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comments on centec ct10 and ct23 power nozzles and the future of Centec nozzles
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Post# 369698   3/31/2017 at 20:18 (387 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

So, I've had these two nozzles for a couple weeks and thought I would post my thoughts. Let's start with the CT10, first here is a video, this is designed for area rugs and hard floors.

If you've seen any of my other posts, you know that I'm a big fan of universal design when it comes to vacuums, that is, I like to be able to use nozzles and other accessories with as many vacuums as possible rather than have something that only works with one vacuum or hose type. Even though these nozzles don't have pigtail cords built in, I was able to give them the ability to work with any standard electric hose with these parts. First, the centec corded wand which works on the ct10, ct23 and the dirt senser nozzles.
I then used a power nozzle extension cord so the cord would be long enough to reach the top of the hose.
The lower corded wand goes in to the nozzle, and you can then attach a telescopic wand, or two more straight wands in order to reach the standard length. With this set up, I've used the CT10 with my Aerus electrolux hoses, both metal and plastic vacuums, my Riccar Prima and my plastiflex central vacuum hose. Interestingly, the connection was a bit loose on the Prima, not sure why since it's the same connector, but it did work.
As the video shows, the CT10 works on hard floors, that's what most of my apartment is. Usually you don't want to use a spinning brush on hard floors, so at first I was a bit unsure about trying it, but I did, and it works. The agitator does have some harder bristles for cleaning carpet, but it's mostly a softer material, the best way I can describe it is it feels like cotton balls, or perhaps the same material that soft carpets are made from. If anyone wants to take a guess at what it's made from, I would love to know. The nozzle is very quiet, much quieter than most other power nozzles, it's also smaller than most power nozzles, it's around 10 inches. When it's on, pushing and pulling it is effortless, it kind of feels like it's floating on oil or something similar. Since it's small, it can get in to tight places, and the neck swivels to make navigation easier. I'm a blind person so I can't tell if the hard floors look more polished, but I vacuumed some areas and then felt the floor, I could not feel any scratches but the floor did feel very smooth and clean. I can definitely give this nozzle a thumbs up, I'm not sure whether it cleans better than a regular floor brush, that might make for a fun comparison at the convention in June, I plan on bringing all of my power nozzles to the Tacony convention.
Ok, here is a video on the CT23, this nozzle is designed to clean both regular and soft carpets.

The main reason I got this nozzle was to clean my bathroom area rug which is very thick. Again, I can say that the nozzle works, it would be interesting to try this nozzle on a larger carpet area than what I have, but, when the nozzle seals to the carpet, the vents on the top of the nozzle open allowing air to pass through them, when the nozzle is not sealed to the floor, you don't feel anything from the top vents, so they are automatic. The nozzle is easy to move even on thick carpet. Again, I'm hoping the vacuum museum has some thicker carpet so I can test out this nozzle more in June. Both of these nozzles are very good, and I'm glad I got them.
These nozzles were made by Panasonic and Panasonic has left the vacuum market. When I was asking about what parts I would need to make these nozzles fit all of my vacuums with electric hoses, I asked about the future of these nozzles. Apparently when Centec found out that Panasonic was leaving the market, they purchased as much of their inventory as they could, that was probably a good idea. At this point, they have plenty of all of the power nozzles in stock. The new company will continue to make the CT18, CT20 and CT23, although their may be some differences, so you may want to pick up one or more models if you want the original versions made by Panasonic, here is the page that lists all of their power nozzles.
The CT12 and CT14 will no longer be made, apparently Centec sent the new company the CT10, but they don't know whether that will be made or not, so if you are interested in the CT10, I would get it now.

Post# 369887 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 10:43 (384 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
another test of the CT10

So, gave the CT10 another test. I took it to my girl friend's place, she has two cats, so near the litter box, a lot of the dust ends up on the hard floor and the area rug. We hooked it up to her Electrolux ultra one classic. This canister does not have an electric hose, but I bought her a Wessel Werk EBK340 to clean the area rugs along with this cord which allows you to use a power nozzle on a vacuum that does not have an electric hose, if you can live with the extra cord, it actually works really well.
The nozzle worked really well, one issue that this nozzle eliminates is the snow plow effect that happens on many diffferent hard floor brushes, that is, the nozzle will push the dirt around rather than suck it up, at times you have to actually place the floor brush on top of the dirt in order for the nozzle to get it. Didn't have that problem at all with the CT10, it handled the litter dust really well, both on the hard floor and on the area rug. We did discover one flaw with the nozzle though. It doesn't seem to have an automatic shut off if the brush jams. We ended up picking up a cat toy and the nozzle didn't stop, we had to stop it manually, in this case by removing the power cord and remove the toy, and by the time we turned it off, it was stuck in the agitator quite a bit, we got it out and continued cleaning, not sure why this nozzle does not have automatic shut off, the other Centec nozzles do. I don't think this nozzle spins nearly as fast as other electric brushes, probably because it's mainly designed for hard floors. The nozzle is definitely quiet though, kind of reminds me of the sound of an electric toothbrush.

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