Line switch on vacuum cleaner


I have a Black & Decker Dirt Buster that had the switch repaired about 2 years ago. It is out again. I don't want to spend the $$ to have another repair that won't last.
I went to put on a line-switch, like I have installed on lamps in the past, but don't know whether I can do it on this appliance.
The cord is round, not flat like lamp cords, and thicker.
On the bottom of the plug it says:
E173455 and SHO-01
On the bottom of the Dirt Buster itself is written:
HV7000 yp 1 120 VAC 60 Hz 67A 789W (NOM 6,7 a - 780W)
Does this give enuff info to tell me whether I can open the cord and install a line switch?
Alternatively, can a lovable klutz actually install a new internal switch?
TIA
Hypatia
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*There are inline switches made for round cord, but I don't know if you will find one rated for 6.7 amps. It should probably be horse power rated as well. It sounds as though yours might be 1 HP.
If you have patience, proper tools and perseverance you can probably replace the existing switch (Assuming replacements are available).
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Take it apart and look for some id on the switch. Also carefully bypass the switch with a clip lead and make sure it is the switch and not the motor.
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wrote:
 Also carefully

The motor is running...how could it be the motor? You shouldn't bypass a shorted switch...it is just not safe. And if you had to shut-down quickly...you wouldn't be as close to the switch.
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Where does the OP say it is running???? I sure didn't see it on my version!!!
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wrote:

If he thinks he is not qualified to change the switch...why would he be taking it apart to by-pass it? Simple assumption!
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One could always try one of these:
http://skycraftsurplus.com/heavydutyin-linelampcordswitch.aspx
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