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Emer Hercules clean air upright
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Post# 176776   4/11/2012 at 14:50 (2,909 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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It's on sale (though i saw it even cheap at the same outlet 2 days ago, $88) with free shipping (choose the custom option when you get to that point) for $100. Bags are $2.00/ea. per 10 on Ebay.

Right now in the apartment i use a Shop Vac & a Hoover Clean & Light. this would free up lots of space by essentially combining the two. Anyone have any experience with one of these? My budget is $100 max so this is tempting.

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Post# 176778 , Reply# 1   4/11/2012 at 15:06 (2,909 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I have the same machine, except it is branded as an Eagle Vac. They are pretty good on bare floors and low pile carpets, but they aren't the greatest at deep cleaning. Using the hose is also pretty difficult as the vacuum is top heavy, so you have to keep one had on the handle when using attachments. They are quiet and have a nice sound to them. I think $100 is pretty reasonable if you are in the market for something along these lines.
Hope that helps.

Post# 176780 , Reply# 2   4/11/2012 at 15:41 (2,909 days old) by Trebor ()        
If this model is not disco'd...

by Emer it soon will be. Buy plenty of bags. If this is overstock, it means it did not sell well. It is an attempt to imitate Lindhaus.

Post# 176784 , Reply# 3   4/11/2012 at 15:55 (2,909 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
thanks for the help

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Yes i'm worried about the bag situation. like quiet though, & my thought is one vac for floors & above that stands upright for storage...may wait for blow out pricing.

Post# 176848 , Reply# 4   4/12/2012 at 00:55 (2,909 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Don't bother worrying about buying tons of bags, as Trebor says. This vacuum is made for Emer by Technica in Italy. This particular vacuum is a very old design, been around YEARS, & made under a few different will have no problem finding bags & filters for it, even if Emer stops having it made under their name.

Go ahead & buy it, it's a good deal.


Post# 176854 , Reply# 5   4/12/2012 at 01:45 (2,909 days old) by sanifan ()        

Those bags look a lot like those for the Lindhaus vacuums and the Windsor Versamatic. I wonder if they mimicked the Lindhaus down to using the same, readily available, bag. It seems they would do that rather than designing a proprietary bag.

It's hard to tell from the picture whether it's the same bag or not. It sure looks like it. If it is, you won't have a problem finding them.

Seems like a good deal for a new vac. I wonder how it compares to a genuine Lindhaus?

Post# 176880 , Reply# 6   4/12/2012 at 09:47 (2,909 days old) by Trebor ()        
The similarity of this vacuum...

to the Lindhaus is superficial, upon closer examination. Lindhaus not only makes all of their own parts (including power nozzles and floor nozzles, they might use Wessel duster and crevice tool) the parent company, Rotafil, of Padova, Italy manufactures the machines that make the Lindhaus vacuums, injection molding, metal forming, wire winding, all of it. The Lindhaus are quiet, efficient, lightweight, maneuverable vacuums with high filtration all the way up to HEPA S class at the customer's discretion.

If the Lindhaus Healthcare 12" were sold door-to-door, given the same markup as a Kirby, it would have to sell for right at $1600.00 Except for appearance from six feet away, I don't see how it could possibly compare to the Lindhaus.

Some might say, "For a plastic vacuum, never!" But some of these have been in use in Washington D.C. more more than 10 years now. No matter how well a vacuum is built, it still must be used effectively to be effective.

Post# 176886 , Reply# 7   4/12/2012 at 11:35 (2,909 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        
No matter how well a vacuum is built, it still must be used

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I'll second that.

Last year I used an upright that is very similar in look to the photo you've put on. It didn't have a hose but it did have the large similar 14" floor head, carried an Italian name and was already 10 years old. I really wish I could remember the name - the bag was very strange in the sense it mirrored the Miele S140 stick vacuums - bottom fill - with a rubber seal at the bottom that opened up whenever it was switched on for the vacuum air to deposit the dirt. I've not seen any other upright since, but whilst it was easy to use in a commercial setting, I recall the handle and spine leading to the motor was too long and getting bags for it was extremely difficult. The company I worked for still have the machine and they source the dust bags directly from Italy.

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