SE 122

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A powerful and quiet wet/dry vacuum for a wide range of professional jobs.

Product Description

Get a serious clean without serious noise. The STIHL SE 122 features a quiet, powerful motor – operating at only 62 dB(A) with 11% less noise than the SE 61. Plus, with 27% better suction and its larger 7.9 gallon capacity canister, the SE 122 can handle just about anything your job site can throw at it. Need to transition from one type of surface to another? This vacuum features a universal wet/dry suction head and foot-activated depth control so you can switch from wet to dry surfaces seamlessly without needing to change the filter. Three cleanup tools – a universal tool, crevice tool and adjustable floor tool – are easily stored on a self-contained tool keeper so they’re always at hand when you need them. It also features a 10’ suction hose and 25’ electrical cord, so you can out-maneuver your mess with ease. When work gets messy, this vac picks up just about anything, including the slack.

Model Features

  • Filter Cleaning System
    The built-in automatic filter cleaning system makes maintenance fast and easy. Just lock the suction inlet, turn on the machine and the filter cleans itself.
  • Floor/Crevice Nozzle
    The floor/crevice nozzle attachment enables vacuuming in narrow spaces that are typically unreachable with regular nozzles. The attachment can be stored on the vacuum’s onboard attachment holder, making it easily available for use any time you need it.
  • Multiple Filter System
    The vacuum’s filter cartridges are washable, making them more hygienic, economical and environmentally responsible.
  • Onboard Attachment Storage
    With the onboard attachment holder, all of your vacuum’s attachments are within easy reach during cleanup jobs. Plus, it keeps all of your accessories organized during storage.
  • Quick-Release Coupling
    The quick-release coupling allows the suction hose to easily and securely attach to the stainless steel handle.
  • Stainless Steel Vacuum Tube
    With a stainless steel vacuum tube, this shop/vac is durable enough to handle challenging cleanup tasks around the home as well as tough professional jobs.
  • Swivel Wheels with Locking Brake
    The vacuum’s swivel wheels provide greater maneuverability, while the locking brake can add stability during use or storage.
  • Universal Nozzle Attachment
    The universal nozzle attachment provides the versatility to quickly and thoroughly clean both wet and dry surfaces with ease.


120 V (60 hz)
1.0 kW (8.3 amps)
10.0 kg (22.0 lbs.)
230 mbar (91 in H2O)
3200 L/min. (113 cfm)
30 L (7.9 gal.)
3.0 m (9.8 ft.)
7.5 m (24.6 ft.)
1000 w (8.3 amps)
62 dB(A)

Important Information

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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SE 122 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Find but Hopefully Worth the Effort I've owned several shop vacuums over the past twenty years. This is my first Stihl. I read the reviews before I decided to purchase. I own Stihl trimmers, chain saws, blowers, pole saw, etc. so when I read the great reviews I decided to purchase the SE 122.I had to contact six dealers until I found one that had an SE 122 in stock. We opened the box and I immediately recognized Stihl quality. Even the way it rolls on the casters is Stihl quality. I took it home, read the manual, assembled the remaining pieces and began cleaning up my small garage wood shop. It worked well.The manual says that the vac can be used for dry pick up without the filter bag. That is how I am using it. I've not noticed any dust coming out of the vac.The filter cleaning button is a great idea. I'm hopeful that it continues to work as well as it did the first time. Compared with other vacs where you have to blow out the filter with compressed air, this will save a lot of time, keep the filter clean and hopefully the filter will last longer than they did in my other vacs.The metal handle works very well. The plastic handles on my other vacs can fall apart when you are vacuuming the floor and pull on them. The Stihl handles are will designed and stay together.I wish that Stihl made an adapter that would allow me to connect the SE 122 to the exhaust ports on my smaller wood working tools; chop saw, belt sander and biscuit tool. Something that would snap into the end of the Stihl hose would be great. I would purchase one for each of these tools, fit it onto the tool and then snap the Stihl hose onto the adapter when I am using the tool.The hose is very flexible and appears to be very rugged. I used the vac to clean my Jeep Wrangler. I was impressed with how flexible and sturdy the hose is. The on board tool and cord storage is will thought out. Excellent design.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet, manueverable, good suction, quality, flexible hose that swivels. I purchased my SE122 July 18, 2019 . When it came into my local dealer I was impressed with the quality of the unit, the low noise level was very important, with a sturdy flexible hose, and great maneuverability. For vacuuming up dust in the barn, I purchased a 7 foot hose because the 10 foot hose is too awkward. After about an hour, it does get warmer around the top of the unit parallel to the lid locks. Now the SE62 that I got 2 weeks later is not as good. I got worried because after 35 minutes of use, it felt very hot around the top of the unit parallel to the lid locks. I had to open up the suction control on the hose nozzle to continue working. I then got concerned so I shut it down, and grabbed my trusty SE122. The SE122 is very flexible. I use a 35mm to 32mm (1 1/2" to 1 1/4") hose adapter on the stainless steel hose nozzle, attach my 1 1/4" telescope wand and can use my regular Dyson dusting tools. I can attach a Miele telescope wand directly to the stainless steel nozzle and use my Miele floor tools. This is great!
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from this products construction is too light to be sold as a commercial vacuum cleaner These units are sold as a commercial vacuum cleaner but in reality they are light in construction.The foot tool on our SE122 has completely worn through after only 16 months of office use. I was informed by the dealer they were not designed for everyday/heavy use and they would not replace the worn out foot as it had been overused. My advice to consumers would be these units are no better than any other budget vacuum cleaner
Date published: 2018-07-16
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jane Elpers Use this product in my event rental business. Has great suction, can even pickup confetti and sparkles, which has always been an issue for us to vacuum. We liked it so much purchased a 2nd for our second floor. Girls were tired of taking one to both levels.Works great on warehouse floor and office carpets. Very quiet compared to other shop vacs we have had.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Power This vacuum really makes all of my previous ones look like a toy.Lots of power, new purchase so cannot answer about long term use. Have the car cleaning kit, cleans my trucks interior just right. Couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful wet dry vacuum I bought this shop vac mainly for it's wet vacuum capability. I have a fountain which the birds love and therefore needs a weekly cleaning. I bought the wet vac additional package as well which has a flexible hose bit and a stainless steel mesh screen for a filter. This thing sucks! But in the way you want a great vacuum to. I also picked up some extra bags and have used it with the car cleaning package to do the cars. I had dog hair stuck in the mats and this thing made short work of it. Then as an experiment I cleaned the house, and window screens. The canister is a bit big for dragging around but the motor is quieter than my other popular bagless vacuum. It did another good job. I have yet to hook it up in my shop but I have little doubt it will do well there too.Pro: quiet, great warranty, powerful suction. Con: expensive. But the cheap shop vacs appear to be too cheap for me. Maybe if I had intended to clean some terrible job once and toss the machine afterwards. But I prefer to buy quality and this machine is it
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This vac is great but.. My husband insisted we buy this shop vac and it IS powerful, quiet and easy to use. However, the main foot has such a small opening, that I have trouble picking up with it. We own a dog kennel and I use it for cleaning the kennel; dog hair, spilled dog food and small amounts of straw that we can't sweep up. The opening gets clogged easily and I am always stopping to unclog it. I am really surprised that there isn't a bigger opening in the main foot attachment. How can this be called a shop vac, it is better suited for the home. I cannot even find an attachment to buy to make it easier to use as a shop vac. Please make one with a bigger opening and I will buy it.
Date published: 2017-05-17
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