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Post# 228603   4/16/2013 at 09:08 (2,044 days old) by odle53 ()        

I found a craigslist ad for a Riccar 1500 P. The advertiser did say it needed to be taken to a vacuum shop for a good cleaning and "tuneup." He advised a specific local vacuum repair shop (which I know to be very reputable.)

The machine looked okay to me in the ad's picture. The seller said it has all attachments and a manual. He is getting rid of it because they recently installed a central vacuum.

I think I know enough to not conclude the sale if I turn the thing on and it doesn't work at all, or makes really strange sounds, but I'm definitely going to have it cleaned professionally before I bring it into my own home. There is no sense in taking any risks with the bedbug epidemic in the Northeast.

Please pardon a newbie question, but what is considered to be a "vacuum tuneup?'

I fell in love with my Supralite RS 4, and even though the ancient Electrolux XXX can do a reasonably good job for above the floor cleaning, it's an effort to get it to pick up dog hair from upholstery, blankets, and drapes. I had back surgery in December, and deal with the Lux essentially by kicking it around. I'd really prefer to have something I can empty without crouching on the floor and shaking out a dust bag into newspapers.

I'll still keep the XXX as it belonged to my grandmother (who died about nine years before I was born,) It was handed down to my mother and I have many happy childhood memories of that machine. So the XXX has a lot of sentimental, and some practical value, but realistically speaking, to avoid another disc problem, I really need to get a more modern machine.

Post# 228617 , Reply# 1   4/16/2013 at 10:35 (2,044 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The Riccar 1500 P is a good vacuum, it should have the full size power nozzle with steel soleplate and brush roller with replaceable brush strips. A "Tune up" consists of new brush strips, a new Hepa filter, a new Hepa type H bag, and a good wipe down. That's usually it. The motor is not 'repairable' in that it wouldn't be cost effective to replace bearings in it. Make sure that the owner used HEPA type H bags (not blue paper bag). You don't want to see dirt on the inside of the machine. The Serial Number begins with the single digit (year) followed by a letter designating the month - eg. 9DXXXXXXXX would be 2009 made in April.

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