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Archive for July, 2013

How to Replace a belt on a Riccar vacuum & work less!

“I am so S M R T!”- Homer Simpson

Well my cartoon friend, not only am I – S M R T ER, but I also look better in tighty whites! Don’t worry I spare you from the actual image and let you ponder that mental image…

Here’s why I claim to be smarter- there’s an old saying that goes, “a man who works a hundred years his hardest each day will never be old or broke”. Well I’ve got my own saying, “a man who appears to work and perfects slacking, will never grow tired of working his job!” – Justin.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to a kid who is in the world of vacuums… a celebrity. As a self proclaimed vacuum celebrity, he is the Matt Damon to my Brad Pittness in the vacuum world (except Brad has a 6 pack and I have a keg as a belly). Anyhow, Kyle Krichbaum has appeared on Jay Leno, The History channel and many more shows and television stations, but now he’s crossed over onto something even BIGGER… The GoVacuum Youtube Channel!

So what does a full time slacker do? He gets Kyle “The Vacuum Kid” Krichbaum to do his Youtube video for him! That’s right, Kyle is now creating how to & vacuum repair videos for GoVacuum.com! Thus enabling me to do what I do best… sleep!

So here’s Kyles first vacuum repair video for a Riccar 8905 vacuum cleaner. Expect to see more videos by Kyle and I’m even trying to pawn this blogging thing over to him, so this whole “work” thing won’t bother me during weekdays!

SEE IMAGES BELOW DIRECTIONS

1. Gather your materials. All you’ll need is an ordinary Phillips Head Screwdriver and a replacement belt. The belt part number for the Riccar 8905 is ricc113, and you can get one at a great low price at GoVacuum.com.

2. Turn the vacuum over with the front against the floor. You should be able to see the brusher bar in this position.

3. Locate the two small screws that hold the bottom plate of the vacuum in place. Once you’ve found them, use your screwdriver to remove them by turning the tool to the left.

4. Remove the plate.

5. You can locate the belt on its track on the left-hand side of the vacuum. There is a black door that partially obstructs your view of the belt. Grasp the door and swing it upwards to reveal the entire part.

6. Reach into the back of the vacuum and remove the belt from the motor pulley.

7. Remove the silver divider that is on the left-hand side of the brush roll. Put this aside somewhere safe, as you will need to reinstall it later.

8. Grasp the brush roller and pull it out of the vacuum.

9. Although it’s not mandatory, you can use this time as an opportunity to clean the area beneath the brush roller. Just use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire area.

10. Place one end of the new belt around the motor pulley at the back of the vacuum.

11. Put the brush roll through the belt. You’ll want the belt to rest inside of the black track on the left-hand side of the brush roll.

12. Get behind the vacuum and grasp the brush roll. Put equal pressure on both ends and push it back into place. You will feel resistance from the belt, but don’t worry–this is normal. It does not mean the belt will break.

13. Return to the front of the vacuum and replace the metal divider.

14. Close the black door that covers the belt.

15. Put the pla
te back in place on the vacuum. Be sure to tuck the blue pieces inside. They should not be visible from the outside of the vacuum.

16. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws, turning the tool to the right.

17. Celebrate! Your Riccar 8905 has a brand new belt. Give yourself a pat on the back and vacuum something!

NOTE: This video, images and guide is for the Riccar 8900 series without the clutch AKA floor/Rug Selector. If you have a Riccar model with the clutch such as the 8955 or 8850, you need to also connect the clutch bar and make sure your roller tabs are placed in the roller housing correctly.

DISCLAIMER: This video is for informational purposes only. We disclaim any injury you or your machine may endure during the repair process.

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ORECK AND HOOVER NOW—TOGETHER? Hooreck?

When it’s time to shop for a new vacuum, you may have a hard time choosing between Oreck and Hoover because both produce models of such fine quality. As of yesterday, the lines between Oreck and Hoover have blurred just a bit! While your favorite Oreck vacuum models won’t be disappearing off the market, the company is now owned by Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co., the same company that makes Hoover vacuum models.

This may not seem like much to the average vacuum shopper, but here at GoVacuum.com, we find this news pretty amazing. It’s like Batman suddenly deciding to adopt Superman, or Coke and Pepsi being all one company!

Oreck was up for sale at auction because the family that started the company filed for bankruptcy in May of this year. Although Oreck is a highly successful company that makes great products, the Orecks made the move in a bid to try and keep the manufacturing operations of the company here in the United States. Labor costs and other financial burdens on the corporation meant there was no choice but to file for Chapter 11. The family had hoped to buy back their company, but understanding just what a great brand Oreck is, Royal snatched it up.

The good news is that it appears the U.S.-based manufacturing of Oreck vacuums will continue, and the brand will continue to be produced independently. You can be sure that GoVacuum.com will keep on stocking Hoover parts, Oreck parts, Hoover vacuums and Oreck vacuums going forward! You can check out selection of Oreck and Hoover parts and vacuum cleaners over at our discount website.

Did you know Royal is the company that makes Dirt Devil too? Not only that, but the parent company to all these companies is the same company that makes Home Depot Ryobi power tools!

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Shark MV2010 Steamrolls the Dyson Hard!

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the cleaning experts at Shark should be very flattered this week. Yesterday, Dyson debuted the new Dyson Hard, touting it as an innovative new cleaning solution for hard flooring surfaces. What Dyson doesn’t mention is that this design isn’t exactly new! The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop has been helping people save time and money for years by combining the benefits of a vacuum, mop and steam cleaner in one lightweight design.

So how does the Dyson Hard stack up to the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop? Let’s take an in-depth look.

- Suction on bare floors – Both the Dyson Hard and the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop pick up debris from hard flooring surfaces.

- Wet cleaning – The Dyson Hard uses wet wipes, which must be added to a floating wipe plate before you clean. With the Shark MV2010, you simply add water to the easy-to-fill tank. There’s no need to purchase special wipes; you can clean with ordinary water.

- Wiping ability – The Dyson Hard wet wipes work similarly to an ordinary mop and wipes away surface dirt as you clean. The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop is outfitted with a pair of microfiber cleaning cloths. The concentrated network of millions of fibers found on the cloth traps fine particulates and holds them in place.

- Sanitization – The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop is a steam cleaner with the ability to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria as you clean. The Dyson Hard does not use any type of steam.

It’s easy to see that the original multi-function vacuum solution, the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop, offers more benefits than the new Dyson Hard. You can check out a video of the Shark in action at GoVacuum.com.

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