2 thoughts on “Hoover Commercial C2401 Shoulder Vac Professional Backpack Vacuum with 1-1/2-Inch Accessory Kit

  1. joanna mews
    200 of 205 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Ever. C2401-010 (the 010 is VERY important!), April 21, 2011
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    If you have largely hard wood floors with the occasional area rug, just buy it. Don’t think about it. Just buy it.
    I run a cleaning business in Oregon where absolutely everyone has hardwood floors and area rugs. This thing is a breeze and makes short work of large areas. I use to have some complaints about it, but have gotten over them by making a few changes in the way I use it. Once you are nice to your vacuum, it will be nice to you.

    Here is a list of why this is the greatest vacuum you will ever own and why you will want to buy it for all your friends and family:

    1) small and light weight. At Green Clean Queen (my cleaning business) we are all pretty petite women. As long as you aren’t stupid, wear at least the waist strap (those with large busts find the chest strap just makes things uncomfortable, but it’s not that necessary anyway), and stand up straight, it will not hurt your back. Really. “W.O.W.” It’s on the side of the vacuum ‘Wear right. Operate right. Work right.”
    It does have a tendency to undress you. So watch out for that. The waist strap likes to pull your shirt up and the back of the vacuum likes to push your pants down. Either deal with your crack showing a bit or wear a longer shirt and a belt, or vacuum when no one is there to watch you. Problem solved.

    2) the metal wand. I accidentally bought the C2401 (NOT C2401-010) and was DEVASTATED that they were not the same thing. The metal wand on this version (C2401-010) is straight. We use this to our advantage in my company by sticking the mop in the vacuum wand so we only have to carry one thing instead of awkwardly carrying two.
    Over time the friction fit has let me down, but I have learned to deal with it. The floor attachment is permanently stuck to the metal wand. That’s fine by me because then it never falls off. The connection point between the two sections of the wand has become super weak and doesn’t like to stay together. Not to worry, a bit of velcro and some zip ties has created a quick release strap to hold the two pieces together. Now they stay together when you want them to (vacuuming and carrying it around with a mop inside) and they easily come apart when you want to use one of the smaller attachments for upholstery, blinds, anything that is just out of your reach. It’s alright on cobwebs, but if you have even a moderate cobweb problem, vacuuming them will just kill your neck, back, and hand (it’s not the right angle for comfortably reaching up… perfect for down though).
    I find it annoying that the attachments don’t easily stick to the vacuum in anyway. Easily remedied with a plastic baggie and a binder clip… Put the attachments in the baggie and clip the bugger to the belt. Problem solved.

    3) the floor attachment. I hate, hate, hate brush floor attachments. To me they are useless. They gather dust bunnies and move them around your house and they make it difficult to suck up larger things like marbles, spare change, legos, crayons, etc… The floor attachment on the C2401-010 is seriously the best option for about 75% of possible floor types. It makes a horrible irritating noise across slate and tile, but it really sucks (in the best way). It is fantastic for wood floors and laminate and maneuvers easily to get around under things without having to move heavy furniture. The trick is to get closer to the ground (so squat, but keep your back straight), twist the handle and wand so it is parallel to the floor. If you don’t do this, the back wheels will be like a lever and pull the business end off the floor so it doesn’t get it all. And because it doesn’t have brushes on it, but instead parallel, collapsible squeegee-like stuff you can easily move from hardwoods, to under the edges of rugs, to the tops of area rugs. It does not have a beater bar so if there is a lot of weird stuff in the carpet you have to be the beater bar and quickly run it back and forth bringing the stuff to the top to be sucked up easily. It does get tiring after a while and does require both hands, but it is infinitely easier than hauling out the upright to do an 8×10 ft area.
    I also love the floor attachment because it actually picks stuff up. Not just dirt and dust bunnies, but quarters and crayons and kitty litter. It only pushes around large stuff that is just a little bit too tall for it. BUT! Those are also the things on the floor that are easy to see so you just have to lift and place the vacuum to suck it up. The only thing that is has a problem with are garment tags. They seem to be everywhere and I always hope that the vacuum will get it because I don’t want to bend down to pick it up. They will ALWAYS get stuck until you can suck up something big enough to dislodge it or shove your finger up there to try to fish it out because the high pitched squeal is starting to annoy you. The wand occasionally clogs if you suck up enough long rigid things like toothpicks and qtips,…

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  2. Circles08
    99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best vacuum we’ve ever owned, May 1, 2009
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    Circles08 (Omak, WA) –

    We have been using the vacuum for 3-4 months now, and we love it! Our home is 90% hardwood floors and this vacuum is perfect. It is great on stairs, has excellent suction power, and was worth ever penny. No more tugging around our little tank vac or trying to clean the wood floors with our upright. The bag is very easy to clean and the filter seems to trap every last spec of dust. I’m not sure how well this would perform on deep carpet, but we use it on some low pile floor mats and it does great. The bottom line is after owning this we don’t want any other vacuum.

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