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The Bank Heavy Duty (Sanitaire Clone)
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Post# 407067   3/22/2019 at 22:34 (380 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I saw one of these on Ebay for a song and a dance that was brand new, but missing the lower cord hook.  I bought it for my place of work (a bank, as you may have guessed) and wanted to talk about it a bit.  In short, it's a Sanitaire in a classy black and silver color scheme.  The brush roll is very soft, which made me doubt I had it adjusted properly!  I'm just used to vacuums that really vibrate the floor.  This machine should be very gentle on carpet.  My work has short, commercial carpet as you would expect.


The thing that prompted me to really write this post is that I ordered a whole pile of bags.  I cut one apart and found it was a five layer bag.  They should be excellent HEPA bags and are the same as Hoover Type A and Royal Type B.  They also have a rubber gasket/seal.  $20 for a six pack and you can get 36 for $90.  I think you get a nice little box if you order 6, but if you get, say, 18 like me, they send a bulk shipping bag.  No complaints really.  Have any of you used this machine or the bags?

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Post# 407068 , Reply# 1   3/22/2019 at 22:40 (380 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That's a nice looking vacuum. I noticed on the canisters, one seems to have that German style power nozzle. And I have heard of the Bank Vault canisters but not Bank Robber canisters. That's a weird name for a vacuum!

Post# 407069 , Reply# 2   3/22/2019 at 23:01 (380 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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LOL 'Bank Robber' XD

That's pretty good. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like every single one of their vacs is a clone / rebranded other vac. The BTO looks like an Oreck. Not that I'm complaining, it looks like they cherry-picked the good ones.

Also, pretty clever, buying a 'The Bank' vacuum for use in an actual bank.

Post# 407070 , Reply# 3   3/22/2019 at 23:09 (380 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yeah, their marketing department has kind of a twisted sense of humor. Their stick vacs are called "stickups".

Post# 407077 , Reply# 4   3/23/2019 at 00:57 (380 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I think they are al re-brands.  But, are they all good machines?  I don't know.  It was a lovely choice for the branch.  The cleaning crew stopped bringing their vacuum and started using it.  They have an old Hoover wind tunnel bagged machine.  The same kind you would have had in your home. 



Maybe I should have got he Bank Robber....



Post# 407078 , Reply# 5   3/23/2019 at 02:41 (380 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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These are cool. They are produced by the company “Perfect,” who also once made the (very similar) commercial vacuums for Oreck and currently make the Bissell Commercial models. It is my understanding that Perfect is a competitor of Sanitaire. What is interesting is that Bissell recently purchased Sanitaire, so right now they are selling a) true Sanitaires, and b) a Bissell-branded vacuum made by Perfect, their (maybe?) competitor. Sounds like a complicated relationship!

Nevertheless, the Perfect-built units seem very nice. I can’t find fault with them.

Post# 407094 , Reply# 6   3/23/2019 at 15:08 (380 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I will say the handle is a bit chunky for me, but that's a minor issue.

Post# 407100 , Reply# 7   3/23/2019 at 16:41 (380 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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$380? Woof. This definitely would be breaking my bank.

Post# 407125 , Reply# 8   3/23/2019 at 23:15 (379 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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Lucky for me, the one I found on Ebay was just over $100.

Post# 407126 , Reply# 9   3/23/2019 at 23:15 (379 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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