26 May 2017
Kudos to Olson Vacuum in Madison
"They don't make 'em like they used to."
That dictum is often applied to products like small appliances, and it was the mindset we had when our 35-year-old Hoover vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost. We researched replacements, but this one had worked so well for so long that we agreed that if it could be repaired for less than $100 it would be worth it.
We took it in yesterday to a local company on Odana Road here in Madison. The young fellow at the desk greeted us, asked a few questions, then put it on his counter and proceeded to take it apart. That surprised me, since I was expecting to get an approximate cost and an estimated time for how long it would take to order replacement parts for a 35-year-old model.
He found the drive belt that had been totally worn out, had a replacement on hand which he inserted, cleaned a couple dirty parts, put it back together, and we were "good to go."
Elapsed time: probably 15 minutes
Total cost (parts and labor): less than $4.00
Awesome. What a totally pleasant experience. I'm delighted to use the power of this blog to give public "props" to a first-class business. If you live within driving distance of Madison and need repairs (or a new vacuum), they are worth a visit. Here is their website.
Addendum: See also my comment and one by reader The Weaving One regarding Park Street Shoe Repair -
- at 609 S. Park St. This is the go-to place for shoe and other leather repair. They don't have a website.
And... while I'm at it. On the same street (420 S. Park St.), Wayne's Barber Shop:
Also no cyberpresence - just excellent, inexpensive haircuts while you wait. :-)