Design faultWe had 4 of these operation in our school.
All failed because dust gets through the filters into the motors.
When heat builds up with constant use the motor suspension rubber deforms (permanently) and allows dust into the motors. This in turn cause the motor to fail.
This is a commercial vacuum. Using it for long periods shouldn't be a problem.
Regular cleaning of the bags has not helped. Motors are half the price of the unit to replace.
The motor suspension kits if you catch the issue early are in very short supply from Nilfisk.
Just shake the vacuum up and down to see if your suspension rubber has deformed.
You can feel the motor move around. Show details
Cheap garbage - AvoidThis thing is nothing but cheap garbage. I only had mine for 7 months and not only were the straps fraying from week 2, the ridiculous power cord that always kinks broke, exposing live wires and causing sparks.
Returned and luckily got my money back, I will never, ever buy this brand again.
Works wellIt does a good job at vaccuuming dusts. This is the type that you wear on your back which I think is very convenient since you can access more areas and can move around easily. The cord is quite long as well so I was able to vaccuum my 2 story house without unplugging too many times.
cheap and nastyWe run commercial cleaning company at the moment we have approximately 45 GD5's which are light and quiet but are consistently braking down the manufacturer has been less than helpful we are slowly changing to a different brand I do not recommend this unit for commercial use only for mum and dad use
Brush lever on head broke. Still highly recommendUsed it in 6 houses/week for 6 months and the foot lever on the brush head broke. I have replaced the head which cost $50, the only one they could offer, from Godfreys. When I got the new head home, I found it didn't fit the pole even though I told them what model vac I needed it for, so I had to go back and get an insert so it would fit..no charge for that.
It is the lightest backpack vac. Noise is medium.
UPDATE I wrote to the co., guided by what I read in Choice magazine, stating that the item was not fit for purpose and I would like to b... Read moree reimbursed for the replacement brush head and included the receipt details. Their response was to send me a spare brush head asap if I send them my address, which they have done. It is not the same as the original brush head. I recommend customers contact the co. if the brush head lever breaks. If it happens too often, they may change the head design. UPDATE 6/2/23: Now 7 yrs of use the switch failed. We pulled the component apart and was able to reconnect and reposition the wires. Motor, straps, frame, and cord are still in excellent working order. Recently I purchased another brush head from Godfreys for $30, as the one I had was making squeaking noises when pulling it back towards me. Couldn't work out why, something to do with the wearing of the bristles I think. New one makes no noise. I'm cleaning 6 houses per week. Due to all the use so far of this product, I highly recommend.
Great MachineI love backpack vacuums due to the ease of operation and speed that you can around in, compared to floor machines. Nilfisk is an excellent brand and this backpack has super suction and a sturdy design. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get the job done quickly and easily!
LemonI have had the GD-5 Back for about 4 years. It gets used on carpet about 1 x hour every 2 months. about 2 years ago. I too burnt out a motor. Today, it seems another one has burnt out. I really thought Nilfisk were the tops. Not so.
Disappointed :(I have had my Vacuum for only 6 weeks and the motor over heated causing the power to shut off. I took it into my local godfreys store to have it looked at and both staff members have told me that the motors can not handle the amount of work that it's doing. I clean between 5-10 homes (including my own) per week. I bought vacuum as it was recommended by salesperson. After it was repaired i was told again that the motor is likely to heat up again because the motors to small and not built to vacm more than 1 house a day. I am not happy to hear this after only having it for 6 weeks :/ Am anticipating to return it for a total refundou or exchange.
Great BackPack Vacuum!I've had a Nilfisk GD5 BackPack for 2-3 years, and use it at home, plus as a cleaner for other people's homes. The frame on one side (that holds the shoulder strap) just snapped off last weekend, but still feel I got my money's worth on this machine. Was great to use and lightweight, and the motor was still going strong. I'm going to try a PacVac Superpro 700 BackPack next. I hate using barrel vacuums and uprights, so recommend to everyone to use a backpack machine, it's so much easier :)
Lightweight, Quieter, Reliable Machine
The plastic black frame that holds the straps could probably do with a bit of redesigning, otherwise excellent. Show reply
Great vacuum!I shopped around alot before buying this model,
and couldn't be happier with it. I use this in my
home as we have a large 40 square house, and
wish I'd bought this years ago instead of wasting
good money on akward and heavy barrel vacuums
Backpack vacuums are what commercial cleaners
use, and for good reason...I think they should be a
standard appliance in all homes. I have back issues
and using this product is really easy on my back
Very lightweight, on/off switch is at the front and very easy to reach...all other models I looked ... Read more
quality substandardbeing the owner of a nilfisk back pack, when the old one packed it in i went without looking at other brands and purchased a new gd5. in the last 12 months i have replaced the brush twice ( once the swivel section broke and now the latest one has fallen to pieces), now the latest fiasco is the frame for the carry straps has broken. when i inquired about getting a relacement the dealer told me he is getting some in as they are a problem. the quality is nowhere near that of my old one.
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