Finally was able to get a decent transformer and try out the dc01!
Before plugging in the 01 I tested the transformer on a little goblin handy I also have (would rather that blow up than the 01). After that I fired the 01 up. I did make the mistake of casually letting the plug drop and it snapped off one of the "mud flaps" over the wheels
Luckily it glued back on very nicely.
I only gave it a quick run through one room, the motor sounds like it could use a service. One day I can hopefully work up the courage to do that. I have to say it was much better than expected. Suction is better than most of the american fantoms, and the brush groomed far more than I anticipated.
After that I also brought out the dc02, which runs very nicely. I used that for a thorough clean of my bedroom. I have to say that the dc02 is properly powerful compared to it's american cousin.