Back in college, I worked for a janitorial supply shop as a delivery driver for a summer. I spent a lot of time delivering floor supplies to the Delta Center and churches around the area.
We also sold a high-end commercial vacuum made by Windsor called the Versamatic. These vacuums were used in each Mormon church and temple around the area and many hospitals. Of course, there were many churches and temples around the Salt Lake City area so I kept quite busy delivering new vacuums each day. Very seldom would I pick one up for repair. They are notoriously sturdy and reliable.
One time a church returned a vacuum because they wanted a newer model and I bought one for about half price. Our model retails for between $650-$850 depending on accessories.
That was back in 1992 and we are still using that same vacuum. I’ve replaced the HEPA filters several times and the bags, of course, which I’ve only been able to find online. This past year I replaced the prong end of the electrical cord. Otherwise, the vacuum runs as well as the day I brought it home. What I love most about the vacuum is that it has two motors. One for the brush and one for the pull-out hose. The hose has stronger suction than many of the vacuums found at car washes. It also lays flat on the ground making it easy to reach under beds and tables.
I’ve tried a number of really nice vacuums from Hoover, Kenmore and even the trendy Dyson. None of them are in the same league as the Versamatic. And they shouldn’t be since the Versamatic is the only commercial grade model of the lot and is priced accordingly. The Versamatic is quite heavy making it not as easy to maneuver as most vacuums. But it’s such a powerful, reliable vacuum that I can’t imagine going with another brand.
I certainly don’t want to shell out $850 for a vacuum. But if it lasts 15 years or more I consider that a bargain.