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I just purchased a Dirt Devil machine on Monday, I finally got it put together today and the brushes are not moving, dust is swirling around but no brush movement, I have changed all the nap settings, nothing, I am having company tomorrow and I threw my other vacuum cleaner away, HELP ME. Thank you.

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Sounds like you may not have the belt attached or it is broke.

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