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The brush on the our progressive conister stops and starts. We have replaced the belt cleaned out all areas near the belt and it still starts and stops as if it is skipping of getting stuck on somthing.

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Check the brush end bearings for debris build-up and sticking bearings--remove the brush assembly, and pull off the bearing blocks. Clean the pin ends on the brush and the interiors of the bearing blocks with Q-tips, then lightly oil (3-in-one or similar) the bearing blocks and pin ends. Reassemble the brush into the sweeper head without the belt on--check for free turning of the brush. If ok, install the belt, and check for operation. Hope this helps!

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