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Vacuum Cleaner Had an Unserviceable Filter

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OLD_CURMUDGEON
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OLD_CURMUDGEON   5/27/2014 8:29:17 AM
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It is NOT only consumer items that are made as irrepairable.  We have an OMRON counter on one of the production machines.  This counter is an electronic design, and utilizes a 1/2 AA battery to maintain the last count.  After about 10 years, the counter has failed, but it failed because of the battery!  The PANASONIC battery is tab-weleded into the small circuit board.  The replacement counter is due to be here today or tomorrow....... Cost?  $65 + Tx + Shppg!  ..... ALL because a $3 battery cannot be easily replaced!

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Mr. Wirtel   5/25/2014 12:17:44 PM
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@Cabe: I think this is very true with items involving technology. My MP3 player cost $150 and performed phenominally. I had over 15 hours of my favorite music on it which I recorded from CD's and vinyl. I drove from St. Louis to Washington DC in bliss listening to my music and never heard the same song twice. It got misplaced and when I found it the battery was totally drained. I was able to charge it enough to play for awhile and I did that several times. Now it will no longer even accept a charge. I called the number that came with the accompaning paper work for support. The lady laughed and told me that model was obsolete and I should just replace it with a better newer model which was far cheaper than what I had. I did not want to replace the unit, I just wanted to know where to send it to have the battery replaced. "Oh nobody does that." 

I still have the device in hopes I will stumble across someone who can fix it.

fire-iron.biz
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fire-iron.biz   5/24/2014 8:36:09 AM
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Unservicable is one thing but nothing beat the '08 Ford Diesel pick-up truck engine with the cartridge oil filter on top of the engine. As soon as the housing seal is broken to remove the filter cartridge, the backflow of oil runs all the dirt out of the filter and back into the engine.

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More than vacuum cleaners
TRCSr   5/23/2014 9:38:04 PM
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The automobile industry has taken this technique to the moon. Visit any forum dedicated to any brand of automobile and you will find many similar stories to this regarding cars and trucks with "unserviceable" components. I agree with the poster that this may be a part of the "planned obsolecence" theory.

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William K.   5/23/2014 8:04:00 PM
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Cabe, what we have here is a classic case of "design for assembly" taken to the extreme of not considering servicability. Those snap tabs that work so well when the plastic is new a nd a bit more flexible will break if they are flexed after a few months. And the tolerances for the fits assure that they will indeed need to be bent a lot to get the thing apart. This magazine has published a few "design for assembly" stories in the past, and the only thing touted was the cost reductions. There was never a comment about the product ever being repairable.

The fix for some of those snap-tabs is to carve away some of the latch so that they can be released. Not always possible, but it works when it can be done.

Of course there is also the opposite, appliances so incredibly complex that they are not serviceable. The Keurig coffee maker is a great example of that. In addition to at least 75 screws the device also has a few snap fits, and a dis-assembly sequence designed to assure that one is never taken apart in a manner to allow it to be re-assembled correctly.

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Programmed obsolescence
armorris   5/23/2014 4:24:37 PM
From time to time I have been asked to repair things for friends. Recently, and on two occasions, I had been asked to repair (Chinese-made) dual cassette recorders. As expected, belts were worn and had to be replaced. I had plenty of belts on hand from my VCR repair days. I don't think you can even get drive belts any more. I threw away all of my other VCR parts. Anyway, both cassette recorders/copiers had the drive motors running anytime the power switch was on, even if it was not playing or recording. Since they both used small DC brush motors with a limited lifetime, I'm sure that was done intentionally to shorten the life span of the device. Both tape decks had switches that could have controlled the motors. Instead, the switches just told the electronics which deck was being used. Since one of the dual-deck units had a wired remote pause feature,  I connected a couple of diodes to those switches and moved a resistor in the motor control circuit so that both motors stopped when neither deck was in use.

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Turbineman   5/23/2014 3:41:07 PM
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Remembering my Mother's Rexair vacuum from the early 1950's, I decided to buy a new one 30 years ago.  This one came with a powerhead (motor and brush), where my Mother's didn't.  After about 10 years, I got tired of taking the powerhead in to replace the burned out motor and threw the whole vacuum system away.

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KenL   5/23/2014 3:34:15 PM
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I wonder if that filter was an afterthought.  Someone realized it was needed to meet some requirement after everything else had already been desinged.

 

 

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Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:10:21 PM
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Think of all of the little parts. Like a plastic washer instead of a metal one. They saved one cent, but it made your equipment fail!

Cadman-LT
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Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:08:48 PM
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I don't know how many times I have said it, but I am certain that these days they make stuff to break(fail) so that you have to buy a new one.  It's sad.

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