I had a central vac system and thought it was a PITA. It was in my
house when I bought the house and had been purchased and installed
when the house was built in 1984. Far easier and cheaper to just buy a
decent upright for each floor of the house. They work better (at least
better than my central vac) are easier to use than that 25 foot hose
and are easier to put away out of sight when done and no carrying
anything up and down the stairs.
We once owned a Kirby. Biggest piece of junk I ever saw. Fine dust
all over the house from the bag. You can't get rid of the fine dust
unless you use a CYCLONE or a very exceptional other machine such as
a Rainbow. We bought a private-label cyclone machine 20 years ago that
got splended results but it's no longer on the market. It was made by
Bissell which now has their own cyclone on the market, I believe. We
got over 12 POUNDS of dirt out of 2 square yards (area 4 by 4-1/2 feet)
of carpet that our Kirby wouldn't pull up. A good vacuum centrifugally
separates the dirt from the air and filters the air before it gets to
the blower/fan. If that's not how the candidate product works, keep
looking. The alternative is fine dust on the furniture, just like you
get fine dust all over your shop if you use one of the many popular
dust collectors that have inverted canvas bags for filters.
If you invest in a good shop dust collector of the cyclone variety,
you'll get rid of most of the sawdust you're tracking into the house.
So take some of the money you save buying the Bissell instead of the
Kirby, and buy a good cyclone system based on Bill Pentz's design.
Invest some time at
to get educated, then look at
for information on a good cyclone in kit form which I have adapted
from Bill's design to make it a lot easier to build. I also am
producing a matching blower housing. Add an impeller, motor, and
sub-micron fine filters, and you have a dust-free shop. Cyclones
are amazingly effective machines when properly designed and installed.
But just because someone calls their product a "cyclone" doesn't
mean it will do an exceptional job of cleaning up your shop and the
air in it.
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