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

Ease of Use
  • Good quality
  • Works Well
  • 6-gallon capacity
  • Inexpensive
  • Could've been more powerful
  • No blower attachment
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