THE SL-3 / SL-5

Dry Canister Vacuum For "Hard" DAILY Cleaning... Even Aircraft Cleaning

How You Can Always Rely On The SL-3 / SL-5 “Workhorse" Vacuums For The Toughest Jobs

Built Like a Tank, Fast & Nimble as a Sports Car


One of the toughest and sturdiest built vacuums to withstand any sort of abuse


Gives superior performance & reliability to outlast & outperform competing vacuums for long hours and “hard" daily use.


Multiple levels of filtrations provide you cleaner air.


1.5 inch hose & intake easily picks up larger debris.


Easily pull along and maneuver the vacuum on any surface with its superior ball-bearing casters.

5 Features That Will Make Your Job Easier & Quicker

Click the to discover how the SL-3 / SL-5 makes life easy for you.


The SL-3 and SL-5
Compared Side-by-Side



Centaur SL-3 Canister Dry Vacuum

12 L Dry Vacuum


Centaur SL-5 Canister Dry Vacuum

20 L Dry Vacuum


Primary Application Dry Application Dry Application
Dirt Collected Into Paper Bag or Tank Tank
Electrical Supply 110 V – 15 A Outlet
50/60 Hz
110 V – 15 A Outlet
50/60 Hz
Motor Single Stage Motor
1030 W
Single Stage Motor
1030 W
Operational Electrical Demand (W/A) 854 Watts / 7.45 Amps 687 Watts / 5.95 Amps
Recovery Capacity 12L/ 3 gal 20L/ 5 gal
Noise Level 64 dBA 69 dBA
Airflow 175 CFM 173 CFM
Water Lift 90 inches 90 inches
Machine Weight with Cable 19.1 lbs (8.66 kg) 20.6 lbs (9.34 kg)
Cable Length 33 ft (10 m) 33 ft (10 m)
Hose 1.5″ Dia. Length 10 ft (3 m) 10 ft (3 m)
Toolkit (optional) w/ Tool Kit #73 (#1W12015) w/ Tool Kit #73 (#1W12021)
HEPA Filtration optional

Tools & Accessories To Help You Clean Better... And in Less Time

SL-3 Dry Vac Filters

  • Micron Filter
  • HEPA Filter
  • Paper Bag
  • Cloth Filter
Item Part #
Micron Filter 1E46403
HEPA Filter for SL-3 1E46415
Disposable Paper Bag (10) 1E46400
Disposable Paper Bag (100) 1E46401
Disposable Paper Bag (440) 1E46402
Washable Dry Cloth Filter for SL-3 1E46000

SL-5 Dry Vac Filters

  • Micron Filter
  • Cloth Filter
  • Micro Dust Filter

Note: For older SL-5 models with cage, use cloth filter part #1E46010

Item Part #
Micron Filter 1E46403
Washable Dry Cloth Filter for SL-5 1E46013
Micro Fine Dust Filter (For SL-6/8) 1E46224

Dry Tool Kit #73

  • Dry Floors
  • Carpet

This tool kit includes:

  • ½” 3-piece friction-fit steel wand
  • 12″ combination floor/carpet tool
Item Part #
Dry Tool Kit #73 1B49973
Includes Part #
3-Piece Friction Fit Steel Wand 1B50010
Combination Floor/Carpet Tool 1B50060

14″ Wessel-Werk


This German-made power brush picks up dirt on all carpets including thick carpets, and offers 5 levels of height-adjustment (done with a pedal so you don’t need to bend down).

Features include an ergonomic handle, pivot and swivel neck, telescopic wand and LED headlight to get right under or around furniture for a thorough clean.

The brush moves dirt straight to the large orifice (which reduces the chances of clogging) and takes advantage of full suction power of the vacuum.

Item Part #
14″ Wessel-Werk 1F13500

Carpet Brush Tool


This popular 11 or 16 inch tool is equipped with an adjustable-height nylon brush to clean different piles of carpet and rid them of any lingering lint.

Item Part #
11″ Plastic Brush Carpet Tool 1B51000
16″ Plastic Brush Carpet Tool 1B50900

Plastic Crevice Tool


The most efficient tool for cleaning narrow or difficult-to-reach areas. These light, economically-priced tools will ease back-strain by practically eliminating the need for bending and stretching to get the job done.

Item Part #
11″ Plastic Crevice Tool 1B50700
17″ Plastic Crevice Tool 1B53000

Steel Crevice Tool


Constructed of steel, these crevice tools are practically indestructible and allow you to reach into deep areas without worrying about the tool ever breaking or getting lodged and becoming unretrievable during cleaning.

Item Part #
15″ Steel Crevice Tool 1B53100
27″ Steel Crevice Tool 1B53200

Sidewinder Brush Tool


Natural or synthetic bristles make this tool perfect for floors, walls, & overhead pipe.

The brush is replaceable.

Item Part #
8″ Sidewinder Natural Bristle Brush 1B56014
15″ Sidewinder Natural Bristle Brush 1B56012
15″ Sidewinder Synthetic Bristle Brush 1B56008
18″ Sidewinder Natural Bristle Brush 1B56010
18″ Sidewinder Synthetic Bristle Brush 1B56006

Sidewinder Carpet Tool


The sidewinder carpet tool is excellent for cleaning low pile carpets and lets you complete the job in half the time with it’s side-to-side sweeping motion.

Item Part #
8″ Sidewinder Carpet Tool 1B56020
15″ Sidewinder Carpet Tool 1B56018
18″ Sidewinder Carpet Tool 1B56016

Sidewinder Felt Tool


The sidewinder felt tool is ideal for cleaning hardwood and concrete floors because of the uniform felt surface.

Item Part #
8″ Sidewinder Felt Tool 1B56004
15″ Sidewinder Felt Tool 1B56002
18″ Sidewinder Felt Tool 1B56000


Extension wands, extenders & fittings are a must for any commercial cleaner that wants to do a better job of reaching those hard to get to areas. Our wands & tools make vacuuming easy and ergonomic. Saving you time, sweat and money.

See All Wands

Item Part #
Wands various

14″ Smooth Surface Brush


This durable floor brush is ideal for use on hard surfaces. The brushes are made of durable ABS plastic with tampico or horsehair bristles that allows you to vacuum while you sweep.

Item Part #
14″ Plastic Tampico Bristle Tool 1B50400
14″ Plastic Horsehair Bristle Tool 1B50450

11″ Aluminum Horsehair Brush

11" 11 inch horsehair bristle tool (1B54600)

This heavy-duty, long-lasting cast aluminum horsehair brush offers superior pick-up volume due to its large intake. The rubber bumper protects furniture and walls while vacuuming.

Item Part #
11″ Aluminum Horsehair Brush 1B54600

12″ Aluminum Gulper Tool


As its name suggests, the gulper swallows large objects or large volumes of debris with its wide opening.

It’s cast aluminum body with a riveted steel hose end makes it a great tool for construction clean-up.

Item Part #
12″ Aluminum Gulper Tool 1B54500

20″ Nylon Floor Brush


This “wide” 20″ floor brush lets you get great cleaning results in even less time. The brush is slotted at the front to better channel airflow while the blue rubber bumper helps protect walls and furniture during vacuuming.

Item Part #
20″ Nylon Floor Brush 1B50500

7″ Flat Dusting Brush


This brush is perfect for cleaning furniture and surfaces requiring a delicate touch where you need a wider tool.

Item Part #
7″ Flat Dusting Brush 1B51300

2″ Plastic Round Dusting Brush


This small brush is an essential tool for every cleaner’s arsenal. Use it to clean complex surfaces like trimmings and baseboards.

Item Part #
2″ Plastic Round Dusting Brush 1850600

Aluminum Round Dusting Brush


This sturdy cast aluminum brush uses natural bristles for a soft clean. A plastic bumper protects furniture from damage.

Item Part #
3″ Aluminum Dusting Brush 1853600
5″ Aluminum Dusting Brush 1853700

Hose with Ends


These vacuum hoses come complete with 1.5″ hose ends on either end ready to attach to your Centaur vacuum and your vacuum tools.


  • 1.5″ diameter hose end – Part # 1B52020
  • 1.5″ diameter steel hose end – Part # 1B52024
Item Part #
10′ 1½” Hose With Ends 1B56107
20′ 1½” Hose With Ends 1B56102
30′ 1½” Hose With Ends 1B56103

Hose With Ends and Stabilizer (10′)


This hose is designed for use with Centaur’s 20L (5gal ) capacity SL-5, SL-6 and SL-8 vacuums.

The stabilizer ensures that the vacuum canister does not topple when the vacuum is being dragged by the hose.


  • 1.5″ diameter hose end – Part # 1B52020
  • 1.5″ diameter steel hose end – Part # 1B52024
Item Part #
Hose With Ends and Stabilizer (10′) 1B56101

Premium Hose Only


This heavy duty, crush proof commercial vacuum hose is ideal for all types of rugged wet and dry applications.

The smooth interior ensures nothing gets stuck or clogs these hoses. The hose is compatible with almost all commercial wet & dry vacuums and requires a standard 1.5″ threaded cuff end.

You can get these hoses in different lengths from 10′ to 50′.

Item Part #
10′ 1½” Hose Without Ends 9K56001
20′ 1½” Hose Without Ends 1B56114
30′ 1½” Hose Without Ends 1B56115
50′ 1½” Hose Without Ends 1B56100

Aluminum Pipe Tools


Aluminum pipe tools (that come with a 1.5″ adapter) are designed for jobs where you need more weight on the tool to remove dirt and dust from different sized pipes and conduits.

The bristles on these tools are easily replaceable.

Item Part #
1-3″ Aluminum Pipe Tool 1B54100
4-6″ Aluminum Pipe Tool 1B54200
6″+ Aluminum Pipe Tool 1B54300

Plastic Pipe Tools


These pipe cleaning attachments are made from durable polypropylene and fit a standard 1.5″ handle or friction wand. The tools easily reach over pipes and provide effective brushing against dirt and dust.

Item Part #
1-4″ Plastic Pipe Tool 1B54310
4-8″ Plastic Pipe Tool 1B54305

Ventilation Tools


These ventilation tools are designed to effectively clean large diameter round surfaces such as HVAC ventilation ducts.

When you attach these tools to telescopic wands and extenders, you can reach ducts in ceilings as high as 20′.

Item Part #
1′ Ventilation Tool 1B56030
2′ Ventilation Tool 1B56032
4′ Ventilation Tool 1B56034

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I change my filters on the SL-3 / SL-5?

Here’s our recommendation:

  • Change your paper bag filters as required (when they get full)
  • Machine or hand wash your cloth filter every 6 months, and replace them every 4-5 years.
  • Micron filters should be changed every 4-5 years.

Where can I order paper bags for my Centaur SL-3 Vacuum?

To order paper bags and filters for your vacuum, contact your local distributor or if you don’t have one, contact Centaur and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Paper bags are are available in 3 different packs:

Disposable Paper Bag (10 pcs) 1E46400
Disposable Paper Bag (bulk 100 pcs) 1E46401
Disposable Paper Bag (bulk 440 pcs) 1E46402

Does the SL-3 come with HEPA filter?

Yes, you can order your SL-3 with the optional HEPA filter.

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If the Centaur SL-3/5 Vacuum doesn’t get the work done faster and better than ANY other machine you’ve used before, simply contact our office to have it returned (within 30 days of purchase) and receive a FULL REFUND. Plus, we’ll cover the shipping cost.

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If your Centaur SL-3/5 Vacuum ever has a manufacturing defect on Non-Wearable/Non-Moveable Components* we’ll Fix or Replace Your Floor Machine within 1 business day… for FREE!

10-Year MOTOR Warranty

If you use the Centaur SL-3/5 Vacuum under normal conditions and the Motor gives up, we’ll Fix or Replace the Motor on your Centaur Floor Machine within 1 business day for FREE**.

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Versatile and a Time Saver

“I’ve been using Centaur floor machines for 15 years with great success. Attachments like the water tank and the 40lb weight makes the machine’s versatility quite impressive. The baseboard attachment (Scrub Jay) is phenomenal. As you know wax and liquids get splashed on the baseboards throughout the year and it is very time consuming to remove them by hand, but with this attachment, all that is required is to apply baseboard cleaner and go.”

—Dustin Chang, FCH Maintenance

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“Our relationship dates back to the mid-sixties, your persistence, dependable products and flawless customer service enabled our company to focus on our growth and customer service.

Our field staff has successfully utilized the Rabbit floor machine for many years; it’s versatility, dependability is unparalleled and unquestioned within our organization. As I look back, we continue to purchase your product without hesitation and the evolution of your company has contributed to the success of ours.”

—Michael P. Hurley, former President & Co-CEO Hurley Corporation

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“Centaur products have proven to be highly effective, extremely durable and cost effective. The Rabbit line meets all of or scrubbing, stripping and bonneting needs and we have many that are still in service that were purchased over ten years ago.

Furthermore, it has been our pleasure to deal with your company. You and your staff have always conducted yourselves with the highest level of integrity. That, together with a very solid product offering, has made this a very beneficial partnership.”

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