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Post# 380333   10/27/2017 at 15:32 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

For the price, this one looks really good, it has good specs, hopefully the quality will be decent. This will be my 46th vacuum and 8th backpack, I will post a review when I get it.
Mike


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Post# 380345 , Reply# 1   10/27/2017 at 23:22 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Some of the floor tools look suspect...like cheap nylon bristles. Can't wait to hear your review.....got quite the specs!

 

Kevin


Post# 380349 , Reply# 2   10/28/2017 at 00:05 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
looking forward to trying it

I have plenty of attachments here if the ones that are included are not very good, definitely looking forward to trying it. I'm a big fan of all canister cleaners whether it's a central vacuum, backpack, or just the pull behind type. I much prefer these over uprights, uprights just don't appeal to me at all, personal preference of course.
Mike


Post# 380353 , Reply# 3   10/28/2017 at 03:03 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Interesting vacuum-BUT the collaspeable wand won't hold up under commercial use along with the turbo hand tool.

Post# 380354 , Reply# 4   10/28/2017 at 03:04 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Oh yes-for allergy folks the open top bags would not be good.There has to be closed top bags for this-would be better for allergies.

Post# 380367 , Reply# 5   10/28/2017 at 11:44 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
turbo brush and bags

I have no plans on using the turbo brush, electric brushes are always better. I already have an electric hose that will fit a backpack vacuum, and it has a Y adapter that both the electric hose and extension cord connect to. Most backpacks use the open bags, I would think this would provide better airflow than a closed bag. My powr-flite backpack is the only one that has closed bags. That's another very nice backpack except for one design flaw. Rather than having a pig tail cord the way most other backpacks do, the 50 foot cord is hard wired to the machine, I have no idea what they were thinking when they decided to do that, but it's a bad idea. Fortunately it was easily fixed, cut off most of the cord and attach an industrial plug to what is left, then use the cut off cord to build a good quality extension cord, problem solved. I already have plenty of attachments and wands so not too worried about that. Interestingly, several of the backpacks I have such as the proteam super coach, and sanitaire 535 came with paper bags, first thing I did was to replace those with cloth bags. I guess backpacks are mostly associated with commercial use but they work quite well for apartment cleaning as well. The backpack is also one series of vacuums where the hoses are mostly interchangeable, they all take the same size hose rather than requiring a particular hose the way most canisters do. Perhaps this is because they are used in commercial environments and this allows parts to be replaced faster. The other vacuums where hoses are mostly interchangeable are wet dry vacs and central vacuums. I have a 25 foot extension cord that I use with my backpacks and it covers the entire apartment easily.
Mike


Post# 380609 , Reply# 6   11/3/2017 at 09:50 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
delay

Well, should have got my new backpack yesterday but according to UPS, it's delayed, will hopefully get it next week and then I will post the review. It's no fun waiting for a new vacuum, lol.
Mike


Post# 382038 , Reply# 7   12/1/2017 at 16:16 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
my review of the Great Vacs 10 quart backpack vacuum

Sorry this took so long, UPS actually lost the package and the company had to ship another one. I will say that Great Vacs was very helpful throughout, definitely a company I would recommend buying from.
This is a good backpack, and the 8th one in my collection. The other backpacks I have are mostly plastic, this one is aluminum and appears to be well built. If you decide to get this, you will need to purchase an extension cord separately, it's not included. While that may sound like a bad thing, the logic is that you know best how long of an extension cord you need, many backpacks include a 50 foot extension cord, but if you don't need that much, you would need to purchase a different cord anyway. Since I only clean my apartment, 50 feet is too much. I actually have a few 25 foot cords, this is a good way to go, this will cover most residences, and if you need 50 feet, just combine two of them, the best of both worlds. This backpacck has a pig tail cord with a power switch in line to turn the vacuum on and off. The switch bbox is actually kind of large, I'm not sure if anything else is in it, although it does light up when the vacuum is on.
I'm not sure if the other backpacks I have use adjustable harnesses, I didn't need to change anything with them, but when I put this one on, it was a bit lower than I would like, and I'm short for a guy, 5'4. It does have a harness that you can adjust. There are two large screws that you remove, you can then move the harness to a different set of holes and reattach the screws.
This backpack uses an Ametek two stage motor, 110 CFM and 120 water lift, it's quite powerful and should have no problems with any cleaning task. Most backpacks include a hose that uses 1-1/2 sized attachments, this one includes a hose that uses 1-1/4 sized attachments which are used on most other vacuums. The hose in-let on the vacuum is 1-1/2 so you can use the larger diameter hose if you wish and that's what I use since the airflow will be better. The typical attachments are included, a floor brush, crevis tool, dusting brush and apoulstry tool. If you plan on cleaning a lot of carpets, I would suggest getting the kit that allows you to use an electric power nozzle with a backpack vacuum.
www.greatvacs.com/vacuum-...
This kit includes an electric power nozzle or you can use one of the other available power nozzles from Sebo, Lindhaus, Wessel Werk, etc. Or, you could pair it up with the volt power nozzle.
This backpack uses standard 10 quart bags and includes a package of extra bags. The bags are paper rather than cloth. I much prefer cloth bags, I have some 10 quart cloth bags, but when trying to use them, the lid does not attach properly, the ring on the cloth bags is much larger than the ring on the paper bags, I'm going to see if I can remove part of the ring on the bag so it will fit. The filter set up is similar to other backpacks, the main bag goes inside of a cloth bag, there is also a filter on the motor and an exhaust filter on the bottom.
In conclusion I would say this is a great backpack for the price, the only issue I have with it is that I can't get the cloth bags to fit, but again, I think this is more of an issue with the bag than the vacuum itself. It uses a two stage motor so it does not sound like the screamers that are so common in vacuums now and the company's service is very good, if you're looking for a good backpack, I would suggest checking this one out, I have absolutely no regrets about getting this one.
Mike





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