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Post# 372913   5/30/2017 at 14:35 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

So I was at my work at Aerus Electrolux today and someone brought in a beat up Lux 3000. Now, he wasn't using machine, a maid was. And this thing was TRASHED. He brought it in to get the duct unclogged, and we took it apart and found the brush was worn to almost nothing.We also saw the pivots were broken because someone had slammed the machine down so many times. Upon further inspection, we found out the motor was a little bit rusty, and the filters were never cleaned or changed, so the motor was running so hot it melted the bag housing. It needed a new bulb and a new bumper and the whole thing was filled with dust due to a leak. The price for all the parts rang it at over $400. The person who owned it bought the exact same model on "Repo Special". They also said they were gonna have a chat with the maid. Did I mention how hard it is to tear up a Lux 3000 this bad?

Post# 372932 , Reply# 1   5/30/2017 at 19:39 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
As my Dad used to say

Some people can tear up a damn ANVIL!

Post# 373084 , Reply# 2   6/1/2017 at 21:38 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

You have state a fact. I know some people that can do it.

Post# 373108 , Reply# 3   6/2/2017 at 13:25 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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A corollary to that would be something one of my thesis advisors in graduate school said: Anybody who thinks he has designed something completely foolpoof had grossly underestimated the ingenuity of a complete fool.

Post# 373120 , Reply# 4   6/2/2017 at 16:28 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Working in the vacuum cleaner repair/sales industry for more than three decades, I've seen it ALL. The worst offenders are cleaning ladies, followed by teenagers. Neither bought the vacuum, and neither care about it. I hated mowing grass so much I tore up my father's lawn machine (as a teenager) so I didn't have to cut the yard. Still hate mowing - I make my husband do it. Up to me: I'd pave the front lawn.

Post# 373174 , Reply# 5   6/3/2017 at 19:17 by KirbyKleanKarpet (Florida )        

To read this is such a shame. It's hard to believe that there are indeed people who can tear a machine up so bad, but yet, to see some cars on the road in the shape they are in, after just a couple of years. My 21 and 25 year old cars look and run better than many a younger model. Sigh. This is indeed the "Throw-Away" Generation. Sure glad Kirby hasn't compromised much! LOL!


Post# 373189 , Reply# 6   6/4/2017 at 01:01 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

This is a REASON that you DO NOT let a maid or other cleaning services use YOUR vacuum-tell them to provide their own.I do not use a maid or other cleaning service.A really good maid-cleaning service WILL provide their own equipment-insist on it!Generally these are used for move in-move out cleanings.

Post# 373198 , Reply# 7   6/4/2017 at 07:53 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Re Mowing

Daddy always said if he won a lottery he would have the yard paved with green cement!! and I agree, Boy you didn't tear up my Dads Lawn Boy, he would tear up your behind!!LOL, He washed it every time it was used!

Post# 373215 , Reply# 8   6/4/2017 at 14:26 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I hate mowing, too. I usually wait until the yard looks just this side of abandoned (kinda like it does now) before I do it.

Although I don't abuse my mower or other devices I'm not fond of, I've certainly seen the result of that mentality. The Filter Queen Majestic vacuum cleaner I got last year was a classic example. All of the plastics inside the power nozzle were totally shattered from someone repeatedly slamming the thing into baseboards and other immovable objects. I'm pretty sure that didn't happen from just one (un)lucky hit. And we won't even go into the godawful dog piss stench that infused the entire machine. I had to scrub the dustbin portion out with PineSol and a toilet brush.

Post# 373236 , Reply# 9   6/5/2017 at 00:27 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I am the different one-I LIKE mowing-to me its like vacuuming a giant carpet!But---the other yard chores I DON'T like.I especially like mowing with my quiet,clean cordless electric mowers-better than a dirty,noisey,hot gas mower anyday!

Post# 373424 , Reply# 10   6/7/2017 at 18:30 by broomvac (N/A)        

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I'm definitely one of the ones who loves to mow.

Post# 373582 , Reply# 11   6/10/2017 at 03:25 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For those folks that don't like mowing--try it with a cordless electric mower---you just might change your mind!What I would love to have is a rechargeable electric rider!There are some self propelled cordless mowers coming out.This could also make mowing more pleasant and less of a chore.

Post# 373612 , Reply# 12   6/10/2017 at 14:59 by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        

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The issue I have with not allowing a housekeeper to use one of my vacuums (which I don't, for the very reasons exemplified in this thread) is that I don't want a substandard (my standards are very high) vacuum used in my house and blowing dirt into the air. I vacuum myself. If I have a housekeeper clean because I've gotten hopelessly behind, s/he doesn't vacuum. I realize, though, that, for most people, a housekeeper who doesn't vacuum would be ridiculous. I can't think of a workable solution; if you give them a Kirby or something equally indestructible, then your house and furniture will take the damage. I suppose that if you don't want to vacuum yourself, then you'll have to accept a compromise either in the quality of the job or the condition of your vacuum after, if not both.

As for mowing grass, if I had a vintage Lawn-Boy like I had growing up, I'd love to mow grass. Anything else, though, forget it; I do pay to have my grass cut cuz I don't have, and can't find, a mower like I want and don't want to use anything else.

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