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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:18 PM
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Vacuum cleaners. What brand/model do you use?
I need a new one. Thanks.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:21 PM
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1. I have a Dyson
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 03:13 PM by NewJeffCT
not sure what model, but I've had it for like 6 years now and it's still going strong. Every vacuum I had before this one seemed to last me somewhere around a year. I also saved money by getting a refurbished Dyson, as they're normally pretty expensive.
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:42 PM
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6. Dyson is the only vacuum cleaner I'll ever buy in the future. 6 years here too.
I'm still amazed at how well it works. Sometimes I even vacuum fireplace ashes out of the fireplace (only when I KNOW they're not hot, like DAYS later) and it doesn't affect the suction.

My vacuum cleaner SUCKS!
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:26 PM
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20. Looks like the consensus is Oreck or Dyson.
I need a new vacuum also, so I will check these two out price wise.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:33 PM
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33. Dyson Animal
I've had it for at least 6 years. Changed the filters (didn't know they had filters..) Before I got it, my daughter had to vacuum or I did with a full face mask on. I have life-threatening asthma and am allergic to everything except maple trees and feathers. I can now vacuum the house myself. We bought the duster attachment. Works better those expensive dusting cloths.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:25 PM
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2. Oreck. Lightweight and does a great job.
And we have three dogs who shed year-round!
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:39 PM
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28. Oreck - and I believe they are still made in the USA
Ours work great
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:30 PM
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3. I just use a copy of "An American Carol"
Sucks harder than any vacuum I've ever used.

Seriously, though, I use a 16-gallon shop vac--mine is a Ridgid brand I got when I still worked at Home Depot.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 03:34 PM
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49. What about the newer, suckier model...
Atlas Shrugged: Part I
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:32 PM
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4. Dirt Devils really suck well for me.
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 06:33 PM by freshwest
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:22 PM
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19. I agree. Worst ever. Had to give my last one away
because it didn't suck up the dirt, but blew it out. Unfortunately, I had lost the sales slip and couldn't return it. So I gave it to my daughter-in-law. Somehow she got it to work.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:44 PM
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21. No, no, they suck *well* for me. Sorry yours didn't work. Hoovers and others have disappointed me.
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 03:45 PM by freshwest
It's been hard to get a good one lately, I've given three away.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 10:14 PM
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39. They suck well, but are poorly designed.
The belt slips off if you even look at it funny. To make matters worse, the piece that covers the belt is screwed on, rather than being held on with clips. So, one has to grab a screw driver, and take off 5 screws to access the belt. What a pain in the ass! My vacuum is several years old, and if they make any improvements on the belt situation, I will not replace this one with another Dirt Devil when the time comes.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 06:26 PM
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52. I have one that works well on my area rug but is horrible on hardwoods or tile,
which 95% of my house. I use my old Hoover for most of the floors.
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:32 PM
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5. Dyson.
The very best of the best cleaning machines. I can't recommend it heartily enough.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:55 PM
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7. Miele Polaris
great for carpet/tile/hardwood. :)
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:20 PM
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8. I bought a $90 Hoover upright
from Amazon about 5 years ago and it still sucks. Great vacuum and no bags to mess around with.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:35 PM
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9. Oreck
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cbdo2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:54 PM
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10. dyson for 6 years and it works like a dream
I love our dyson and would definitely buy one again. It's worth the extra expense for such a great vacuum.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:59 PM
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11. Oreck. Perfect vaccuum simplicity
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:11 PM
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12. Dyson DC11 Animal - love it
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:59 PM
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13. Panasonic
It has a powered small brush accessory that sucked all the white cat fur out of the black office chair - that was almost worth the price of the vac all by itself there.
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:53 AM
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14. Thank you everyone for your input. v/t
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:35 AM
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15. I've had a Kenmore upright that's worked great for 7 years but finding the bags is a PITA.
Have to go back to Sears where I bought it. Even the smaller Sears Appliance store much closer to me didn't carry them and the bag designations/models don't match up with anything I see in any other stores.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:53 PM
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22. try amazon (or the intertubes in general)
only place I can find bags anymore
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 05:26 PM
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24. I may be using this site to find parts for my old DLC Cuisinart
http://www.totalvac.com

They appear to be pretty thorough for parts :D
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One_Life_To_Give Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 10:25 AM
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16. Eureka AirExtreme
Uses the same Bags and Filters as the ElectroLux (Eureka) Oxygen3. Recommended for Asthma and Allergies.
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dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 10:57 AM
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17. Soil Satan.
:evilgrin:
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 11:26 AM
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18. We've got a 24 year old Electrolux cansiter - still kicking - same bags from 1950 on.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 04:16 PM
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23. Hoover WindTunnel Canister
very low mileage LOL

I like it a lot except for the handle for the wand and other attachments is made like a damn gas station nozzle and it is too big for its purpose. I do way more "detail" cleaning than floor vacuuming, that is why I wanted a canister with several hand tools. Not that I ACTUALLY do much of ANY cleaning, but when I do it is mostly sucking the dust and spiderwebs off of the knick-knacks.

http://www.hoover.com/retrieveImage.aspx?code=LG&model=...
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:03 PM
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25. We have a 1995 Eureka upright
that works fine, but we no longer have carpet except for the 'puter room/spare bedroom
On impulse I got a $25 Eureka "Quickup" light vac a couple of weeks ago at that-store-which-is-not-in-favor-around-here :hide:
OK, I needed Orange Glo for the wood floors and it's the only place close by I can get it
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:11 PM
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26. Shop-Vac
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:08 PM
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31. Nice thing about a Shop-Vac for the home is
the power
a smaller hose will fit in it for those easy to handle small attachments
it will suck cat hair off of anything
no bag issues to deal with.

I stopped using "household" vacs after I tried the shop-vac.

Caveat: we have no carpet. We have very flat area rugs, works fine on those.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 06:07 AM
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40. All tile here
The last thing we needed was carpeting when we had up to eight dogs. And a Shop=Vac comes in handy for plumbing problems too. Sucks that water right up.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 07:21 AM
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41. Dogs=tile. Exactly!!!
One of the selling points when I bought the house was half the floors are rather crappy old tile type, perfect for the dogs. Wet muddy paw prints, no problem.

The nice wooden floors in the bedrooms are off limits to the beasties, tho.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 11:49 PM
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44. Another shop-vac here, too. 14 gallon vac. for $80 at Lowe's...
fantastic way to suck up the incredible amounts of cat fur that float around this place. And the litter that the little lovely children fling all over.

And all the sawdust from my husband's workbench.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:29 PM
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27. Dyson DC14 Animal and an Oreck.
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 07:33 PM by Dappleganger
We have both because of my bad back, the Oreck is easier to push around. IMO the Dyson has much better suction but performs better on carpet than hardwood and tile (which is most of our house), but the Oreck really shines in getting pet hair out of carpet fibers (and is so easy to use on hard surfaces). We love the hose feature of the Dyson and use that around all the corners and under furniture, etc.

We didn't buy both at once, obviously (they are rather pricey). We've had the Dyson Animal w/attachments since it first came out and picked up the Oreck about two years ago when Costco began selling a basic model. I love the fact that the Dyson can be taken completely apart, cleaned up as if almost new and put back together rather easily by the consumer. It was definitely made by an engineer (which my husband loves).

Edited to add the Dyson model number--we've had it since 2004 (family 6 with 3 dogs, 2 cats).
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:47 PM
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29. I manage several houses
I have Hoovers in all of them, including my own house. Uprights and canisters. My canister is 20+ years old and I love it. One client had an Orreck and hated it. When one of my clients got new carpeting, they were warned not to buy a Dyson because it would ruin the carpet because it was too powerful. We just recently spent $200+ dollars repairing a Hoover Windtunnel because it was a better vac than any of the new ones offered.

Just my 2 pennies.
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TheCanadianLiberal Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:03 PM
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30. An Electrolux XXX, it's a great machine...
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:52 PM
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34. My mom had an Electrolux for about 30 years!
Solid and reliable! And it cleaned up after 3 kids and innumerable pets over those years! :)
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kimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:14 PM
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32. Dyson, will never get any other brand
I bought my latest one about a year ago - it's got this ball-type thingy which makes it easier to steer. It sucks up stuff like you would not believe. Expensive, but worth every cent. I have 6 indoor cats, and until recently, 5 indoor boys. (I DID let them out occasionally for school and such-like activities.) The Dysons I've had - 2 over the past 10 years - have handled every single thing thrown at em (except the time when my 12-year-old tried to vacuum up a bundle full of popsicle sticks), but that was quickly fixed.

Highly recommend the Dyson.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:35 PM
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35. Dyson.
gotta give it props, its an awesome vac. Granted you may not have time, but watch for sales. I got mine really cheap on a holiday sale, plus I got it in promo colors which I find much less obnoxious than the usual color choice available.

My parents some years back bought a Kirby from a door to door salesman. Much heavier, and while I generally approve of the durability of metal, It is not/was not as good a vac as the Dyson.

Same thing for the cleaning company I worked for. We always scavenged vacs from places we were cleaning out and occasionally bought one. Over time we had just about every kind except the really high end stuff. It all breaks down under heavy use eventually. But everyone fought to get the Dyson when we had one, because they work and they are easy to use.
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:37 PM
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36. Hoover Turbo 2000, bought in 2001 used...still runs great to this day
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:46 PM
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37. kenmore progressive upright -- which was #1 at consumer reports when I bought it in 2007
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 09:49 PM by MrsBrady
love it.
the only thing that you want to suck.
and it does, really well.

very very happy.

I use consumer reports. worth it.

imho


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Spinny Liberal Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:58 PM
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38. Rainbow
Water filtration is the best way to go!! And they're built like tanks. No, I'm not a seller. :-)
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Monique1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 11:51 AM
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42. irobot here
easy on the back and I can do other things. I love this little thing.
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 01:26 PM
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43. Old Hoover Upright w/ 'shag-carpet' setting....
From the 70's. "Harvest Gold" color. Returned the Oreck I bought for several hundred dollars and went with this one. Bought locally for $35.00. Wouldn't trade it for anything! You can still get some good deals on ebay....search either "vintage' or "old" in front of Hoover.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 08:40 AM
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45. Mine is a Bissell Easy-Vac
About $40 and pretty decent if you have a small spot like mine.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 08:46 AM
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46. We have a Riccar.
Excellent machine.

aA
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 12:09 PM
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47. NOTHING sucks like a Hoover
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 03:28 PM
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48. The Suck Cut!
It sucks AND it cuts!!

You're welcome!

:rofl:

Bake
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 04:41 PM
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51. I had a boss that used a suck cut...
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 03:57 PM
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50. Dyson. Wife has yet to kill it and she has slaughtered hundreds of lesser models..
..over the years..
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