Thread Number: 35857  /  Tag: Recent Vacuum Cleaners from past 20 years
The Big Blue Bomb # 97
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Post# 384722   1/23/2018 at 22:18 (268 days old) by vacfanatic (Omaha, NE)        

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I have not posted for ages but had to share this monster I got the displeasure of using tonight. I clean commercial buildings at night for extra money, and the area mats were not getting very clean with just a backpack and the sidewinder tool (which I love and hate). So anyway my management brought me this big ole 4 wheeled electric dumpster with a bag.

I fired it up and a huge cloud of dirt blew all over, the motor bearings were screaming for Jesus, and the belt needed changed. So I changed the belt, it had a new bag in it already, but the dial-a-nap or whatever it's called is all jacked up. It's either too high, or so low the belt starts to squeal.

Managed to get it to work for just the 4 area mats, I just lift the back of it up a bit with the handle while pulling backwards and it does the job well enough. After 4 mats, back in the cleaning closet it went, cord unwinded and all. haha

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Post# 384726 , Reply# 1   1/23/2018 at 22:49 (268 days old) by Hank (Cali)        

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As collectors itís hard for many of us to believe or understand how much abuse commercial machines receive... most of the time itís caused by user neglect. Iím sure you take much better care of your company equipment than your coworkers do makes you wonder that with no abuse how long some of these machines would last.

Post# 384742 , Reply# 2   1/24/2018 at 10:08 (268 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
To Whom It May Concern...

Sounds like time for a Dear Boss letter! That vacuum looks like it has sat in a flooded basement!

Post# 384750 , Reply# 3   1/24/2018 at 12:49 (268 days old) by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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I would throw a donor motor in it and keep it running for another millennia!

Post# 384751 , Reply# 4   1/24/2018 at 13:06 (268 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Looks like a beast for sure! I came across this one the SVM website. Looks like a newer version of your machine there.

Post# 384875 , Reply# 5   1/26/2018 at 13:14 (266 days old) by vacfanatic (Omaha, NE)        
No Disassemble # 97!!!

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No Disassemble # 97!!! Number 97 alive!!

I'm going to take my torx drivers and a phillips with me tonight and see what the problem is with the Busted-a-Nap. I wanted to slam the vacuum on the floor so bad last night LOL.

No surprise that the paper bag they give me to use already feels like it's going to blow...

Post# 384876 , Reply# 6   1/26/2018 at 13:18 (266 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

That looks rather like a rebadged Sanitaire, or rather, it would be if it weren't half-dead, ack!

Post# 384879 , Reply# 7   1/26/2018 at 15:15 (266 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

You mention you love and hate the sidewinder tools, which one are you using, just wondering what you love and hate about it, I love the hard floor brush, it works great.

Post# 384924 , Reply# 8   1/27/2018 at 14:18 (265 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Hereís anotherís ServiceMaster without the original bag, the rest of the machine is as far as I know.

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Post# 385147 , Reply# 9   1/31/2018 at 21:45 (260 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

That one has seen better days.

There are power nozzles available for the back pack vacuums. There is a power adaptor that plugs into the cord on the machine to supply power to the nozzle. Not a bad price and would work well in any commercial environment. I have considered them for some of the back pac vacuums we use in our business. I will send a link when I find it. I don't order much from the company.

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