Design flaw? Filters never dirty and solution?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:53 pm 

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Dyson model: DC_65 animal
Firstly, this is the best vac I've ever owned. Works better than anything before- love it.

In searching the internet, I noticed quite a few folks saying how clean their filters were. I'm a square corners kind of person (reads all manuals first and follows maintenance instructions). I've had the DC65 animal complete for 3 years and both filters look like they are brand new- I mean right out of the box clean. That got me thinking that there had to be build-up somewhere in that canister with all the cyclone pockets. I took the collection canister all apart (fairly easy, mostly snap together) and found a tremendous amount of dirt practically clogging every one of those cyclone ports. I have a home-owners level air compressor I got from a big box store. I spent 30 minutes or so outside blowing out each and every port in that canister- it was filthy. I have now made that my 6-month maintenance with this vacuum. No filter cleaning, just half a hour blowing out the disassembled parts. I believe the filters are supposed to be picking up all this dirt, but it's obviously not making it that far. That's why I wondered if this was a design flaw. BTW- this vacuum is only used for routine household vacuuming, nothing special. Canister always dumped before dirt reaches full line.

One other comment- I always found the rigid accessory hose end piece to be very awkward for any up close spot cleaning- because it's long and straight (!). If it's taken off then the hose is kind of short. My solution was an extension hose (Dyson Extension Hose, #917250-04). I pop that on to the end of the rigid extension and now I have both length and flexibility. Very happy with it. I don't know which other models it fits on so, if you're interested, be sure to check the right one for your vac.


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