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Will a PN2 brush roll fit on a PN4A?
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Post# 367934   3/6/2017 at 12:00 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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So I've just about decided the brush roll on my PN4A needs replacing. Looking online, I see that brush rolls for a PN2 are considerably less expensive than those for a PN4. Since they're the same length, will a PN2 brush roll work in a PN4A? Is there a downside to using one? The thread guards on the PN4 brush roll appear to be larger than those on the PN2. It would seem to me the smaller thread guards on the PN2 brush roll would be less of an issue than going the opposite direction and trying to put a PN4 brush roll into a PN2. Opinions and observations are welcomed and appreciated.

Post# 367936 , Reply# 1   3/6/2017 at 12:21 by bnsd60m9200 (Denton,TX)        

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no. the pn2 and pn4/4a arent even close to the same design. brushrolls are very different and so are the end caps.

Post# 367949 , Reply# 2   3/6/2017 at 21:08 by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

PN4 bristles are longer than the PN2 also the thread guards on the PN4 are larger, I wouldn't use a PN2 brush roll in a PN4 it will not clean correctly

Post# 367967 , Reply# 3   3/7/2017 at 07:08 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I put a PN4 brush

Into a PN1, had to prize off the thread guards and trim the bristles..

Post# 367971 , Reply# 4   3/7/2017 at 08:37 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Say Edgar I might be able to help you get the Pn4 brushroll a little cheaper. I'll have a look on Steel City Vacuum.

Post# 368038 , Reply# 5   3/8/2017 at 08:33 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Thanks Andy.

Post# 368040 , Reply# 6   3/8/2017 at 08:49 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yeah, I'm now wondering if I have a PN2 brush roll in my PN4-A. The bristles don't seem to stick out far enough effectively clean a Persian rug and the thread guards aren't very pronounced. No worries if it is, since I have a PN2 as well. I really wish the PN4/4-A's brush roll was adjustable like the one on PN2. I guess the longer bristles were the tradeoff on that feature. I've got my PN2's brush roll set to the 'used' position and it cleans the Persian rug much better than the PN4-A does.

Post# 368065 , Reply# 7   3/8/2017 at 14:22 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Hey Edgar I looked on Steel City. Looks like you would only save a buck or two ordering that way, but once all the shipping to you is done it evens out. Might as well save the hassle and order it on EBay. If I can be of more help let me know!

Post# 368070 , Reply# 8   3/8/2017 at 15:30 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Thanks Andy. I've got a line on one for $19.99 with free shipping, which is $5 more than a PN2 brushroll.

I finally dug out my PN2 a little while ago to compare its brush roll with that of the PN4-A. The bristles seem to be practically the same length--which could explain why they're not working too well on the PN4-A, especially considering that I moved the PN2's brush roll to the 'used' position because the bristles were a little worn down. The thread guards are indeed slightly larger on the PN4-A's brush roll, which would obviously cause clearance issues putting it into a PN2, but I'm not trying to do that. It just makes me wonder why the engineers at Electrolux thought it was necessary to redesign the brush roll instead of design the PN4/4-A so that it would use the PN2 brush roll.

Post# 368084 , Reply# 9   3/8/2017 at 18:30 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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I'm sure they changed it to sell more dealers would have to buy and stock more parts to keep up...

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