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Improving detent on GB2

Postby JossCarter » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:56 pm

Dyson V8™ cordless stick vacuum cleaners review Although Dyson released the Dyson V11 in 2019 after a successful trading year of the V10 in 2018, the V11 is claimed to be the best vacuum cleaner yet by Dyson due to the relentless improvements. It comes with a top-mounted LCD, the most powerful Dyson digital motor, consistent and robust suction with filter-less functioning, as well as a new, more substantial, and improved battery. However, to compensate for the superbly excellent characteristics, the Dyson V11 is expensive too. At the time of this review, the Dyson V11 Torque Drive costs $600, and the Dyson V11 Animal is $500 on Dyson’s website.

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If that amount of money is outside of your budget, you might have to consider other Dyson options that work excellently. The good thing about an updated version is that you can get the still GOOD older version at a more affordable price. For instance, you can pay $467 for the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, $400 for the Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead, $320 for the Dyson V8 Absolute, $300 for the Dyson V8 Animal, $270 for the Dyson V7 Absolute, $190 for the Dyson V7 Allergy, and $250 for the Dyson V7 Motorhead.
Image We are going to tell you the reasons why the Dyson V8 versions – the Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute – are still decent and unbeatable vacuum cleaners in 2019. The focus in this recommendation will be the Dyson V8 Absolute, however; we will do a full review of the Dyson V8 Animal review in the next one.

A brief on the pros and cons of the Dyson V8 Absolute


➙ Compact and versatile – is shown to clean effectively on all types of floors
➙ More cleaning efficiency than most of the other options
➙ Exceptional air filtration
➙ Upgraded battery life
➙ Quiet


➙ A bit heavy in the hand
➙ More expensive than the average for a stick vacuum

The detailed review

1. Cleaning versatility and performance

It’s no surprise that the Dyson cordless vacuum’s cleaning performance is used as a benchmark for the suction power a cordless model can provide. The Dyson V8 Absolute is not excluded in setting a new standard of suction power at the time Dyson launched it.

The delivery of strong suction power comes from a combination of 2 innovative technologies. The Dyson digital V8 motor, which has been upgraded from its previous models, provides up to 107,000 rpm spinning for powerful cleaning performance. Moreover, 15 cyclones with 2 Tier Radial™ technology enable this model to retain most kinds of microscopic dirt thanks to its dynamic centrifugal forces.

The Dyson V8 Absolute is proven to work superbly on many different types of floors. There is no need to worry about spending extra money on several tools for different cleaning surfaces when you can get all the jobs done with just one. This unit comes with a soft roller cleaner Dyson V8 motorhead, which works gently on bare floors and hardwood floors. What’s more, a Dyson V8 powerful direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets.

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Born as a cordless stick vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V8 Absolute can be more versatile than its name. In the box delivered by the manufacturer, in addition to the Dyson V8 Absolute, you will get 7 tools for various cleaning purposes, including (1) a soft roller cleaner head, (2) a direct-drive cleaner head, (3) a mini motorized tool, (4) a mini soft dusting brush, (5) a combination tool, (6) a crevice tool, and (7) a docking station. The mini motorized tool and the crevice tool help to suck up hair, dust, and stubborn dirt in hard-to-reach spaces, edges, and narrow gaps. The mini soft dusting brush provides delicate cleaning for your delicate cleaning surface and fabrics. The combination tool helps you shift promptly between tasks by switching between brush and wide nozzle. To facilitate your cleaning jobs, you can covert this cordless stick vacuum into a handheld immediately by just a click with the crevice tool.


Dyson guarantees that the V8 would reduce noise by up to 50% compared to the Dyson V6. In our test, the V8 was significantly quieter during the cleaning process and delivered a much lower-frequency sound compared to the V6 and other products. I am able to keep my conversation continuous while cleaning bare floors without yelling to my husband’s face.

2. Machine filtration

The fully sealed filtration system, which traps 99.97% of allergens, debris, and particles as small as 0.3 microns, is tested to release cleaner air than the air we breathe. The Dyson V8 Absolute is certified asthma & allergy friendly®, which means that this machine will hold all allergens inside its bin without discharging them back into the living areas. There is no need to replace your filter during the lifetime of this product. Just wash it, and you use that filter as usual.

In my opinion, the bin is quite small, but its size is enough for cleaning an entire big house once. Therefore, it is better that you empty it after use, although this is super quick and easy, following the simple steps in the manual of this bagless version. You do not need to touch the dirt; just open the bottom door, push the cyclones, and all the trash will be dumped out.

3. Battery improvement

There are 2 operating options: Powerful suction mode and MAX mode. The running time varies based on the modes and the tools you use. As Dyson claims, it would be up to 40 minutes for using on standard Powerful mode without a powered head, 25 minutes with a motorized cleaner head, and 7 minutes on the highest MAX mode. However, I’ve found that the actual running time is longer. After cleaning my house entirely, including three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, all staircases with all types of carpeted and bare floors, as well as using a crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas, the battery remained at 30% capacity for the next use. After a full battery drain, regular charging time takes 5 hours.

As soon as shifting to MAX mode, the vacuum dramatically increases the suction power, the level of noise, the level of airflow, as well as the battery draining. It is incredibly helpful for sucking up the spots that are firmly marked or not easy-to-reach by a mini motorized tool or a crevice tool. My advice is that you should not use it frequently, however, to conserve battery power.

4. Weight

Although the Dyson V8 Absolute is claimed to be a lightweight vacuum cleaner at only 5.75 lbs. (equivalent to 2.6 kg), I still feel some strain when using it. I definitely feel the muscles in my arm after cleaning my entire house. I’ve learnt how to reduce the weight by leaving the head on the floor – that helps a lot. However, I find no issues with weight when using the Dyson V8 Absolute in short bursts. It’s more even-handed than other upright vacuums too.

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Re: Improving detent on GB2

Postby The Meat man » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:46 pm

Welcome to the forum JossCarter!

Unfortunately I don't have much advice to give but here is a link to a thread which might prove helpful:

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Re: Improving detent on GB2

Postby Sharp Guy » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:33 pm

JossCarter wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:56 pm
Hello All,

New here. I have a GB2 with a bit of what I think is a weak detent. Despite that, it is still my favorite Spydie to carry. Does anyone have experience swapping detent balls or would anyone suggest sending back to spyderco for a possible solution.

Welcome Joss. You can certainly try the W&R department but I'm not sure they'd fix it. It probably depends on just how weak the detent is. If it's dangerously weak then they'd likely replace the knife rather than actually repair it. If it's just kind of weak my guess is they'd probably say it's within spec and send it back to you.

If you decide to try to correct it yourself do take a look at the thread that Connor linked to above. Just remember to only remove a little material at a time and take the time to reassemble and try it before going any further. Also, before you go grinding away at the detent hole take a good look at the detent ball itself. My Mantra had a pretty light detent and I took it apart with the plan to open the detent hole a little. Once apart I found that the detent ball had a big flat spot on it. I popped it out with a little punch, flipped it over, and then pressed it back in with my arbor press. I put it back together and tested and the detent is much improved. I no longer feel the need to mess with the detent hole.

One last thing, keep in mind that when you do modifications to a knife like we're talking about you lose any future warranty claims. Even if you really can't tell there were modifications done it's likely the folks in the warranty department with know. I would certainly hope you would do the right thing and not try to send it in for warranty in the first place knowing full well that it's been modified.
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