Manchester Vacs Relocates & Becomes Biggest in the North

Already Dyson Medic’s recommended parts supplier, Manchester Vacs has relocated to much larger premises making them the biggest independent specialist Dyson parts supplier in the north of England.

Manchester Vacs is not a new business; they were at their previous location on nearby Abbey Hey Lane in Gorton for almost a decade. A family business; a family with roots in retail and local businesses in Manchester, Stockport and Tameside that goes back to the mid 1970’s.

Rather than employ staff who know little of the product as many retail park companies do, everyone at Manchester Vacs owns a Dyson and uses one at home. It is increasingly rare nowadays to encounter people who actually know about the products they deal with.

The Dyson vacuum brand needs no introduction. What many people don’t know about Dyson vacuums is they are like Morris Minors: You can rebuild them virtually indefinitely (as we here at Dyson Medic are often encouraging you to do). By selling reconditioned Dyson machines, Manchester Vacs is not only making cheaper Dyson vacuums available to all. By recycling several thousand end-of-life Dysons each year to harvest the spare parts, they are keeping many old Dysons out of landfill; which is very green.

This move coincides with Manchester Vacs becoming official Sebo agents. Sebo being the best brand of German made, hand-built vacuum cleaner you have never heard of (unless you shop at John Lewis). Sebo vacuums are more commonly used in hospitals, hotels, cruise ships and other commercial environments.

The building they have relocated to is only a few minutes drive from the old one. A famous local landmark that was once a public house called the Bull’s Head; now renamed the Bull’s Head Building.

Bull's Head Dyson

The Bull’s Head Building is an iconic former public house sitting on Reddish Lane/Gorton Road that straddles the physical boundaries of Tameside, Manchester and Stockport, and is a well-known local landmark.

The Bull’s Head building has had some controversy over the years. In 2012 there was a proposal to turn it into a Mosque. Following a petition on Stockport Council’s website and demonstrations outside by the BNP, the idea was withdrawn.

It has stood semi-derelict for several years until Manchester Vacs took it over last year. They have been refurbishing it since last October, and it opened to the Dyson and Sebo vacuum owners of Tameside, Manchester and Stockport on Saturday the 27th of February 2016.

The launch party was covered by local Tameside Radio who did a live outside broadcast there for several hours, and there was also a TV camera crew there.

Manchester Vacs TV

The official opening ceremony was performed by TV’s Gordon Burns (ex North West tonight, Granada Reports, World in Action and Krypton Factor).

Gordon Burns Manchester Vacs

It seems he also found a few minutes to relax before proceedings began while having his own Dyson repaired.

The residents of Manchester, Stockport, Tameside and nearby Oldham, Glossop and Salford are now well-served for Dyson vacuum repairs, reconditioned Dyson machines and new Sebo vacuum cleaners.

Reconditioned Dyson Stockport

For those having a “while-you-wait” repair, you can even chill out on a sofa, have a coffee from the machine, and check out the Dyson museum, which has some of the very rarest Dyson machines from the early days of Dyson.

Dyson Museum

For those who are not local, you can buy all your spare parts from Manchester Vacs. Their range of Dyson spare parts far exceeds what Dyson themselves make available to the public, and they carry a lot of obsolete, re-manufactured and otherwise unobtainable Dyson spares.

The online Dyson spare parts shop at Manchester Vacs gives customers access to a highly innovative predictive search feature allowing them to find the parts they need with ease. Delivery is free on all UK orders over £25. They have also slashed three hundred prices across the store and now stand as one of the most competitive Dyson spare parts specialists on the internet.

You can shop online for Dyson spare parts with Manchester Vacs here: >Dyson Spare Parts<

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Get a traditional style long crevice nozzle tool for your late model Dyson

Dyson have traditionally made tool fitment difficult.

For example, the DC15 had a set of tools all of its own. They fitted no other model.

The DC19 had a possibility of two totally different types of tool socket; fitment depending on if it is a telescopic wrap or not. That causes parts sellers a world of pain when buyers don’t read the compatibility information and just buy a random tool because they have “a DC19” and then want to return it afterwards as it doesn’t fit.

The DC18 was semi-unique, the DC05 motorhead tools didn’t fit standard DC05’s and don’t even ask about DC11, DC20 or DC21. kater

However, starting with the DC16, and more specifically from DC22 onward, Dyson have begun to use this type of tool fitment.

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But around the same time, they mostly ditched the standard crevice tool we all know and love that looks like this:

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And replaced it with a new fangled “multi tool” or “combination tool” that looks like this:

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The problem with the multi/combination tool is that people are not keen on it.

The multi/combination tool is a crevice tool with a brush tool that slides up and down and locks into place when needed. However, they are expensive and not much good.

People wanted a traditional type of crevice tool similar to that found on earlier models of Dyson.

Dyson did make these for the DC16, but they were rather expensive and it was never much publicised what other models they fitted. Dyson have since discontinued production of all DC16 spares anyway.

But as ever, the after-market comes to the rescue. This is a traditional style crevice tool that fits the later models:

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These are the models it fits: DC16, DC19T2, DC22, DC23, DC24, DC25, DC26, DC27, DC28, DC28c, DC29, DC30, DC31, DC32, DC33, DC33c, DC34, DC35, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC40, DC41, DC42, DC43, DC44, DC45, DC46, DC47, DC48, DC49, DC50 (Small Ball), DC51, DC52, DC53, DC54, DC55, DC56, DC58, DC59, DC63, DC65, DC66, DC75, DC76, DC77, DC78, Big Ball, V6 and Cinetic.

This one fits all the models above and locks onto the end of the hose properly. It even fits the end of the wand on a DC24.

This tool is NOT suitable for models DC01-DC15, DC17, DC18, standard DC19, DC20 or DC21.

So with one of these, you can now get down the side of the seats in your car and into all the awkward gaps again with your late model Dyson. Like you could with the proper Dysons of olde.

No more faffing about with “multi tools” or “combination tools” that are not narrow or long enough to get anywhere you want them to; and fall to bits.

Want to know the good bit?

They cost less than a pint of beer. Click the little guy below to find out more.

Click here to buy a Dyson crevie tool

 

If you are still unsure if this tool will fit your Dyson, use the comment box below to say what country you are in and the first three digits of the serial number of your Dyson, and I will reply and tell you if this fits your machine.

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How to Strip Down a Dyson DC25 Cleanerhead to Change the Brushroll Motor

How to Strip Down a Dyson DC25 Cleanerhead to Change the Brushroll Motor.

A few people have asked about a tutorial on this subject and how to test the brushroll motor in the head before buying a motor, a PCB or other DC25 cleanerhead spare parts.

So here I am going to show you how to strip down the head to access the PCB and the motor.

Disclaimer: Before we do this, I should point out that testing the motor as described below is NOT for amateurs. Electricity KILLS. Seek the advice of a qualified electrician if in ANY doubt about your own skills.

We expect that by seeking advice here, you are competent enough to be able to make any electrical installations safely and in a safe and legal manner in your jurisdiction. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, do consult an electrician. You accept/implement any advice you read at this site at your own risk.

Before you think about taking the cleanerhead apart, check that the cleanerhead itself is getting an AC feed from the machine. Many people buy replacement cleanerhead parts without even checking this first, and they then assume the parts they bought are faulty (which is unlikely), and then are unhappy to be reminded that PCB’s and motors are usually non-returnable.

So, assuming you have a mains feed from the machine to your head, lets start by stripping the head down……….

Using a 2p coin (or a quarter if you are over the pond) give this screw a quarter turn.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (1)

Remove the end cap and brushroll like this.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (2)

On the soleplate, there are eight T15 Torx screws and one Philips screw to remove the corner wheel.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (3)

Turn it over and remove the top cover.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (4)

You can now see the brushroll motor. Remove the toothed brushroll drive belt.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (5)

The motor is made by Johnson, it is labelled DC771(2)XLLG and you can buy one >>here<<.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (6)

Lets look at testing the motor and fault finding.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (7)

If you have a multimeter and know how to use it, you can check resistance across the motor terminals as you would with any other DC motor. If you are unsure whether the PCB is faulty or not, one way to be absolutely sure is to plug the cleanerhead back onto the machine, recline the machine and switch it on.

Carefully probe the terminals while the machine is running.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are looking for a DC value of somewhere around 300-330v on a UK, European or Australian machine (US machines may differ, ask local advice on this if in the US or Canada). No feed from the PCB, but a feed from the machine tells you the PCB is faulty.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a 330-330vDC feed from your PCB, and the motor isn’t running, we know now that the motor needs replacing. To get it out of the housing, lift the retaining arm up in the direction of the arrow just a little……..

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take notice of where the little spring sits that tensions the belt – and don’t lose it.

The motor now comes out like so.

DC25 Brushroll Tutorial (12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer to watch a video overview, the video below shows you a strip down and rebuild of a Dyson Dc25 cleanerhead in less than six minutes.

Where to get spare parts for your Dyson DC25. 

  • For the T15 screwdriver you need to do the job look >>here<<
  • For the brushroll motor look >>here<<
  • For the PCB look >>here<<
  • If you need a whole new cleanerhead look >>here<<
  • For a brushroll look >>here<<
  • For a replacement end cap look >>here<<
  • For a replacement perspex housing and cover look >>here<<

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How to Change the Motor on a Dyson DC28c, DC33c, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC46, DC47, DC48, DC49, DC52, DC53 or DC54.

So you have one of the “ball” type cylinder Dysons and want to change the motor?

The DC28c, DC33c, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC46, DC47, DC48, DC49, DC52, DC53 and DC54 are broadly the same machines for our purposes.

The DC54 is a “Cinetic”, so it has no pre-motor filter, but everything else is pretty similar.

To do the job, you are going to need some Torx screwdrivers, which you can get >>here<<

A new motor, which should be either a YV-16K24FB or a YV-16K24FA (if another is fitted, ask me in the comment section below quoting the first three digits of your serial number), which you can get >>here<<.

You will also need a post-motor filter which you can get >>here<<.

So to do the job, this is what you do:

Remove the ball shells each side with the Torx screws.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (2)

You then have this.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (3)

Remove the carriage and the inlet duct assembly with a few screws, you then have this.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (4)

Now start on the screws………..

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Then open the casing and you have this.

DC54 Cinetic strip down (22)

The motor bucket will now come out of the post motor filter like so.

DC54 Cinetic strip down (23)

And the top is released with three clips. Observe the three rubber blocks, they just pop out and line up with slots in the motor bucket on reassembly.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (18)

And out comes the motor.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (19)

Now we need to remove the post motor filter, and it is attached to the cable rewind so it all has to come out. More screws…….

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (7)

And this clip must be released on each side for the cable rewind and post motor filter to come out.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (8)

You must lever the housing around the clip rather than hoping to push the clip in. There is a knack to this.

Now you can remove the filter and cable rewind like so.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (9)

Twist the filter off the cable rewind to change it.

DC54 Cinetic Strip Down (11)

If your machine is not a Cinetic, it will be fitted with a pre-filter in the top of the cyclone, if you need to replace it it is >>this one<< and if not, wash it in the washing machine, dry it on the radiator and be sure NOT to put it back in wet.

And Bob, as they say, is your Uncle. icon_nod

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How to save money on a mini turbine tool for a DC07, DC14, DC15 or DC18.

Don’t you just hate it when a simple solution to an old problem falls in your lap, and then you find out it was there all along and you never noticed?

That is what happened today.

A good customer of mine wanted a mini turbine tool for his DC07, and was complaining that the well-regarded after-market one that fits the DC01, DC02, DC03, and DC04 doesn’t fit the DC07.

Despite them taking the same 32mm tool set.

The answer lies in the design of the hose. That the standard after-market mini turbine tool doesn’t fit the DC07, DC14 and DC18 hose is not new news.

Here is a standard after-market 32mm mini turbine tool.

DC07 mini turbine tool

His next question was, “Is there an adaptor?”

The answer to that is no. But on his insistence, we delved in our box of adaptors, more to prove him wrong than anything, and guess what happened?

Yup. We learned something!

Here is a DC07 hose end.

DC07 hose

And here is a DC01 adaptor that only fits (we thought) the DC01 (I only had a purple one handy – most are grey).

DC07 adaptor

But what if you do this?

DC14 hose adaptor

By jove, it fits! thumbs

And that means it will fit the DC04 non-clutched, DC14, DC15 and DC18 too.

So what if we then do this?

DC14 mini turbine tool

We fired it up and the wee brush spun like a good un’.

The chap had his budget mini turbine tool – and it sealed well and worked a treat!  icon_nod

So here is the skinny: 

If you want a mini turbine tool/mini turbo head tool for your Dyson DC01, DC04 (lime green/grey), DC07, DC14, Dc15 or DC18, you want one of these: >>Mini Turbo Turbine Head DC01, DC04 (Green/Grey) DC07 DC14 DC15 DC18<<

By my reckoning, that is under £18 with UK delivery. Which is pretty good value. Dyson Medic just saved you over £25 on buying a Dyson ‘tangle tool’ or ‘turbo head’ or ‘mini turbine head’ or whatever they are called this week at Dyson.

And all this time, we had these mini turbine tools sitting five feet away from these adaptors and we never knew this. Because nobody ever tried to mate them together

Learn about other mini turbo heads for other models >>here<<.

Now don’t you go writing it on the internet or anything will you?

Even Dyson gurus learn something sometimes………… 

 

 

The Dyson Vacuum Universal Tool Set

Is there such a thing as a Dyson universal tool set? Aren’t all Dyson tools model-specific? Is it possible to buy one set of tools that fits every Dyson vacuum cleaner?

This is a question we are asked often.

People get confused with brush tools, stair tools, crevice tools, combination tools, upholstery tools, mattress tools, etc.

And the universal adaptor many speak of is not only a misnomer, but a subject we have a full article on.

However, back to topic, is there a universal tool set to fit every Dyson vacuum?

The answer is almost.

There is such a thing marketed as the Universal 4 Piece Dyson Tool Set. It looks like this.

Dyson Universal Toolset

That fits all models apart from the DC05 motorhead, DC08, DC11, DC15, DC18, DC19 standard, DC20 and DC21.

But lets delve into specifics as some people can save money.

On models DC01, DC02, DC03, DC04, DC05 (not Motorhead) and DC07, you can use >>this set<< as you do not need the adaptor that comes with the set above. However, on the DC01, you will also need >>this adaptor<< to use them with the hose.

On the DC14, you can use >>this set<<. But the DC01-DC07 set above will also fit if you are not bothered about storing the crevice tool on the machine.

The DC05 motorhead, DC08, DC11, DC15, DC18, DC19 standard, DC20 and DC21 all have tool connector sockets that are unique to those models, so you need to buy model-specific tools.

For DC05 spares go >>here<<.

For DC08 spares go >>here<<.

For DC11 spares go >>here<<.

For DC15 spares go >>here<<.

For DC18 spares ho >>here<<.

For DC19 spares go >>here<<.

For DC20/21 tools, its as easy to get them from Dyson themselves >>here<<.

So anything ‘universal’ then?

The universal set above that you can get >>here<< will fit all the following Dyson models: DC16, DC19T2, DC22, DC23, DC24, DC25, DC26, DC27, DC28, DC29, DC30, DC31, DC32, DC33, DC34, DC35, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC40, DC41, DC42, DC43, DC44, DC45, DC46, DC47, DC48, DC49, DC50, DC51, DC52, DC53, DC54, DC55, DC56, DC58, DC59, DC63, DC65, DC66, Cinetic and V6.

If you have one of those models, that is way cheaper than buying the tools that Dyson say you want at circa £10 each – a nice cheap solution for under a tenner.

How easy is that?  thumbs

 

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A Cheaper Option for Dyson Cylinder Turbine Turbo Head Floor Tools

Dyson turbine heads (sometimes called turbo heads) are the full size vacuum-driven heads that come with many models of cylinder or canister Dyson vacuum cleaners.

They are designed to replicate the beater bar action of a conventional upright vacuum cleaner by utlising a rotating brush on the carpet to dislodge dirt.

You can buy them for attaching to the wand of upright machines too (But why would you?), but application is mostly designed for canister/cylinder machines.

Over time – such as with the DC05 Motorhead – Dyson have experimented with electrically driven turbine heads. But most are vacuum-driven.

Dyson have produced a myriad of designs of these over the years.

Dyson Turbine Heads

However, as many of those who tried to buy a replacement item have found, fittings can differ greatly between models.

Dyson got in the habit of changing the tool fitting sockets between different models and sometimes the storage hook that mounted it on the machine. The DC19 even had two completely different hose fittings, depending if it was a standard DC19 or a DC19T2 (Telescopic Wrap).

Most Dyson specialists will groan when asked to identify which turbine head fits which particular model. Especially since, with used machines, people may have swapped and changed handles, hoses and wands to make similar heads fit.

Dyson got into the habit of supplying new ones with a range of adaptors. But specialists know that even they do not allow fitment to all models. Far from it in fact. Dyson themselves often supply the wrong part such is the difficulty.

The confusion arises because most turbine heads look something like this.

Dyson turbine head

But here is a similar one.

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The eagle-eyed will notice that while they appear to be the same part, the end connector socket that fits to the vacuum cleaner is totally different.

And they are not interchangeable without stripping them down to swap over collars – which isn’t an amateur job.

Thankfully, in recent years, Dyson have began to standardise fittings once more. That isn’t to say all are interchangeable, but similarities exist where they didn’t before on some models.

What has remained unchanged is the price.

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As you can see above, a replacement turbine head for a DC23 will cost you fifty five of your hard-earned pounds if bought from Dyson.

For genuine Dyson turbine heads, the after-market parts sellers are unable to offer much in the way of discounts. Margins are quite tight on genuine Dyson stuff, so shopping about may only shave a few pounds off.

So, how to save money? 

Well, here at Dyson Medic, we are well-known for making you aware of the bargains.

If you have one of these Dyson cylinder vacuum cleaners: DC19T2 (NOT the normal DC19), DC22, DC23, DC28c, DC29, DC32, DC33c, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC47, DC52, DC53, DC54 (Cinetic) or DC63, your machines all have on thing in common: The tool socket.

If you have one of those machines, your multi/crevice/stair tools all have this socket fitting:

dyson late tool fitting

This not only means you can use the spiffy adaptor to utilise older tools we reported on a few months ago, but it also means that you can get yourself one of these replacement turbine heads.

Replacement Dyson Turbine Head

They do not cost £55 like a Dyson one does.

They cost well under £20 even with UK delivery. You can save over £35 by getting one! 

Click the little guy below if you want to know where to get one from.

Click here to buy a Dyson tool adapter

 

Any downsides to using one of these? 

Depending on your machine model, they may not locate too well (or at all) on the machine for storage. But very few people stow their head on the machine in any event. Most people store them in a tangle under the stairs. icon_whistle

If your machine has not got any amber/orange on it, it may not be a perfect colour match. Do you really care about colour when you are saving over £35?

Erm……… that’s about it for downsides.

Who is out of luck? 

If you are a the owner of a DC02, DC05, DC08, DC11, standard DC19, DC20 or DC21, this will not fit your machine. Use the comment box below to ask what your options are if you have one of those models.

This head will fit a DC26 City, but I am not convinced the DC26 has enough guts to generate the suction required to turn the turbine and make it effective. Please report back using the comment box below if you try one of these with a DC26. For Dc26 owners, I would recommend >>one of these<< instead.

 

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Where to Get a Cheap Dyson Mini Turbo Turbine Head

The mini turbine tools you can get for Dyson machines are sometimes also called mini turbo heads.

Essentially, they are vacuum-driven little tools with a rotating brush inside that can be used on upholstery and stairs that often have a better effect than using a simple stair or brush tool would.

The problem for Dyson owners is that there are so many different ones, and Dysons have so many different tool fittings, people often buy the wrong one.

This is compounded by the fact that Dyson’s own tools don’t always fit the models they say they do (even they get confused). Dyson attempt to market “universal” mini turbo heads that they supply with a myriad of adaptors.

Dyson mini turbine tool

And even with those, that version doesn’t fit all models.

Here is a newer type.

Dyson tangle tool

That is the tangle tool (a funky version of the same thing) which may or may not fit models before the DC16 depending which retail version you buy and what adaptors come with it.

Earlier versions looked like this.

Dyson mini turbo tool

In practice, there isn’t very much to choose between them.

However, you must be aware that not all genuine Dyson mini turbo heads will fit all Dyson machines.

Dyson’s quest at one time to adopt ever changing tool sockets and connectors to thwart the after-market did create some confusion as to exactly what fits what.

And we are also forgetting what is the elephant in the room: The price of Dyson’s genuine tools.

Dyson tangle tool

Yes, you read that right – £45. Forty five of your hard-earned pounds that will cost you direct from Dyson.

Thanks to the after-market, there is another way. It doesn’t cost you £45 and  fitment between models is demystified.

Lets start with a standard 32mm, well made mini turbo tool like this.

Dyson mini-turbo-head

On its own, that turbohead will fit the following models:

  • DC01
  • DC02
  • DC03
  • DC04 (Clutched models only. Not for non-clutched grey/green or grey/blue DC04i)
  • DC05

If you have one of those early models of Dyson vacuum cleaner, you can find those here: Dyson compatible mini turbine head

However, that same tool can be used with later Dysons too if the correct adaptor is used.

Dyson mini turbine head

For example, here they are being used with a DC24.

DC24 mini turbine tool head

That combination of mini turbo tool and adaptor can be used with all the following models: DC16, DC19T2, DC22, DC23, DC24, DC25, DC26, DC27, DC28, DC29, DC30, DC31, DC32, DC33, DC34, DC35, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC40, DC41, DC42, DC43, DC44, DC45, DC46, DC47, DC48, DC49, DC50, DC51, DC52, DC53, DC54, DC55, DC56, DC58, DC59, DC63, DC65 and DC66.

Although, with hand held models, be aware that as the motor is so tiny in them, they may not generate enough suction to drive a mini turbo tool as effectively as you might like.

You can get the tool and adaptor from here: Mini Turbo Head DC24 DC25 DC27 DC33 DC40 DC41

While a very long list, there are some Dyson owners that will remain unlucky in finding a ‘one size fits all’ mini turbo tool.

If you own a DC05 motorhead, DC08, DC11, DC15, DC18, DC19 standard, DC20 or DC21. None of the solutions offered will suit you. Because the tool sockets on those machines are unique.

If you are a DC07, DC14 or Dc18 owner, then read >>this article<< for a solution.

How to Save £££’s When Buying a New Dyson Contact Head, Floor Tool or Muscle Head

If you are the owner of a cylinder or canister machine, sooner or later you are going to find yourself needing to replace the contact head.

Cylinder Dyson vacuum cleaners typically have one of two types of head on them. One type has a vacuum or electrically driven rotating brush, and the other is a dual mode flat head with no spinning brushes. We are discussing the second type here.

Sometimes known as the cleaner head, floor tool, flat out tool or muscle head, we are talking about the part at the end of the pole that is in contact with the floor.

On later Dysons, and by that I mean machine model numbers from DC22 through to newer model Cinetics, DC54 and DC63 models, they often look like this:

Dyson Muscle Head

Dyson Flat Out Tool

Dyson Contact Head

Designs can differ slightly, but they all have one thing in common: They are expensive!

Peruse Dyson’s website and for example, a Dyson DC38/DC39 Muscle Head will set you back a not inconsiderable sixty quid.

Dyson vacuum cleaners often have unique tool fittings on them to prevent you from using a generic contact head (as you might find on a Henry or similar).

Original Dyson contact and muscle heads often look quite snazzy, but in our opinion they do little different to any other contact head on any other cylinder machine.

But if you want to replace yours, you don’t want to pay up to sixty of your hard-earned quids do you? No, I didn’t think so.

If you are the owner of one of the following models, you have an alternative: DC19T2 (NOT the normal DC19), DC22, DC23, DC26, DC29, DC32, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC47, DC52, DC53, DC54 (Cinetic) and DC63.

This is it:

Budget Dyson Contact Head

Alright, it isn’t going to win any design awards, but it is cheap and functional.

Dyson Muscle Head

No earth shattering new technology in there, it does simply what contact heads have been doing for decades. However, this one will fit your Dyson. If your Dyson has this tool fitting:

Dyson Cylinder Floor Tool

You are able to use this budget floor tool head with it.

It doesn’t clip onto the machine for storage purposes, but when I tell you what it costs, you will not find that a great hardship.

What does it cost? Under a tenner! thumbs

Get one here: Dyson Compatible Contact Head for Late Cylinder Machines

 

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Jake Dyson LED Lighting?

It seems Sir James Dyson has a son, Jake Dyson.

Never heard of him? No, me neither.

But it seems he is a lighting designer with some products already on the market. He makes desk lamps and other lights. Jake Dyson, son of Sir James Dyson, claims he hasn’t just changed the light bulb, but created a new kind of light entirely.

Indeed, you can buy his “CSYS Touch LED Task Lamp” at John Lewis for a not inconsiderable £545.

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By seeking to design a light bulb that lasts a lifetime, Jake Dyson and his firm Jake Dyson Products have made Ariel, a suspended light which apparently lasts 40 years before the bulb needs replacing. How they have determined this timescale since it was only launched in 2013 is unclear.

Designing lights since 2006, Jake seemingly became frustrated with the ‘stagnant state of lighting’, where beautiful lamps are sold for a high price yet designed with little attention to the function. I can relate to that as the owner of several Louis Poulsen inspired lights.

“LEDs have the ability to last for life – that’s why they were invented in the first place,” Jake says. “But companies sell LED lights that only last seven years so they can sell more in seven years’ time. I want my product to go into spaces where the interior doesn’t want to be changed for at least 25 years: airports or high-profile buildings, for example. What airport would want a light that only lasts seven years? Is there a light out there that answers their needs? Probably not.”

It seems a tall order, but it is unclear if his designs are catering to homes or businesses.

In the cellar of his central London office, “the dungeon” as he refers to it, Jake Dyson and his team have tested lights on the market to see if they live up to their claims of long-lasting brightness and efficiency. And – spoiler alert – they don’t. “In some cases you can buy an LED product and six months later it’s 30% less bright – but you won’t realise that because you’re living with it,” Dyson told the Guardian, standing in front of several small piles of cardboard boxes containing his competitors’ products.

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In comparison, the Ariel will maintain its brightness for 180,000 hours he says, which if the light was on for twelve hours a day, each day, at full brightness, is around forty years. Or thirty seven as they now claim.

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Available in two models (although not officially launched yet that I can find till next May) – as a downlight (for targeted lighting of a kitchen island, or a bank of office desks) and an uplight (for general illumination of a room) – and it will retail at around £1,400  :o

Ariel isn’t cheap. But it is apparently clever. In the four years it took to design it, Jake learned that to make an LED’s performance last as long as possible, it needs to be kept under 60 degrees centigrade.

For the Ariel, they got the heat down to 55 degrees, using pipes that draw the heat away from the LED as quickly as it is released. “It’s like a big radiator,” Jake explains. “The heat comes off the pipes, is transferred through the fins, and is then dispersed into the air, so you get a continual cycle of heat being removed.”

The light also has a unique lens to give greater illumination and, as Jake and his team found out: “You need three or four of our competitors’ fittings to do what one of ours is doing, and each one of their fittings is the same power as one of ours, so that’s four times more electricity, four times more installation cost, and four times the product purchased cost, so Ariel actually comes out cheaply in comparison.”

The Ariel is also ZigBee WiFi-enabled, so can be controlled via an app, allowing users to set timers, or to link up their Ariel(s) to external light sensors so the light is dimmer on a sunny day, and brighter when it gets darker.

It also records the light’s electricity consumption and converts that into the KW/hour cost in the country it’s installed in – something that, surprisingly, other apps haven’t yet caught onto at this energy-conscious time.

Innovative product design clearly runs in the family. But was the surname a help or a hindrance when Jake Dyson Products took off? “I’m not sure people took the product seriously when I first went out to sell my lights. Everyone in Britain’s got quite bitter about nepotism,” he says, matter-of-factly. In contrast, manufacturing the lights in Malaysia was a doddle: “Companies out there wouldn’t have touched a company [like mine], but because of the power of the Dyson name they bent over backwards to help me.” Ultimately he believes the quality of the product will speak for itself. “In Italy, where they make lights as beautiful objects, they looked at it and went…” Dyson kisses his fingertips: “Bellissimo.”

They are now plugging these on Dyson’s US facing website. Although his own site seems to be down at the moment.

What are your thoughts on a £1400 LED light or a £545 desk lamp? Much as I like Dyson products, indeed I am a Dyson-a-holic having even an Airblade hand dryer at home, I think I can live without one of these.

Bad enough I was daft enough to own one of the asthmatic AM04 fans, I am not daft enough to own a DC40, DC41, DC50 or DC65, I will stick to my trusty DC14 I think. I like snazzy lights, but not enough to blow £1400 on one.

Your comments are welcome.

 


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