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Old 06-15-2006, 02:31 PM   #21
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Greg is gone for a few days so I have been doing chores today. Yuck.

I vacuumed using the Oreck. Sucked up something and the belt broke. Don't know if we have more belts or where they are. Damn vacuum. Took a lunch break. Cook? I don't cook. I bought a Spanokapeta and heated it in the oven. Carried the plate over here to the computer. Dropped the plate on the freshly vacuumed rug. Broke plate. Cleaned up the Spanokapeta and ate it anyway. Tossed plate. Cleaned rug again.

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Re: Oreck Vacuum Cleaners
Old 06-15-2006, 04:37 PM   #22
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Re: Oreck Vacuum Cleaners

When we did our last vacuum cleaner purchase, I bought a bunch and returned what we didnt like.

Frankly, the dyson was nothing special at all. I liked the ease of emptying it out and it was pretty cool looking, but for the price it didnt outperform the far cheaper hoovers, and the dirt devil platinum force had the best suction of all the ones I tried. The dyson (I think it was a dc07?) was the biggest pain in the butt to use with tools.

Plus I could smell the marketing campaign, replete with the guy with the english accent, adding about $150 to the price.

Not that theres anything wrong with it. I've found that dyson owners will swear its the best vacuum made. Perhaps for their carpets and needs, but not mine.

Another middle of the road performer if you go for the consumer reports stuff. In fact, all of the $400-1000 landed in the middle of the pack.

Maybe they last longs, but is it just me or after 5-6 years, dont you really want a new vacuum and not the same old smelly skanky one?
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:16 PM   #23
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I am resurrecting this old thread. My Oreck, probably about 8 years old, is now on its last legs. The metal handle has a crack and it is just about to break off. We brought it in to the Oreck dealer who said $150 to fix. Thank you, no. They would discount a new vacuum by $20 though. Ha!

Getting a Hoover bagless cannister vac.
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Well sure, duct tape gets the dog hair up pretty well, but can it clean as deeply as a product backed by a foreign sounding guy?

I think not.
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:27 PM   #26
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Getting a Hoover bagless cannister vac.
I've read that manufacturers & repair guys love the bagless models because people don't clean their filters and the motors eventually burn out on lack of suction. I can tell from across the house just by the change in motor pitch when our vacuum's filter has reached its limit.

I used to rinse out our bagless vacuum's HEPA filter after each use (a bucket of mud) but I've found it's much easier to clean it with our shopvac (which has its own HEPA filter). So whatever I'm saving in $2 bags I'm devoting to the labor of vacuuming a vacuum.

Life's going to be a lot less complicated around here when the bunny goes to his great reward, our kid leaves the nest, and I cut off my ponytail.
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Life's going to be a lot less complicated around here when the bunny goes to his great reward
QUIT that!

I took apart our 4 year old hoover self propelled windtunnel last month. No dirt clogs, hepa filter seemed pretty clean even though I've never washed it. I do put the main filter "tube" under hot running water every 3-4 months even though they explicitly say not to (might as well wave a red flag in front of a bull)...still holding together.

I did buy a bag model of the same thing recently though. I found a cheap source for the bags and bought a ton of them.
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In that other topic by a guy who was buying his SO a vacuum, we discussed a lot of vacuum issues. My comment was that after emptying the dirt cup the first time I wished I had gone with the bags.

My new vacuum is a canister with a powered head and it has very easy to change bags.
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