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Post# 402631   12/15/2018 at 10:22 by mikanic (Leeds)        

Hello VacuumLand! I know this is a very weird question to ask but I'm in the middle of being bored of our spare vacuum, which is cyclonic.

So basically I've had enough. By the way it's a Hoover Whirlwind, with only one attachment and a power head that's hard to push, but also suction that's too strong... I don't see that being possible in a cyclonic vacuum that's inefficient.

The cleaners I use are the GTECH AirRam and Multi (USA guys, you'll know that in the Bissell brand) and they're all cyclonic too. I need a bagged vacuum to maintain those cyclones, but with the Hoover Whirlwind, I have to use the Multi to maintain that awful pleated filter which I hate doing, partly because of it being a handheld cleaner, but mainly it's to do with the awful sponge filter in it that easily gets dirty. Meaning the dirt continuously gets passed on.

I really like using my GTECH vacuum cleaners but I just want rid of the Whirlwind, but everyone's being society-typical, saying 'Wait till we need a new cleaner' so Iwantto be able to put the Whirlwind to sleep without me being scared of the motor blowing up. I've recently just left the filters but I'm scared of the motor blowing up, and that's what's getting in the way.

I'm wanting a Hoover Purepower (750w version) for a spare vacuum cleaner and I'm just getting impatient of having ALL cyclonic cleaners. You always need at least one bagged cleaner to maintain a cyclone conveniently.

So yeah, that's my weird question, and knowing my luck it'll be impossible.

Post# 402634 , Reply# 1   12/15/2018 at 11:18 by mieles5380leo (Virginia)        
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Drop it in the pool and be like "Idk what happened."

Post# 402650 , Reply# 2   12/15/2018 at 17:49 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Take one or both of the carbon brushes out of their sockets. The motor either won't move or will sound rough or spark.

Someone that fixes vacuums will be able to diagnose the problem easily so it won't go to waste and won't permanently ruin the vac.

Post# 402660 , Reply# 3   12/15/2018 at 22:15 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Two words...

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Post# 402694 , Reply# 4   12/16/2018 at 17:27 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Remove all filters and separators. Dust will build up on the motor and make it overheat, thus killing the motor.

Post# 402711 , Reply# 5   12/16/2018 at 20:16 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Edgar, I like how you think! That's exactly what I would do to a vacuum I hate to use! :)


Post# 402799 , Reply# 6   12/18/2018 at 08:44 by mikanic (Leeds)        
Thanks for all your solutions!

I found the removing the brushes idea a bit too complex, because I'm not a vacuum engineer (if you know what I'm saying). I would have to do this with someone, but I don't want anyone to know the cleaner will be broken on purpose because I'm really naughty and I'm anxious of what my dad will think.

The filter removal idea sounds perfect, however I'd rather that be outside activity, and as well it would scare me to death turning the motor on and hearing it break (for the first time in my life this would happen!).

All your ideas are amazing, even though they have personal disadvantages. The Hoover Whirlwind will break down easily without filters because it is cyclonic - and what a bad cyclone it is! So yeah, I will definitely benefit from having a bagged cleaner as a spare to clean my commonly used GTECH range.

Post# 402844 , Reply# 7   12/19/2018 at 11:16 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
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You could donate it and say it died.

If you actually need a corpse, "accidently" pick up some spilled water.

Baking soda

Do you have stairs?  Oppsie, down we fall. . .

Get creative,  let us know what you decide.

Post# 404194 , Reply# 8   1/17/2019 at 05:17 by mikanic (Leeds)        
You don't need to worry about this anymore.

I gave the Hoover Whirlwind away to one of our family relatives, and I now have a bagged upright. It is, don't mind me, a Hoover PurePower pu71pu01001.

I love my new cleaner so much, it glides when you push it and it also has a full tool kit. However, I wouldn't use it all the time as it heats up easily, and plus the dusting brush isn't good either.

But yeah, I'm glad to have my way now.

Post# 404196 , Reply# 9   1/17/2019 at 07:46 by Johnsmith96 (East Coast)        

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I've never heard of a hoover whirlwind before. But I see you're not from the states. Here we have the hoover windtunnel and the eureka whirlwind is out of production. Also, I'm not sure if they make bagged vacuums with cyclones.

Post# 404200 , Reply# 10   1/17/2019 at 11:17 by Vacfan1982 (Cardiff)        

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Sing it a lullaby

Post# 404202 , Reply# 11   1/17/2019 at 14:01 by ABCVacPlacentia (California)        
Time . . . . to die

(2 points if you get this reference above)

I say kill it. Every POS vacuum should be killed. And don't worry about what society says about the waste in disabling a working vacuum cleaner. All shitty vacuums should die.

Think about it. You're wasting electricity when you run a junky machine. And you're prolonging the purchase of a good machine, designed by engineers who give a damn. Send the industry a message. "Your vacuum cleaner design was garbage. Here's where it belongs, right in the trash!"

If you want, I'll kill it for you. I just made my first vacuum cleaner kill the other day and I feel great. If you want it to be quick and painless, just snip the power cord where it goes into the vacuum cleaner body (and donate the cord for recycling if that will make you feel better). Now, your shitty vac cannot be saved because it simply won't pay. Isn't that how most vacuum cleaners die anyways?

Post# 404213 , Reply# 12   1/17/2019 at 22:11 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I was gonna suggest selling or giving it to somebody and then getting whatever vac you want. Wouldn't have been wasteful, or dangerous. But you basically did that already.

Personally, I understand the hatred one can have for a machine, but I tend not to want to destroy anything, even if it's crap. Sure, maybe the engineers didn't care about the design, but when you think of the people who assembled it, made the molds, the stamping dies, the tooling, built the assembly robots, and all the effort and man hours put into making any sort of machine, it really does seem a waste to just destroy it.

That's just me, though ^_^

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