when Matthew was younger he brought home a Eureka Altima Bagless Cyclonic vacuum that someone was throwing out because they didn't know what was wrong with it, so he brought it home for me to look at. It turns out the beater brush was full of crap and someone had been trying to vacuum up crap they shouldn't have been vacuuming up and plugged up the hose. After 5 to 10 min of cleaning it up it ran fine. That thing was a great vacuum. Now I've got a Eureka "The Boss" widetrack & it works awesome. Last summer a vacuum cleaner sales crew was moving through my neighborhood trying to sell they're way overpriced expensive azz vacuum. The day before I had cleaned out my Eureka and put a new belt on it so I put it up against their Electrolux or whatever it was in a head-to-head test, needless to say they were shocked when their overpriced vacuum couldn't do any better than what my Eureka did.