A shop vac is a handy household appliance that is much more adaptable and customizable than a regular vacuum cleaner. Shop vacs are much cheaper than regular vacuums, while at the same time they often have more powerful motors. The only drawbacks are that they are noisy and not as stylish looking as a traditional vacuum.

Assembling a new Shop vac from the box takes only about ten minutes. Follow these easy steps to have it ready to go in no time.

Step 1

Open the box, remover the contents, and spread them out on the floor.

Step 2

Look inside the main tank to find additional parts.

Step 3

Separate the four plastic caster feet from the plastic webbing that holds then together.

Step 4

Insert the four wheels into the caster feet. Inserting them requires applying a certain amount of force until each wheel snaps into place.

Step 5

Turn the tank upside down and insert the plastic caster feet, with wheels already attached, into the four holes on the bottom of the tank. Insert the screws into the holes on the caster feet and tighten them in with a screwdriver.

Step 6

Turn the tank right-side-up so that it is standing on its wheels.

Step 7

Install the filter according to the instructions. Some models come with cartridge filers that screw on. Other models come with a foam sleeve and a paper filter.

Step 8

Place the bag into the tank so that it fits around the edges, and fit the hole over the nozzle of the intake port.

Step 9

Put the top onto the tank and snap the latches closed. Note that the latches will only fit if the top is turned in the correct direction.

Step 10

Install the tool holder if desired. Not all models include this.

Step 11

Connect the hose to the intake port and attach wands and other accessories as needed.