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Old 03-02-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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I like to run a vacuum quick on the clean out day just to leave it as spotless as possible. Usually I just grab the vacuum at from home in the morning since its only a once in a while thing and maybe 30 minutes of running it. But wifey isn't real thrilled with that anymore. So thinking about picking up a vacuum for carpets that I can bring to the job when cleaning up and turning over the completed work. Need something a little heavy duty so I don't have to worry about burning it up if there is any bigger stuff. I try to pick up the bigger stuff before but there is always something that gets missed. But don't want to spend a fortune since it will only be used a few times a year probably. But at the same time don't want to spend a hundred or two on a vacuum and suck up something and burn it up right away. Any suggestions? I thought about just hiring a cleaning crew but I think it's easier and quicker for us to just do it when we are cleaning out the job.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:02 PM   #2
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Need something a little heavy duty so I don't have to worry about burning it up if there is any bigger stuff. I try to pick up the bigger stuff before but there is always something that gets missed. But don't want to spend a fortune since it will only be used a few times a year probably.
Go to a thrift shop and get one for about $10-$15. Or go to Walmart and spend $40 on something new. If you break it and have to buy it twice in a year, it's still cheaper than hiring a crew.

But I can't blame your wife for not wanting the vacuum in the houses of strange people. I don't like other people's feet germs in my house so I make my cleaning lady use only the cleaning tools and supplies in my house. If she needs something, I'll gladly buy it but I don't want rags and mops and stuff that's been through other people's dirt and bodily entrails.

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I was wondering if the Festool with the beater bar could accomplish a nice pick up or any good sucking vac with a beater.
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Ebay! You can get a brand new or store return with a guarantee that it works for less than 1/4 of retail (Unless it is a Dyson, as they often sell for top dollar). Of course there is always Craiglist.

I would recommend bagless, or at least a commercial type bag.

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I was wondering if the Festool with the beater bar could accomplish a nice pick up or any good sucking vac with a beater.
This was my first thought as well. I've used a small beater bar intended for stairs with one of my CT vacs and it sounded like a jet turbine. I actually had to turn the suction down it was spinning so fast.
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I second the thrift store approach, I got a $500 dollar Miele vacuum at Goodwill for twenty bucks, they had no idea what it was worth.
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The Festool beater head works very well with the 36mm hose. It will cost you more than a thrift store vacuum.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELECTROLUX-A...UAAOSwB4NWzzlO
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Suggest you look for a bagged unit. A bagless will most likely need to be dumped a few times.
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I second the thrift store approach, I got a $500 dollar Miele vacuum at Goodwill for twenty bucks, they had no idea what it was worth.
You made out like a bandit. I paid the full $600 price for a Miele. But it's definitely a nice vac.
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We had an Electrolux growing up. It was a great vac from the 1960's, that eventually became to heavy for my mom since it was made out of 1/2" thick steel or so it felt. The problem with those carpet heads is they require power to operate, which would require some creative wiring.
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So I can find a power head to use with my shop vac? That would actually work pretty good since the power heads aren't that big or heavy and I already have a shop vac on site. As for the cord I think I could handle that since I won't be using this too often.
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We had an Electrolux growing up. It was a great vac from the 1960's, that eventually became to heavy for my mom since it was made out of 1/2" thick steel or so it felt. The problem with those carpet heads is they require power to operate, which would require some creative wiring.
Rewire it to a standard plug if you have a tool triggered vac there you go.
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I actually have a Miele as a work vac. I bought it for $350 in 2000. It's never needed a repair. That's $23 a year.
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I actually have a Miele as a work vac. I bought it for $350 in 2000. It's never needed a repair. That's $23 a year.
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