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Advice on purchasing A filter Queen
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Post# 433513   10/14/2020 at 09:21 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        

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I am thinking of purchasing a filter queen, but I do also want a compact. Which would be a better choice?

Post# 433514 , Reply# 1   10/14/2020 at 10:52 by johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        
Filter Queen

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I've had a triple crown forever it seems. I like it because its quiet and powerful. I don't know if compact has gotten quieter over time or not. I like my filter queen though. other people may have different opinions this is just mine

Post# 433518 , Reply# 2   10/14/2020 at 12:23 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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No intention of stirring the pot here, but I don't care for the mess of emptying the fq and it's less maneuverable. Quieter, yes. Personal preference, for me would be the compact, I have owned both but still just a single opinion here. Both are quality machines.

Post# 433521 , Reply# 3   10/14/2020 at 13:06 by johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        

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I have a nice one- i'm guessing from the 90's. the power nozzle very nice condition when i got it too- looks like it's never been used almost. the only reason i never used it is because it didnt come with a hose when i got it. a guy sent me this with an old defunct kirby 1c and 2c and an electrolux super j about 20 years ago- and one i did get with a hose( nice)

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Post# 433522 , Reply# 4   10/14/2020 at 13:35 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I can't speak to the Compact because I've never even seen one in the flesh, much less used or owned one. My Filter Queen Majestic, however is one vacuum cleaner I wish I had never seen in the flesh. For canisters, I'm an Electrolux guy, all the way.

Post# 433524 , Reply# 5   10/14/2020 at 14:21 by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
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Go for a compact. I suggest a CXL or DXL. Unlike the FQ you'll be able to use a great variety of tools though the non standard button lock placement may prevent you from using some accessories. As it's been said it's cleaner to empty, the power nozzle is likely better and it follows you around better IMO.

Post# 433525 , Reply# 6   10/14/2020 at 14:35 by johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        

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the thing about a filter queen is they empty about like a shop vac. it is nice to pack it and sack it? is that a good word? I'd like to try mine one day

Post# 433527 , Reply# 7   10/14/2020 at 15:14 by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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They both have their drawbacks as far as emptying them goes. HEPA disposable bags are available for the Compact/Tri-Star now. Be sure to use them exclusively. My vote is for the Filter Queen for several selfish reasons: the attachments are always with you and the end of the wand and hose has rubber couplings so you don't scratch your baseboards when using the end of the wand without an attachment. I like that the Filter Queen has a "lo" speed. And it's quieter than the Compact. I have both the Tri-Star and the Filter Queen. I tend to use the FQ more often.

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Post# 433529 , Reply# 8   10/14/2020 at 15:22 by johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        
speaking of the filter queen

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thats the model i have. how old is it and have they changed much? and can i fix the flat parts in the hose instead of buying a new one?

Post# 433531 , Reply# 9   10/14/2020 at 16:02 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        
available compact

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the only compact available in my price range is a C9.... still recommended over filterqueen?

Post# 433543 , Reply# 10   10/14/2020 at 19:00 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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Absolutely !!!
I have Compact C9 and tristar cxl there are made like thanks!!!
get that C9 you wont be disapointed strong suction ,good airflow, and the bags are available on ebay and amazon , The Compact hasa strong motor good lenght hose i use my CXL and C9 allll the time!!!!!

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Post# 433547 , Reply# 11   10/14/2020 at 19:19 by Louvac (A)        


You say you never seen or used a Compact. You've got to get one my friend! You will wonder how you ever lived without one! They are nice sturdy built machines that are easy to work on. The CXL or DXL are two very nice models! Do yourself a favor and get one ASAP! You will not regret it!

Post# 433548 , Reply# 12   10/14/2020 at 19:30 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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i agree i havea c9 and a cxl best machine eva !

Post# 433549 , Reply# 13   10/14/2020 at 19:39 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        

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Post# 433550 , Reply# 14   10/14/2020 at 19:53 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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@Louvac—I'll take your word for it and look forward to trying a Compact out when the opportunity arises and I'll give it serious consideration if the price is right.

Post# 433551 , Reply# 15   10/14/2020 at 20:51 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Compact every day of the week. The power nozzles on fq have no power. Filter queen has too many filters and poor suction.
Compact/tristar you get the most powerful canister even over electrolux. The power nozzles are made by eureka and are very good.
If you want a setup get a tristar dxl get a wessell werk ebk-360. This matches the best cannister with the best power nozzle.
I have a d80 green c8 with a brand new motor, c9 original motor and dxl newer motor.
The hepa pre motor filter is a must. The hepa bags are great for very fine particles. Your not going to see much of a difference between hepa bags and envirocare(oem bags) bags.
You can get a post motor filter I don't use it but if your allergy sufferer use it. It just decreases the power a little with it installed.

Post# 433554 , Reply# 16   10/14/2020 at 21:08 by johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        
I don't know

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I got 90 waterlift off my fq today

Post# 433585 , Reply# 17   10/15/2020 at 21:19 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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I like the Compacts and even the newer Tri-Stars. I've had many models and currently use the CS with the HEPA bag. For me, it is a much cleaner system than the Filter Queen. Even the new power nozzles made by Aerus are IMO, are better than the FQ.

Post# 433592 , Reply# 18   10/16/2020 at 00:00 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I like the FQ b/c, like the rainbow, I get to see what was picked up when I empty it or just lift off the motor to peer in. Filtering quality is quite good, I serviced mine completely when I bought it...used it a good amount, and the filters are so clean afterwards. I'm with Dysonman1, like having all the tools right there when you want them since they are on the machine the two speed motors too

Post# 433679 , Reply# 19   10/17/2020 at 21:51 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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Both are amazing machine yes ,Compact /Tristar and Filterqueen i do feel whti the paper liner of theIEC Compact compare to the FQ the C9 is cleaner to empty i can fold the bag over and not touch any dirt .But i do miss the tool cady of the FQ on a Compact.
But growing up i tried both and both are nice to have .That being saidi have a c9 anda cxl id love to adda fq to my line up so buy the one you want .But i do prefer the style power and suction of the C9 ,mine hasa undergone a full restoration and performs vey very well .Compact for me grand ma had one .

Post# 433683 , Reply# 20   10/17/2020 at 22:43 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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You have 2 different beasts. Compact is a rolling canister that is just the best vacuum cleaning machine. Its not a hepa vacuum. Its focus on very effective cleaning lacking on filtration.
Filter queen has this is a guess but 5 filters. Its like a rolling shop vac with one of the top 2 filtering vacuums. It will clevn but it's its focus in on filtration.
If you want a vacuum you can use to clean the air and be pretty good at cleaning filter queen is your choice. Compact has filters mAking it filter better . Its going to deep clean with average filtration.
Patriot is a vacuum like the compact. Its vp or president jumped ship about the time tristar took over. Its got high end filtration. The newest model can be used as an air filter. It is more powerful than compact and I believe every canister.

Post# 433688 , Reply# 21   10/17/2020 at 23:23 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        
here are the results

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FQ won by 5.5%

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Post# 433689 , Reply# 22   10/18/2020 at 01:39 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

You can get HEPA filter elements for older TriStar-Compact vacuums.Remember at one time drywall contactors liked either Filter Queen or TriStar for drywall cleanup jobs-better for that than shop vacuums.Double up on filter cones for the FQ or paper bags in the TriStars.

Post# 433702 , Reply# 23   10/18/2020 at 07:01 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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I love my Tristar cxl and compact c9 sure came in handy when I repainted my wooded table.

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