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Post# 451167   3/29/2022 at 18:50 (316 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        

I didn't want to hijack the other Sanitaire thread, so I started this one. I didn't include an image because there are plenty of images of this model online. The vacuum is exactly what I expected and hoped for. I've only taken a few passes on my train room carpet, but I can feel the Vibra-Groomer doing its thing, helping to remove dirt my other vacs leave behind. I found a number of negative reviews for this model - very difficult to assemble, very heavy, poor instructions, too loud, cord too stiff - good heavens, people, this is a commercial vacuum!


For buyers who aren't mechanically inclined, I can see the "poor instructions" thing. They don't mention that the lower handle tube can only go in one way, in order for the bottom cord clip to be installed and oriented correctly. I figured that out after a few minutes of head-scratching. Also, the assembly instructions show a quick-disconnect for the outer bag, whereas the bag flange actually attaches to the cleaner body with sheet metal screws. I'm cool with that because with a top-fill bag, I can't imagine when I would need to disconnect the outer bag. Someone wrote that the height adjuster doesn't lock in place. With no weight on it, he is correct. Sitting normally on the carpet, it does lock. Very difficult to assemble? Nope. On reviewer wrote that he had two bad units, and the motor kept overheating. The motor has its own cooling fan, so unless the cooling air intake is blocked, how can that happen? I doubt he had two defective motors in a row. Sounds like operator error to me.


I'm really happy with this purchase and I feel good knowing my rugs and carpets will be cleaner than they've ever been. With a two-year commercial warranty and a projected 2,000 hour motor life, I think this is money well spent.



Post# 451171 , Reply# 1   3/29/2022 at 20:48 (316 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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When I see SC688B, I think of the 1982-83 version that predates the Quick Kleen SC888 model. It is the older SC688B that I really want to find.


Post# 451173 , Reply# 2   3/29/2022 at 21:04 (316 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Ben, I wasn't aware . . .

. . . that the SC688B has been around for so long. With so many makes, it seems that model numbers hang around about as long as a paper towel. Good luck finding the early one you're searching for.



Post# 451205 , Reply# 3   3/30/2022 at 23:06 (315 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp MI)        

Assembly issues are why you buy from a local dealer who will assemble and test it before you to see that everything is properly working.. I work for two different Sanitaire dealers as a repair technician.

Here's a trick to make the handle not all loose, take a cloth and some vice grips and squeeze the joints between the tubes and also at the handle bail before final tightening of the handle bolts. They won't ever back out.

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