Craftsman 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum (12004)

In the past, I’ve had pretty good experiences with Craftsman equipment. I can’t think of many of their products that didn’t work the way they were intended to work. Which is why I was more than happy to give this Craftsman 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the best wet dry vac I’ve tested but I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t be the worst.

The first thing that I caught my attention when I received this vacuum was that it was kind of small. It isn’t tiny by any stretch of the imagination, mind you,  but it did seem smaller than I thought it would be. It was only about 21-inches high, 15.5-inches wide and about 15.75-inches deep. Not the smallest unit I’ve used but not the largest either.

This model had a 6-gallon capacity and had a 3-HP motor. It has a 7-foot long hose that’s about 1-7/8-inches in diameter, a 10-foot power cord and comes with 8 accessories. The accessories that come with this vac include 2 extension wands, a hose bracket set, a floor/squeegee nozzle, a cartridge filter, a utility nozzle and a wet pickup foam filter. Other features of this vacuum is a dust-sealed on/off switch and casters that not only roll smoothly but also can roll 360-degrees.

One of the reasons I wanted to try out this wet/dry vac was that it was supposed to be a 2-in-1—meaning that it was supposed to not only be a vac but also a leaf blower. So I was a little disappointed that it didn’t have a leaf blower attachment so it could be used for that purpose. Yes, technically if you plug the hose into the blower port you can blow leaves but I was kind of expecting to have an attachment that would facilitate that job.

Another thing that disappointed me about this unit was its power. I kind of expected it to be more powerful. Sure, it did a fine job at cleaning but it didn’t do an “industrial” level of clean. What I mean by that is that it didn’t pick up heavier items like an industrial vac would. It seems to be in the netherworld between a home vac and an industrial vac.

Overall, I think that this is a decent wet/dry vac. It’s certainly disappointed me on a couple of points but in the end, it did what it was designed to do. Besides, it’s usually reasonably priced and it seems very durable. Let’s just call it a wet/dry vac and leave it at that. You can decide if its imperfections are enough to keep you from purchasing it.

9.3 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.5
Performanc
9.0
Features
9.5
Value
9.5
PROS
  • Good quality
  • Works Well
  • 6-gallon capacity
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Could've been more powerful
  • No blower attachment
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