Monday, June 1

Dyson, Dump. Made for each other

Three holes at the picture's top used to have rollers in them.
It was the last straw—Karla couldn’t release the latch that holds the waste cup on our Dyson vacuum cleaner. Over time, lots of parts of this beast were getting less effective and more difficult to deal with. From the first time we used it, I noticed that the entire power cord got warm. That means it was either too long or was made with too-small wire. As time went on, we constantly had to tweak things. Mostly parts were getting loose or not fitting well. One part that held a filter kept working loose, and the machine would lose suction. As we were vacuuming the floor, it would stop picking up dirt so we would stop and slam some other loose part back in place. Early on the machine lost some tiny rollers near the brush; where there were five, now there is one. As a result, the entire base of the machine scraped along the floor instead of rolling. A hinge pin broke so when we popped open the door at the bottom of the waste bin, the entire door fell off. Its hinge was made of the tiniest plastic bumplets; any engineer would tell you that it was designed for a very limited lifetime, even with the gentlest use.

I felt a great rush of satisfaction when finally I took the entire machine out the back door, raised it over my head and threw it forcefully onto the ground from the landing. It took almost five minutes to find and pick up all the brittle blue pieces of plastic that had flown up to 10 feet (3 m) in all directions, but that was a small price to pay. It’s off to the dump with this way-overpriced piece of junk, and I get to toss it one more time into the giant maw of the crusher.

6 comments:

Susan said...

Sounds like a satisfying end to its life! For you, that is :)

Karla said...

Out it goes, yea!

Karla

Avis said...

Want to do that with the 17 month old dishwasher that just broke, taking the kitchen floor with it. Smash!!

Tom Hurley said...

Wow, Avis—I'd like to see you lift that dishwasher overhead and toss it. Sorry about the floor, though.

Avis said...

According to the Sears website, it only weighs 88 pounds! You must think I've gotten old and weak.

German Zollinger said...

That’s a rather smashing ending for your vacuum, if I do say so myself. Haha! Anyway, I hope you’ll be able to get a replacement soon, and one that will not annoy you to no end. I’m sure there are a lot of options out there to choose from that will fit your needs. Good day!

German Zollinger @ Total Clean Equip