Craftsman CMXEVXA18115 5-Gallon Corded Portable Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum Cleaner Instruction Manual

CMXEVXA18115 5-Gallon Corded Portable Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum Cleaner
Instruction Manual


Defnitions: Safety Alert Symbols and Words

This instruction manual uses the following safety alert symbols and words to alert you to hazardous situations and your risk of personal injury or property damage.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
(Used without a word) Indicates a safety-related message.
NOTICE: Indicates a practice not related to personal injury that, if not avoided, may result in property damage.

Fig. A


  1. Handle
  2. Power switch
  3. 2 Lid latches
  4. Vacuum port
  5.  Dust tank
  6.  Caster
  7. Flexible hose*
  8. 3 Extension wands
  9. Floor nozzle
  10. Gulper nozzle
  11. Disposable dust bag*
  12. Foam filter*
  13. Crevice nozzle
  14. Cartridge filter*
  15. Blower port

* Please refer to below for alternative item# at Lowe’s.
7 Flexible hose – Lowe’s item# 3626872
11 Disposable dust bag – Lowe’s item# 3626882
12 Foam filter – Lowe’s item# 3626873
14 Cartridge filter – Lowe’s item# 3626869

WARNING: Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire, and/ or serious injury.
WARNING: Never modify the product or any part of it. Damage or personal injury could result.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, read the instruction.
If you have any questions or comments about this or any product, call CRAFTSMAN toll-free at 1-888-331-4569.


When using this appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed the following:

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury:

  • Do not leave the appliance when plugged in or when in operation. Unplug from the outlet when not in use and before performing any service on it.
  • Do not expose to rain. Store indoors. Always disconnect the plug from the wall outlet before removing the tank cover.
  • Do not allow it to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.
  • Do not use a damaged cord or plug. If the appliance is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water, contact the service center for assistance.
  • Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close a door on cord or pull cord around sharp edges or corners.
  • Do not run appliance over cord. Keep cord away from heated surfaces. Do not unplug by pulling on the cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
  • Do not handle plug or appliance with wet hands. Do not put any object into openings.
  • Do not use with any openings blocked; keep the openings free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce airflow.
  • Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of the body away from openings and moving parts.
  • Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.
  • Do not use without a dust bag and/or filters in place.
  • Turn off all controls before unplugging.
  • Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
  • Do not use it to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline or use it in areas where they may be present.
  • Do not use the cleaner as a sprayer of flammable liquids such as oil-based paint, lacquers, etc.
  • Do not vacuum toxic, carcinogenic, combustible, or other hazardous materials such as asbestos, arsenic, barium, beryllium, lead, pesticides, or other health-endangering materials.
  • Do not pick up soot, cement, plaster, or drywall dust without filter and dust bag in place. These are very fine particles that may affect the performance of the motor or be exhausted back into the air. An additional dust bag is available.
  • Do not leave the cord lying on the floor once have finished the cleaning job. It can become a tripping hazard.
  • Use special care when emptying heavily loaded tanks.
  • To avoid spontaneous combustion, empty the tank after each use.
  • The operation of a utility vacuum can result in foreign objects being blown into the eyes, which can result in eye damage. Always wear safety goggles when operating a vacuum.
  • STAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing and use common sense. Do not use a vacuum cleaner when you are tired, distracted, or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication causing diminished control.
  • This appliance is provided with double insulation. Use only identical replacement parts. See instructions for servicing double insulated appliances.
  • Unplug the appliance before connecting the hose, nozzles, filters, or other accessories.

NOTICE: Use only as described in this manual. Use only the manufacturer’s recommended attachments.


  • Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.
  • Do not use to vacuum combustible explosive materials, such as coal, grain, or other finely divided combustible materials.
  • Do not use to vacuum hazardous, toxic, or carcinogenic materials, such as asbestos or pesticide.
  • Never pick up explosive liquids (e.g. gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, paint thinner, etc.), acids, or solvents.
  • Do not use a vacuum without filters in place.
  • Some wood contains preservatives that can be toxic. Take extra care to prevent inhalation and skin contact when working with these materials. Request and follow any safety information available from the material supplier.
  • Do not use a vacuum as a step ladder.
  • Do not place heavy objects in the vacuum.
  • An extension cord must have adequate wire size (AWG or American Wire Gauge) for safety. The smaller the gauge number of the wire, the greater the capacity of the cable, that is 16 gauge has more capacity than 18 gauge. An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. When using more than one extension to make up the total length, be sure each individual extension cord contains at least the minimum wire size. The following table shows the correct size to use. If in doubt, use the next heavier gauge. The smaller the gauge number, the heavier the cord.
  • If an extension cord is to be used outdoors it must be marked with the suffix W-A or W following the cord type designation. For example – SJTW-A indicates it is acceptable for outdoor use.
Minimum Gauge for Cord Sets
Ampere Rating Volts Total Length of Cord in Feet (meters)
120V 25 (7.6) 50 (15.2) 100 (30.5) 150 (45.7)
240V 50 (15.2) 100 (30.5) 200 (61.0) 300 (91.4)
More Than Not More Than AWG
0 6 18 16 16 14
6 10 18 16 14 12
10 12 16 16 14 12
12 16 14 12 Not Recommended

WARNING: Always wear proper personal hearing protection that conforms to  ANSI S12.6 (S3.19) during use. Under some conditions and duration of use, noise from this product may contribute to hearing loss.
WARNING: Always use safety goggles. Everyday eyeglasses are NOT safety goggles. Also, use a face or dust mask if the area of operation is dusty.

  • ANSI Z87.1 eye protection (CAN/ CSA Z94.3),
  • ANSI S12.6 (S3.19) hearing protection,
  • NIOSH/ OSHA/ MSHA respiratory protection.



Double insulated appliances are constructed throughout with two separate layers of electrical insulation or one single layer of reinforced insulation between the user and the appliance’s electrical system. Products built with this insulation system are not intended to be grounded. As a result, this appliance is equipped with a two-prong plug which permits it to be used without concern for maintaining a ground connection.

NOTICE: Double insulation does not take the place of normal safety precautions when operating this appliance. The secondary insulation system is for protection against injury resulting from a possible failure of the primary insulation within the product.


Polarized plugs (one blade is wider than the other) are used on equipment to reduce the risk of electric shock. When provided, this plug will fit in the polarized outlet only one way.
WARNING: Do not alter the plug in any way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet.
WARNING: If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer or its service agent or a similarly qualified person in order to avoid a hazard. Remove the plug from the socket before performing maintenance. Before using the machine make sure that the frequency and voltage shown on the rating plate correspond with the mains voltage. Specifications and details are subject to change without prior notice. The accessories shown in the pictures may vary from model to model.


The symbol on the product or packaging indicates that the product must not be treated as domestic refuse. Instead, it should be handed into a collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic components. Ensuring the product is treated in the right way, will help to prevent the negative impact on the environment and health that may result from the product being thrown away as general waste. For further information about recycling, you should contact the local authorities, refuse collection service or the sales outlet where you bought the goods. WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. For more information go to
WARNING: This product is NOT to be used for the filtering of pathogens, for example, COVID-19. Follow all local, state, and federal guidance on general cleaning practices.


Power 120V~ / 60Hz / 8A
Peak HP 4.0
Tank Capacity 5 Gallon
Hose 1-1/4 in. x 5 ft.
Power cord SJTW18AWG / 10 ft. Length



  1. Pull lid latches 3 in an outward motion, remove the powerhead and some accessories that may have been shipped in the tank.
  2. Attach casters 6 following the instructions below:
    a. Invert the dust tank, and take the casters 6 to align the tank bottom sinking place. Press firmly until you hear a click which indicates the casters are installed in place.
    b. Return dust tank assembly upright.
  3. Before replacing the powerhead, refer to this manual to ensure you have the proper filters installed for the cleaning operation.
  4. Replace the powerhead, and apply pressure with the thumb to each latch 3 until it snaps tightly in place. Make sure all lid latches 3 are clamped securely.
  5. Insert the hose 7 ends into the vacuum port 4 of the tank.
  6. Attach the extension wands to the end of the hose. Apply slight pressure until fitting is tight.
  7. Attach one of the cleaning accessories (depending on the cleaning requirements) to the extension wands. 8 Twist slightly to tighten the connection.
  8. Plug the cord into the wall outlet. The vacuum is ready for use.
  9. Turn the unit “ON” by pressing switch 2 from position “O” to position “I”. The “O” is the “OFF” position and the “I” is the “ON” position.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, do not operate this vacuum in areas with flammable gases, vapors, or explosive dust in the air. Flammable gases or vapors include but are not limited to: lighter fluid, solvent-type cleaners, oil-based paints, gasoline, alcohol, or aerosol sprays. Explosive dust includes but is not limited to coal, magnesium, aluminum, and grain or gun powder. Do not vacuum explosive dust, flammable or combustible liquids, or hot ashes. Do not use this vacuum as a sprayer for any flammable or combustible liquid. To reduce the risk of health hazards from vapors or dust, do not vacuum toxic materials.
WARNING: The operation of any utility vacuum can result in foreign objects being blown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety eyewear complying with ANSI Z87.1 (or in Canada, CSA Z94.3) before starting operation.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of hearing damage, wear ear protectors when using the vacuum for extended hours or when using it in a noisy area.

  1. The filter must always be in the correct position to reduce the risk of leaks and possible damage to the vac. Make sure that the filter is completely covering the cartridge filter. 14 Make sure there are no gaps between the cartridge filter 14 and the lid. (See illustration). It is very important to assemble the filter to the cage without allowing any possible leaks or tears. Any leaks will allow the picked-up debris to be blown out of the blowing port and back into the surrounding environment.
  2. When using the vacuum to pick up fine dust, it will be necessary to empty the dust tank and clean or replace the cartridge filter 14 at more frequent intervals to maintain peak vacuum performance.

NOTICE: A dry cartridge filter is necessary to pick up dry material. If you use the vacuum to pick up dust when the cartridge filter is wet, the cartridge filter will clog quickly and be very difficult to clean. If the cartridge filter gets wet, replace it before continuing to do dry pickups.


  1.  Slide the cardboard collar opening firmly onto the vacuum port deflector until it stops against the deflector wall.
  2. Position the disposable dust bag 11 so that it is distributed around the inside of the tank.
  3. Replace and secure the powerhead onto the tank.


  1. Remove the cartridge filter and replace it with foam filter 12 when you do wet pickups.
  2. This wet/dry vac is equipped with a float 14 mechanism that will rise automatically to cut off the airflow when the liquid in the tank reaches a predetermined level. When
    this happens, turn off the vac, unplug the power cord, and empty the dust tank. You will know that the float has shut the airflow off because the suction ceases and|
    the motor noise becomes higher in pitch due to increased motor speed. The liquid capacity may vary with the rate of pickup.

NOTICE: To reduce the risk of damage to the vacuum, do not run the motor with float in the raised position.


WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from accidental starting, unplug the power cord before emptying the dust tank.

  1. Remove the powerhead assembly of the wet/dry vacuum by pulling outward on the lid clips located 3 on each side of the vacuum. Lift off the powerhead assembly.

Dump the dust tank 5 contents into the proper waste disposal container.


WARNING: Always wear safety eyewear complying with ANSI Z87.1 (or in Canada CSA Z94.3) when using it as a blower.
WARNING: To avoid injury to bystanders, keep them clear of blowing debris.
CAUTION: Wear a dust mask if blowing creates dust that might be inhaled.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of hearing damage, wear ear protection when using the vacuum/blower 15 for extended hours or in confined space.
The vacuum contains a blowing feature. Follow the steps below to use the vacuum as a blower 15.
1 . Locate the blowing port 15 on the vacuum.
2 . Insert the buckle end of the 7 ft x 1-7/8 in / 2.1 m x 48 mm hose 7 into the blower port.
3 . Turn the vacuum “ON”.


WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from accidental starting, unplug the power cord before changing or cleaning the filter. The filter should be cleaned often to maintain peak Vacuum performance.
WARNING: Do not remove the filter cage and float. The float prevents water from entering the impeller and damaging the motor. The cage prevents fingers from touching the moving impeller.
CAUTION: To avoid damage to the impeller and motor, always reinstall the reusable filter before using the vacuum for dry pickups and always reinstall the foam filter before using the vacuum for wet pickups.
CAUTION: After cleaning, check the filter for tears or small holes. Do not use a filter with holes or tears in it. Even a small hole can cause dust to come out of the vacuum. Replace it immediately.
CAUTION: Clean the filter in an open area.


To keep the wet/dry vacuum looking its best, clean the outside with a cloth dampened with warm water and mild soap.
To clean the tank:

  1. Dump out debris.
  2. Wash the tank thoroughly with warm water and mild soap.
  3. Wipe out with a dry cloth.


Before storing the vacuum, the dust tank should be emptied and cleaned. The cord should be wrapped and hung on the unit and the accessories should be kept in the accessory holder so they can be readily available. The vacuum should be stored indoors.


WARNING: Since accessories, other than those offered by CRAFTSMAN, have not been tested with this product, the use of such accessories with this tool could be hazardous. To reduce the risk of injury, only CRAFTSMAN recommended accessories should be used with this product.
Recommended accessories for use with your tool are available at extra cost from your local dealer or authorized service center. If you need assistance in locating any accessory, please contact CRAFTSMAN, call 1-888-331-4569.


Minor problems often can be fixed without calling customer service.

The vacuum will not run No electricity Make sure the electrical outlet has a voltage (A qualified electrician may need to be contacted)
Loss of suction, wet pick-up 1) Full tank
2) Clogged hose
3) Clogged filter
1) Drain and clean the tank
2) Remove hose and clean debris
3) Clean or replace filter
Loss of suction, dry pick-up 1) Full tank
2) Clogged hose
3) Clogged filter
1) Drain and clean the tank
2) Remove hose and clean debris
3) Clean or replace filter


Alton Industry Ltd. Group 3-year Limited Warranty
This warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship of the enclosed product. Alton Industry Ltd. Group will repair or replace any defective materials due to the craftsmanship of the product. This warranty does not cover any problem caused by misuse, abuse, accidents, or acts of God, such as floods or hurricanes. Consequential and incidental damages are not covered under this warranty. Coverage terminates if you sell or otherwise transfer the ownership. If you feel you have a defective product, please submit a copy of your receipt to the address below and call 1-888-899-0146 for instructions prior to returning this item to the store or sending it back to: Alton Industry Ltd. Group 643 Innovation Drive West Chicago, IL 60185
We will inspect the product and contact you within 72 hours to give you the results of our inspection. We reserve the right to repair or replace the product at our discretion. However, we may replace the product with one of similar but not exact features. Parts and Service Information available call Alton Industry at 1-888-899-0146. This warranty
gives you specific legal rights. You may have other rights which vary from state to state.

CRAFTSMAN® is a registered trademark of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., used under license.
Product manufactured by:
Manufactured under license by Alton ltd. Group
ADD:643 Innovation Drive West Chicago, IL 60185
U.S. & Canada Only
For product, service, or warranty information contact us at:
The product may differ from that pictured. Does not affect function.