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Favourite Power Nozzle or brush roll?
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Post# 119866   1/1/2011 at 15:58 (4,807 days old) by klectrolux ()        

What's your favourite PN or brush roll? I normally like the Electrolux omni-flo, PN5, style nozzles. I think the brush roll is an excellent design, and the fact that even though its L-shaped the suction is constant across the unit. And it has really good edge cleaning.

However, that being said, I managed to find a Eureka Roto-Maric with a VG2 at the thrift store the other day. Albeit in VERY poor condition, after I cleaned it up I used it. I love the sound of it, and the VG2 works really well even on berber carpet, Power View is a weird but unique feature. It is really heavy however, and cumbersome handling. But I still love it and the sound it makes and how well it cleans!

Post# 119873 , Reply# 1   1/1/2011 at 16:59 (4,807 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

My favourite PN out of the, erm, Three I have used (Eureka Rotomatic, as above but in blue, Tristar CXL 2-1000 (black base) and a miele something or other), it has to be the Tristar PN... :)

The Eureka PN worked great too, even when attached to my Electrolux Z1185e, but it ended up splitting down the middle for whatever reason, and no amount of glue would hold it together, so, it's now sat doing nothing, without motor or brushroll.

The miele one, came with an S147 "stick" vac, well, let's not go there..... :S

Post# 119875 , Reply# 2   1/1/2011 at 17:12 (4,807 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I like my Lux PN4A, cleans well, noisy, but I think they all are? Nice brush. The Miele is the smaller one, seals well to the floor or carpet, not great on thick carpet, but perfect on others.

Post# 119904 , Reply# 3   1/1/2011 at 22:25 (4,806 days old) by vaccrazy ()        

I like my Sebo ET-1 and Miele 232, (wesselverk). My royal power tank's power nozzle is very good too, (I think it's made by Hayden).

Post# 119920 , Reply# 4   1/1/2011 at 22:56 (4,806 days old) by joe22 ()        

the cheap douglas nozzle used on airway and others really is good. vents on front keep it from sticking to the floor even with full power, chevron brush roll does a great job, downside is no swivel neck, and the low end version does not have on/off switch.

Post# 119922 , Reply# 5   1/1/2011 at 23:08 (4,806 days old) by mercuryman ()        
Lux and Kenmore

I really like the Electrolux PN-1s. I think they're nice to look at.

My aunt had a Kenmore Power Mate vacuum from 1974 when I was a kid. I really liked the power nozzle on that vacuum. I liked the fact that it had a headlight and it just had a nice sound. I also enjoyed the avocado green color and the fake woodgrain on it.

Post# 119952 , Reply# 6   1/2/2011 at 06:52 (4,806 days old) by kenkart ()        
I hate!!

power nozzles....but, if im going to use one a pn1 or pn2 is as good as you get as far as im concerened.

Post# 119955 , Reply# 7   1/2/2011 at 07:06 (4,806 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Im fond of

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The Kenmore PN made by Haden and the ones made by WP Like Brian mentioned, but of corse Blue would be my favorit color then avacado ;).
I do like the Eureka VG2, and the Hoover Quadraflex with the wide headlight even though I know Hoover's first PN worked better with the steel brushroll. In blue too of corse.

Post# 120376 , Reply# 8   1/6/2011 at 10:37 (4,802 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
I like

the Hayden used by Panasonic/Kenmore and the older Eurka Roto-mattics. I really dislike my PN on my Tri-Star MG1 by Electrolux. I like the old school one's better.

Post# 120430 , Reply# 9   1/6/2011 at 20:13 (4,802 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I dunno about performance, since I - like Hans - am not a big fan of power nozzles. But I think this is the coolest-looking one I've ever seen.

Post# 120437 , Reply# 10   1/6/2011 at 21:08 (4,802 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I agree Charles, a beautiful sculptured thing and from the inside with the two swooping side ducts that join at the back, around the centered motor, very efficient.

I wish Lewyt had been able to continue development of their 1957 'Electronic' Big Wheel Motorized Beater Sweeper.
The brushroll is driven entirely by gears pressed against the side wall - eliminates a belt and provides full width sweeping.

The first version that came with Model 107 used a 120 VAC motor - a hose-length power cord ran up the outside of the wand, clamped to the hose - like the early Electrolux PNs - and plugged in just above the Big Wheel switch.

Then unfortunately, they developed that flawed electric hose that tapped low voltage off the motor. Too bad, in hindsight they shoulda stuck with the tried and true and worked out the electric hose bugs.
The 1958 Model 111 and 1960 121 used that doomed hose connection coupler design and the brushroll motor was low voltage that didn't have quite the same torque as 120 AC.

This ad is for the Model 111.

Post# 120438 , Reply# 11   1/6/2011 at 21:18 (4,802 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I have the first version with the original power cord - it has a regular two blade plug for wall or vacuum - and I really like the lowdown in front of the brushroll illumination.

Post# 120439 , Reply# 12   1/6/2011 at 21:40 (4,801 days old) by klectrolux ()        

Geared PN, now there is something smart. Why don't more manufacturers do it? I hard Hayden had some geared PNs. It wouldn't be a problem for jams, all they would need would be a reset switch/breaker. No belts!

On another note, that Lewyt PN is gorgeous, and so smart. I love the shape, and the fact the headlight is low to the floor.

Post# 120441 , Reply# 13   1/6/2011 at 21:59 (4,801 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My favourite power nozzle looks like it was inspired by the Lewyt: the Eureka Express nozzle with Vibra Groomer elegant and simple in design.

If the clip-poster is a citizen of Vacuumland, thank you for this!!!!! :-)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 120442 , Reply# 14   1/6/2011 at 22:05 (4,801 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The same clip-poster has a really neat Sanitaire commercial "Sweet Sixteen" vac with Express Power Nozzle - the light on this one is not burnt out!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 120518 , Reply# 15   1/7/2011 at 19:19 (4,801 days old) by kirbyeureka95 ()        

i LOVE that sanitaire ive never seen a roto-matic type sanitaire canister. Now i really want one ill have to be on the lookout. and what ever happened to those sanitaire canisters with the tool kit on the side. i cant remember what theyre called i remember thinking they were soooo cool when i was little. it came in light grey and some other color...

Post# 120520 , Reply# 16   1/7/2011 at 19:24 (4,801 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
That Lewyt PN

is awesome!

I've never seen one of them. In fact, I thought they were all just straight suction machines.

Post# 120521 , Reply# 17   1/7/2011 at 19:29 (4,801 days old) by xraytech ()        

My favorites are the Hayden PN that was used on Kenmore, and I have one on my Vita-Vac by Air Way. I also love the Hoover Quadraflex Powermatic

Post# 120543 , Reply# 18   1/7/2011 at 21:43 (4,800 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I don't have any power-nozzle canisters, but I had an Electrolux Genesis(1994), which from my understanding uses the same power-nozzle as the canisters, but in upright from. I DID NOT like that thing at all. It cleaned so terribly, I can't believe they sell commercial versions of them. Great air-flow, but not a good carpet cleaner

So, in terms of uprights, I like Hoover Elite/Windtunnel brush rolls. They pick up pet hair and vibrate the carpet. Otherwise I like Vibra-Groomer IIs.

Post# 120550 , Reply# 19   1/7/2011 at 22:28 (4,800 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

my tristar cxl power nozzle is my favorite because of how quiet it is but the eureka vg3 beats the tristar pn any day because of how powerful it is.

lux pns are good, my favorite one is the pn5 like my marquis but i prefer the ones with the light on them.

Post# 441014 , Reply# 20   4/18/2021 at 20:39 (1,047 days old) by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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The PNs posted by klectrolux are the same ones I use with the Compact C9 (Eureka PN with Vibra Groomer 1 brush/beater bar roller) & Electrolux 2100 (PN 1693 with light)

Also the TriStar A101 PN is the same as a Electrolux Epic 6500 PN

Post# 441016 , Reply# 21   4/18/2021 at 20:56 (1,047 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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the best power head compact turbo brush and tristar cxl pn i do like my lux 89 pn too.

Post# 441021 , Reply# 22   4/19/2021 at 00:44 (1,046 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Eureka power nozzles are good. The wesell week ebk 360 is the best power nozzle I've used.

Post# 441067 , Reply# 23   4/20/2021 at 20:54 (1,045 days old) by Cbimmer (USA)        

Agreed with Lesinutah. I really like the performance of my ebk360. I've noticed a lot of people seem to think the CT14DX was really good. That's the nozzle that came with my parent's M&S Airvac system. From day one it never seemed that great to me. It just seemed to sort of float over the carpet even on the lowest height setting. The ebk360 really grips the carpet and grooms it very well.

Post# 441085 , Reply# 24   4/21/2021 at 13:46 (1,044 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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With the exception of the one that came with my Filter Queen Majestic, all the power nozzles I have are Electrolux. The PN1 definitely wins the beauty award; it's a lovely piece of mid-century design but it lacks a bit in the performance department, even with a new brush roll.

My favorite of the lot is its successor, the PN2. It's compact and an excellent performer all around, plus I'm just a sucker for shiny, polished metal.

Post# 441449 , Reply# 25   5/4/2021 at 08:28 (1,031 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Electrolux PN-2 or L shaped models

Iíve used all the Electrolux/Aerus power nozzle styles and I like them all because of the geared belt keeps them going on any style carpet snd they are t so incredibly strong so as to pull up an area rug into it as many others. The geared belt helps prevent burning the belt from stalling on certain types of carpet which I found with the older Eureka ones. The PN-2 is my favorite. The PN-4a I didnít like as well. The PN-1 is ok but I have several and found some issues with them more so than the PN-2 or PN-4aís. The L shaped do a good job and have nice airflow but can be large in tighter spaces.

Used a Panasonic power nozzle some years ago from a canister that I picked up and was dying. It had a reversing brush roll motor controlled by the neck. It knew if you were pushing or pulling it and would reverse the Brush direction. It was unique and gave a very self propelled feeling to it. It was a bit jerky though as it also would shut off between directions and changing from push and pull and that I wasnít a fan of but it wasnít that big of a deal once you got used to the feeling. But certainly something unique I had never seen before.


Post# 441552 , Reply# 26   5/7/2021 at 04:57 (1,028 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
Probably the best one that Iíve had is the rainbow

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D4 Powerhead, it always picks up a huge amount of stuff out of a carpet although design wise I prefer the Electrolux Australia powerheads, That triangle shape and the headlight on the top is just so elegant plus and uses the same kind of motor as the somewhat Modern singer sewing machines which is pretty cool

Post# 441599 , Reply# 27   5/8/2021 at 00:31 (1,027 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Out of the ones I own:

My favorite would have to be my Hoover Powermatic Quadraflex nozzle. Love that steel brush roll and that the headlight stays on in bare floor mode.

The Ryobi made dry pickup nozzle on my Kenmore Powerspray is cool too for its quirkiness. I think it uses the same brush roll as the Twin Fan upright. Not the most aggressive nozzle but with the airflow of that shop vac like suction unit it can really deep clean!

Post# 441729 , Reply# 28   5/12/2021 at 05:10 (1,023 days old) by drbanjo (charleston il)        

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Of the ones I've used in my nearly 33 years, the Eureka Power Team with the belt window, and the Elux PN-2 that came with my grandma's Olympia. Sorry, no pics that I can find from my archives.

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