Black & Decker DustBuster

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Spillbuster 2000 from 1998

The Black & Decker DustBuster (now stylized as DUSTBUSTER) is a cordless vacuum cleaner that was introduced in January 1979.

Mark Proett and Carroll Gantz are listed as the inventors on the utility and design patents, respectively, assigned to Black & Decker for a cordless vacuum cleaner.[1][2] Gantz was Manager of the Black & Decker United States Consumer Power Tool Division's Industrial Design Department at the time.[3][4] Over a million Dustbusters were sold in its first year, four times that of the traditional handheld vacuum market.[clarification needed] It also came in 110 volts with an attachable hose and tools.[clarification needed] The device used suction power to pick up fine dirt and debris including pet hair. The product has been redesigned several times, and as of 2009 Black and Decker still used the name in its handheld vacuum products.[5] "Dustbuster" has become a genericized trademark for handheld vacuum cleaner in some parts of the world, due to its success as a design, and worldwide recognition.

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  1. ^ US 4011624 
  2. ^ U.S. Patent D257,661
  3. ^ Carroll Gantz; Victoria Kasuba Matranga (2005). Design Chronicles: Significant Mass-produced Designs of the 20th Century. Schiffer Pub. p. 53. ISBN 9780764322235. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  4. ^ "The Dustbuster: 1979". Industrial Designers Society of America. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Cordless Hand Vacuums from Black and Decker". Black and Decker. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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