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Flour UNDER The Carpet Test For Electrolux Olympia One
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Post# 369565   3/30/2017 at 11:06 by wyaple (Ohio, USA)        

I bought a new 5'x7' Mohawk medium pile carpet for vacuum tests in my basement recently. I wanted to see what vacuums had enough power to pull flour up through the carpet into the dust bag.

The test was completed with only 2 complete strokes (2 forward/2 backward) at medium speed right through the middle of the flour. I think this qualifies as maybe 50% total pickup? Maybe less since it seemed to just spread it around a lot.

This 1401-B was quite mediocre with 75 CFM at the nozzle. BUT an airflow density of about 3.6 CFM per square inch is very good. AND all this cleaning power comes from two motors requiring a total of 10.0 Amps @ 120 Volts = 1200 Watts.

Just for kicks, pic#4 shows the result after 10 complete passes. Slightly better, but still not great.

BTW, my thumb pointing horizontal in pic#5 is meant to be taken as a "Meh" rating. The Olympia One works great on everything on and in the carpet, just not under it.


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Post# 369796 , Reply# 1   4/2/2017 at 13:34 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Same whit my electrolux ap 200 great surface cleaner but deep down dirt would need a boost .Now that being said , like you i use a new vinyl hose and rebuilt power head works great but for deep down dirt maybe rebuilt vac motor i use paper bags 4 ply

Post# 369801 , Reply# 2   4/2/2017 at 14:10 by wyaple (Ohio, USA)        

My Lux is all original except the obvious new hose. That $50 I paid for that hose alone gives the machine about a 15 CFM boost over the typical (working) woven hose. I do use HEPA cloth bags as well, so the airflow doesn't drop like a stone. I have many packs of the higher-end paper bags and the airflow drop when picking up fine dust is quite large compared to the HEPA bags. In fact, a full cloth HEPA bag won't trigger the eject mechanism, but the 4-ply paper ones will.


Post# 369815 , Reply# 3   4/2/2017 at 15:12 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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I should order some cloth bags for my lux . I also have a vinyl hose works great .I use my Electrolux AP 200 on the highest setting thats 6 so m y bag is filled all the way before i change it .For the money i paid for it 40 $ works flawless.

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Post# 369823 , Reply# 4   4/2/2017 at 16:06 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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did you adjust the dirt selector im suprise it did not pick up more

Post# 369836 , Reply# 5   4/2/2017 at 19:24 by wyaple (Ohio, USA)        

Nice looking Lux you have there! I wish I had a vinyl replacement hose in the same color as yours as it would look much better than my gray one.

BTW, you do know that adjusting the "automatic cleaning selector" has absolutely zero effect on cleaning performance, right? All it does is sense airflow back pressure in the bag compartment and pops the eject mechanism when airflow drops to a preset level, say a "3" or "6".

Switching over to HEPA bags in my Olympia One has created a situation where the ejector mechanism never pops even when the bag is full because the airflow is much higher than a 4-ply paper bag.


Post# 369941 , Reply# 6   4/4/2017 at 00:16 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Thanks for the info i use paper bags i would like to know where you got your hepa bags thanks Yes the hose matches the machine i got it whit the vacuum works great even has a suction relief knob on it .

Post# 369942 , Reply# 7   4/4/2017 at 00:22 by wyaple (Ohio, USA)        
eBay Is Your Friend For Good Bag Prices

I got a 9 pack of white HEPA bags for about $20. Not too bad I think.


Post# 370122 , Reply# 8   4/5/2017 at 19:27 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Thanks a bunch :)

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