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Post# 425974   5/24/2020 at 10:58 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I bet someone here knows exactly what's wrong with it!

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Post# 425990 , Reply# 1   5/24/2020 at 19:55 by Repairman (Stickney, IL)        
I know exactly what the problem is

Itís a Shark. Throw it back in the water.

Post# 426000 , Reply# 2   5/25/2020 at 00:12 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Throw it into the dumpster!Some trash truck would appreciate a crunchy meal!

Post# 426002 , Reply# 3   5/25/2020 at 02:21 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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lol I was waiting for these comments.

Post# 426003 , Reply# 4   5/25/2020 at 05:01 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Same here. I have no idea why people can be so ignorant and biased. You know they have never tried them and only have blind assumptions. I have 6 different Sharks in my collection and they all clean wonderfully. Go to a vacuum shop and demo one, you will love it. Perfectly fixable vacuums do not belong in the landfill at any point. I have the newest lift away deluxe model with the fluffy roller and it weighs as much as a Kirby - it is a very quality built vacuum and cleans superbly and works amazing on hardwood floors and area rugs. I also have a Home Depot display model Shark Navi I bought for 99 cents and had to reassemble after it was dismantled to be destroyed.

For this vacuum, I'm certain there is a clog in it that they dislodged and then re-packed after removing the hose, or if there is no power going to the brushroll, the connectors are dirty - looking at the state of the vacuum I would not be surprised. This is one of the first Lift-Away models they made.

As for the vacuum being broken - it's not the fault of the vacuum - it's the fault of the user. Go on any of Dirt Devil or Bissel's $40-$50 vacuums on Amazon and read all the reviews, you will find a lot of people that have no idea how to use the vacuums at all and leave negative reviews calling the vacuum trash because they don't know how to change a belt or that you cannot pick up wet debris with it. It's not limited to Shark. People have less and less practical knowledge anymore and make too much money so they will buy a $250 vacuum, break it in the span of 2-3 months, and then throw it out and do it all over again. It's senseless.

Look at this review that I found for the Kirby Avalir on Amazon - does this mean the Kirby is bad? No! Some people just do not know what a vacuum cleaner is anymore or even how to use one properly.

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Post# 426005 , Reply# 5   5/25/2020 at 06:36 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have tried a Shark and HATED it!Clunky,clacky.And they clog at a moments notice.Just about ALL of the Sharks brought into the vac shop here-clogs-and clogged filters.Also non-working carpet heads.The vac place has replacements on hand.The old one goes---into the dumpster.Now if the carpet head was made to be SERVICEABLE-a different story.And--less goes to the landfill!

Post# 426009 , Reply# 6   5/25/2020 at 11:13 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I love the Kirby review; It's 2020...what vacuum still uses bags?!
I'm not going to knock bagless vacuums, because I know a lot of people like them. To each his own.
They're just not my cup of tea. I'm thankful that some really good vacuums do still use bags. That's all I'll use. Personal preference, and the freedom to choose. It's a beautiful thing.
But, if you want a bagless vacuum, wouldn't you do even that little amount of research before springing for a Kirby, and then acting shocked that it uses bags? 🙄


Post# 426036 , Reply# 7   5/25/2020 at 19:59 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Sharks are great. The problem with the shark is the belts off.
This thread is proof not everyone likes certain vacuums. Some people like uprights and some like canisters. There is people who like bag vaccums and some who like bagless.
Just because you don't like them doesn't mean others are the same.

Post# 426052 , Reply# 8   5/26/2020 at 00:18 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I know I've said this a lot, but I love my Shark Rocket Professional. It's light, simple, designed very thoughtfully, works great, and easy to empty and use. And I dropped it 5 feet onto concrete and it's fine. However, compare it to my friend's Shark Rotator, which at first glance appears to be the same machine. The Rotator is big, clunky, and designed poorly. I just figured out why it clogs so easily, the other day. I was watching it work, and I saw the dirt spinning in the cyclone is moving in an oval shape, up and down. As opposed to spinning in a circle on a horizontal plane. And the dirt spins right past the passage to the pre-filter screen, so the screen gets clogged almost instantly. What's worse, the screen is permanently attached to the dust bin, so you need a toothbrush to clean it. That's a pretty big problem. Pretty much makes it unusable.

They clearly have some great engineers at Shark, but that doesn't make every one of their machines a winner.

Post# 426090 , Reply# 9   5/26/2020 at 21:27 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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It does come off. Im pretty sure it's not suppose to but it comes off it may not go back on.
I fill the dirt compartment full of water. It usually cleans the bins.
I have 2 duo clean and one professional rockets. They work great but it does have that design flaw.

Post# 426269 , Reply# 10   5/30/2020 at 11:50 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Huskyvacs, you are right. People just do not know how to use or fix things anymore. If it isn't an iPhone or some other electronic gizmo, they don't really care to know. This isn't to say everyone, but most people I know just buy a cheap vacuum less than $100 or $150 at most, and when it gets a few years old, get a new one.

We have a Shark at work, and I've used it a few times. It is nice to use, to me it is a bit top heavy when trying to steer or use the hose. But the attachment setup on it is pretty good for a bagless upright, and the attachments are pretty decent for something new. It's also pretty quiet and I like the brushroll light it has to show when it's working.

Post# 426296 , Reply# 11   5/30/2020 at 21:20 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
There are So many models at this point...

That there are good ones and bad ones of both newer and older series. Shark has flooded the market with exacerbated changes in models and features and designs. Someone can hate a Shark because they had a poor one but someone else may have a great one and love it. This is my thought on this having experienced several different models over the years. I own a rocket stick vac and was introduced to it by a friend who got one, at first I was very wary of it, but after she died and I decided to keep the vacuum and started using it I was somewhat impressed compared to other Sharks and other vacuums in general I have used over time. Being a die hard Electrolux and Aerus canister fan, I hold everything to their standard of quality and durability and I have to say, Iím impressed with the rocket stick vac that I have. The power nozzle uses a geared clogged belt like Electrolux power nozzles, it shuts off if it gets stuck on something, even the small mini power nozzle works quite well and is motorized with a geared belt. The plastic quality Iím finding is better than some other plastic vacuums.

So I think there is a a Shark for everyone, but which one is right for you...that is the question. But clearly their products continue to improve over time.

Yes, they may not commit to the intense serviceability of the product like a high end company such as Aerus, Kirby, or rainbow does...but itís all in the price. They do have parts for many models and Iíve found the web site to not necessarily correctly list all of the parts they do have that fit each model and that is their fault but Iíve notices the site getting better.

I posted about a trash find rocket upright last month or so, clearly older but parts were still available but while it needed the lock button, they donít sell that, instead Iíd had to have bought the whole wand assembly that included the lock button, which isnít as efficient. I did find the button on eBay, but also there were other things broken that yes, they did stock but with everything it needed I would have had to spend $60 or more to repair this vacuum so I decided to let it go back to the trash after cutting off the cord, keeping a few attachments and the hose. Interestingly enough with all that taken off of it and no cord, it still disappeared from the curb before the city collected the trash. Wonder who took it and what they did with it,


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