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Post# 407837   4/9/2019 at 19:58 (359 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Hi all,

It's been a little while since I have done one of my before/after threads, hasn't it? I'm about to change that.

Today I visited one of the local vacuum shops with the aim of finding some interesting vacuums in their group of trade-ins. I walked away $20 lighter but two Dysons heavier! My sister has been in the market for a vacuum (she said absolutely no bags), so I thought she might like one of these post-refurb. Well, she ended up wanting my red DC24 instead of either of them. Off it went to its new owner.

The UP13 has powerhead with a bad motor and is missing its attachment holder but is in otherwise nice condition. Considering the fragility Dyson's matte finish, I was actually surprised to find that the cyclone pack has not even a scratch! Clearly, someone once cared for this machine.

The UP14 works like a charm, too. This Dyson has some scratches on its cyclone pack and smells a bit like a dog, but its powerhead motor actually works and it came with an attachment holder. The only thing wrong with this cleaner mechanically is that the repairman took its brush roll to fix another customer's vacuum.

NOTE: In the photo, you will see that the two powerheads have been swapped for testing purposes.

I think you all can see where I am going with this. One of these Dysons is going to get a fully functional powerhead and attachment caddy. Since I already have a UP14 Animal + Allergy and since the UP13 is the marginally more "pretty" find, I'm thinking it will be the lucky winner and take the place of the DC24 in my collection.

What will become of the UP14 Animal? Since it'll be lacking a decent powerhead, I think I will dissect it to save some spares for my better UP14 while taking a good peek at its innards. Even though this vacuum is used, I don't expect to find anything in line with the skepticism (hysteria?) about how terrible the Cinetic upright is.

Once life settles down a bit more, I'll come back to share not only the restoration of the UP13's shine, but also the breakdown of the UP14. Should be fun!

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Post# 407838 , Reply# 1   4/9/2019 at 20:05 (359 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I just realized that the head which came with the Cinetic reads "Animal + Allergy," even though the vacuum itself appears to be "Animal" only, going off of the purple cyclone pack. Animal + Allergy models like mine in my profile pic have the nickel cyclone pack, so it seems that someone swapped either the head or the cyclone assembly of my most recent find.

Post# 407901 , Reply# 2   4/10/2019 at 23:18 (358 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I tackled the powerhead, cyclone pack, and bin today. I built one nice powerhead out of the two nonworking units. Everything on the franken powerhead was from the UP13 with the exception of the motor, drive assembly, and cover. The original motor for this powerhead was, in fact, smoked. As you can see in the pictures below, the commutator had a black path. The brushes had been vaporized. I think the motor had a short somewhere in the commutator which caused the brushes to arc and wear down to nothing, stopping the motor in its tracks. With the donor motor, however, the powerhead now works as it should.

The cyclone didn't need anything beyond a wipe down. I am much happier with the way the cyclone turned out compared to the bin. The bin is quite foggy from grit swirling around inside.

Stay tuned for the clean up of the chassis and other components. So far, the only piece I have ordered is the "yoke" assembly to take care of the worn connection between the powerhead and the vacuum and the gritty little roller bearings for the ball shells.

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Post# 407936 , Reply# 3   4/11/2019 at 19:35 (357 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        
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Today I replaced the yoke assembly and cleaned the rest of the unit. The yoke replacement may not have been entirely necessary, but the other one was showing wear at the power nozzle neck and the little roller bearings for the ball shells were gritty. Not only that, but it gave me a good excuse to really clean the guts of this vac. I didn't tear it as far down as Beko1987 would, but it still turned out well.

You can see the results below. This vacuum is currently on sale at Best Buy for $249 (usually $399), so I think this one was a solid deal. The more used vacuums I refurb, the more I feel that I will never have the need to purchase a new vacuum again.

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Post# 408089 , Reply# 4   4/14/2019 at 19:05 (354 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I can't believe people still get suckered into buying those things!

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