Vacuum unit with no suck
With 180sqm of new limestone pavers I lashed out for an easy to use garden vacuum but have found my old cheapy (10 years old) having to be used to clean up after using the Victa failed to clean the area. I will be returning it to get my money back as it is completely unsuitable for doing the job it was supposedly designed to do. Bunning's claim they have not had any bad reports from these units but on reviewing this site it confirms my initial thought that the unit is not for me.
Winner of the most useless product of the year award!
It is simply useless as a garden vacuum... I tried it in the garage and it cant even pick up dust and sand...
Just so you know Victa - I wont be buying from you any time soon. Like one of the other poster's said -I wouldn't even give it away and I would be embarrassed to leave it out on the verge for pick up...
ZERO stars for VBE 1500A blower vac
This product is junk. A useless collection of wasted raw material that I would not even GIVE away.
As you approach the debris with the vac setting fully on, the collection chute has blowing air leakage which blows the debris everywhere so that what little suction there is doesn't vacuum. This is a disgrace to the victa name. I will NEVER buy a product from this manaufacturer again. ZERO stars for me, this product fails at the elementary design level and is NOT fit for purpose.
Victa VBE1500 very disappointed
Used only a few times and the catcher bag fell apart, very frustrated as I obviously can't use it and having difficulty on how and where to purchase a new bag. Bunnings were not helpful even though I purchades it from them. $200+ and sits idle in my garden shed
Victa have a good reputation but this has let them down.
1. The bag is flimsy and lets dust penetrate to the outside
2. The bag is extremelly difficult to remove and more difficult to replace after being emptied
3. Tiny castor wheels on the front can be an issue on pavers or uneven surfaces
4. Cheap plastic construction and poor fitting parts
Fit only for the tip
The first thing I noticed was the front castor wheels are way to small
Well I wish I never bought the [censored word removed] thing. The first thing I noticed was the front castor wheels are way to small, so they don't go over bumps or on artificial lawn. It's very noisy and the bag can come away from the frame quite easily, it also gets clogged up very easily.
Victa VBE 1500
Like so many others in this thread, I was very disappointed with my new Victa, which I bought yesterday. I had an old one years ago that was marvellous..
This one is badly made, the parts don't fit together well and are very inconvenient to remove. The inlet is far too narrow and clogs up after a couple of passes. I am taking mine back to the shop tomorrow.
Badly made, clogs the inlet every few passes.
Total Victa Fail
Bag had a hole in it after 2mins of use from a brand new unit. Took the bag back to Bunnings who made me bring the whole unit back for exchange. Does a fair job of picking up leaves, but the bags look poorly made and already looks to be failing after 3 uses. Spend some more on a decent quality unit, as this just looks like Chinese rubbish with a Victa brand on it.
Ok at picking up leaves
poor quality bag and makes a lot of noise for little suction.
What a waste of money
Totally usless pick up half bucket of small leaves from paved back yard and the bag has holes in it Of course bunnings want you to buy another bag as it is considered a consumable have purchased 5 bags all with the same problem -holes cant afford any more bags Tried mini vac same problem sad part of the story is that the orange victa vac 500 was brilliant had one for approx 7 years It all comes down to the quick buck with no thought to quality which i would be happy to pay for
Poor quality, poor materials used, made in china throw away [quickly]
I had an old Victa Vac only, decided to upgrade, this one sounded great as i had furniture to go around and thought that blowing things from underneath would be good. but i agree with others, the bag only lasted 12 months, and it doesn't vac anywhere near as well. wished i had stayed with the old one
Worst tool I ever own
It destroys a bag nearly every time it is used. Today it picked up a twig and shattered the impeller. Unless I can find a new impeller it will be off to the tip. Victa has always had a good name. I bet the wish they didn't put their name on this one.
It appeared to be a great design.
The bags don't last.
great product for those who dont have the strength to carry the blower vac around with them.great for patios and verandahs especially flat areas or timber decks
light weight great having it sitting on the ground and not having to carry it on your shoulder
having to have a power cord dragging around behind yourself
Breaks down all the time
The unit regularly stops before a job is half finished. It also clogs up. The unit spends more time not working than working. Do not waste your money. The chute at the base is not large enought to effectively vac or blow,. I really liked the concept and was very disappointed by the quality of this product
Breaks down, clogs up, doesn't do what it says it will
I do not appreciate being showered by dirty leaf litter every few minutes and unless you do, do not buy.
light and easy to use on paved surface, heavy loads are best spread out.
no hard to start engine
power cord management difficult at times.
Bag blows off far to often. Unless this can be rectified I cannot reccommend purchasing. The methode of bag attachment on the boxed unit, differed from the display unit.
This is a very sturdy and reliable machine if you don't mind dragging lengths of extension cord behind you. Unfortunately, the machine also blows debris back out the sides of the suction plate when the bag is only about half full. The dust bag can be difficult to remove and replace squarely back onto the unit. Some vegetation (eg strips of palm and fern fronds)gets jammed and cannot be "chopped and swallowed".
Apart from the need to replace the bag (at considerable cost to the overall cost of the machine) this is more than adequate for the home user.
It does what it says at a reasonable price for home purchaser.
Collection bag has disintegrated.
I like it and will continue to use it as it suits my purposes very well with my limited range of movement. I think it is a little over priced but if you can get it on a sale worth the money. My only drawback on this model is the relatively small size of the catchment bag but this is both a pro and a con as any bigger and you would be holder the vac up when the bag fills rather than pushing it along.
This is an extremely easy unit to use and maneuver. It was purchased because I had difficulty using a normal hand held version because of a bugg...
Look for other options, it's not worth the hassle of having your leaves constantly re-deposited every few minutes. It's a lemon.
The vacuum and blower works
Consider buying a second hand Victa Vac 500 rather than this. The problem is that Victa have not managed to create a vacuum bag that 1/ Does not blow off the machine or 2/ Hold half a kilo of fine dust in the material inside the bag. The vacuum is great, the bag makes the whole thing a lemon. Definitely not recommended.
Had it for 6 months, use it mainly as a vac to suck up dirt, no leaves or tough stuff, on brickpaving and artificial turf.
expensive, doesnt actually suck at all, have to pull it backwards for it to barely suck, it wont even lift small gravel or heavy sand, the bag doesnt seal so half the stuff that actually ends up escapes again.
Questions & Answers
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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