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Post# 90379   1/30/2010 at 10:03 (3,779 days old) by clothbag (West Springfield, Ma.)        

I know that we try to stay with older model vacuums here, but I would like to ask anyone for their oppinion on the clarke back-pac vacuum w/power head or if you know of any other brand of commercial back-pac vacuum with a power head. I have a friend that is starting a cleaning business and asked me what I thought. I figured someone here in the forum could possibly give me a suggestion that I can pass on to him.

Thanks, Edward

Post# 90399 , Reply# 1   1/30/2010 at 19:58 (3,779 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I worked for a short time......

at a maintenance supply company. We sold and repaired several brands. I cannot remember the name of the back-pack machine we sold. But I liked the idea. A LOT! It was easy to clean with (you only have to worry about what? a 6"X12" floor tool banging into things)... I remember that it was easy enough to change the tools too. The whole thing was just so convenient for cleaning offices etc. Really great machine. I suppose throwing a vacuum cleaner on your back doesn't have much appeal in the home maintenance market.

I want to say it was made by or was made for Tennant (SP?) At any rate it was blue.


Post# 90414 , Reply# 2   1/30/2010 at 22:23 (3,779 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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rick it might have been a windsor, tennant is possible although I think tennant is Green, pro team, etc... something along that line

Post# 90439 , Reply# 3   1/31/2010 at 10:36 (3,778 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Some of these can be cumbersome around the house.....

Having one of these on your back can be difficult in tight spaces. Most of the brands are making a "hip style" machine that rests on the lower back and doesn't protrude as much. I know Pro Team, Euroclean, and Sandia make them. I used to have one of the Sandia Raven back pack units. It had incredible suction. Another brand to consider is the Lil' Hummer, because it is streamlined for a backpack machine and you might do better with it in the home. It also has wheels mounted on in case you want to roll it around.

Post# 90504 , Reply# 4   2/1/2010 at 04:33 (3,777 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have two backpac vacuums in my collection-A ProTeam and a Royal.Both are meant for commercial rather than home use-If I ran a cleaning service for homes-would stay away from backpacks and use regular canisters instead-they are easier to use in the confines of a home.With backpacks in a home--instead of "Drag Along Tragedies"You will have "Bump into Tragedies"!I have used my backpacks-they have excellent power-both of them-but just awkward to use in the house.They were designed for larger commercial places.Usually lots of bare floors and window frames to dust.

Post# 91196 , Reply# 5   2/10/2010 at 13:39 (3,768 days old) by clothbag (West Springfield, Ma.)        

Thanks for the info and I will pass it along to the person that is starting a cleaning business.

Post# 91202 , Reply# 6   2/10/2010 at 15:39 (3,768 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
not a Clarke, BUT

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I do enjoy the HOOVER Pixie. The strap in NOT cumbersome. It is easy to use if you have to go on a ladder, etc. Powerful suction, NICE attachments. Just my opinion.

Post# 91361 , Reply# 7   2/11/2010 at 16:11 (3,767 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        

I have an old Advance backpack that I obtained at a thrift store several years ago, for $8.00. It has a powerhead. I haven't really used it--it's just sitting in my garage. It's more of a square shape instead of the cylindrical shape. The last time I tried it it did run.

Post# 411625 , Reply# 8   7/17/2019 at 19:19 (324 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
thx tolivac

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I was sorta 'eyeing' a Royal commercial backpack vac.....your thread comment helped me lean to 'no' on it

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