I'm writing this to give potential buyers a heads-up about what could happen that would make the vacuum
unusable without some intervention. In the photo, please note the plastic piece that locks the canister onto the vacuum (green arrow). What you can't see is that the other end of this lever (red arrow), also plastic, is inside the vacuum and is quite flimsy. If you routinely use the handle to move the vacuum around - and who wouldn't? - that flimsy part will probably eventually break. When it does, unless you are the type who can figure things out and fix them, you might as well put the vacuum out next trash day. Extreme? Not at all.
If the canister will not stay locked on, you can neither pick the unit up nor use it to vacuum. Without this part functioning properly, the canister will not stay on the vacuum. End of story. It is unbelievable to me that an engineer would use a cheap plastic part for this vital function. I've managed to make the vacuum usable again by drilling the back of the vacuum, inserting a bolt and attaching a bungee cord to it. The other end, as you can see in the photo, is wrapped around the canister handle. This arrangement holds the canister in place in a front to back way. The other part of the solution is the Quick-Grip clamp that holds the canister down. They make cleaning out the canister kind of annoying, but both are necessary to continue using the vacuum which, by the way, is about 18 months old. With the exception of this one very serious flaw, the vacuum is an excellent value.
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