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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2016, 01:35:05 AM »
When fitting the cover, be careful to not knock the reset button out of it's little ledge

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then screw everything down

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Wire the PCB up and tidy all the cables

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and fit the orange top cover

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Pop the brushroll cover on



Pop the wheels on

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Back to having to step back to take pictures, fit the spine



Fit the tool holder

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Feed the spinal cord into it's slot, fit the mains cable and re-fit the switches

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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2016, 01:41:00 AM »
Then fit the switch housing and switch covers

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Next was to fit the hose. Now this is a short hose, like a DC24, this machine has an optional very long stretch hose, which I haven't got so to get a few extra inches I didn't feed it through the bottom loop



And with that, it's done!



Now, before I had a chance to think of selling it, my mum gave it a go when she was round one day, and liked it. She had a panasonic upright I got out of a skip years ago, which was too heavy for her to use, so, since it only owed me a fiver, I gave it to her, and it is now her upstairs vacuum!



It works very very well, better than her Miele cylinder with air powered turbo brush, so occasionally I bring it downstairs so she can go over the ground floor. The Miele is still needed for the kitchen though, as the vax just glues itself to the floor and she can't move it.

So a happy ending! Which reminds me, I have not filmed an 'after' video yet. It's dirty now, of course, but I should do something...

Anyway, hope you enjoyed it! And one machine is written up. 6 more to go! (and more to refurbish!)

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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2016, 02:17:26 AM »
Amazin thread. Btw your story about your mum reminds me of a elderly relative who has a battered 01 absolute and a hardly used dc24. She always insists the 01 does a better job. Despite it back breaking for her to use, and refuses to use the 24 as it feels too light  :D


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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2016, 02:34:13 PM »
It didn't help that the Panasonic was utter shyte. Had suction, but the brushroll was so soft it did nothing, and wasn't too light despite what it said. I vacuumed thoroughly with the Air the day I handed it over and 3/4 filled the bin, and only had 2 rooms and the landing to do as one of the bedrooms has no carpet after moth issues last year!
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2016, 02:33:45 AM »
Interesting, I've never seen the insides of one of these. Glad your mum likes it!

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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2016, 03:36:45 AM »
Brilliant! I got offered one of these traded in for a DC14 Animal today for collection on Tuesday... but it's an Air 3
I quite like these early Mach airs as they look more basic and simple, I had the latest total home pets upright and it was utter crap, so many clips poking out the sides for various tools, hoses, poles you name it! :o The cyclones were also horrific, after one use the filter got pretty dusty

The performance was great though
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2016, 01:37:15 PM »
This works quite well, it's very light, and feels very plasticky, but does a good job. The filter is quite dusty now though, and the top bin seal is catching lots of dust.

Is doing a grand job though, and hasn't blown up yet!
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2016, 11:04:22 AM »
Brill, mine was good performance wise, but the rest of it wasn't really impressive especially at the 300ish price tag :o
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.


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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2016, 12:13:05 PM »
300!?!?

Bloody hell, I paid 15 for this one, and tbh brand new it's a 70 tops machine to me!
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2016, 12:17:15 PM »
Yep! Out of all the vacuums you an get for 300, a nice Dyson or Miele, people choose a Vax :)) Wtf

I got lucky with mine, mine was no more than a year old, it was the new EU model with the improved brushroll, and it even had the new design with the airflow valve on the head, at 8 I scored (IIRC it was 8) Sold it later at 20 cos even looking at it pissed me off, it was a nightmare to clean out, like a DC25's amount worth of screws just to take apart the head and cyclone alone :o
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2016, 12:24:49 PM »
Vax's do use a massive amount of screws, your right! Luckily I have no vax's in the shed now
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2016, 12:37:57 PM »
Lucky lol
I'm not gonna bother refurbish the vax power
1 I have, will just wipe it over  and spray the bin
Them bung it up at 20
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2016, 01:43:45 PM »
Hows the turboforce?
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Re: Vax Mach Air U91 Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2016, 02:24:21 PM »
Not bad, it grooms like a DC33 with a new brush and clutch (density is good)
Might sell it but the headlight is pretty cool, and it comes with all the tools so might hang onto it for a bit till the novelty maybe wears off
Never been happy with vax sadly, except this turbo force and the 6140 3 in 1 pets tub vac ;)

Ps the swivel castors are pretty weird! I can't see the benefit lol, I think standard wheels are better and make it easier to turn
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