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Post# 384375   1/17/2018 at 03:21 (307 days old) by Rainbowvacfane2 (tracy ca)        

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So after many months of using my Kirby and a few bissell powerfroces I finally saved up for a proteam but of course life got in the way and I had to use my saved up money to fix my car:( I was going thru the amozon and I found a few cheaper alternatives but I was wondering what you guys think of these vacs I ended up getting a 10qt hepa model for 250$ with free shipping it's made by great vacs and it uses proteam bags and prats the best part is that it had a pleated hepa filter before the motor and speaking of it had a 2 stage lamb amtek motor it runs really good and a WHOLE LOT of airflow so any experience with theses or any fake proteam?

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Post# 384391 , Reply# 1   1/17/2018 at 15:49 (307 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

This is a good backpack, I have it along with several others. I do have a proteam super coach, it's ok but I actually like some others better. Another one I would suggest you check out is the Sanitaire SC535, this is probably my favorite backpack, it's very quiet, comfortable and powerful.
If you plan on cleaning carpets, a power nozzle is also good to have, here is a link to a kit that will allow you to add an electric power nozzle to most backpacks.
Again, the Greatvacs backpack is very good, one of very few that uses a two stage motor, the only other backpack I know of that uses a two stage motor is the Mosquito Construction model which is another good one.

Post# 384436 , Reply# 2   1/18/2018 at 14:00 (306 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@n0oxy I like all the features in the quietness of this backpack.
But I've had multiple ones come in where the aluminum plate that connects the wiring was melted. Right where the small of your back would be. So I would caution against that santaire .

Post# 384556 , Reply# 3   1/20/2018 at 09:25 (304 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
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Which backpack has the problem, the Sanitaire or the Great Vacs one? I'll keep that in mind when I use it, hopefully it will not happen on mine. Wonder why it melts. The interesting thing about backpack vacuums is, people either really like them or they hate them, there's not a lot of in between. I like any type of canister cleaner so I actually really like these, and especially when combined with a sidewinder floor attachment, you can clean really fast. There's also 10 quart Hepa cloth bags you can get for these if you'd rather not use paper bags. For the most part, the bags and hoses are interchangeable. A couple other backpacks I have are the Windsor 10 quart, the Sandia Raven 10 quart and the Powr-flite comfort pro 10 quart. I do think the Powr-flite and Sandia machines have a design flaw. On the Powr-flite, the 50 foot cord is hard wired to the machine, I have no idea what the logic was for doing this. Most backpacks just have a short cord that you connect to an extension cord, if you only need 25 feet, use a 25 foot extension cord, very simple. Fortunately that is easily fixed, cut off most of the cord and attach a plug to what remains, then take the cord you cut off and attach plugs to both ends and you have a nice new extension cord that you can use. The Sandia raven is an example of why it's better to leave things alone when they work. With most backpacks, the hose goes straight in to the top cap, but with the Raven, it's curved and slanted. Supposedly this prevents objects such as paper clips from damaging the bag and it increases airflow although I really don't notice a difference. So, with this design, apparently the hose kept disconnecting from the machine, so they developed a lid that actually has the hose as part of it. If something happens to your hose, you have to replace the entire lid assembly. Fortunately they offer a regular lid with a hose in-let which I purchased for mine, but again, if they had stuck with the regular design none of that would have been necessary in the first place.

Post# 384676 , Reply# 4   1/22/2018 at 22:14 (301 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@n0oxy the full-size 10 quart Sanitaire backpacks are what I'm referring too.
I looked long and hard through my phone and could not find a picture of it.

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Post# 384718 , Reply# 5   1/23/2018 at 20:52 (300 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

Actually a picture would not have helped anyway, I'm a blind person and can't see pictures. So far this backpack has worked great but I will keep this issue in mind. It's definitely one of the quietest backpacks, it's one of my favorites.

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