I’ve purchased quite a few vacuum cleaners for my cleaning business over the years. No correct that, I have purchased TONS of vacuums cleaners.
If I have learned anything, it’s that they are not all created equal. Some of the cheaper ones perform better than the expensive ones, and some of the expensive ones aren’t worth the extra money.
Needless to say you can blow through a lot of money just learning what’s best. After all, if your cleaning company grows quickly you’ll need to be buying vacuums all the time. Knowing how to approach the issue by learning from my mistakes will save you that learning curve.
When I first started I just went with the cheapest I could find. After all, money was tight plus I didn’t know any better. I’m pretty sure the first vacuum I purchased was at K-Mart for thirty some bucks. It worked for a while, then it slowly stopped being effective. It was retired after ony a few months.
After learning the lesson that cheap wasn’t a solution I jumped around, buying all different types of vacuum brands trying to strike a balance between price, performance and longevity. This approach soon meant that I had a collection of about 20 vacuums, 10 of which were different brands and styles.
This is about the time when I first realized I had a few problems on my hands. First up was the fact that having all these different brands and styles meant that I needed to have all different style bags to swap out. Depending on the model, some had to be changed every few days because they were small.
This not only was a headache, I mean who wants to keep track of a ton of vacuum cleaner bags? But it also became expense depending on the bag style. So I realized rather quickly that the bags needed to be factored into the equation when making a purchase for my business.
The next issue I had to deal with was spare parts for all the different vacuums. This is because without fail someone always seemed to be losing one of the attachments which meant the vacuum itself was about useless! Without the attachments you can’t edge the carpet properly, so any vacuum without them is no good in my opinion.
Anyway, losing a tiny piece of plastic would mean I might have to replace the whole vacuum and that’s not going to work long-term! Then came the issue of longevity, as many of the vacuums simply didn’t last very long. Some units may have been fine for a homeowner who vacuumed 30 minutes twice a week, but not for a professional who used it for many hours per day every day. They were just the major issues I had to tackle.
There were other smaller details I had to factor in such as units having a short cord for plugging the vacuum in and the total size of the unit itself. You know it’s not easy transporting the larger units around from job to job, not to mention some of them are quite heavy. So to make a long story short, I needed a simple solution as they ALWAYS work best.
I knew standard vacuums didn’t last, so it had to be professional grade. Then it needed a long cord, because that makes it easier to use. I also wanted to use ONLY one brand because I didn’t want to track different bag styles PLUS if a part was lost somehow, I could swap it from an older unit that had been “semi-retired”.
Luckily I was recommended by a close friend in the janitorial supply business to try the Eureka Sanitaire® Model Sc785. I was soon hooked on it. It had all the features I was looking for plus a few I never thought of, such as a folding handle. This nifty idea allows you to transport the vacuum super easily as it hardly takes up any room (only 28.5 inches long) in your car or truck. It also makes it easy to carry around from job to job.
The unit also comes with 2 motors, one for the beater bar and the other for the suction. This means the unit is quite powerful and perfect for the commercial market. I also like the fact that it has a 30 foot cord, which eliminates the need for an extension cord most of the time. The bag is a nice size plus the price works, as it runs a little under $200.00.
I have purchased more than 100 of the Eureka Sanitaire® Model Sc785 since I started buying them. I have beaten them to death and they still keep on chugging. At times these units have been run for several hours per day for months on end before showing signs of wear and tear. Most of the time good training and care will make these units last a long time.
The only thing you need to worry about is when you wrap the cord up. If you pull the cord too tight when putting it away, the stem that goes into the unit starts to pull away. It’s an easy fix, but you can avoid it completely by just wrapping the cord a little looser and not creating so much tension.
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