What size power unit should I buy?
The size of your power unit is not
determined by the size of your home. If your system is
installed without leaks, you will get the same suction
throughout the house. We
recommend the same power unit for a 1000-square-foot home as
we do for a 6000- square-foot home
Regardless of the size of your home, you'll want maximum
cleaning power. No matter what you buy, your suction will be
virtually the same all over. So if you want the most
cleaning power, buy a powerful machine. If you want second
best, buy second best.
Does the design of the power unit matter to me?
The power unit has three main components:
motor-blower should be "beefy" enough to run well for a
generation. That means large enough bearings and brushes
to last. It should be able to produce maximum cleaning
power without needing to run the fan blades at excessive
relay and related components, which turn the unit on and
off, should be sized large enough to operate
need motor protection that will prevent dust and dirt
particles from fouling the motor or fan blades. The
"dirty" air that passes through your Budd unit is
intercepted by a permanent cloth, which does not need to
be replaced. A paddle whose handle is on the outside of
the machine is used to shake out the cloth before it
gets too dirty. That's the way all Budd power units are built.
Do I need a rotating brush for my carpet?
A rotating brush is often necessary for cleaning and
grooming rugs and carpets. Some vacuum people will try sell
you a wide range of costly and maintenance-hungry devices.
Our experience has been that you can do a good job with an
air driven rotating brush which is driven by the suction air
if you use a strong enough motor-blower in your power unit. Budd carries a full line of
electric motor driven rotating brushes along with current
carrying hoses and wall inlets
What do I need to know about Waterlift, C.F.M. and
Waterlift and cubic feet per minute (C.F.M.) are the units
of measure that an engineer would use to describe the output
of a vacuum system.
The amount of suction that a vacuum device produces is
termed waterlift. Suction is measured in inches. The
original experiments were performed using a "U" shaped
glass tube, which held a liquid. Suction would be
applied to one end of the "U". The liquid would go up on
the side of the "U" where the suction was applied and
the level of the liquid would go down on the other side.
The difference in the height of the two levels (measured
in inches) expressed the amount of suction.
Although the amount of waterlift is crucial, high
waterlift numbers alone are not enough. Old-fashioned
auto windshield wipers were powered by suction. But that
was a closed system and the volume of air was
insignificant. If you produce suction but do not move a
large volume of air, you get high waterlift numbers but
no cleaning power.
C.F.M. (Cubic Feet
How much air you are moving? It is not uncommon to have
an attic fan that delivers 10,000 cubic feet per minute.
Although an attic fan is capable of delivering huge
volumes of air, there is no cleaning power if the cubic
feet per minute is not combined with sufficient suction
If you take the waterlift number and multiply it by the
C.F.M. number and then divide that number by 8.3, the
resulting number is "air-watts."
For instance a large C.F.M. number times a small
waterlift number, as in the attic fan example, yields a
large air-watts number but no cleaning power. Then, a
large waterlift number times a small C.F.M. number also
produces no cleaning power
Who should consider buying a Budd Vacuum?
The Budd Vacuum was originally conceived and designed for
people who clean their own home. Everything was planned for
installation in lived-in homes.
If you clean your own home and do not wish to pay a cleaning
person, you will really benefit from the Budd System.
This website describes how easy and how economical a
do-it-yourself installation can be. We know you have the
ability, but if you do not have the time, let us quote you
on the installation in your present home.