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Post# 171047   2/26/2012 at 20:53 (2,954 days old) by singingrainbow (Texas)        

Considering how many people seem to have gotten one recently, I thought it would be fun to discuss this particular vac. For those of you who may not be familar with the powermite, It is a modern, cheep, canister vac that was sold at walmart for a few months that only cost around 20 bucks. After recieving a 20 dollar gift card for christmas, for which I had no real use, I decided to go ahead and get a powermite for the fun of it. So, here are the pros and cons.

Pros:

+Small and light, easy to store and maneuver.

+Great suction, especially for the size, pulls 70 inches through the hose and 80 inches at the machine. Or you could say, Lots of suck for the buck!

+The dual purpose floor tool works great for bare floors and small rugs

+The combo crevice brush tool, while cheep, does its job and is great for picture frames, drawers, corners, molding, and baseboards.

+NOT BAGLESS, It uses bags, and while small, they are still better then a filtered bagless system.

+The instruction book says it has a thermal shut off system, which is good to know.

Cons:

-NOISY, main complaint is how loud and high pitched it is

-Short cord

-Not the best build quality, but hey, its 20 bucks

-No other small tools, like an upolstery tool or dust brush ( but a little note, you can use an oreck sholder vac adapter on the wands to make it accept standard diameter tools.)

-Not the best filtration, but no visable dust comes out.

Overall, this for me, was a good buy. Its a lot more usefull then I thought it would be. Its great for cleaning up lint in the laundry room. And its great for small floor mats or rubber backed rugs, which we now have spread all over the house to help our dog walk on the tile, which I cant seem to clean with ANYTHING else, all of my other vacs are too strong and just eat the rugs. So the powermite is the only vac I can use on them.

Whats your take?

Scott





Post# 171055 , Reply# 1   2/26/2012 at 22:53 (2,954 days old) by venson ()        
Whatever works . . .

Your Eureka PowerMite (Model 930A) looks just great for someone who lives in small digs, who does frequent small jobs or who's looking to supplement a direct-air vacuum that has no tools or produces low suction if it does.

The 930A's a little limited tool-wise but generic tools for dusting and upholstery can be picked up at a local vac repair spot for a couple of bucks a pop.

It reminds me a great deal of the Euro-Pro EP238 except the Euro-Pro was relatively quiet and had a metal telescopic wand. The version I had back in the '90s also shipped with a permanent dust bag as well as disposable ones. A good thing because . . .

That wonderfully priced PowerMite, per the Eureka website (check out www.eureka.com... and do a search for "930A"), has been discontinued.

No big deal but I'd suggest that you stock up on bags if you can't find a suitable permanent bag at a local vac shop. Eureka's online price is $5.95 for a pack of only three. Not encouraging but if you can find the same elsewhere for less -- grab 'em. However, I have been given to believe that makers of vacs sold in the U.S. usually allow x-time for the continued supply of consumables after they pull a model off the line.

Be sure to exercise a modicum of care and it should last you a while. Don't allow the bags to become jam-packed and keep its secondary filter clean. It's not the fanciest of vacs but usable. Even the best of brands and models are useless if left to sit in the hall closet. As long as you like the machine you have you're likely to use it more instead of less -- and that's what keeps you ahead of the game.

Best of luck!



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Post# 171113 , Reply# 2   2/27/2012 at 13:01 (2,954 days old) by kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

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I got one for Christmas, and actually like the little guy.
It's lightweight, so easy to use to clean the stairs. I actually find it quieter than my Kirby.
Great for quick clean ups in the kitchen, small size nozzle is good for cleaning the cramped bathroom. I like it for small area rugs and throw rugs same as mentioned above, It doesn't try to eat them.
Also good to clean indoor/outdoor/kitchen carpet because it doesn't seal to it and become hard to push.

I found the bags at a local vac shop for $4.25 for 3.

All in all for the price it's a great little machine if you expect out of it what it is. An inexpensive, st8 suction vacuum.


Post# 171142 , Reply# 3   2/27/2012 at 18:28 (2,953 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

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I love this little vacuum i use it to clean out my truck instead of my Compact C4 because i can actually put it in the pickup when i vacuum the backseat

Post# 171179 , Reply# 4   2/27/2012 at 22:29 (2,953 days old) by ryan1994jeep (Georgia)        

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I like mine also..Altho I wish they made a bagless version I've went through alot of bags already.. But can't compalin being as it was on clearance at Wal-Mart for $15

Post# 171470 , Reply# 5   3/1/2012 at 07:06 (2,951 days old) by singingrainbow (Texas)        

I am sure that i will be able to get bags, as the local vac shop can order them. And I never pack bags full, so that will not be a problem for me either. An interesting fact is that the powermite is still avaliable at amazon for 40 bucks, which is double what it had cost at walmart, but it actuwally has good reviews, which is reflected through what I have heard from you all.

Scott


Post# 171479 , Reply# 6   3/1/2012 at 07:56 (2,951 days old) by venson ()        
@singingrainbow . . .

In particular, wide price disparities have been most disturbing to me. Leaves you wondering which end is up. I'm seeing so much of a wide field of price difference lately -- not for comparable but the exact same item -- that I begin to wonder if anything is actually worth its currently asked price.

But, that's the good thing about having the internet at our avail -- you have more than aplenty resources to check with.





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