If anyone from the Electrolux company is reading this…I did not run my vacuum for hours while picking up all kinds of dust from wood to metal to abrasive grinding materials like it explicitly warns against in the manual. I did not do this many days per week for four years. I originally bought this vacuum cleaner because it was super quiet, more powerful than a shop vac, and small enough that I could take it on the road in the same suitcase as the lathe. What a great vacuum cleaner it was too and I’ve often wondered “how long is this thing going to last with all the abuse I’ve heaped on it?” About six months ago the power switch was shorting and I had to kind of kick it to get it to go again but worked great. A couple of days ago it started making a burning smell and a few more kicks got the loud motor noise to abate for a while but eventually the smell became too dangerous-smelling and I started to worry I was really poisoning the air around me, a thought made more real by the hung over feeling I had all day today. I was so happy to be closing in on the turning for that Mopane/Olive set of pipes that I didn’t want to wait another two days for the replacement vacuum to arrive (tomorrow) and I just continued. I got the pipes finished but felt awful all day and took most of the day off, a first in a long time.If anyone is looking for a really quiet, powerful, easy to use vacuum cleaner the Electrolux Harmony served me very well and who knows how long it would have lasted under “normal” use.Tomorrow I’ll bury this one in the back yard since the damn home owners association forbids outdoor appliance cremations. Communists! ….or recycle it or something.