So a while back my wife told me that see wanted a cleaning cart for the kids. She gave me a couple of pictures to give me inspiration and that was it. Maybe she thought this would make the kids want to clean. Of course a traditional cart would not do. I was walking through a store and one of the Zamboni things was cleaning the floor. There was the inspiration: I can make it vacuum! So here is the design. I am finalizing the drawings for this project now. The drawings are not going to include the electrical. I am not going to even pretend that I have any idea of electricity and how to wire this cart up. I asked a few people and I think it is safe. At least I know it is grounded.
Basic thought process for this project was put a small shop vacuum on a platform and use the attachments to turn it into a rolling floor vacuum for kids to push. I realized there really was not a good attachment for a small shop vacuum for the floor so I designed one. Thank goodness for the CNC router made it very easy and I could stick to .01" tolerance. I could have done this by hand but the design would have been simpler and I don't know if the hose would be able to be removed.
Then I figured I might as well have an on/off switch for the vacuum on the cart. Then the dilemma was if I cut the vacuum cord it would be useless off the cart. So I needed to install a plug. This actually gives the cart a little more power because now I can plug another appliance in.
I made sure it had big back wheels. They are 8" lawn mower wheels. the front wheels are 2" swivel casters. I also added a broom and mop holder.
I thought about putting rollers on the vacuum head. I changed that and put adjustment screws on it. I am glad I went this route. I can adjust the head to close to the ground for hardwood floors. We tried on carpet but it did not work as well.
I did not want to ruin an extension cord so there is a plug installed in the cart to plug an extension cord into. If I really wanted to I can have a really long cord on this cart. I was not impressed with the 6' cord that comes on the vacuum.
I know the question that everyone is asking: Does it work? Well....
The suction is not great but it will pick up about 10" of the 15" span. It rolls and the kids enjoy it. There are still a couple of things that I would like to do to it. I have to put the hangers on the back for other accessories. I probably would have added more buckets. This allows the kids a place to sort and put their toys in.
Fun project. Good prototype. Now what is my next design project? I don't know but this is what I enjoy.