If you are having troubles with vacuum cleaners breaking, why not get a Shop Vac? They are made to vacuum up nuts and bolts, so how could you possibly break it? The best part is that the last time I checked they were only $35 to $40. This was a few years ago, but they shouldn't be much more now!
I used to purchase regular upright vacuum cleaners and found that a penny or pebble would break them. In fact, I went through two of these types of vacuums in one year until I listened to my neighbor's advice of getting a Shop Vac.
I have the 2.25 peak horsepower Shop Vac and it is very powerful and does a better job than the vacuum cleaners I owned in the past. It will also vacuum wet stuff, but I have never used it for that.
Another money- and frustration-saving benefit is that they don't take bags! All the stuff goes into the canister, and when it gets full (or preferably before), you just dump it like a trash can. It does have filters that can be replaced, but I have never had to replace mine. I only clean them.
Mine has a handle on top to carry it around easily and it also has an attachment holder.
I'm 5' 9" and I had to stoop a little with the attachments that came with it. I had an extra tube extender, which brought it to a good height for me. The extra attachments (including the tube-extender) are sold separately for around $15 to $20.
The cord on mine is short so I have it plugged into a heavy-duty, three-pronged extension cord so I can move it easily throughout the house.
I highly recommend a Shop Vac. They are so inexpensive (even if you have to buy an extension cord and extra attachments) and are so tough that you really can't go wrong.
Monica Resinger is a loving wife and doting mother of two who enjoys gardening, painting, dancing and homemaking.
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