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Stealth vs TurboCat for Dog Hair

Kathy from Billerica Hi, My husband got me a Turbocat Zoom for Christmas. I thought he had researched what product would be best, so I opened the box and used it. Apparently he had not. After about 5 minutes, it slowed down. We have a Bernese Mountain Dog who sheds a lot, and apparently her fur clogged the vacuum within minutes and the roller would no longer roll. Her hair gets sucked in from the edges of the roller and then the roller can't move. It is quite a process to get it working again, and I can't do this every few minutes of vacuuming. I am so frustrated. Is there any way to return this, or to upgrade to the Stealth? We have the Galaxie central vacuum system which does not have the electric connection, so I guess I would need the corded model. Thanks for your help.

Answer:
Hello, we would be glad to trade in your TurboCat Kit for a Stealth Kit. In fact, with that much hair we recommend the 12 Stealth Kit. Yes, you need the corded one.

Carbon Brushes?

Where can I buy carbon brushes for the electric motor in the Stealth power head? Paul from Milwaukee

Answer:
Sorry, those are not available. Please call us for options.

Hose (Non-electric) Converted to Stealth?

My name is Deepa, I live in Monrovia, CA I bought a home with Hayden Super vac 3600. It does not have a power head to clean carpet. I have a hose that has two points that when slid in place in to wall will start the vacuum process. On the handle of the hose, I have on/off button, no prongs to attach a power head at the bottom of the handle. Has a small rectangular protruded box with 2 round indents not open, cannot pull it out either not unless I have to open screws. I need a power head to clean carpet, what should I get to make the system work. I also have 2 stainless steel hoses with no where to attach a cord for power head. Please get back to me. Thank you

Answer:
Hello Deepa, sounds like you want the cleaning power of an electric head but save money by using one of your hoses. Truth be told, you can't make a hose have 110 volts, but you can buy a Stealth Kit with corded hose or any other Electric Kit and it will fit right into your system. The electric brushes are deep cleaning machines and using the correct hose with them makes them easy-to-use deep cleaning machines!

Hayden Hose Fit?

I have a 4 year old Hayden 6000 and I'd like to replace the power head. Will the Stealth power head work on the Hayden hose or would I need to buy the entire kit?

Answer:
Hello, sorry, those two are incompatible. Your options are a new Hayden nozzle or a complete new accessory kit. Stealth is the best and we have others. Thanks for asking.

Fasco Nozzle Replacement?

I HAVE A FASCO CENTRAL VAC SYSTEM #852 SVDM. OUR SYSTEM IS 11 YEARS OLD. WILL THE 14 INCH STEALTH FIT OUR SYSTEM ? OUR HOSE LOOKS AND WORKS GREAT. I GUESS I AM JUST CONCERNED WHETHER THE STEALTH WILL WORK ON OUR CURRENT SYSTEM. THE FASCO POWER HEAD HAS A MOTORIZED SWEEPER I GUESS THE STEALTH DOES ALSO ? THANKS BILL & JEAN

Answer:
Hello Bill and Jean, the Stealth is a great replacement and will fit if your nozzle's cord terminates in two round pins as the Stealth's does. If not then consider buying the compete Stealth Kit with corded hose . If fits right into your system as is.

Vacuflo FacePlates with Two Small Holes

I have HP Vacuflo installed and it has direct connect pins that plug into two holes just above the main inlet hole direct connect. My house has carpets and hardwood floors. Which attachment kits should I get? Thank You

Answer:
Great question. Those are actually proprietary inlets from Vacuflo. The two holes in every other system equate to 110 volts but on yours it is the low voltage for turning the suction on and off. Good news is you can still upgrade to the Stealth Kit! Simply buy one with the corded hose. You will have incredible power to clean your carpets. Wait to you see what debris the Stealth will pull from them. The only down side of your inlets is that without replacing them the suction will start when you lift inlet lid and stay on until you close the lid. The switch on the Stealth hose will turn the Stealth off and on but not the suction - unless you change the inlets using the adaptor for Vacuflo inlets and a new inlet cover (about $22 per inlet total). Here are those parts if you want to do that now or wait for later, after you use the Stealth. https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=517VA,653CW.

Servicing Stealth

I have a Stealth power head that stopped working. I have the handle the toggles left & right. The switch was not working to the right side (no suction & no powerhead)but to the left it would have suction.I ordered your replacment switch & install it, and now I get suction to the right on the switch but still no powerhead.how can I check the powerhead? It has worked without any problems for ten years. And why would changing the switch fix the right toggle suction but not the powerhead? Are there fuses in the powerhead? Thanks Bill, Bayville

Answer:
Hello Bill, isn't it a pleasant surprise these days to find such durability in a vacuum! It sounds like your 10-year-old Stealth is not getting electricity. It can be a couple of things. You already replaced the hose handle switch assembly so we know that is good. Do any lights come on when you switch the Stealth on? If so then there are threads stopping it that are packed next to the sealed bearing opposite the belt side. No lights? Tug and pull on the black cord as it enters the neck, it may need to be reconnected. Try to hear if the mini switch is working. As you put the Stealth in the upright position, before it snaps in, you should hear a faint click. That is the shut off for the up right position. If you don't hear the click then it may be jammed. Get to it by removing the five screws. The issue may also be the hose. If you have a wall end that has the two prongs that connect into the faceplate you can actually put the Stealth black cord directly into the two small holes on the vacuum wall port. With the neck down, it should start right up. If it does then the hose is at fault. Electric hoses have a hidden diode fuse in the two prong plug or in the pigtail cord end. Replace the plug or cord depending on what you have and the hose will function again. You may also want to open up the handle and see if there are any blackened marks on the brass rings. Call us if there is or you need help with any of this. Let us know what you find.

Electrolux Compatible?

Will it work with my Electrolux system? I installed it in 1990. also, can i convert from pigtail to quick connect?

Answer:
Hello, yes the complete Stealth Kit with hose is compatible with your Electrolux Central Vacuum and the wall ports. It comes in direct connect or pigtail. Rarely can the wall ports be converted to direct connect. Remove the wall cover and take a photo of the backing plate. We will let you know if it is possible or not. Ask a question and attach a photo using the lower section of this page https://builtinvacuum.com/install101.html.

Vacuflo Compatibility

My house was built in 1979. I have a Vacuflo 4940 inlet. My current central vac hose does not fit the inlet as well as it should. The end of the hose is a bit too large for the inlet hole. How do I know it the Stealth Kit will fit appropriately into the inlet? Stefanie in Springfield

Answer:
If it doesn't fit perfectly, straight out of the box, then it will only be a bit tight. That is easily remedied. The hose end has two hard plastic ridges that create friction and both can easily have some plastic removed with some scrapping. The rim about 1/32 inch from the edge of the metal plate on the end of the hose, and the ridge between the plates needs be scrapped down flush with the level of the metal plates themselves. Take care not to remove too much plastic or the hose will be loose in the inlet and impact your suction or just fall out all the time. You can also upgrade your inlets to industry standard with a conversion kit found here, https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=517VA The Stealth is a fantastic upgrade - be sure to buy the corded version. Enjoy!

M&S AirVac Compatible?

The original Power Brush that we bought with our system died several years ago. We are finally getting around to replacing it, only we threw out the orignal so I don't know what it was. My canister in the basement is an M&S Air Vac 425A. Will the Stealth work with it? And is the 35ft hose just longer or is there a difference between that and the 30ft hose? I believe the powerbrush hose was the plug in type where the double prong side plugged into the hose. Laura Chicago, IL

Answer:
Hello Laura, yes the Stealth Kit will fit perfectly with your system. The 35ft hose is simply longer than the 30ft, no other differences. Stealth Kits come with a pigtail corded hose or with direct connect pins that go into two small holes just above the 1.5 diameter hole in the vacuum wall inlet. Enjoy! Great choice.

Broan / Nutone Compatible?

I have a Broan CV315 and looking to replace the power brush. What would you recommend. I have to plug into the wall outlets. Thank you Joan Toledo

Answer:
Hello Joan, many Broan owners buy the Stealth head alone and then later buy the hose and extension wand (though it is easier to buy both for less money in a complete kit now). It is a wonderful upgrade and replacement vacuum.

Kenmore Compatible?

Greetings, I purchased a home with a Kenmore central vac that I imagine is 20-30 years old. The ports are 1 inch wide; do I need a special adapter for a Stealth kit and if so do you carry it. I only see adapters for 1.25 inch ports. My ports are such that they turn on when the cover is lifted. I have a house that is mostly HW floor and tile, with one staircase, hallway and three rooms carpeted as well as various sizes of throw rugs through the house. Is this kit suitable for these needs as I am looking to start with a new set of attachments and preferably a lighter hose. Esther Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Answer:
Hello Esther, yes the Stealth Kit is the best you can buy and is worth every penny. All of your surfaces will be cleaner - guaranteed. You have the Kenmore inlets that start the suction before the hose is inserted. You measured one inch but all Kenmore ports that turn on when opened are 1-1/4 , trust us. The adapter for smaller ports is already on some Stealth Kits, see the link in the Electric Kits on this page https://builtinvacuum.com/help/kenmore/kits.html. Enjoy, and if you have questions let us know.

Kenmore without On/off

Have a central vac made by Sears, installed about 25-30 yrs ago. Does not have a shut off or on the hose, very inconvenient. Is it possible to retrofit this system w/an electric hose? Thank you Cynthia Westbrook

Answer:
Hello Cynthia, any of our corded electric kits will work with your system and allow you to shut off the electric brush head. You can only shut off the suction if you have the vacuum port holes that have the two small metal contacts inside the hose hole. If your suction starts without the hose being inserted then you definitely don't have that type. If your hole's diameter is 1.25 inches, not 1.5, you also don't have that type - you will not be able to turn the suction on/off at the hose handle. Regardless, we recommend any of our electric kits. Read the text at the Electric Kit section on this page. We have kits that fit right into both sized wall ports https://builtinvacuum.com/help/kenmore/kits.html. Also, sorry to say, you will not be able to update your 1.25 inch diameter faceplates to larger more convenient ones (unless you want to open up your wall), but having an excellent tool set such as the Stealth will make a huge difference for your cleaning.

Silent-Master - Upgrade from AirDriven?

Hi, I just purchased a home that has a Silentmaster Model S1 with an air driven TurboCat. We have ceramic tiled flooring, berber rug and some medium grade carpeting in the bedrooms (approximately 5000 sq ft). I am looking at the Stealth l and would like to know if this is a good upgrade or would you recommend something else. Also, I currently have air-driven but would like electic. My intake outlets are 1.5" and most electric outlets are 2 feet away from the intake valves although one is about 7 feet away. Thanks! Karen, Columbus

Answer:
Hello Karen, we are the manufacturer of your vacuum system. We like the way you think, you did your research and are on the right track. The Stealth is perfect for you home and system, in fact we guarantee it! Be sure to get the cord version of it to plug into your nearby electrical outlet. It works great on carpets and is perfect for the berber because it is adjustable to any degree you desire. The Stealth works in all our SilentMaster, MonderDay MD, and FloMaster systems, all modeld, all years.

Nutone in Condo..Need Kit..2nd Floor No Suction

Hello, We have purchased a condo built in 1984 with a Nutone system (number unknown). Central vac is new to us "boomers" and we don't know who to call for service. The unit is in the basement, and the main floor outlets work fine, but the 2nd floor outlet suddenly quit. Tried the reset. Any ideas? We have carpet and wood floors and need an attachment for both. Any advice is much appreciated. Lorethea in Vincennes, IN

Answer:
Hello Lorethea, yes the Stealth Kit is the best for carpet and floors and will work as is with your Nutone system. On the second floor try shorting the small metal nipple protrusion contacts INSIDE the vacuum port 1.5 diameter hole (will not shock you). Doesn't work? Take the faceplate off the wall and short the wires. Doesn't work? The wire in the wall has been cut. Anyone worked in the attic or basement recently?

NuTone Hose Kit Replacement

I'm looking to replace the Powerbrush in my NuTone system. One of the existing annoyances is having to pull the hose out of the wall to turn off the the main suction motor(for example, to answer the phone). Does the Stealth solve this (with, maybe, a handle on/off switch)? Do I need a new hose as well to make this work? Thanks! Chris from Falls Church, VA

Answer:
Hello Chris, the Stealth Kit is the best replacement money can buy and yes you'll be able to turn the suction on/off at the hose handle switch. We are confident you will love the system and so we offer 30 days money back guarantee. Depending on the hose you had before, this one may seem thin but it is not; it is just made of better, lighter material. When you get the hose let it relax by stretching it out and when you are done using it, hang it up in 4 or 5 loops.

Red Light, Hard to Push

I just bought a home with a Stealth vac and I put it to the highest level but the red light still comes on a lot and the vac seems a bit hard to push, Is this normal?

Answer:
Hello, on really plush carpet or deep shag the Stealth's red light may come on. That only indicates some belt tension. If the tension is too much it will automatically shut off to protect the belt (hence our lifetime belt warranty). To relieve some of the suction, open the bleeder valve on the hose handle and the Stealth will be easier to push. If not let us know. Also, check with the carpet manufacturer regarding cleaning guidelines.

36ft Stealth Kit Hose?

36ft ELECTRIC hose?

Answer:
Hello, it is the same hose. We call it 35ft but it is actually is over 35ft - an average of 36ft long. This applies to the Electric Hose in the Stealth Kit and the hose sold alone.

Central vs Upright Portable Vacuums

how do central vac. systems compare to high end traditional uprights? It seems that they are suitable with homes with a basement. we live in Texas where most homes do not have basements and the attic space gets extremely hot (90-120 degrees) about 9 months out of the year. Would a central vacuum system be ideal for our situations?

Answer:
Hello, the heat in the attic is not an issue with the vacuum pipe. For installation, just be sure to get started early in the day! The vacuum unit would go in the garage and be fine there. The central vacuum wins easily over high-end uprights for many reasons such as power, no smell, quietnes, ease-of-use, built-in appliance, and more. The Stealth power brush is electric, built in Italy, lightweight and an extreme work horse.

Beam Attachments Upgrade

We have a model 199D Beam about 11 years old,carpet master plus attachment barely picks up.Had attachment repaired a few times and repair person always say its the belt,but still never works properly.Can you upgrade or do you know of a qualified repair person,or both.

Answer:
Hello, sounds like the right time for a new attachment kit. The Stealth Kit is the best one available and fits right into the Beam system without any modifications. You can check them out here and be sure read the great customer reviews. https://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/kits.html

Nutone Replacement?

I HAVE A NUTONE MODEL 598 AND THE MOTOR DRIVEN POWER BRUSH IS BROKEN. WHAT IS THE REPLACEMENT POWER BRUSH AND COST. HOSE IS OK.

Answer:
You can replace your hose and nozzle with the Stealth Kit or you can buy the Stealth alone and it will fit into your Nutone hose as long as the one you have now has a 2 pin cord that you plug in manually into the hose handle.

Stealth and Hair

We have an older model Nutone central vacuum. We are on our second power brush and are experiencing LOTS of problems with the beater bar clogging with hair. I've replaced the beater bar on our latest powerbrush at least twice. Even with constant maintenance and cleaning, eventually the beater bar will clog with hair and seize and then I'm back to the vacuum repair guy for another one. How does the Stealth hold up to hair? I have 3 long-haired women and two shaggy pets in my household.

Answer:
Great question and we are happy to respond with an honest answer. We recently got a review about from a person who bought Stealth in a last ditch effort to solve their hair vacuuming problems and they can't believe how it handled the hair, worth every penny , they said. For really bad hair issues we suggest the 12 inch Stealth kit/brush for more concentrated vacuuming.

Electrolux (old) Central Vac Compatible?

I have an Electrolux central vac system that has been working for 17 years. Is the Stealth going to fit the the original inlets ? Also, the inlets require you to have to plug the electric cord into an outlet nearby.

Answer:
Yes, the Stealth Kit fits right into the system as it is. Be sure to buy a corded kit. You are going to love the improvement in cleaning and ease-of-use.

Hayden Inlet Compatible?

Will the Stealth Hose plug into the wall outlets we use for our Hayden Units. We do not have a pig tail. AC is in the wall outlet. Thanks Jon

Answer:
Yes, the Stealth Hose / Kit works seamlessly with the Hayden inlets. If your inlet doesn't say 110 volts anywhere on it (or have two small holes above the main hole) then you will need the corded hose or kit. If your vacuum nozzle says Hayden and you need a hose please visit https://builtinvacuum.com/parts/hayden-parts.html

Beam RugMaster Replacement?

We just moved into a 5 year old home with the Beam central vacuum. The model # on the Canister is 2089A. This is very dirty and has no bag. We do have a filter in the middle of the canister that we can't figure out how to clean. Also the power brush will not work, and the handle is cracked. We taped the handle to help with suction but it didn't work. The power brush is the Rug Master Plus model BM1393. I have had a central vac. system so I know how to attach the power brush but this one just won't work. Do I need to buy the whole system? Help!

Answer:
The Stealth Kit is an awesome replacement for the Beam Rug-Master. The vacuum head is really superior. You don't need to replace the Beam canister. You can clean the inverted cloth filter by dropping the bottom, putting a trash bag up over the canister and shaking the center weighted filter.
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