'G-Force' was the name given to Dyson's first widely-available vacuum cleaner. It was the first vacuum cleaner to use "Dual Cyclone" separation technology. The G-Force was licensed to the Japanese company Apex Inc., and only available on the Japanese market. It was not sold under the Dyson name. James Dyson later used the money he earned from the G-Force to start up the UK Dyson company we know and love.
The vacuum cleaner industry in the early 1990's was uninterested in new technology and firmly stuck to the idea of paper vacuum cleaner bags (sales of which are worth a not inconsiderable £250 million every year by the way), major manufacturers turned James Dyson and his invention away. Hoover laughed at him.
James Dyson eventually licensed his design in Japan, the home of high-tech (like taking coals to Newcastle, no?). The Japanese loved the over-priced pink G-Force and, in 1993, the royalties allowed James to manufacture a Dyson machine under his own name, the DC01 was born. A multi-millionaire and world-wide success story was also born!
The original G-Force looked like this:
If you look carefully, you can see similarities to the DC01.
As Dyson aficionados, we at Manchester Vacs, take a great interest in James Dyson's products from day one. Anyone who has read his book "Against the Odds" knows the story of James Dyson. His book details his first forays into design and marketing on other people's behalf. It explains his moment of realisation when he made the quantum mental leap from a sawdust extracting machine in a wood yard to cyclonic vacuum cleaner design. It then covers the more than 10 years he struggled to make it a mainstream product and delves into the nasty things big multinationals will do to slow you down.
It describes the huge lengths he went to during this period to get to the point where he was making vacuum cleaners. How much personal debt he accumulated. How much he spent on legal battles with multinational companies trying to cheat him. How it affected his personal life. It is easy to sympathise with him while reading the book and in similar situations it is hard to imagine many people would have continued.
One of his early inventions -- before vacuum cleaners -- was the "ball barrow". It looked like this:
It is easy to see where the inspiration for Dyson "The Ball" models came from; the Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner models feature an almost identical ball design to his early wheelbarrow inventions. The idea of a ball in a wheelbarrow was to prevent the barrow from sinking in wet grass or the slop to be found on building sites like a regular wheel might. It's a great idea that readers of his book will learn was ripped off from him by an American company.
Please don't send us e-mails asking for a Dyson G-Force. They were only sold in Japan and are a very rare machine in the UK today. If you can find one, we expect it will be worth many hundreds of pounds.