Thread Number: 40918  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Hamilton Beach handvac turning slow
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Post# 434638   11/6/2020 at 08:29 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        

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A friend of mine has a Hamilton beach handvac that is running slow, but used to run fine. Now when you click it on, the bag half inflates and within seconds, it has a burning smell

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Post# 434639 , Reply# 1   11/6/2020 at 09:56 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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Switch or bearing dragging on amarture ?

Post# 434650 , Reply# 2   11/6/2020 at 13:06 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Could be the grease has gummed up to a tar-like texture and is braking the motor and slowing it down and making it overheat. Also could be the carbon brushes were worn down to nubs and that is why the original owner quit using it all those years ago.

Post# 434651 , Reply# 3   11/6/2020 at 13:12 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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It could also be a lot of dirt behind the fan.

Post# 434656 , Reply# 4   11/6/2020 at 13:50 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        
It was used just last week and worked fine

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So it hasnít been that long

Post# 434659 , Reply# 5   11/6/2020 at 16:44 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I'd wager on worn carbon brushes or a dirty commutator then.

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