Shop Vac 9689400 Review

Shop Vac 9689400 Review


This is a Shop Vac I wish I could have whenever I am dealing with sucking up large volumes of water. Not only will you have the perks of having a large tank, but it also has an inbuilt pump which means instead of carrying a heavy vacuum to a dumping site or drain, you can just connect a garden hose to the outlet of the pump and as it sucks up the flooded water, it can pump it out into a drain or dump. This Shop Vac 9689400 review will introduce you to the wonderful world of powerful vacuums.

Shop Vac 9689400

Who is it made for?

If you from time to time have to deal with flood waters in the house, basement and even the pool, you probably will appreciate this shop vac. Also if you do commercial cleaning that requires a big tank to contain large volumes of waste, both wet and dry, then this was probably made for you as well.

Features & Benefits of Shop Vac 9689400

Easy to empty

The shop vac 9689400 has an inbuilt pump which is for emptying liquids. Instead of carrying the 14-gallon tank when it is full, you can simply connect a hose and let the liquid flow out. This makes it easier to drain flood water in a basement since you will not have to walk upstairs to empty the tank from time to time. You are even able to suck and pump out water continuously so you will be done much faster. You can even use it to drain a swimming pool.

Strong suction

With a 5.5 peak horsepower motor, this vacuum has very strong suction which makes it able to lift liquid easily as well as dry waste. You may want to get the job done fast and the strong suction is what you would need to be able to do so. If you are using this shop vac for commercial cleaning then it is necessary to ensure a job well done. With this kind of suction, you should be able to pick up the smallest of particles as well as the big ones.

Large tank

The 14-gallon tank comes in handy when you need to vacuum a big home and do not wish to keep on making trips to empty the tank. The shop vac 9689400, however, was made to deal more with liquids and 14 gallons is sufficient for liquid waste since it tends to fill up much faster. You may, however, find that a bigger tank will mean you need to do more cleaning and lift a heavier load. But this should be a small price to pay for the benefits you get.

Sufficient reach

You may not always be near a socket and if you are dealing with liquid, you do not want to have a socket too near the water so it is a good thing that this shop vac has a long power cord. With the 18 foot cord and 8-foot hose, you can reach a wide area even with the vac plugged into a socket that may not be in the room you are vacuuming. For example, if you have no sockets in the basement, the length of the cord may be sufficient to reach the nearest socket.


As you vacuum, you will need to move the shop vac around and Shop Vac has taken care of that. The vacuum has wheels so that even when it is full, you can push it around until you get to the dumping site. The wheels swivel so you may need extra effort to direct it where you want it to go but they are a very helpful feature.


  • The inbuilt pump allows you to empty the tank as you suck up water
  • The big capacity tank allows you to suck up a lot before you need to empty the tank
  • The powerful motor ensures cleaning is done quickly and effectively


  • It has a top carry handle but it is too bulky to be carried around

Key Features

  • Inbuilt powerful pump
  • 14-gallon capacity tank
  • Powerful 5.5 peak horsepower motor
  • 18-foot power cord for wide coverage while vacuuming
  • 8-foot lock on hose
  • Disposable filter bag, filter cartridge, and foam sleeve
  • Versatile accessory tools including, crevice tool, utility nozzle, extension wand and floor nozzle

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.Can you use it as a blower as well?

A.Unfortunately not. You have to be happy with just the inbuilt pump as an added feature. It has a small exhaust but you cannot attach a hose to it.

Q.How do you activate the pump?

A. After sucking up water, the machine will auto shut off, you can then hold the power button for 15 seconds and that will activate the pump.


I find the inbuilt pump is the biggest selling point for this Shop Vac 9689400, being able to empty the tank of liquids without having to carry it is a big relief. It handles dry waste just as well as wet but you will need to carry or push the vac to the dumping site to empty dry debris. With its strong suction, it is able to do aggressive cleaning of different surfaces and you should be pleased with it if you purchased it.

Andy Evans

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