A look at James Dyson’s first bagless cleaner, the DC01
Here’s where the story began with the Dyson DC01:
The above advertisement had the same impact on vacuum cleaners as Apple’s 1984 advert did for home computing. It is hard to believe this advert is 23 years old (1993). Back when there used to be a 400 bus to Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham. Back when Take That were a quintet. As for the internet, we were quite happy with Teletext and the Bamboozle quiz using fastext buttons.
The Dyson DC01 was a game changer for our industry. Not having to change bags was, and remains, a major selling point. Originally named the DA001, it was made at James Dyson’s original plant in Chippenham. When rechristened the DC01, production moved to Malmesbury. The DC stands for Dual Cyclone.
It has a single motor which provided the suction and drove the brushroll. This was via a single rubber toothless belt (without “brush control”). In the early models, pre-motor filters had to be replaced and fitted every three months.
Interestingly, the DC01 was not the first vacuum cleaner by James Dyson, though the first one to bear his surname. His first vacuum cleaner was the G-Force.
Though the DC01 has been discontinued for some time, many people cherish his innovative upright cleaner. Here’s a selection of clips featuring the cleaner in action.
Finally, here’s an unboxing and a demonstration of the toy version. This is in the De Stiji style. Many of the toy Dyson vacs were manufactured by Casdon Toys in Blackpool.
We hope you have enjoyed the first of our look at James Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaners. In our next part, we shall be looking at the Animal cleaner.
The Dyson Doctor, 10 December 2016.