Air Turbine Brush


The Turbocat is an air turbine-driven power brush that has an agitator that shakes the carpet to loosen dirt. This power brush is excellent on both high and low pile carpeting.

Brand: VacuMaid

SKU: PB480BLK Category: Tag:

The Turbocat® is a powerful, air driven turbine powerhead that harnesses the airflow of a central vacuum system for deep, thorough cleaning. It’s lightweight and easy to maneuver, with a low-profile body and high impact bumper guards that make it perfect for cleaning under furniture. It requires no separate powercords, batteries or additional electricity.

The Turbocat® Turbine Powerhead is designed for the way people clean. It’s light, responsive and highly maneuverable compared to cumbersome, heavier electric powerheads. Its low-profile body glides, responds and maneuvers around the entire house. It’s easy to use, but hard on dust, dirt and grime. The Turbocat offers the following features and benefits.

Operates without Additional Electricity
The Turbocat is a powerful air-driven powerhead that operates without electricity, power cords or batteries. This powerhead harnesses the airflow of the central vacuum system to generate maximum airflow and deep cleaning power. Installation and operation are easier and less costly.
High Speed Turbine & Shaft for Power
The Turbocat’s turbine wheel rotates at a high RPM, which generates the air power required for superior cleaning performance. The turbine shaft includes a unique design that acts as a shield to belt breakage. The shaft has a smooth step-down feature that allows the belt to disengage from the belt drive if something should become obstructed in the Turbocat.
Exclusive DeepSweep® Agitator
The DeepSweep Agitator was created to efficiently bring embedded dirt to the surface, so it can easily be vacuumed away. The staggered bristle design allows constant contact of bristle to carpet. The crimped bristles effectively separate carpet fibers allowing airflow to pickup and remove deep, embedded dirt.
Non-slip Cogged Drive Belt
Turbine power is relayed to the high velocity DeepSweep Agitator by a specially designed cogged belt drive. The belt reduces slippage for more consistent performance, and outlives the conventional flat belts used on most electric powerheads.
Wide Vacuum Path with Double Edge Cleaning
The large 13” vacuum path provides superior cleaning performance with the exclusive T-shape design. The unique T-design allows for easy maneuvering around and under furniture and true edge cleaning, even against baseboards.
System Performance Indicator
Since the Turbocat needs airflow to operate it works as a gauge of your central vacuum system performance. If the system airflow is restricted, the Turbocat will slow down, letting the user know the central vacuum is not operating at optimum performance levels. This drop in airflow could be attributed to clogged bags, filters or a tube line clog. Electric powerheads will not gauge restricted airflow in the system. The motor will keep rotating the brush roller even though there is little dirt being vacuumed because of a clogged dirt bag or filter

1 Lower Housing 7211-01 ,  7211-02
2 Wheel (2) 7212-01, 7212-02
3 SA Turbine 7213 
4 Belt Cover 7214  
5 Base Plate 7215
6 Compr. Spring 5958
7 Washer 5974
8 Washer, Elbow Seal 5971
9 Elbow 7216-01 SAME 7216-02
10 Spring, Wand 5966
11 Retainer/Cap 7217-01 SAME 7217-02

12 Spring, Latch 7218  
13 SA Tophousing 7219, 7220, 7221
14 Bumper 7222-01 SAME 7222-02
15 Seal (Large) 7223 
16 Seal (Small) 7224
17 SA Brush 7330
18 T Latch (2) 7226 
19 Belt 7227
20 Screw Base (3) 7228
21 O-Ring 7229
22 Screw (9) 5944
23 Screw, T Latch (2) 7230
24 D-Washer 7231
25 Bearing, Needle 7234
26 Idler Shaft 7233 
27 Sleeve, Flange (2) 7232

28 SA Shaft Supt 7235 
29 RT Shaft Supt 7236 
30 Rubber Plug 7237 
31 Ballast WT (2) 7238
32 Foam Pad (2) 7239
33 Caution Label 7240
34 Shroud, Belt, Upper 7331
35 Shroud, Belt, Lower 7332

TurboCat Manual PDF


(A) ATTACHING THE TURBINE POWERHEAD To attach your metal wand, simply twist into Powerhead elbow until it fits snugly.The built-in, locking mechanism will prevent the wand from coming loose from your Powerhead while in use. To detach wand, depress tab on side of elbow and twist wand free. (See Fig. 1)

Turbo Cat

The wand can be locked in an upright position by pushing it forward until the lock is engaged. (See Fig. 2). This locked position is convenient for storage and for lifting of the Powerhead. To release wand from the vertical locked position, gently place foot on Powerhead, grasp wand and pull back firmly.

(B) OPERATING PROCEDURES Your Turbine Powerhead has no on/off switch. Whenever it is attached to an operating vacuum system, it will be running. No adjustments to the tool are necessary for different types of carpeting. To ensure maximum efficiency of the Turbine Powerhead, make sure that any filters, bags and cleaning hoses in your vacuum system are clean and free of blockage.

(C) CLEARING INTAKE NOZZLE If the Turbine or Intake nozzle become obstructed. 1. Turn off Vacuum System and disconnect the Powerhead from wand and hose. 2. Turn Powerhead over, and remove the clear belt cover, by first rotating the two latches counter clockwise until they align with the openings in the belt cover. Pull the belt cover away from the housing using the tab provided, then pull the belt cover out from under the baseplate. (see Fig. 3) 3. Remove debris from the intake or turbine. Rotate brush to ensure the system is clear. Ensure the special red coloured seal and mating surfaces are clean and free of any dirt particles, before re-assembling belt cover to unit. 4. To re-assemble the belt cover to the unit: insert the front of the belt cover under the base plate edge, and press the belt cover into the housing. 5. Check that a proper seal is made: UNIT PERFORMANCE IS DEPENDENT ON A PROPER SEAL! 6. Secure the belt cover in place by rotating the two latches clockwise to the locked position.

(D) CLEANING BRUSH Turn off vacuum system and disconnect Powerhead. Threads, string, carpet fiber, fuzz, etc. occasionally may become wound around the beater brush. These should be removed by unwinding them by hand or carefully cutting with scissors or other cutting tool. Keeping the beater brush clean will maintain efficiency. Page 2

(E) REMOVING THE DRIVE BELT AND BRUSH “It is recommended this procedure be performed by a Qualified Service Technician.” Should the drive belt or brush become clogged with debris or need replacing:

1. Turn off vacuum system and disconnect powerhead.

2. Remove belt cover as described in procedure C.

3. Remove the 3 screws securing the metal baseplate. (see Fig. 4)

4. Lift front of baseplate up from bumper, then pull baseplate free of unit.

5. Stubborn debris may now be easily removed from the brush area.

6. PLEASE NOTE: Correct brush and belt orientation; they must be re-installed correctly for proper function.

7. Slide the belt up off the end of the drive shaft.

8. Partially remove the bumper by lifting it free from the front and sides of the housing.

9. Lift the lower belt shroud, brush, belt and support assembly out of the housing, and remove the belt from the brush. Leave upper belt shroud installed in the housing, unless stubborn debris remains lodged below it.

10. (IF REPLACING BRUSH). Pull the right brush support (marked ‘R’) off the assembly and remove the brush from the shaft.

11. Slide replacement brush onto the shaft so the large recess at one end of the brush goes on first and fits over the 4 ribs on the shaft support.

12. Push the right shaft support (marked ‘R’) onto the shaft extending through the brush, and check that the brush spins freely when rotated.

13. Place the belt over one end, onto the brush.

14. Slide the brush/belt assembly back into the housing recesses so the supports seat properly into the housing. NOTE: The housing and supports are marked L and R and must be assembled accordingly. The ARROWS on the shaft supports must point toward the rear of the unit, when fitting a new belt. The supports can be rotated to point the arrows forward to increase belt tension after extensive use (typically several hundred hours of use).

15. Place the lower belt shroud into the housing, over top of the brush pulley, as shown in FIG. 4. Ensure that the top of the shroud cylindrical portion is flush with the upper housing screw boss.

16. Stretch the bumper around the housing, over the shaft supports and press the bumper into place.

17. Pull the belt gently up against the pulley teeth, and over the idler bearing. Twist the end of the belt 90° as illustrated on the lower housing and press the belt over the teeth of the drive shaft.

NOTE: The brush will rotate in the wrong direction and belt damage may occur if the belt is twisted incorrectly.

18. Tilt baseplate to the rear of brush area and insert the three tabs into the mating slots in the lower housing. Rotate the front of the base down so it seats into the groove in the bumper.

19. Replace the three screws, and tighten to secure the base. 20. Replace the belt cover as described in procedure ‘C’.

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Weight 5 lbs



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