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G3's too slick drive wheels
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Post# 1388   9/17/2006 at 08:41 (4,295 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone knew a quick fix to give the drive wheels on my G3 more grip on the carpet short of replacing them for now. I had a second machine I was going to pirate the wheels from but had to leave it behind when we moved last month. That machine had other problems but good wheels, this one runs smoothly but the rear wheels have lost most of that rubbery coating so when it goes in reverse they do more spinning than pulling.

Post# 1403 , Reply# 1   9/17/2006 at 22:39 (4,294 days old) by swingette ()        

perhaps you can get one of those wide rubber bands, the kinds used to hold broccoli bunches, and stretch it over the wheel as a new tread? or stretch a flat vacuum belt over the wheel in the same way.

Post# 1408 , Reply# 2   9/18/2006 at 03:31 (4,294 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

I have a similar wheel grip problem, but for a much older machine: my Model 900's rear two 'tyres' are absent, and the front two are quite warped, hardened and perished. It means I can't use the machine, because without the tyres, the wheels aren't big enough to lift the chassis from the floor properly. Does anyone have any tips on what I could replace them with??

Post# 1409 , Reply# 3   9/18/2006 at 03:32 (4,294 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Best bet--may not be liked-replace the wheels.The tread on them is not replaceable.

Post# 1417 , Reply# 4   9/18/2006 at 08:43 (4,294 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Will replace them eventually when I find another junked/cheap one to pirate from.. I was wondering if something like a thin coat of rubber cement might help, or some other product anyone can think of. I suppose I could just try the rubber cement lol

Post# 1423 , Reply# 5   9/18/2006 at 17:34 (4,293 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        
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You really should just replace the wheels. I think I know where I can get you a set for free or nearly next to free. If you would like me to persue this, let me know.

I have a vacuum store owner friend that would help me out if you are interested.

Post# 1426 , Reply# 6   9/18/2006 at 18:51 (4,293 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Thanks Charlie, if you could that would be great, lemme know. And here I was thinking you were going to suggest spraying the wheels with Adorn. LOL

Post# 1449 , Reply# 7   9/19/2006 at 09:16 (4,293 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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Are you kidding? It would need to be Aquanetta for real traction!

Post# 1458 , Reply# 8   9/19/2006 at 19:46 (4,292 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

You guys are too much! You sure got me laughing and make my day... How I miss California

Post# 1460 , Reply# 9   9/19/2006 at 21:15 (4,292 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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Aquanetta is one of my co-workers! The hairspray was just play AquaNet. My mother must have owned stock in the company the way she would spray and plaster her head on a regular basis.

(Wound in toilet paper at night to preserve the Hadassah flip)

Post# 1481 , Reply# 10   9/20/2006 at 03:01 (4,292 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

thats funny my mom use to use aquanet by the case too

Post# 1484 , Reply# 11   9/20/2006 at 07:43 (4,292 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Charlie can you email me.. I have a new email not the one showing in my profile. Can't figure out how to change it.. my new email is ghost7 at
change the at to @ and leave no spaces.

Post# 1485 , Reply# 12   9/20/2006 at 07:55 (4,292 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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You will hear from me shortly!

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