How To Switch Shop Vac From Blower

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been trying to switch your shop vac from blower mode to vacuum mode for a while now. If you’re anything like us, you probably feel as though switching from blower to vacuum and vice versa is harder than it needs to be. However, rest assured that there is a logical reason why these vacuums are so fiddly. Any safety features built into the machine have made it more complicated than it needs to be. So, read on and we will walk you through how to switch your Shop Vac from blower to vac mode and back again!

What is the Difference Between Blower Mode and Vacuum Mode?

Blower mode is for circulating air in a work space. It is used to blow away dust from difficult to reach areas or from areas that you don’t want the dust in, such as your workshop’s floor. Vacuum mode is for collecting dust in small areas. It is usually connected to a small pole that makes it easy to clean up small areas, such as a car engine bay. Blower mode creates a higher air pressure than vacuum mode, so it uses more energy. However, it is not as strong as vacuum mode, so it is not as effective at collecting dust. Vacuum mode uses less energy than blower mode but is much more effective at collecting dust.

How to Switch Shop Vacs From Blower to Vac Mode

Turn the vacuum off at the switch and unplug the unit. Turn the vacuum over and remove the plate at the base of the vacuum. There should be a lever or switch that can be switched from blower mode (up) to vacuum mode (down).

How to Switch Shop Vacs from Vac to Blower Mode

Turn the vacuum off at the switch and unplug the unit. Turn the vacuum over and remove the plate at the base of the vacuum. There should be a lever or switch that can be switched from vacuum mode (down) to blower mode (up).

Conclusion

Switching a shop vac from blower to vacuum mode is not as simple as you might think. The two modes are completely different, so the machine must be completely switched off in one mode before it can be used in another. If you’ve ever tried to switch your Shop Vac from blower to vacuum mode, you’ll know just how complicated the process really is. However, if you understand the rationale behind it, then it should make sense.

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