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Post by Stuarted »

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When cleaning my car I am fed up with both my useless domestic vacuum cleaner and a feeble, cheap 12v one I have. Both have less suck than an asthmatic pensioner.

I want something with really powerful suction, which will suck up grit, leaves, twigs, nuts and bolts, small children and anything else not securely bolted down.

I don't want to spend a lot of money - it will only get occasional use, so doesn't need industrial robustness - and I don't care how big, heavy or noisy it is.

I am tempted by this VAX one, with 380 air watts of suction (amazing how few manufacturers quote the air watts!) and gets a lot of good reviews, but it is £100 and as far as I can see, has no stowage for the tools:

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 066686.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

or by this Karcher one which is cheaper (£50) and also gets good reviews but which does not quote a suction power and tends to topple over:

http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Kar ... bdescclass" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Alternatively I could be tempted by one of these 12v ones which obviously won't be as powerful but are amazingly cheap and get good reviews:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/12V-Wet-Dry-Vac ... er+for+car" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brookstone-Vacu ... er+for+car" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

although this one looks very similar and gets terrible reviews:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vacuum-Cleaner- ... er+for+car" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(See them all, and others, here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vacuum-Cleaner- ... er+for+car" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keyw ... _authority" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Does anyone have any experience - good or bad - of any of these, or of anything similar, please? Any advice, comments, recommendations or suggestions welcome.

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I bought a Tesco own brand upright vaccum cleaner which was on offer for £45...cheap looking bagless one but my god its powerful!! Has the tools etc which is great for car carpets with the brush attachment.
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at £7.50 - £12 I hardly think the 12v ones are going to meet your criteria :?

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the henry rules as far as Im concerned,
Again no tool storage but it will suck in a small planet if you need it to , we have totally abused ours with building work and all sorts but it keeps coming back for more .
the only thing we have replaced is the flexible hose because we wanted a longer one.
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Post by mat_fenwick »

Another vote for Henry here - 10 years and two house renovations, and still going strong. If that's what you want from a vac though...

The latest Car Mechanics magazine has a test of portable and 12 V cleaners, and a Dyson model came top but would expect it to be pricey. I'll have a look at what the other contenders were. If you buy from Argos at least you can (presumably?) return it under their 16 day policy.

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Can't beat a Henry esp for workshop/domestic use. Dyson's OK indoors but give it sawdust etc and the Henry beats it hands down. The worst are VAX - the filters clog very very fast.

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Post by Dollywobbler »

And another one for Henry. Bought a cheapy Tesco vacuum a while back. It was powerful for about five minutes, but the filters got clogged up VERY quickly. Then it went bang and made lots of pretty sparks and is now in the bin.

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Post by KevR »

And another for Henry - you can also get spare parts (brushes/contacts/switches etc) and they're easy to strip and repair.
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British made too, if that is important to you. (Without wanting to turn this into a Henry appreciation thread!)

I'd like a decent 12 V or rechargeable vacuum I can use in the van, or in the car when away from a mains supply so also would be interested in people's recommendations on those lines. I have a Black and Decker 9.6 V jobby, but it lacks the power I would like. I suppose it should run better if I connected it up direct to the car battery...

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I've used the wet/dry early style VAX for many years on the car and cleaning up where plaster & solid debris have resulted from DIY tasks. High level of suck and good for wet cleaning of the carpets and seats etc. Not had any filter problems and the filters last for ages if you "groom" them with another house vacuum cleaner periodically.
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What's this, +6 on Henry? The only thing that annoys me about him is that he's too chubby to sit on the stairs. Not an issue when hoovering the car.
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the big yellow wet and dry one i bought from Lidl a few years ago hes very good suction, and is still going strong,

it think it was around £34 quid,

and it had a power point for pluging power tools into,

when you turn your tool on that is plugged in the vaccum starts up on its own for dust extraction whilst drilling sawing and the likes

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Post by Vanny »

Henry is not the most powerful of vacuum cleaners imho, but as noted by others, you can't kill them, ever!

Best way to obtain a good suction vacuum cleaner is to buy two broken non-upright dysons off ebay and build them into on. Last one i built cost less than £50 including buying some spares from a dyson dealer

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I've recently bought a Dyson DC40 Multi Floor model, ok it cost more than the bloody car, but it should last 10 years so in the scheme of things its not too bad a value for money. The suction is amazing & i also bought a special non hair/fluff tool that really cleaned up the seats etc....also came with a bendy tool that can squeeze into small recesses.

I've also got a VAX Wet carpet cleaner, forget which model, but when i used the attached hose to clean the inside of the bx, the colour of the water was to be-hold, it went brown, the car hadn't been cleaned properly for nearly 20 years, & that was after i'd attacked it with our previous dyson.

Perhaps buy a 2nd hand Dyson for the same cost of a new but crappier hoover?
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Post by JayW »

+1 for the Numatic range! Henry is and always be the best all-rounder, but Edward has a larger crap-stuffing capacity.

If you'd like to change the orbit of the moon (and have deep pockets) you could go for the 570 which is a twin-engined monster whereas the 900 adds water-sucking loveliness!

I generally find VAX to be pants, if you want to clean carpets, get Henry's uncle George!

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