The first official vacuum cleaner sold under the Dyson name was the DA001, launched in 1993 in the UK.
It was a domestic upright model that used what was known as “Dual Cyclone” technology and was made in Chippenham, England.
After a short period, it was updated and renamed the DC01, and production later moved to Malmesbury in Wiltshire.
Most people refer to the DA001 and the DC01 as simply the DC01.
The DC01 had a single motor (YDK or Ametek) which provided the suction and also drove the brushroll directly via a single rubber drive belt.
These machines featured no type of “brush control” (where the user can turn off the brush roll for use on hard floors if they like), so was mainly designed to be used on carpeted floors.
The hose was located vertically on the back of the machine as part of the handle wand, and removing the handle wand enabled this stretch hose to be used.
This was the only Dyson upright not to use washable pre-motor filters initially; these had to be purchased and replaced every 3 months. Later, long life washable filters were launched.
It also had a choice of post motor filtration: normal or HEPA ( which means “High Efficiency Particle Arrest”) according to the model purchased. Models with a HEPA filter were the Absolute and the De Stijl.
Many people thought the DC01 was over-priced in comparison to other bagged vacuum cleaners. The suction power of the DC01 is 90 airwatts. Dyson no longer supports this model, nor produces parts for it. However, most parts are still readily available online from specialist suppliers such as Manchester Vacs.
The DC01 became a best seller in the UK – and particularly in Scotland.
You can read a full review on the DC01 by pointing your browser here: Dyson DC01 Review. That will take you to an article on the Dyson Medic blog.
DC01 Repair Information.
So what goes wrong?
Weak mains cables are prone to breaking where they enter the machine.
If you need to replace the mains cable on DC01 or access the switch the Dyson Medic Cable Repair guide will show you how.
The wheels tend to wear and become very wobbly, but you can still get genuine DC01 wheel and axle kits if you know where to look.
As the machines get older, motor supply becomes a problem. The Ametek motor is more plentiful used than the YDK motor (they were fitted with two types). New ones are unavailable now.
The wands break up where the tools fit on at the very top, but new wands are available still.
Soleplates and baseplates wear out, there were two types, but the more popular one is still plentiful.
Some parts are unavailable for the DC01 now. To find out more, read the article on the Dyson Medic blog: The Slow Demise of the DC01.
DC01 machines are becoming somewhat retro now. Especially the rarer models.
Colours: You find them typically in grey/yellow, occasionally grey/blue and on rare occasions available in the red, purple and yellow “De Stijl” colours.
They are not as sophisticated as later models of Dysons (which is part of their appeal to some), but they are built well and last for years. Indeed why so many are still going strong.