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Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:29:11 AM »
A while ago now, late-ish last year infact, I found an amazing, no... rare, no, old cheap horrible Vax upright next to a skip. It was hanging, soaking wet and probably didn't work because they usually burn out

So I bought it home of course!

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzELNEfL0zE" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzELNEfL0zE</a>

And I stupidly set myself a challenge to refurb the sodding thing in the video, and that is why I am writing this on my elderly IBM Thinkpad T40, and you are reading it!

However, I start with the filter, because if this is scrap, it's game over before it's begun...

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The top twists off the bin a quarter turn

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And reveals a slightly dusty filter...

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And a bin full of damp crap

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However, some time with a Henry later and the filter looked almost passable. Air certainly passed through it again!

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There were still some clingons, but I wasn't spending any money on this if I could help it, just time

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Fair enough, it's got this far, time for the main show



Cyclone off



Extension wand and crevice tool removed

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 12:36:05 AM »
Cable dropped now

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Top handle unscrewed and removed

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And split with some more screws removed

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The wand holder screws on here

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Then falls off

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These various screws here hold the middle part to the bottom part

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All the electrics in these are in the base, nothing goes higher than this

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2 screws sit behind the suction inlet for the cyclone

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 01:14:02 PM »
Funny, i found a similar vax a couple of weeks ago on my travels, very similar so threw it in the back of the car. Gave it a quick pat test and passed so plugged in to reveal it was fully working.
Thought great, but then noticed all filters were missing as well as tools so in the garage for parts as i aint spending a penny on it.
If it was assembled it can be disassembled - if we can't repair it then it probably isn't worth repairing !

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 01:19:16 PM »
Nice! I fell asleep typing it up last night... Will carry on later!
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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 10:38:59 PM »
Right, time to carry on, and I've moved onto the Thinkpad X60 Tablet now as the T40 isn't running too well with Bunsenlabs Linux, might try Mint, or put it back to XP.

Anyhoo, the cap that covers the hose inlet pops off

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Then, we can remove the baseplate

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Except we can't, as it doesn't come off! Instead, what we do is remove the front wheels by lifting until the notched bits line up and pulling

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Then we get access to the screw holding the height control knob in place

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Which lifts off from the top

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Then, 2 screws on the rear and the hood pivots up and lifts off

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An internal hose connects from the bit we took the cap off earlier to this, which I removed before this for washing. This piece just lifts out

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Then the very worn brushroll and belt come out

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The brushroll splits down quite nicely, take an end cap off and tap the other side out with your favourite hammer

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 10:43:42 PM »
The innards of the brush roll end caps looks like this in order

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626z bearings if anyone is reading this trying to fix a jammed brushroll!

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The baseplate was FULL of compacted grit

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And was still a bit wet despite me leaving it a few weeks to dry in the shed

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Now to split the base from the motor housing, and pivot caps sit either side

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And it all then seperates

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The bit that actually adjusts the height turns until tabs align with cut-outs, and out it comes!

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Rear wheels now, and the chassis is VERY thin where these roll, this machine, fair play to it has taken some abuse

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 10:47:34 PM »
Release pedal out

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At last a ratings plate shot!

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And we can finally get to the motor

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Screws are undone

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The beating heart is removed

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And we can see where the mains cable comes in

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The switch is screwed in here

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And once the housing is unscrewed the switch itself pops out of that

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Mains cable is chopped out now, and the internal wiring is free

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 10:53:56 PM »
Time to remove the mains cable from the machine. And because the bit above it is the main suction channel, it's capped off, so pop the cap up



And pull the cable out and away!

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To the outside now, and the switch cover comes off

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Then the bottom cord hook

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Motor again now, and this is the state of the exhaust vent

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A state matched by the foam sound deadening wrapped around the motor

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Top mount lifted off

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Then the fancase seal, which revealed yet more water



Motor ID, made by the Smiling Dragon Hidden Chipmunk Suction Motor and Novelty Condom Concern (China) Ltd

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 11:05:58 PM »
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Smiling Dragon Hidden Chipmunk Suction Motor and Novelty Condom Concern (China) Ltd

Some of the Chinese trading names can be hilarious. I happen to have some Chinese brochures right here that I picked up.



Who wouldn't want to patronise the "Everflying Industry Co Ltd" or my favourite "Jiangsu High Hope International Group Sunshine Import and Export Corporation".

It reminds me of this Top Gear segment.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bNf-jcVU0" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bNf-jcVU0</a>

Congratulations on the tragic Vax. It looks as though it may unfortunately live again.........  :underchair:

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 11:09:10 PM »
Which looked remarkably clean and not burning out

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Cyclone now, and the damp mess in the bottom of the bin got scraped out

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Then I found 2 screws in the top of the cyclone

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Which reveals the pitiful 'cyclonic action' duct!

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The cyclone latch and it's spring pop out from the top

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And it's apart! No exploded shots on this as I rushed it back together to sell it, but as usual, it was all washed, dried and polished, and as you will see, came up very well!

So, cyclone  latch

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These have a hole in to let excess airflow out (George told me to stop them burning out so quickly...) so I taped that up as the air rushing through it was damn annoying!

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It's hidden with the catch fitted

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The air path thing can go back in now

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2018, 11:11:03 PM »
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Smiling Dragon Hidden Chipmunk Suction Motor and Novelty Condom Concern (China) Ltd

Some of the Chinese trading names can be hilarious. I happen to have some Chinese brochures right here that I picked up.

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Who wouldn't want to patronise the "Everflying Industry Co Ltd" or my favourite "Jiangsu High Hope International Group Sunshine Import and Export Corporation".

It reminds me of this Top Gear segment.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bNf-jcVU0" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bNf-jcVU0</a>

Congratulations on the tragic Vax. It looks as though it may unfortunately live again.........  :underchair:

I didn't realise I was so close to the mark! I didn't make that name up, someone else did, I stole it just like the chinese steal designs...

Of course the tragic vax lives, would I be typing this up now if it didn't?
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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2018, 11:15:43 PM »
Anyhow, cultural rib tickling aside, the clean* filter got refitted

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The much cleaner bin is ready to go on

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And it looks quite smart now!



Motor now, and the dried fancase rubber goes on

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The much cleaner foam goes on

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Small mount on

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The exhaust vent came up well



Bottom cord hook on

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Power button on

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2018, 11:20:38 PM »
Cable and its clamp get fitted

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It's cap came up VERY well considering how sand-blasted it looked before

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Switch got wired up and pushed into the housing

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And fitted, and the wires crimped together seamlessly

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Motor gets wired up and fitted now

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And screwed up forever more!

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The baseplate/bottom chassis came up as well as it could, bless it

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I'd fitted the release pedal here. The wheels are 80% through with life I think, but still doing their job well

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Lashings of GInger Grease helped them, and they got fitted

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2018, 11:25:00 PM »
Adjusta-ma-bob fitted

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More fix-everything grease on the pivot points

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And the motor housing is dropped on and screwed up

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Brushroll now, the under-bearing bits go on

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Then the above bearing bits

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Still worn, but alot cleaner!

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Then the aformentioned internal hose and suction inlet

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Fitted

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The belt looked a tad worn, luckily a non clutch Dyson belt was found to be an exact* fit

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Re: Vax Power 1 U88-P1-B Power 1 Trash Find! Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2018, 11:29:51 PM »
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Hood fitted

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Adjuster knob fitted

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Front wheels fitted

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Hose port cover fitted

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And now we can move up the machine! Air path rear cover fitted

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The spine and that hose entry bit all go on together and screw into each other

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The cable can go on now as well

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