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The machine seems to be an amalgamation of ideas from the DC14, DC18 and DC27, but redesigned with the added super duty brushroll motor and a toothed drive belt so no slippage and less snapping going on. It actually looks like a real quality piece of kit. Everything has a satisfying click not a 'may break any second' crappy click to it. Fat brushroll, toothed drive, wide pick up slot, etc. This is a machine designed to clean carpets and not fall to bits at the drop of a hat. Here they could market it as a commercial machine too, like Sebo do with theirs. The US is a very demanding market and stuff needs to work and be simple to maintain. Americans are more keen on carpets than we are and I think favour deep piles. I once read that they like to see the tracks left behind on the carpet by a vacuum cleaner, and that, along with deep piles, is why Dyson use wider brushroll slots there. Up to now, my thoughts are this is the machine we should have had instead of the DC27. It would have been the logical progression from the DC14 and would have owned the market. It is a machine that takes much of what is good and durable about Dyson design. I am itching to try it when it is rebuilt! Imagine taking a Dyson DC14, giving it to Sebo and asking them to redesign it so it is simply better and more durable. What you would get back is the DC17. It's a shame we never got this model here.