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Post# 356451   7/22/2016 at 12:48 (730 days old) by Numaticrule29 ( london uk)        

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hi all
So I would like to know what commercial and industrial vacs u guys own. Now personally these are my favourite type of vac and I want to see what your type of the vacs you own.


Post# 356452 , Reply# 1   7/22/2016 at 12:59 (730 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have several different models.

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Mine, however, are all real HOOVERs.
I'll post some pics tonight.
Thanks for asking.

Post# 356453 , Reply# 2   7/22/2016 at 13:28 (730 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Dayton 3VE18A wet/dry shop vac

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The only reason I put this in the commercial/industrial category is that it was ordered from either a Uline or Grainger catalog for use in a retail store where I worked for several years. The less than memorable alphanumeric model name is a good indicator that it wasn't meant for the consumer market. It's not exactly a big brute of a machine with a sub-$100 price tag to match, but it's got great suction. The only time I remember using it at the store was to suck up the remains of a smashed snow globe, liquid and all.

We used the machine so seldom that after a couple of years, the store manager decided it was taking up more space in our crowded stockroom than it was worth and told me to take it out back and pitch it into the dumpster, but quickly added that if I pitched it into the back of my car instead, she didn't want to know about it--plausible deniability and all that. She then spent the next few minutes as we were straightening and rearranging the stock room telling me what a nice machine it was and how she just hated to throw it away, not so subtly trying to convince me to take it home. Needless to say, I took the hint without voicing my decision and wheeled the machine and its attachments out the back door, covered it with a piece of cardboard to keep the rain off, and put it in the back of my car after I closed the store that night.

The machine now resides in my storage building and gets used about as often as it did at the store. The thing is about five years old and I doubt it has seen more than maybe an hour or two of use since it was new. I've only used it a couple of times in the three years I've had it but I have no complaint about its performance, given my modest needs and excessive (albeit modest compared to some of your collections) fleet of vacuums. For your viewing pleasure, I've included a link to a catalog listing at that gives all its specs.


Post# 356476 , Reply# 3   7/23/2016 at 03:58 (730 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Tornado Wet-Dry 15Gal ext filter vacuum,4 NSS M1 "canister vacuums,Silver King(these can be considired a commercial machine),Many commercial Royal metal uprights,Kirby 1600 commercial-2.Royal Backpack,ProTeam commercial backpack-one mounted on a janitor cart.Will get a Port-A Vac" soon-MD central vac mounted on a janitor cart.The dealer near me makes them.Have helpted him build some.Will mention other commercial vacs as I think of them.

Post# 356477 , Reply# 4   7/23/2016 at 04:00 (730 days old) by Numaticrule29 ( london uk)        

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Thanks guys for sharing!

Post# 356482 , Reply# 5   7/23/2016 at 05:47 (730 days old) by Numatic_boy (England)        
You already know what I have

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2◊Numatic Wv470s which are dead

Post# 356500 , Reply# 6   7/23/2016 at 14:46 (729 days old) by deluxevacs (Bath)        
I expect you saw my youtube video !!

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But a numatic nuvac and a parkside pnts

Post# 356637 , Reply# 7   7/25/2016 at 23:27 (727 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

I'm a big fan of the backpacks. I don't use them commercially, but they're great for every day cleaning of my apartment, you can check out my profile to see which ones I have. You really can clean faster with those, and they're also great for getting in to high places such as dusting the cabinets.

Post# 356639 , Reply# 8   7/26/2016 at 02:12 (727 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have some backpacks in my collection-find them too awkward for home cleaning--too many "bump into tradgedies".Use my central vacs or my M1.I can put the central hose onto the NSS M1 hose and use that like a "central" vacuum.

Post# 356802 , Reply# 9   7/28/2016 at 23:16 (724 days old) by sheetstyler (Mooresville)        
I love my Sebo's

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I find my two Sebo's or "Windsors" to be the most reliable and best cleaning commercial vacuums.

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Post# 356845 , Reply# 10   7/29/2016 at 21:58 (723 days old) by Packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
Commercial Vacs

I also like commercial vacuums. My first, a Clark 500, I still have. The design is sleek and powerful and inspires confidence that it will get the job done. Also, a Hoover Conquest? that has a ginormous beater bar, several versions of the Hoover 918, and most recently, a Ghilbi (sic?) Vortex Force which is a Tristar on steroids! That one I know nothing about but it seems very powerful. It could come in handy with the cleaning business. I would like to know more about this machine and there does not seem to be much, if any, on the internet. (that I can find at least)

Post# 356985 , Reply# 11   8/1/2016 at 17:03 (720 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
A REAL Commercial....

Hey Guys
I recently won this - model C1312 the last "Indestructible" Hoover.
This one is one of the last from December 1990

Post# 358162 , Reply# 12   8/24/2016 at 14:16 (697 days old) by sanitaire (anchorage, alaska)        

I use my sanitaire sc899, castex porta pac backpack vacuum, advance carpetwin16xp, nssm1 pig, hoover conquest

Post# 358697 , Reply# 13   9/4/2016 at 14:00 (686 days old) by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        

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I use the following:
Carpet Pro Commercial
Kent Duravac
Betco Gold 14 (Discontinued)
Lindhaus Direct EcoLine
Electrolux Prolux Plus

Post# 383291 , Reply# 14   12/30/2017 at 14:41 (204 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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The closest thing I have to an industrial vac is my Amway ClearTrak.

Post# 383364 , Reply# 15   12/31/2017 at 21:41 (203 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I know I never seem to shut up about these damn things, but here's a commercial machine that lives in my bedroom. I've also got some big wet/dry machines. I also have some Hoover 913s my most favorite Hoovers of all!

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Post# 383369 , Reply# 16   1/1/2018 at 01:50 (203 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I wouldn't keep quiet about NSS M1's either!LOVE THE BEASTS!!!!Esp the old "Kidney" shaped bags with the "Horse" logo!!!!

Post# 383378 , Reply# 17   1/1/2018 at 11:39 (202 days old) by Eureka1998 (New York )        

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I recently got a Sanitaire Sc684 and it is a beast. Works great on my carpets.

Post# 383379 , Reply# 18   1/1/2018 at 11:41 (202 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I have two: a Hoover C1403 and a Sanitaire S661. The C1403 is the commercial version of the Hoover Elite 200 and the S661 is a Sanitaire that used to be offered in their blue "Professional" line. It's basically your standard 7 amp Sanitaire but with some higher end features, such as a rotating cord hook and a deluxe handle grip.

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Post# 383382 , Reply# 19   1/1/2018 at 12:49 (202 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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I have a Sanitaire S677 upright; a Windsor Sensor SR12 upright; a Nilfisk canister which I want to say is a GM80 (?), and a Tennant 3400 canister.  I previously had a Lindhaus-made Kent Duravac upright, but donated it to a local thrift store when they needed a machine to use in their store.


Bill W.

Post# 383383 , Reply# 20   1/1/2018 at 13:13 (202 days old) by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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I currently work at a veterans homeless shelter and I brought in one of my numerous commercial machines for the staff to use in the office areas. Its a Minuteman MVP, one of three I got from a school sale. Its in pretty good shape and the people that do most of the cleaning really enjoy it. The last job I had they used a Castex Lite-Trac I had brought in. Ive got like three or four of those LOL!

Post# 383619 , Reply# 21   1/5/2018 at 12:53 (198 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I LOVE the Castex Lite-Trac!

Post# 383857 , Reply# 22   1/8/2018 at 14:46 (195 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Commercial Vacuums are fun and something Iíve recently enjoyed adding to my big collection.

I own:

Hoover Hushtone 13+ Commercial Vacuum (CH54113)
Hoover Commercial Backpack Vacuum (C2401)
Hoover PortaPower Lightweight (CH3000)
Hoover Commercial Professional Series (CH50020)

Sanitaire EON QuietClean Upright (SC550A)

Oreck XL Pro (Twin Tube) Commercial Upright (DS1700HY)

ProLux 8000 Upright

Carpet Pro High Performance Commercial Upright (CPU-350)

ProTeam ProGen 12 Upright (107329)

I may have more and might be forget a few as I havenít listed my collection, separating Commercial and Residential Vacuums.. just Alphabetical by brand. With a collection closing in on 200 Vacuums itís like Sophieís Choice sometimes trying to give all my babies equal love and attention! Lol

Post# 383866 , Reply# 23   1/8/2018 at 16:29 (195 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Ok so this is my biggest industrial vacuum
a wap turbo D2 , 3phase power and a turbine driven off a 3 phase motor

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Post# 383867 , Reply# 24   1/8/2018 at 16:31 (195 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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One of my biggest Uprights, a sorma
Its surprisingly light

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Post# 383868 , Reply# 25   1/8/2018 at 16:33 (195 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Some more of my commercial collection, I love commercial machines

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