My vacuum started smoking today and when Sean took it apart the motor was completely fried. Naturally the vacuum had to be completely disassembled piece by piece by the boys, all of them! It required a flashlight, hammer, several screwdrivers among whatever other tools they could use. This was our second Kenmore and with heavy use it held up reasonably well but we are going to look at the other options out there. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good vacuum that will hold up to daily usage and has parts that are not going to break often? We tend to be pretty hard on things.