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Post# 175487   4/1/2012 at 00:57 (2,919 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Not long ago, I got an email from a man in a nearby area who had a vacuum cleaner he wanted to give me. He'd seen my advertisement for reconditioned vacs and thought I might be able to use what he wanted to dispose of. I asked what it was and he said it was a Hoover Windtunnel so I agreed to come by when convenient to pick it up. It didn't matter what kind of Windtunnel or condition; I figured I could use at least part of it on another machine, at worst.

Yesterday, I drove by his place. Well, the phrase "driving by" isn't quite accurate. It was a sporting course finding his place because Mapquest put me off by three blocks but there was a ridge between there and where I was really supposed to be. Eventually, I got there.

It turned out to be a nice bagless Windtunnel in the U5700 series, about 10 years old but they made that model as recently as 2009 or later. This one was in fairly decent condition but with the bottom end partially disassembled and a strut pin broken off the landing gear. This is kind of a weak point on this and many other models of Windtunnel uprights. The loose parts were stowed in a box, so I just loaded the stuff up and went about my business.

This evening, I was looking it over and noticed that the dust bin had been freshly washed out. The filter was pretty clean but the bin was spotless. I sent the man an email, thanking him again, and mentioning how clean the dirt bin was which I rarely see on a machine that I just take in.

He emailed me back and said, among other things, that his wife always washed out the dirt bin following every use of the vacuum cleaner. Oh. I've never heard of that before.

Post# 175490 , Reply# 1   4/1/2012 at 05:51 (2,918 days old) by chuffle (Rural Pennsylvania)        
The short time...

...that I owned a Dyson, I always washed out the bin after use. I did the same for the bagless version of Eureka's Smart Vac that I had many a year ago.

That's just me.


Post# 175494 , Reply# 2   4/1/2012 at 10:05 (2,918 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Yes, but Im assuming that you'd dry out the bin first before use? A lot of owners I know used to bring in Dyson vacs with complaints that they weren't working properly. When I checked the motors and filters, there were signs of water leakage. Owners seem to think the vacuum "air" will dry a damp motor filter - but anything but!

Post# 175513 , Reply# 3   4/1/2012 at 17:05 (2,918 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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You know - it kind of makes some sense for bagless vacs that are used only one time per week. It would be easy to dump the dirt in the garbage and then rinse out the bin in the bathtub, then leave it to dry in the front closet or laundry room for a week. Makes sense to me!

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