Wood'nCoal wrote:Quite a high end vacuum, euro!
Yeah, no doubt. I'd never have actually purchased one that expensive if I'd not fallen into this one. My 'other' vac is a 70's vintage "Shop-Vac" brand that looks like a 5 gallon metal paint pail with a lid. It's a little 6 amp, single stage flow-thru motor (no wet at all). I had to replace the impeller-end ball bearing as it dried out and got noisy, but the brushes and the brush-end bushing were like new yet. I use it for vacuuming out cars, etc. in the garage. The Mastercraft stays in the basement shop (and with the stove).
I got hooked on 'good' vacuums at our last home where I installed a Vacu-Flo central vacuum system. That thing was 'da bomb'! It would suck up small pets if you weren't careful, and all the fine dust got blown outside through the exhaust port.
In our present home, there was no easy way to install a central system, so I purchased a Sebo cannister vacuum setup. Very nice, but I hate it compared to the central vac. Not nearly the suction power and more work to drag around. But, it has triple HEPA filtration, so it's doing a great job keeping the junk IN the vac.
I had an early Shop Vac in the late 70's as well, it was wet/dry, but the body wasn't stainless, just painted and it eventually rotten out. The motor was on it's way out as well, it got so loud that everyone around knew when I was vacuuming out the car. Then it started producing these odd burning odors...
I inherited a early 1970's Craftsman shop vac from my uncle, it's the green permatex material, like the garbage cans they sold then, about the same size as well. I use it in the cellar. It survived the "Great Flood" last April, it kind of just floated around on it's side.
I also have an Oreck Commercial (very good, and it really does weigh 8 pounds when the bag is empty) that my wife uses constantly, a Clarke Combi-Vac (commercial unit) and a Numatic Cannister (made in the UK, very durable, about 20 years old) lots of suction, very powerful, and it wasn't cheap (don't remember what it cost). The only drawback is that I have to get the bags from an authorized dealer, they can be expensive, and the attachments are all in metric sizes, so generic attachments won't fit on the hose or wand. But it's almost indestructible.