Is your Dyson fitted with the rare Panasonic SDS1204SD motor? Dyson produced a very low volume of cylinder DC05 vacuum cleaners with this motor fitted.
Most Dyson DC05 vacuum cleaners had the YDK type motor fitted. If you are seeking information about sourcing a Panasonic SDS1204SD motor, or retrofitting a standard YDK motor to your Dyson DC05, you have come to the right place.
Most Dyson part suppliers are not able to source the old Panasonic SDS1204SD motor. Dyson UK will not sell you one, and don’t even bother asking Panasonic. They don’t even supply this type of stuff to the trade; never mind retail sales. Or, if they do, they want the equivalent of a pint of blood and the virginity of your first born daughter in exchange for it.
But, before you throw that old Dyson DC05 in the bin, there is another way to solve this problem. You retrofit a Dyson DC05 YDK motor instead. “It’s not possible – they are totally different!” the so-called Dyson “specialists” howl. Well, it is. And we are going to show you how to do it.
As you can see from the photo below, they are quite similar:
The one marked “P” is the Panasonic one. The one marked “Y” is the YDK alternative. The correct YDK motor is plentiful new, and usually only around £35 for a top quality one delivered to your door.
In order to fit a YDK motor where your Panasonic once was, you need to change the main motor housing and the motor rubbers. These are uneconomical to buy new, so better to buy a new YDK motor and a used motor housing and motor rubbers. The motor housing looks like this:
The reason we need to change the motor housing, despite them looking identical is because of the locating pins inside that locate on top of the motor. The YDK and Panasonic motors have pins in different places, and you can see from the top photo that the rubbers locate in different holes too.
They also differ in dimensions at the base ever so slightly, this is why we need to change the bottom motor rubber too.
You might try calling one of the Dyson specialists such as Manchester Vacs to see if they have a *good* used Panasonic SDS1204SD DC05 motor, and you *might* just drop lucky for about £20. But in most cases, it is better to ask your Dyson specialist if they can supply you a used YDK motor housing, used YDK rubbers and a new YDK motor. Expect to pay around £45 for all of these parts including courier delivery.
The reassembly process is exactly the same as you would expect; being a reversal of disassembly. There is nothing else to modify during this conversion.