Just thought I would give a word of caution.
I have had a Shop-vac Pro, model QPL625 18 Gal for a number of years. The
on/off switch went bad the other day. A call to Shop-vac revealed that the
on/off switch is not a replaceable part. You have to replace the entire
power unit. I don't know how many models have this requirement, but this
model does. It doesn't make any sense at all to have to replace a
perfectly good power unit because of a bad switch.
I know that I will never buy a Shop-vac product again and will never
recommend Shop-vac to anyone.
I have one of their 10 Gal units and the switch went bad on mine as
well. I didn't even inquire about a replacement because I figured the
part would be extremely expensive. I just put a toggle switch in its
place and it's worked fine for over six or seven years so far.
No, I absolutely do not want him to fail. Every one poked fun at Clinton,
and Bush, just imagine the up roar that would be created if Obama changed
his look to that of "Link" from the Mod Squad. I guarantee you the shiny
head look would vanish.
Check the date code in the bottom. Mine was a couple months shy of 3
years when it went out. Called their CS number and explained what the
problem was. They sent me a new power unit no charge. Still crazy to
have to replace the whole thing over that but was satisfied it was not
on my dime. To be honest, I would be very surprised to find any vacs in
the Shop Vac price point are any different.
The point of building the on/off switch into the unit is that it costs
less to manufacture that way. Repair is the last thing a design engineer
looks at. If you don't believe me look under the hood of any modern
And mine was a hand-me-down, non-running '50 Deluxe four-door, three
speed on the column, cracked water jacket. But it saw me through my senior
year in high school . . . once I finally got the replacement timing gear
installed. I had to use a quilt for a back seat cover which, BTW, wasn't
actually a bad thing. ~:o)
Deluxe, BTW, meant it had a heater in it.
Dave in Houston
My best-friend in high school had a '60 or '61 [unsafe at any speed]
Corvair with a gasoline heater! And, it had a slow drip over on the
passenger side like where the heater core was located behind the glove box.
It's a wonder we didn't torch ourselves, Marlboro men that we were.
Dave in Houston
I had the same problem about 6 months ago. I complained and was told that
for liability reasons they did not sell the switch alone. They ask me how
old the unit was and I told them about 2 years. The representative on the
phone "decided" it was under warranty and sent a complete motor unit for no
charge. Call them back because I suspect this is a common problem on this
model and they are trying to keep customers happy. You can always talk to a
supervisor and keep going up the chain until you get satisfaction.
Remember, " do not talk to anyone that does not have the authority to say
yes to solving a problem".
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