Reviews say the 16-gallon Craftsman 17761 shop vacuum has plenty of power and picks up dry and wet debris equally well. Users say they appreciate the shop vacuum's suction power, reasonable price, assortment of attachments and long power cord. However some users complain that the Craftsman 17761 is too noisy and that its lid doesn't lock tightly enough to prevent dust leaks. While the Craftsman 17761 is made by Ridgid for Sears, it is only covered by a one-year warranty, rather than Ridgid's more generous lifetime warranty. If you can afford to spend more, you might want to consider the Ridgid WD 1450 (*Est. $135) for a quieter and comparably sized wet dry vac with a longer warranty.
Since Craftsman wet dry vacs are sold exclusively at Sears, we found a good number of reviews from owners at Sears.com that reflect how the Craftsman 17761 fares over time. ToolCrib.com also included the Craftsman 17761 in their rankings of nine shop vacuums.
Sears is the primary vendor of Craftsman wet dry vacuums made by Ridgid. The Craftsman 17761 is one of the most reviewed shop vacuums on the Sears.com website. In general, Sears.com users say they like the shop vacuum, citing its powerful suction and affordable price as factors. The Craftsman 17761 has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 99 Sears.com users, and 85 of 99 users say they would recommend the shop vacuum to a friend. The top complaint made about the Craftsman 17761 is that it is too loud.
Review: Craftsman 16 gal. Wet Dry Vac, 6.0 Peak hp, Contributors to Sears.com
Editors rank nine wet dry vacs suitable for woodworking, based not only on reviews but also on different websites' forum discussions where users discuss the pros and cons of specific models. Quite a few reviews are left out, but the links to forum discussions are useful. The Craftsman 17761 gets the best buy title and ranks fourth overall.
Review: Top 9 Woodworking Shop Vac Smack Down: Ridgid vs. Festool vs. Fein and More, Editors of ToolCrib.com, Feb. 2009