Diana picked this up this morning, left outside her favourite rich house on 10th Avenue.
The armature was intact and it wasn't jammed, though no voltage.
I thought the switch, though that was fine and it was the terminal block that had roasted.
It's not the sort of thing I would normally look at and it is a bit noisy (though aren't all these friggling leaf blow/suck things??..)
However it really does the job. It doesn't pick up covers or leads, or nuts, or washers. Just all the light leaves, dust and rubbish on your cement/pavement.
It's easy to manoeuvre and easy to empty. While the dog's not that happy, I'm giving it 4 paws up....and even he calmed down after a while. ...even your young Rhodesian Ridgeback, being a hound, is generally not that fond of novelty.
Significant design fault
The bag doesn't seal properly and blows fine leaf and dust material out the right side. Took it back and eventually got a replacement. It did exactly the same thing. Took it back and got a refund. Not surprised by the predominantly one star rating for this product. I've had an old Victa Vac that works like a dream except the zip on the bag eventually failed. Can't buy a replacement bag. Will try and buy an old Victa Vac on gumtree.
Purchased in April 2019 at Bunnings Melville for $199.00.
I’ve just recently bought this from upgrading from a different brand.
It has great suction. I use it on my artificial turf. The bag is a better quality that I’ve seen.
The only downside is that it’s a bit heavy and cumbersome for a 5ft nothing person. Other than that I’m happy with my purchase.
A waste of money, and difficult to use.
Initially exchanged because it was broken inside the box, it hardly picked up anything, and forget about using it on anything but completely flat ground: it will simply not move forward. And trying to undo the sliding bag-locking device is almost impossible. Also, the vacuum exhaust blows out dust all over the control switch.
Not what I expected from Victa.
I own a Victa 500, but needed to replace it as the motor is nearly gone. bought the new Victa 500 vacuum & blower. Good vacuum, & good blower. Only problem, is that the blower leaking when vacuuming, got to chase the leaves around. try to take it back, but no dice, it was checked by the insurance agent for Victa and I was told that it was because the bag was blocked and too dirty??? NEW MACHINE, WITH LESS THAN 5 MINUTES WORK. only used it to try on a handful of leaves on clean pavers. RIPPED OFF, will try consumer affairs.
Perfect for what I use it for.
I bought one of these second hand off eBay for $50, which was a real bargain. I bought it "before" reading these reviews, and then I thought oh no!, what have I done?
I already have a petrol blower vac but it is a pain to convert from blower to vac, so I needed something else just to suck up heaps of leaves from my pattern paved driveway and footpath once a year in Autumn. When I say heaps of leaves - I mean heaps of leaves, every day for about for about 3 - 4 weeks. I was pleasantly surprised (and so relieved) when I fired up this machine on...
Designed by someone who has never used one
Previous vac machine was excellent upgraded to have blow facility what a disaster the so called easy bag system is a joke. The bag blows off at least once every time I use it it is impossible to seal the vac component is spasmodic.
Blow is sound but it is useless unless you can then vac items up.
Product idea is great but performance is shocking!!
I have had one of these Vac's for 3 years now, there are not many pluses for it as sucking of leaves is poor, and constantly blocks up, the bag is of poor quality! and any small stones are like are like missiles, that decimate the back of the bag rendering it useless in no time, I ended up gluing a 10ltr paint bucket lid inside it to limit the damage, also when the bag starts to fill up it puts the machine out of balance and in my case it fell backwards breaking the handle it is now held together with Duct Tape, it also spends most of it's time...being blocked, and the blower option is not 100%, when it's on vac/suck it also partly blows, making sucking difficult, the other major problem is the cost of replacement parts for repairs, they are horrifically expensive!!! mine is off to the Dump you cxertainly couldn't give it to anyone for the fear of all of the complaints.
I cannot understand how you could release a product like this without going through some sort of testing and come to the conclusion of PASS, wrong FAIL! This machine fails to suck up leaves well and is always blocking and as for the blower it's a waste of time using because its weak, so fail there as well!
I Like It
I too bought this because the normal blower vacs were too heavy for me and also because the bag would fall off all the time even if it was only half full. I ended up trying to tie it on with a piece of cord but it would still fall off and make a mess.
So, I saw one of these at Bunnings and went out straight away to purchase it. I have never looked back. Have had it for over 12 months and use it every week and love it! Worth every penny I Paid.
Give me an old model
I have used the 700 watt Victa vac machine for the past 28 years, going through 2 machines I that time. The second just failed so I went to Bunnings to replace. The "new" machine, twice as powerful, is just useless!. It clogs up almost immediately & I spend more time unclogging than vacuuming!
I am trying to track down a working version of the old machine.
Biggest Waste Of Money Ever
The worst motorised gardening product I've ever bought. Will only pick up loose, light leaves. Won't pick up stems, won't pick up tiny twigs or little bits of bark. Won't even vacuum up sand off a concrete floor. Shockingly poor design. The joke is, anything it can actually pick up is blown forward by the electric motors cooling fan. Can't believe I spent $$ on this. Completely ripped off. Thought buying a known brand name would guarantee a certain level of quality. WRONG. Avoid. Most useless vacuum ever built. What a piece of crap.
WHAT A WONDERFUL MACHINE !
My husband bought me this because the normal strap-over-the-shoulder type was just too heavy for me. I absolutely love the leaf vacuum/blower and can't imagine why others have had so many problems with it. If you don't secure the bag properly, yes you will get dust flying out the sides, just takes a little bit of time to make sure it's all clipped on nice and tight.
Joke and a waste of precious resources
We purchased a Victor Vac from Bunnings and it is utterly useless. It has a terrible design, consistently blocks, easier to use a rake, gloves and wheelbarrow to clean up the leaves. Want to set fire to it with two stroke, my advise do not buy this product as I have had many small leaf vacuums, need to spend $1000 or more for something that truly works.
Not a good product.
When my Victa Vac 500 engine blew I bought the VBE 1500 however it is not very effective. Firstly it does not pick up all the leaves etc and there must be some design fault because when it is on vacuum mode it blows stuff away and I ended up chasing leaves etc around. The bag is too small and debris leak from the side of the plastic retainer. All is not lost as I transplanted the engine into my dead Victa Vac 500. Read review for Victa Vac 500.
Sucks? But it doesn't.
In a word, inadequate. Its 'gullet' is too small, restricting its uptake - both of leaf size and volume taken in at one time, causing it to block up easily. Its ground clearance is low, hindering it from moving over the leaves it is to collect; instead it tends to just push them along. Its suction, however, is already insufficient to pick up leaf stems, so it couldn't cope with greater clearance anyhow. At only 18 litres, the bag is too small. I found the bag could be attached securely, but it was fussy and hard to get right at the first attem...pt. I disagree with comments about dust: it is an outside vac. and if it kept all the dust, the bag would soon lose its ability to filter, resulting in even less suction. If you are patient, the VBE1500 will eventually collect your smaller leaves and mince them finely. I returned mine, and I have to say that Bunnings was nice about it. But not Victa's finest hour.
I have had mine for 3 years. It works fine. Good suction even on pavers. Chops up leaves Finley. Those who have the bags falling off must not have locked it in place with the sliding piece on the top.
If I had to complain about anything it would be the noise, but I have nothing to compare it to. Maybe others are just as noisy I also agree that fine dust does get through the bag, but again maybe others do thi too.
After 3 years use every 2 nd weekend I ripped the bag and while looking for a second hand bag I came across this review.
As a happy user I felt I should stick up for the product.
If it doesn't work in first 12 months take it back, then Victa will realize the issues. Keep your receipts.
Good 3 star vale to me
Most useless piece victa product I have ever owned
Had an old model Red colour model 500 and this was still going after about 20 years use without missing a beat, only reason it has been retired is that the blower impeller is completely worn away. went out and purchased a VBE1500A and found nothing like the old one,useless picking up leaves, bag leaked and plastic retainer holding bag to frame broke and when tried to get parts was told that I had to buy the whole assembly, have since thrown into garden shed as I cant even give away.This has turned me off Victa, sad a great company that made great products and aircraft that somehow has lost its way. Can not even rate this vac as I do not think it even rates one star.
How can it be sold?
The product is not worthy of purchase and should not be sold! The so-called collection (rubbish) bag is not designed properly and continually fell-off, when I used the cleaner. After one (1) week, I returned the so-called "cleaner" to Bunning's Warehouse and got my money back without any issues whatsoever!
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How do you unblock the machine so that the selection knob can be turned from vacuum to blow and back again? Then how do you prevent it from clogging again? Thankyou, David P, Melbourne.
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