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Replaced my oem central vacuum..

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I replaced my OEM central vac last summer with one of these: Dirt Devil units.

Best update ever!   Only issue is now my DW makes me vacuum the carpet as there is so much suction she cannot move it across the carpet.   It is really powerful, way more than any other vacuum I ever saw except my Aunts ancient Kirby that could suck your toes off.

But she just wanted me to vacuum more.  She had some other excuse when the prior unit barely had any suction. 

It did take some modification of the opening in the wall to make it a bit larger for the internal (behind the wall) hose to fit,  it was much larger diameter and was much more beefy so it didn't try to kink while running like the OEM version tiffin put in back in 06 did.   -Bill    

 

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My RV came with a Dirt Devil but it may be a different model because I prefer to use my shop vac. 

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If you are looking for a lightweight vacuum with good suction check out Oreck. It picked up stuff my Kirby left behind yet it was easy to push.

Linda Sand

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I have  Purvac Barracuda now, but have had several brands in different homes. The important things I consider.

1. Get one with a disposable bag. It is cleaner, easier to empty, and protects the motor.
2. Do NOT get a contractor's special. It was inferior to a brand name and did not work as well.
3. You can get a power brush in two different methodologies. If electricity is supplied to the hose, a power brush with be activated by plugging it into the wall outlet. If no electricity, you can use an air-powered model.
4. To prevent marring the walls, especially around corners, buy a "hose sock" which fits over the hose and protects walls and furniture from abrasion.
5. New wans are expandable with the push of a button to reach the ceiling and under deep spaces. I really like this feature on my latest model.
6. If you put a hose outlet in the garage purchase a special hose so not to get the house hose dirty. Same thing applies to the basement.
7. You can hang the hose on a small plastic garden hose reel in a closet.

Edited by cowolter

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We removed the built-in vacuum system years ago . That freed up space in the closet where the hose and tools were stored as well as in the basement where the motor/blower used to be.  We use a Dyson V7 which is much more effective in removing debris from the floor than the central vac ever was.  The difference between having an electrically powered beater brush and an air-powered one is huge.  The Dyson hangs on a wall in the bedroom near an electrical outlet and is always charged and ready for use.  Although the Dysons are expensive, there are often discounted packages available through Sam's and Costco.

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On 3/10/2018 at 2:12 PM, sandsys said:

If you are looking for a lightweight vacuum with good suction check out Oreck. It picked up stuff my Kirby left behind yet it was easy to push.

Linda Sand

Ditto on the Oreck

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