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The New Constellation. Taken Apart!
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Post# 3981   11/13/2006 at 23:22 (4,718 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Have you been wondering what exactly is under the hood of the New Constellation?

I have.

Here are some photos I took while taking mine apart!

~Fred


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Post# 3982 , Reply# 1   11/13/2006 at 23:28 (4,718 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
My thoughts...

Overall, I'm qutie impressed with the overall construction of the machine. It's very solidly built, and jeez... look at the wiring! All shrink-tubed and zip tied... a world of difference from the old ones.

The motor has double ball bearings (thank heavens), and is a lot smaller than it's predecessor.

Although I normally detest "turbo nozzles," I can actually stomach this one. It does a very nice job, on a wide variety of carpet types. Even though the brushroll spirals from the middle-outward, I still think the tremendous amount of airflow the machine has sort-of neutralizes that aspect of it.

~Fred


Post# 3987 , Reply# 2   11/14/2006 at 06:10 (4,717 days old) by buffalo-joe ()        
Motors

Fred,

Do you think an old motor would still fit? I'm thinking that the shroud is taking up the extra space the old motor had used.

If the original tooling was used to make the sheetmetal, its a good possibility old parts would fit. And if the old parts fit, could a new motor and shroud fit into an older Connie?

Forgive me for my engineering mind running a bit on the fritz, but curiosity is getting the best of me right now.

Joe


Post# 3991 , Reply# 3   11/14/2006 at 07:31 (4,717 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
I bet...

The new motor would fit in an old model, however I would wonder if the shroud would line up with the exhaust port on the older cleaners?
Thoughts?


Post# 3992 , Reply# 4   11/14/2006 at 07:45 (4,717 days old) by buffalo-joe ()        
You Might have to........

Cut a hole in the shroud. The entire base on the old ones was pressurized with the exhaust. The new ones have it ducted with the shroud. A 2 1/2 inch "mouse hole" in the shrould might get the exhaust out of an old one. It would be interesting to try it.

Joe


Post# 4010 , Reply# 5   11/14/2006 at 17:28 (4,717 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Motor size.

The new motor also seems to be a bit shorter than the old motor, so one would need to build something up underneath it, in order to prevent the motor from moving around.




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