on 11/30/2009 1:45 AM (ET) Jon Danniken wrote the following:
Mine is 35 years old. Replaced the motor brushes about 5 years ago, and
then the motor last year.
No need for HEPA filters or bags, since whatever passes through the
internal filter is exhausted outside.
On Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:40:13 -0700, Tony Hwang wrote:
Always wondered about those - popular in big houses 100 or so years ago
from what I've read. How well do they work? Do the outlets that aren't
being used seal well? Does the pipework behind the walls ever jam up
(presumably the wall pipework's wider than the vac hose so in theory it
shouldn't happen, but still...)
Kenmore Central vac, vented to the outdoors.
You can use a bag, or go bagless. I use a bag, easier to clean.
Cost for a base model kit is between 400 and 500, depending on local.
Benefit of venting to outdoors? any dust escaping the bag is gonzo. I would
never use a canister type vac again.
I picked up an upright from the Sears parts/service store. My use is
light to medium. They had a bunch of refurbs, returns, discos, missing
accessories vacs on display. Some discounted very well. Mine marked down
from 250 to 150. Yea it's all plastic. $11 for 8 standard bags.
I just bought a Rigid shop vac for $20 at HD. If you don't have carpets,
consider a shop vac. They suck better than a girlfriend I had in college who
played French Horn in the Longhorn Band (if it blows, it's gotta suck
The Rigid, which is about 1/2 the size of a garbage can, goes to the shop,
freeing the $15 Walmart shop vac for exclusive house duty - no more moving
back and forth.
Unfortunately, shop vacs don't have bags - but on the other hand, when used
as a household vacuum, you'll only have to empty it once ever couple of
Seriously. I could use a new shop vac, mine is pretty rickety and was
cheap to begin with (doesn't have "blow" connection, and there's times
I could use that, like cleaning out attic vents.) Problem is, I was
just at HD on Saturday, and visiting that place twice in one week
could push someone over the edge.
:-) I don't mind HD too much - my local one doesn't seem too bad when it
comes to employees pouncing on people and doing the "how can I help you?"
routine, and it's a very big store in an area of low population density,
so outside of "peak hours" it's not full to the gills with people.
What I have found though is that their prices are often higher than the
locally-run farm supply place just down the road, so it really pays to
know which store is good for what kinds of stuff...
Her name was "Carol." Let's see: The "calorie" maybe? Seems to fit: The
amount of heat necessary to raise one pound of water (or equivalent) one
degree (Farenheit or angle of elevation?).
It was a Black Friday deal. May not still be available. It was this one:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)59620053&sr=8-16
I found it here:
Look for Ridgid 16-Gallon 5-HP Wet/Dry Vac - $19.88
Eureka C5712A commercial. About $200.
"(Amazon.com product link shortened)"
I bought one at the Business Costco for about $150 on sale, but AFAIK
there are only a couple of Business Costcos in the world, and Amazon's
price is lower than the non-sale price at the Business Costco.
Avoid bag-less vacuum cleaners at all costs.
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