Kalorik JU1400 comparison (WHL #60F1)

Just a minor comparison post as I’m in the mood to clean up my place and take things apart. An intent that usually only achieves one of those things, as taking apart stuff makes a larger mess than just the original thing sitting somewhere…

This is (well, was, but it’s not broken in a destructive teardown, just taken apart so that it theoretically could be reassembled) the vacuum cleaner that I think my mom bought without asking in September 2007 when I was about to start studying. Clearly got less use than the family vacuum of similar vintage, just due to the sheer size difference of the places, let alone I did not friggen vacuum every week. Plus it mostly sat around since I moved to the current place in 2016 that doesn’t have any carpeting. And it was never in use since April 2019 when I got my battery powered Bosch GAS 18V-10L vacuum cleaner that really is a nice piece of kit.

I digress. That dust monster had to go to make room for other crap.

While certainly the cheapest vacuum available in the shop, I have to say this is highly serviceable, in contrast to the brand unit from last post. The motor is easily accessible with just four main screws on the device (deeply recessed however) and can be taken out without removal of basically everything plus a dozen screws – it’s just held in place with huge rubber pieces for vibration absorbance. The brushes are then accessible by bending away the two metal tabs. This is certainly going to break after a couple of replacements, but given this vacuum did run fine motor-wise and is 13 years old already, I highly doubt that will be an issue for other units.

(I apologize for the cold/over-corrected color temperature of the photos, as I very recently changed the lighting setup and apparently higher LED power means a slight shift of color. That needs to be fixed in the camera settings so that GIMP doesn’t overcompensate when doing some auto-magic)

It’s better visible in person, but those do look much better than the Dirt Devil brushes from last post. For instance they show a rotating grinding pattern that is equal on both sides, and they have sharp edges, so no tilting/jamming despite being exactly the same size.

The commutator is also in much better shape, have a look:

Visible wear, but evenly distributed. No strange discoloration on one side. And both ball bearings doing their job.

They are remarkably similar, wouldn’t you agree?

The motor housing including outer windings was different, but that commutator design likely excelled in cost, ease of production and perhaps power and got used in a lot of other vacuum cleaners, I’d bet…


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