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Hair around wheels

My daughter has very long hair and no matter what vacume we buy, her hair always wraps aroung the beater bar and wheels and if not cut off or cleared will cause the belt to break. Is there a vacume able to pick up hair and not get entangled?

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No. I have 3 women and 2 dogs under my roof and have the same problem. My wife uses a Eureka vacuum that cost $140.00 and it seems to handle this better than our old Kerby.

We take a broom and swiffer and collect what hair we can from the bathroom areas, etc, before sweeping to avoid this problem.

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