The poor design of hose connection to the "wand" of the hand held vacuum cleaners does not stay connected. The company says to twist the two together but it really doesn't help. A dealer tried to show me how to do it the correct way and he broke the wand.
After only 2 years of moderate use (once weekly - 2 room size area rugs) my Oreck XL with its very noisy but powerful engine began to smell like burning rubber and exude dark smoke from its motor case. It sits outside waiting for trash pickup. Never again Oreck!
I think Oreck is like so many products these days that still carry a trusted name but are really junk due to cheap manufacturing.