Shop-Vac vacuums produce much less horsepower If you own a Shop-Vac vacuum, you may be eligible to join a class action lawsuit alleging that Shop-Vac vacuums produce much less horsepower than advertised. Although the various models of Shop-Vac vacuums sold contain different horsepower representations, all of these representations may have be overstating the true horsepower of the devices.
The consumer protection lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating Shop-Vac horsepower claims. We are offering free lawsuit evaluations to any consumer who purchased a Shop-Vac. To learn more about filing a Shop-Vac class action lawsuit, we urge you to contact us today.
Shop Vac Class Action Lawsuit Allegations
Shop-Vac class action lawsuits alleging that various models of Shop-Vac vacuums have far less horsepower than actually advertised have already been filed in California and New Jersey. In the California lawsuit, tests were commissioned on six Shop Vac wet/dry vacuums:
- 2.0 HP, 1.5 gallon unit (model 201-25-27)
- 2.5 HP, 2.5 gallon unit (model 589-52-00)
- 3.0 HP, 8.0 gallon unit (model 586-08-27)
- 3.5 HP, 8.0 gallon unit (model 586-73-00)
- 5.5 HP, 16 gallon unit (model 586-46-27)
- 6.5 HP, 10 gallon unit (model 962- 55-10)
Measurements were taken for line current, power factor, barometric pressure, air duct temperature, total pressure, static pressure, free velocity and air flow. From these measurements, incoming horse power, air flow and air horse power were calculated. The test results and attendant calculations showed that the Shop Vac vacuums, in actual use, produced a range of 17% to 40% horsepower under full load and 26% to 51% horsepower when under no load. However, even this measurement was taken at the motor, and is not a true indication of the actual work that the vacuum performs.
To observe a true measure of actual work, the Plaintiff’s laboratory measured and calculated “air horsepower,” or the actual suction power of the vacuum, a more accurate measurement of the vacuum’s ability to do work as it corresponds to the power seen at the intake of the vacuum. According to the complaint, the test results and attendant calculations showed that the Shop Vac units, in actual use, produced a range of a negligible percentage to 2.7% air horsepower with no load and 1% to 10.3% air horsepower at 90% load.
Shop-Vacs with higher horsepower are generally more expensive than those with lower ranges. However, the tests performed for the California Shop-Vac class action lawsuit indicate that consumers who pay a premium for higher horsepower may not be getting their money’s worth.