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Post# 202358   9/30/2012 at 09:51 (2,742 days old) by OCScott3085 (DMV)        

Hi All,
I was wondering if a 40ft low-voltage central vacuum hose would carry enough suction to drive a turbocat powerhead? I have a 30ft electric hose that came with my Dirt Devil 990 central vac and it's great with the Wessel Werk "Edge" powerhead. However, given the placement of my outlets, it's not always the most convenient hose to use because I have to switch outlets 3 times to do the main level of my house. The main level has a few area rugs and one room of Frieze carpeting but the bulk of it is hardwood floor which show's my dog's hair like you wouldn't believe! My plan is to use the Edge powerhead once a week on these surfaces but for in-between weekly cleanings, I thought the turbocat would suffice. I just don't want to spend the money if it won't drive the Turbocat (which works surprisingly well on the 30ft hose.
Also, if it would work...what is the difference between the generic hose and the genuine Vacuflo hose other than the blue label on the turbogrip handle? It looks like a $60 price difference on most websites.

Post# 202409 , Reply# 1   9/30/2012 at 17:45 (2,742 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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It all depends on the power of your Central Vac itself. I dont know anything about the Dirt Devil brand Central Vacs,(im assuming they are made by Royal?) but i would think it would certainly be powerful enough to run a Turbocat powerhead thru a 30 ft hose, easily.

Your Central Vac would have to be VERY WEAK to NOT have enough power for that.

Post# 202412 , Reply# 2   9/30/2012 at 17:54 (2,742 days old) by Trebor ()        
Does the Royal use...

Vacu-Flo proprietary inlets, which differ from industry standard?  If you have standard inlets you can get a 10 foot electric hose extension from MD. I am also pretty sure you could order an electric 40 foot hose. Or you could look into a Hose Doc-It that stores 55 ft of electric hose in a wall cavity, and extends or retracts by means of push buttons on the hose handle. I got to play with one, very convenient.

Post# 202419 , Reply# 3   9/30/2012 at 18:53 (2,742 days old) by OCScott3085 (DMV)        

Thanks guys! Yes the unit itself is VERY powerful! It ranks up there (if not surpasses) the suction of my parents' MD Silentmaster. I thought there was no way it would match that unit's power but have been pleasantly surprised! The inlets are universal as my electric hose has a pigtail cord attached. I ran the turbocat on my electric 30ft hose today and it did a great job(for an air-powered head). I'm hoping the 40ft hose would work just as well. I saw the Hose Doc It outlet but my house is only 2 months old and the last thing I want to do is mess with an already new system. Thanks for the insights!

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