a
filter nut should look like. This one is white, yours is black.
That nut should only be put on and taken off with your fingers, no tools
required. Did you remember righty tighty, lefty loosey?
Now that I see the photo from your link above of what the nut should look
like, I had nothing like that. I probably should have taken a "before" photo
but that would have meant I knew I wouldn't have been able to remove the
nut. There was just that black rubbery knob at the end of the filter. It
used to have some sort of edges to it. I tried fitting it with a socket but
nothing would grab it, sae or metric.
Yes, I'm pretty good with the left loosey stuff. (-:
Thanks for your reply.
I see the new filter with the hole at the end. I really can't see the end of
the stud on what I have here. Is it metal? Wouldn't it have threads on it?
That would be pretty easy to notice if the nut were missing, no?
Here's a scenario I could imagine. If the vacuum cleaner does not come
preassembled, then I mount the filter on the stud. Next, I cannot find the
wing nut in the parts bag or it just gets lost. Needing to secure the filter
onto the stud, I grab something from my workbench that fits securely on the
end of the stud. On the other hand, if it does come preassembled, I really
can't think of any explanation for this.
Thanks for your reply.
Should be, but as others have said, the nut is a one-armed "wing nut". It
should be pretty easy to notice that it's not there. ;-)
You're probably close. Someone lost the nut (mine has fallen off, into the
muck below) and replaced it with something close. ...and stripped the mess.
You'll likely have to force it off, somehow, or cut it off and replace the
parts necessary. Parts should be available because they built millions of the
things (and those with the same parts). Here's a link to the manual:
Yes, epic fail. (I always wanted to use that term on the internet (-;)
Ok, I just kept twisting until the "nut" came off. Scroll down and see the
results. http://webpages.charter.net/mrfixiter Then see what turned up a
little while later hiding in a pile of papers. Didn't anyone at the two
Sears stores I called AND their parts department know about this?
Thanks for your reply.
I did access the manual online. It showed a nut with half a wing as one
previous poster, willshak, pointed out in his link:
When I called the Sears parts department, they confirmed the same thing. It
was only that one piece of paper I posted online that was tossed in with the
vac somewhere that shows the correct parts blowup. Must be a well kept
secret at Sears.
I bought a Ridgid vacuum for $20 on sale at Homedepot. They were almost
giving them away. It uses that wing nut and works fine. I clean the
filter with my other vacuum but I only use it in my backyard for picking
up leaves. I've never replaced the filter in about 5 years.
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