Sanitaire TRANSPORT SC412B

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Sanitaire TRANSPORT SC412B is ranked number 13 of 13 Backpack Vacuums


Dust Bin Capacity1.5 gal
Wet/Dry Vacuum?Dry only
Power Rating8.5 amps
Cord Length50 ft
Accessory StorageNone
Weight11.5 lbs
Product Width19 in
Product Height33 in
Product Depth10.5 in


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During our thorough research, we have read hundreds of reviews from real buyers. This is what most people think of Sanitaire TRANSPORT SC412B:

5 reasons to buy

  • Unlike other backpack vacuums the hose is pointing backwards, which means it doesn’t stick out to one side with the risk of bumping into objects on shelves, etc.
  • There’s a useful handle on top of the canister, which makes it easy to carry the vacuum around.
  • Users think the harness is very comfortable to wear, as it distributes the weight properly between your shoulders and hips.
  • The cord is 50 feet long, so you’ll get a good reach without having to buy an additional extension cord.
  • The suction is said to be quite powerful, and it works well on most surface types.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The on/off switch is inconveniently located on the left side, so if you’re left-handed you have to switch the wand back and forth between your hands while turning the vacuum on or off.
  • Several users found the connection between accessories and hose cumbersome, as they don’t lock into each other. It takes a bit of force to do it properly, otherwise they might fall off during use.
  • Some users had bad experiences while vacuuming some carpet types, as it isn’t efficient enough to pick up hair and dust from inbetween fibers.
  • Some users were annoyed by the fact that they can’t connect the accessories directly to the hose or a smaller adapter, making it impractical for use in smaller areas, in furniture, cars, etc.
  • Although it’s a relatively compact unit in comparison with other models, it might get uncomfortable if carried for longer periods of time.


The Sanitaire TRANSPORT SC412B lives up to its name. It’s a more compact yet still efficient backpack vacuum, and it seems to work great for many different tasks. It’s easy to use and packs a lot of power, but unfortunately the connecting points between the hose and the accessories aren’t always working properly, and you might find it cumbersome to push the parts together for a tight lock. You get a very long 50 foot cord though, and the harness is said to be quite comfortable, although the vacuum might get a bit heavy if carried for longer periods of time. Especially when the dust bin starts reaching its capacity. It probably works best on hard floors with a few area rugs, and it is considered a good purchase for both commercial use and private use.

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