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Post# 168681   2/7/2012 at 11:30 (2,977 days old) by starryblues4u (Charlotte, NC)        

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Found this today at goodwill. I've always wanted an oreck but wasnt going to spend hundreds of dollars.

Post# 168683 , Reply# 1   2/7/2012 at 11:38 (2,977 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, I HAD to use this model at work.

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I'm not really the one to ask. NOT bashing, (I don't bash), but, suffice it to say, I was underwhelmed. It blocked all the time. The tube on the back reads, "WHEN th tube blocks....) anticipating blockage. I wouldn't go past 50, for sure.

Post# 168694 , Reply# 2   2/7/2012 at 14:15 (2,977 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

60 more like...

Post# 168696 , Reply# 3   2/7/2012 at 14:45 (2,977 days old) by joee ()        

I love my Oreck, but $60 seems a little high. I got my rebuilt model at Big Lots for $99. So far mine hasn't had any blockages in the hose, but I tend to vacuum fairly often, so that may help avoid that problem. If something happened to mine, I'd pay $60 for that one and wouldn't feel like I'd been cheated, but I wouldn't feel like I got much of a bargain either.

Post# 168710 , Reply# 4   2/7/2012 at 17:07 (2,977 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

I'd say that model is worth abou 15 bucks. I see them on C/L here all the time.... People at the Goodwill here told me they always price Oreck high because they thought it was a "good name". I told them that good advertising/marketing does not always mean good product!

It might be worth 25 if it comes with extra bags and belts and the companion canister with complete attachments....

Post# 168755 , Reply# 5   2/7/2012 at 22:08 (2,976 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Avoid, avoid, avoid. I had an Oreck once and once was truly enough! If you must buy it, buy yourself a set of ear plugs, drive belt replacements and a long pair of bendy flexible knitting needles - required when the thing blocks up the spine at the back. Also why can't Oreck uprights wheel back when putting it away? They always fit flush wheels on the underside which really limits the ability to tip the vacuum on its heel and push it back to the storing cupboard.

Post# 168772 , Reply# 6   2/7/2012 at 23:10 (2,976 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Not 60

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I paid $40 for my two speed XL Ultra, i think it was an okay price, i've not really had a problem with it clogging yet, and while they are no Kirby/sanitaire they are pretty good for light clean ups though

Post# 169180 , Reply# 7   2/11/2012 at 05:18 (2,973 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        

That is a model I have. I like it okay, but I don't think it is worth $60.00. But since I bought my Oreck XL21 I haven't used that one at all. I used to hate orecks but that model changed my mind. I Love my XL21. But still I think they are good for quick picking up, or light cleaning.... Dan

Post# 169181 , Reply# 8   2/11/2012 at 07:09 (2,973 days old) by kenkart ()        
I bought one..

Like that at our Goodwill for 5.00!! Its odd they dont have standardized pricing.

Post# 169182 , Reply# 9   2/11/2012 at 07:24 (2,973 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Why should it be odd though? From what my U.S friends tell me, "Goodwill" is about the same as our charity shops and those who work in them known next to nothing about the electrical appliances they get in. I'm also pretty sure England don't have many charity shops that have electrical appliances either(but don't quote me), but Scotland certainly does - they realise there's good money to be made if an old vacuum cleaner with life in it is donated and the shops pay a small cut for machines to be PAT tested. However they don't price it going by second hand prices on online sites, but rather just an average price which is cheaper than anything else.

Post# 169594 , Reply# 10   2/15/2012 at 01:31 (2,969 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Oreck and Dyson are two products that I won't work on. Marketing hype does not necessarily a good machine make. There is something worse than an Oreck; a Chinese knock-off of an Oreck.

I actually did work on one of the knock-offs once. The customer insisted upon saving the machine because it was so light weight (because so few materials had been used in its manufacture). I replaced the wiped-out brush roll by cobbling one from an old junker Rainbow power nozzle. It must still be running; she never came back. Or it blew up and impailed the brush roll into some vital organ.

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