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Post# 381970   11/30/2017 at 15:09 (1,024 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I have been seeing sanitaire vacuums. I was wondering how they compare to others.

Post# 381975 , Reply# 1   11/30/2017 at 15:58 (1,024 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Sanitaire uprights have great airflow in great education but generally require belt changes more frequently than bag changes back in 2010 when they closed up Mexico and move motor factoring to China we saw Quality In Eureka products in general go down new Lows. But if you can find a late model with ST HEPA bag 100% made in Mexico definitely pick it up. But the Chinese ones are so bad that we phased them out of several stores I worked in which we now sell Hoover commercial and SEBO in their place.
"Goodnight sweet prince you will be missed" is how I would sum up sanitaire.

Post# 382001 , Reply# 2   11/30/2017 at 23:45 (1,024 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

I do think Sanitaire makes one of the best and quietest backpack vacuums, it's very quiet and powerful, I have 8 backpacks in my collection and it's one of my favorites.


Post# 382061 , Reply# 3   12/2/2017 at 04:22 (1,023 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Interesting to know that Sanitaire moved from Mexico to China.Too bad-Sanitaire was always a good economical choice for those wanting a SIMPLE vacuum.Guess that's why the dealer here no longer has them.Clean air machines are more complicated to service-and draw MORE power than direct air vacuums for the same cleaning ability.

Post# 382096 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 06:41 (1,022 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Are we sure that Sanitaire vacs are now made in China? As far as I know, the Sanitaire division of Electrolux SE was not sold to the Chinese company Midea when the Eureka division was sold to them.

The Sanitaire Commercial website still says that it is a subsidiary of Swedish Electrolux, not Chinese Midea.

Could someone post a close-up picture of a Sanitaire ratings plate from a classic SC888 or SC889 upright. I would be curious to see if it still says whether it was assembled in Mexico or not.

Post# 382119 , Reply# 5   12/3/2017 at 21:18 (1,021 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@eurekaprince unfortunately I work with the stuff on a daily basis and I can confirm that for quite some time that stuff's been coming from China. As far as the parent company that business still gets more complicated every time I look into it.
@n0oxy I had a few issues with the aluminum plate in the backpack that ties all the wires together burning up right where your small of your back would fit onto the back back under the four T20 screws. So if it starts to get warm be careful.

Post# 382150 , Reply# 6   12/4/2017 at 15:25 (1,020 days old) by kenkart ()        
They clean well

But the problem is they are so light that when you pull them backwards they nose dive and burn up belts.

Post# 382188 , Reply# 7   12/5/2017 at 02:33 (1,020 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Nose dive pulling backward-don't have that problem with mine-is the nozzle height adjusted properly?Similar to a Kirby or Royal.Start with the nozzle all the way up-then adjust downward until the brush hits the carpet.Then the Sanitaire should work fine.

Post# 416112 , Reply# 8   11/17/2019 at 23:13 (307 days old) by sanitairewill (Hampstead maryland)        

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Proud owner of 7 USA made Eureka Sanitaires. Here's my 1986 SC886B

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Post# 416123 , Reply# 9   11/18/2019 at 10:02 (307 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I picked one up in excellent condition for $10 at a Goodwill store a little over a month ago. It's a SC 686, made around 1980 in the USA by Eureka Williams. The thing needed a belt and a lower cord hook. I'm not fond of the dump bag setup but other than that, it's a well built, albeit very simple machine. It took me a little while to get the hang of the level adjustment but now that I understand it, it's a beast. The real beauty of a Sanitaire is it's designed to be rebuilt quickly and easily and replacement parts are dirt cheap, especially when bought in bulk.

Post# 416155 , Reply# 10   11/19/2019 at 06:14 (306 days old) by kb3pxr (Waynesboro PA USA)        
They even copied Sebo

We have one of their Sebo clones called the EON Quietclean at work. For commercial use it is a fine machine (if our cleaning staff will remember to wash the Exhaust filter). The problem is, while it is a very good copy, there are some sub par things with it. The bare floor squeegee is not present and the pre motor filter is a simple foam filter that lets a lot of dirt though to get through the motor and caught in the HEPA exhaust filter. I also find the switch sub par as it turns on too easily. That might be wear, but I don't think a machine that new should have a worn switch.

Post# 416199 , Reply# 11   11/19/2019 at 22:12 (305 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Iíve always enjoyed my S661!

Post# 416201 , Reply# 12   11/19/2019 at 22:52 (305 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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That is a nice rebuild. It's a nice machine. I acquired and still have sanitairre s667a
It pulled 2nd highest cfm behind my eureka imperial 840 watts.

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