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    I have been using a modified Shark Hand Vacuum to clean my table for about 6 months. From tinkering around with different things over the last couple of years, I believe this is the “best mouse trap.”

    At about $40, the Shark Hand Vacuum makes a perfect table vac.

    At 6” wide it takes about 5 minutes or less to vacuum a 9’ table. It has a detachable flexible hose which is perfect for cleaning pockets and rails, and a crevice tool which slides onto the hose that gets under the rails.

    The HEPA filter/debris screen/dust cup assembly can be simply dumped in the trash and occasionally cleaned under a faucet with hot running water.

    The cord is 20’ long so you can vacuum your entire table plugged into a single outlet.

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    STEP #1

    Remove the dust filter cup so it is out of your way.

    Pop off the brush cover.

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    STEP #2

    Remove both the front wheels with a phillips head screwdriver (you need to hang onto one of the screws for later).

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    Then remove the second screw on the same side of the exhaust port and side cover will pop right off (you need to hang onto this screw for later also).

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    • #3
      STEP #3

      You can now easily remove the brush from the belt.

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      While pulling on the belt, cut it off with some shears or beefy scissors.

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      STEP #4

      Loosen the screw on the rear wheel and pry it out.

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      Re-tighten screw.

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      Last edited by Miller; 05-17-2014, 03:05 AM.

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      • #4
        STEP #5

        Next, you need to remove the “hump” at the suction inlet area. A jig saw works wonderfully.

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        Sand down the rough edges where you just made your cut with 150 or 220 grit sandpaper. You want this to be smooth because this will be in contact with your cloth (but it doesn’t take much elbow grease at all).

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        • #5
          STEP #6

          Secure the exhaust port back on using the top screw you previously removed and one of the left over front wheel screws.

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          Pop the brush cover back on and you have yourself the perfect table vacuum.

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          I use this after I briefly brush my table head to foot moving deliberately (not slow but not fast either) a diamond per pass – head to foot – before wiping down with a damp hot water microfiber rag.

          Last edited by Miller; 05-16-2014, 11:27 PM.

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          • #6
            WELCOME TO THE MACHINE Keith

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            • #7
              Miller, can I do this to a dust devil that I bought a number of years for my table but quit using it because I felt the brush was too harsh for the cloth?

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              • #8
                i use a small one h.p. 20 dollar shop vac. long cord and long enough hose and carry it around the table. no roller just a hose and a floor head, plastic. gets all the table quickly.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Frank Almanza View Post
                  Miller, can I do this to a dust devil that I bought a number of years for my table but quit using it because I felt the brush was too harsh for the cloth?
                  I am not sure. The Shark has an independent motor which drives the brush, but still has very powerful suction without it. The Dust Devil might need the brush to pick stuff up. Then again, maybe it doesn't. Frank, I think I still have your address, I will just send one to you modified and ready to go. We'll just figure out how to square up via proposition when Ghost v Henderson II comes around......
                  Last edited by Miller; 05-17-2014, 03:43 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by beatle View Post
                    i use a small one h.p. 20 dollar shop vac. long cord and long enough hose and carry it around the table. no roller just a hose and a floor head, plastic. gets all the table quickly.
                    i used a 5HP shop vac for a while. trust me - my man, beatle.....the "miller modified" shark is the nutz.

                    (as is the miller ball cleaner and polisher)

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                    • #11
                      i use this shop vac with the round brush accessory for anothe $8
                      [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Vac-9650600-3-0-Peak-Series-6-Gallon/dp/B00315CWXE/ref=lp_553022_1_3?s=hardware&ie=UTF8&qid=1400324326&sr=1-3[/ame]

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Miller View Post
                        i used a 5HP shop vac for a while. trust me - my man, beatle.....the "miller modified" shark is the nutz.

                        (as is the miller ball cleaner and polisher)
                        nice custom table vacuumer you have there miller..

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                        • #13
                          Personally, after cleaning tables for years in a couple pool rooms, I'd prefer a vacuum w/o a rotating brush, because of the rotating brushes long term effects on the cloth/fabric/weave. A table vacuums Purpose....is to remove chalk above and below the play surface, with your major concern to NOT loosen up the material used to flush up the seams between the slates because of too much suction.
                          Bill Meacham
                          WBT
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                          no link....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Miller View Post
                            I am not sure. The Shark has an independent motor which drives the brush, but still has very powerful suction without it. The Dust Devil might need the brush to pick stuff up. Then again, maybe it doesn't. Frank, I think I still have your address, I will just send one to you modified and ready to go. We'll just figure out how to square up via proposition when Ghost v Henderson II comes around......
                            Thank you sir. With those term I wouldn't mind losing the next bet. Sorry Mr. Henderson. Either case I really don't mind paying for the unit now.

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                            • #15
                              I have tried several methods and vacuums in cleaning tables in my pool room. I am an old guy and of course I always thought a brush was the way to go. Well its not. I now use a vacuum and it a smaller version of a shop vac. Its available on Amazon for about $80. It really sucks up the chaulk and dirt. There is a downside to vacuuming in that it could loosen up the cloth. So when you vacuum you have to be careful to keep the head pushed down on the table cloth so as not to lift up the cloth. Lastly I have a plywood board that measures 1 X 6 X 18 inches with a piece of carpet stapled to it and then I put a clean piece of micro fiber cloth over the carpeting and use that to rub the table cloth. It picks a lot more dirt and chaulk than any vacuum could and I just change out the micro fiber every 4 - 5 days. But again you have to be carful not to stretch out the cloth. If you start early by cleaning the cloth on a newly recovered table you will find it plays consistently better and the cloth will last longer.

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