Thanks to everyone for providing info in the past (when I lurked) and present. In the early(?) 90's I purchased my Simplicity 5200 sentry3 after input from "Whats the best vacuum" forums and was quite happy with it.. So I am back for more insights.
I am considering a CVS and have read the recent threads and some online articles. My two story townhouse is pre installed for CVS. Approx 1600 sq ft total living space -- 800 ft upstairs is mostly berber carpet with 2 tiled bathrooms-- 2 universal inlets. The downstairs 800 ft is mostly hardwood and tile with 2- 8x10 area rugs- --- one inlet and one vacpan. Stairs are carpeted. Vacuum tube ends in the garage with 120v outlet. Looking to purchase long lasting, heavy duty, well made equipment........ For example, years ago I worked with irrigation and pool motors. Brands like a.o.smith, century, baldor....... Baldor was especially excellent with oversized bearings in steel endcaps (instead of aluminun or egads!!!!plastic) and a solidly built centrifugal start start switch. It ran quietly without whine or vibration. Some of the others- names I cannot remember -were basically good for 2-3 yrs then replace rather than repair.
Electric powerheads-- Hayden/centec and Lindhaus/stealth were mentioned-- any other well regarded suggestions? Special eq needs or considerations for hardwood , tile floors, stairs-- never had stairs before?
Several brands were mentioned- Beam, Hayden, MD, Vacuflow and manufacturers like Cyclovac and Lindsay. Any brands or Mfg that I should avoid? Lower reliability-- more warranty repair visits? Your favorite?
The wet/dry vacs look interesting-- if legal in FL -- Any comment on its wet carpet cleaning attachments/ ability?
Can I install vacuum access to use the CVS in the garage and for vehicles?