Just like a human child, when this vacuum is young, it is rambunctious and eager to please! It'll pull you around the room and, speaking from experience, it will even try to climb walls through whatever means necessary (low hanging drapes and their cords are not immune)! As it ages, it slows down and gets stopped up easily. Not all parts are replaceable and it'll be in the vacuum graveyard sooner than you'd hope. But for a couple hundred bucks, nothing lasts forever. This vacuum was purchased by my boss for use in our restaurant. There, it served its (albeit unintended) purpose for quite awhile. Commercial use is not, obviously, its intended purpose, so I accept that its deterioration would arrive sooner than it would with less stressful home use. It lasted for about 2 years in that daily use setting before we all gave up on it and went commercial. It began suffering from incessant clogging due to holes forming (and expanding) in the hose at the base, which was due to repetitive use --and misuse-- by employees. The coffin nail came when, while using it at an angle even a few degrees beyond its "upright", 90 degree angle, the machine would begin to "vomit" things it picked up in its past. It wasn't pretty and it led to general cursing and an overall animosity between man and machine. Like a beaten dog, I rescued it and took it home for what I thought would be its final hospice care. A good long bath, a few band-aids, and assurance of much more time off between use, and it's nearly good as new (more like an adult home from rehab than a spunky kid). I wanted to take the band-aids (tape) off and get a replacement hose, but like similar makes/models from other manufacturers, Shark looks at the HV300 as more of the "disposable" type and they don't offer the hose as a replacement part. They'd rather you just buy a new one than sell the parts to fix up an old one. I don't like it, but I see their rationale. It won't stop me, however, from finding a hose that fits because I'm cheap. Who else would take a broken down, 3 year old, $200 vac from work to use at home?
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