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My new Riccar American Contempo
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Post# 369803   4/2/2017 at 14:41 (383 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

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I didn't need this as I now have well over 100 machines but I couldn't help myself. I found this machine on the Facebook marketplace for $30 and thought it seemed to be a good deal for a high quality vac. This seems to be a TOL model because most I have seen have wooden brush rolls and mine has metal. I love the color on this machine as well and it's a breeze to use. Any additional info on this machine is greatly appreciated.

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Post# 369895 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 12:04 (382 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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These are excellent machines, although I call them copycat Panasonics but I don't think that they are the best at deep cleaning. The sister model to this Riccar 4812 is the Simplicity 6570. They are the same machines but the only differences besides the name, the looks, and the color is that the Simplicity has a looped handle and the Simplicity uses spring loaded wheels with wheels on the nozzle. The Riccar only has wheels on the body of the vacuum just like what Panasonic and other competitive brands have used before as well such as Sharp, Sanyo, and Bernina.

What I don't like about these is the telescoping wand which is one reason I like Panasonic better. The telescoping wand sometimes pops out of the port when you are using it (Including the hose itself), it's also a little difficult to take the hose or wand out when you put it in the port tight enough, and the telescoping part would overtime get dirty or worn to where it can no longer slide out.

I also don't like the bottom plates on these (Mainly the Simplicity bottom plates) because I find them a little trickery to be reassembled back in but it takes getting used to, the Riccars seems to be easier to handle. And the bottom plates doesn't really cover the entire bottom compare to Panasonic because it does have some openings to where I find some dirt that gets trapped up inside of there If I go to changing belts on the Simplicitys. I've had that problem with my Symmetry that I just recently sold but I don't think I've experienced that problem before with the Riccars but I wouldn't be surprised if I did.

And what I like about Riccar better than Simplicity is that the Simplicity's foot pedal does drag on the carpet so it makes it a little hard to move with in upright position. Anyway that's my overall thoughts and congratulations on your find.

Post# 369896 , Reply# 2   4/3/2017 at 12:16 (382 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Also I forgot to mention that I also like the carry handle better on the Riccar than the Simplicity is because the Simplicity has a plastic bag door latch above the carry handle and I've seen alot of them snapped or cracked when you carry the vacuum on the carry handle. I've never seen that happen before with Riccar.

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