20 years old this month! According to the moulding date stamps on the the inside of the casing reading 04 96.
This is a DC02 'Antarctic solo Breakthrough Limited Edition' (if anyone cares) which has been going strong with a few fixes on the way but finally expired, and will not start.
The curious thing is this:-
On disassembly there is no obvious fault; switches, fuses and connections all OK. Commutator & brushes look fine, no evidence anywhere of overheating. BUT, it will NOT start at mains voltage, but WILL start happily if run up from zero voltage using a slide regulator. Any suggestions for a fix? My partner is keen to keep using it on our many stairs, referring to its later big brother as 'The Brute' on account of the hefting requirements.