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Post# 451241   4/1/2022 at 12:46 (313 days old) by gmkubancsek (Indiana)        

Would appreciate some feedback on a work situation- my company employs a person with a developmental disability who does light housekeeping and janitorial in an office setting. This person can be unusually hard on an upright vacuum. I have replaced two commercial Hoover units and now using an Oreck XL commercial unit. The unit switch has been a weak point for unit as it dropped more often than in normal operating conditions. I have kept it running for two years. It is a light unit / easy to use and vacuums satisfactory. Should it fail again - should I buy another similar Oreck? Or is there a better suggestion that might be more robust in this situation? The Oreck gets used 4-5 hours a week. Thank you. Please feel free to contact me off-line at gkubancsek@peerlesspump.com. Please let me know if there is a more suitable place to post my question. Thank you Gary K

Post# 451244 , Reply# 1   4/1/2022 at 15:59 (313 days old) by cam2s (Nebraska)        

Maybe a simple old school metal Sanitiaire or Eureka would be best, simple and durable. While Orecks are simple they arenít the most durable. My other suggestion would be to just go to the thrift store and find a $10 vacuum, when I breaks just go get another.

Post# 451255 , Reply# 2   4/2/2022 at 10:34 (312 days old) by cbird (Illinois)        

Iíd suggest getting a used Kirby. They are very durable and repairable and are superior to Orecks in cleaning ability, as well as offering more versatile features (such as shampooing and hard floor cleaning). The current model is the Avelir 2, but the original Avelir is very similar and there are several on eBay for under $200.

Post# 451271 , Reply# 3   4/2/2022 at 23:27 (312 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp MI)        
As someone who repairs commercial vacs for a living...

Forget anything direct air, one rock or coin and a Sanitiare fan is finished and perhaps even the whole base assembly/fan housing. Kirby is the same, but far more expensive to repair. Look at an Advance VU500, Advance Spectrum or Windsor Sensor. If the budget isn't there, a Sanitaire EON series, all are durable, have automatic brushroll shutoff in event of a jam, no belts to wear out no fans to detonate, etc.

Post# 451275 , Reply# 4   4/3/2022 at 02:29 (312 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
I agree

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I personally wouldn't recommend a direct air machine for commercial usage. You're better off to use a bypass machine instead. Windsor, Lindhaus, Proteam, etc. It doesn't matter as long as it's professional commercial grade.


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