In most cases, it is not necessary to purchase the same brand central vacuum hose. There are four types of central vacuum hoses: direct connect, pigtail, low voltage and straight suction. A direct connect hose has two round pins about ½" long that plug into an electric vacuum inlet. A pigtail hose has an electric cord extending from the inlet end of the hose that plugs into a nearby electric outlet. Direct connect and pigtail hoses are used with electric carpet brushes. Low voltage hoses do not have pins* or cord on the inlet end, and do have a switch on the hose handle that turns on the vacuum unit. Straight suction hoses do not have pins, cords or switches. Low voltage and straight suction hoses cannot be used with electric carpet brushes.
For each of these four types, there are variations in the cuff that goes into the inlet and the handle end. Hoses designed for Vacuflo, Nutone , Budd and Kenmore inlets have slightly smaller cuffs. In many cases, standard hoses can be used in these inlets by making slight modifications or adding adapters. Variations in the handle end include presence and location of locking button, position of electric plug in electric hoses, and cord management hose/wand connections. Please call us if you have any question on hose replacement.
* The exception is a Vacuflo TurboGrip low voltage hose which has two pins on the inlet end. There is no electric connection on the handle of these hoses.
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