Performance, Lightness, Durable, Easy Solutions
This vac has gotten a bad rap for assembly. Streamlined design and durable plastic that flexes instead of breaking - users find it difficult to understand just after purchase that because the designers used lightweight and more flexible plastics for durability - This vac does not deserve to be berated for assembly and initial operating concerns.
This vac has gotten a bad rap for clean-out of the dust-cup. Because its center splitting design seals better but has unfamiliar twist to open (one hand grasps top black filter half, one hand grasps bottom clear - seal easily breaks open by twisting like opening a jar, open then allows emptying of dirty contents by a shake - there is never a need to reach hands into the cup or dirty side of the black filter half and unlike the expensive vac dust cups with the seal at the bottom, the mid level location of the seal is not left with a pile of dirt on it to damage the seal when you close it), it is better than the "one touch" bottom door dust-cups of the $250 to $500 vacs. To close the two halves of the Airspeed, you must first align each to the other half to a mark on each half (black side is a triangle molded in the plastic - I used tape to make it a mark I could feel in dim light, clear side has a label showing an unlocked padlock symbol where you first align the black side triangle to the unlock symbol, press the two halves together then twist like closing a jar till the black side triangle lines up with the second symbol of a closed locked padlock; I used a piece of tape on the black half to allow me to feel the mark in the dark to make alignment easy while still over the garbage can) pressing together to make the seal and twisting to lock the dust-cup halves back together. Easy to do over a trashcan and without any spillage of dirt - there is never a need to touch any of the dirty components within the assembly that simply snaps back onto the backbone spine.
Some reviewers complain the backbone spine comes apart where assembly failed to securely snap. Easily overcome by tearing one inch duct tape strips of two to four inches in length and placing over/across the seam at each assembly location. The cloth reinforced "duct" tape I used has an adhesive that will permanently secure the vac frame made of softer rubbery plastic (don't use electrical tape or other tape that will not stick to the plastic of the vac) that is actually more rugged than the older tech vacs that have brittle plastics that "snap" on assembly then later "snap" in breaking upon the severe treatment of everyday use. This vac, properly assembled AND TAPED will not break apart(remember to tape the hose to the suction dial so it too will be permanently attached - wont turn loose or pull away from the dial on the backbone), use black colored duct tape as I did because it becomes almost un-noticeable against the black plastic used in the backbone and dial structures (its still a handsome vac). The motor head is as rugged as any competitor and abuse like sucking up objects that are the edges of area rugs or toys etc. cannot be faulted if such abuse breaks a belt or damages the brush roll. There is no lighter competitor and none that matches suction performance.
This vac stands and operates like an upright better than a Dyson. This vac totes around like a light canister vac - In yielding to simplicity, the brush-roll does not stop when using the tools so be careful of the motor end when lifting like a canister. Remember to return suction dial to the floor when using as an upright, with the height adjustment, there is minimal chance of the roll hitting or damaging a wood floor and it uses a thin barrier to keep the debris under the vac on hard surfaces. The filter is a deep and washable sponge material that while not HEPA rated, I believe it catches all the smallest particles and will perform better with use and regular cleaning.
Lightness and power are the standards of comparison in great aircraft and I believe they are the most important in a vacuum cleaner. With the taped assembly described here, careful operation that steers clear of toys and unsecured area rugs (try reducing the suction before trying it on an un-secure rug - turn the suction dial on the side to a point between tools and floor), and regular dumping of the cup (no, don't try to clean out the inside of it) with thorough regular washing of the sponge filter should bring years of service. Note: the Dyson and expensive vacs all seem to need a lot of replacement parts. For $40, it is cheaper to buy a complete spare Eureka Airspeed vac instead of the gas to get to a repair center. THANKS WALMART !!!
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