Powersmith Ash Vac

bayfeet

Member
Jan 12, 2009
63
Central Mass
I bought one about 5 years ago from a company off this sight. Started it up today and immediately tripped the breaker. In the past vac would overheat from time to time. Motor does not sound good, about to crap out. Anyone have similar problems? The majority of the posts are all positive on this machine. Vac has low miles so I’m surprised it’s going. Ed B
 

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,427
Salem NH
If that is the old power smith in the green can, there is a sponge foam type of filter that must be cleaned periodically. To do this, you must remove the five screws in the top to get at this motor filter.
I chucked mine and got the new power smith in the Stainless Steel can that has the exposed motor filter that is much easier to clean! I just blow it out with my air compressor once in a while when I empty it. :)
 
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bayfeet

Member
Jan 12, 2009
63
Central Mass
If that is the old power smith in the green can, there is a sponge foam type of filter that must be cleaned periodically. To do this, you must remove the five screws in the top to get at this motor filter.
I chucked mine and got the new power smith in the Stainless Steel can that has the exposed motor filter that is much easier to clean! I just blow it out with my air compressor once in a while when I empty it. :)
Yeah, it’s the green one. Never checked the motor filter, shame on me. I think the motors toast for this reason. Would also shoot dust out in initial startup, probably related. Thanks, I’ll keep an eye out for the new one if the old ones gone. Thanks much.
 

jerrieric

Feeling the Heat
Jul 7, 2008
285
Windham Me
Does your new power Smith have more power than the old green one? That's the only complaint I have with my green one it sure doesn't have much power but I've owned it for several years and I'm still using it
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
Does your new power Smith have more power than the old green one? That's the only complaint I have with my green one it sure doesn't have much power but I've owned it for several years and I'm still using it
Used to feel that way also but since it is only used for pellet ash which is very light, it,s fine for us.
 

scajjr2

Burning Hunk
Dec 9, 2010
190
Kingston, NH
Never knew about that filter. Ours is 5 yrs old as well, will have to clean filter this weekend.

Sam
 

fedtime

Feeling the Heat
Sep 13, 2009
256
Down East Canada
This is weird, I took the screws off but no filter inside. Anyone have a pic of what the one on the green can looks like?
The filter is just a grey piece of foam that is wrapped around the electric motor, and it can't be removed unless you disconnect the wires to the motor. You should also see a small, round black filter in the exhaust port - it can be removed and is just held in place by small tabs.

I use compressed air to clean both. Hope this helps.
 

bayfeet

Member
Jan 12, 2009
63
Central Mass
The filter is just a grey piece of foam that is wrapped around the electric motor, and it can't be removed unless you disconnect the wires to the motor. You should also see a small, round black filter in the exhaust port - it can be removed and is just held in place by small tabs.



I use compressed air to clean both. Hope this helps.
The motor is toast I called powersmith and they want 50.00 + 8.00 for shipping. I’m almost in new vacuum price range. Motor # on side is KM1-T. Anyone replaced the motor in a powersmith ash vac?
 

stellep

Burning Hunk
Oct 5, 2011
247
Eastern MA
I cleaned the internal filters in mine. Never knew about them.
Vac runs much cooler now.

Thanks Don2222.
 

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,427
Salem NH
Does your new power Smith have more power than the old green one? That's the only complaint I have with my green one it sure doesn't have much power but I've owned it for several years and I'm still using it
I think it has about the same power as the green one, but now when it feels like it is loosing power
I just blow out the handy to get at motor filter and it is good as new. :)
 

Supersurvey

Burning Hunk
Jan 25, 2015
169
New Jersey
Anyone have a link to the stainless unit, i can only find the green unit.
 

Supersurvey

Burning Hunk
Jan 25, 2015
169
New Jersey
Thank you, I just found it on Amazon.
 

lagger

Feeling the Heat
Apr 2, 2014
319
Bloomingburg NY
did not know that about the motor .. I have the older green model and will get to it tomorrow ... I see the 101 SS model on ebay for 89 bux w\ free shipping ... I have not had any issues with the green unit after 3 seasons at approx. 4 tons a season
 

jerrieric

Feeling the Heat
Jul 7, 2008
285
Windham Me
did not know that about the motor .. I have the older green model and will get to it tomorrow ... I see the 101 SS model on ebay for 89 bux w\ free shipping ... I have not had any issues with the green unit after 3 seasons at approx. 4 tons a season
Yes I have the green one probably for six seasons now and probably about 25 tons at least. I also did not know about this filter for the motor so I cleaned it the other day and suction is better now.