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Post# 151422   9/13/2011 at 19:12 (2,141 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Trade in find in Indianapolis at friends store.

Post# 151465 , Reply# 1   9/14/2011 at 14:26 (2,141 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Is The picture??? I have been looking for a Whispertone for ever, but the one I want was made only 2 years, 60 and 61.

Post# 151470 , Reply# 2   9/14/2011 at 15:02 (2,141 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

try this again...

Post# 151472 , Reply# 3   9/14/2011 at 15:16 (2,141 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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who makes / owns Kenmore that machine looks just like a panasonic vacuum we got here a few years back.


You don't get kenmore in SA

Post# 151474 , Reply# 4   9/14/2011 at 15:26 (2,141 days old) by fanonthefloor (Dearing,Georgia)        

Panasonic has made kenmore here for years idk who did before panasonic. also Bissell and TTI have made some machines.

Post# 151480 , Reply# 5   9/14/2011 at 16:24 (2,140 days old) by massagemiracle ()        


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Post# 151487 , Reply# 6   9/14/2011 at 17:16 (2,140 days old) by xraytech ( Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Panasonic has been making the Kenmore canisters since the early 90's and a few years later they were also supplying the uprights.
Prior to that Singer made Kenmore uprights and the canisters were made by Whirlpool until Whirlpool sold the vacuum division to Panasonic. That style canister was a Whirlpool design started in the mid 80's and then Panasonic continued using it

Post# 151493 , Reply# 7   9/14/2011 at 17:56 (2,140 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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ahh that explaines allot.


I had a singer canister in for repair yesterday, mid ninties model but it was missing msot of its markings , should have taken a pic but it just needed a new plug so I did it while the customer waited :(

Post# 151540 , Reply# 8   9/15/2011 at 07:04 (2,140 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
But Whirlpool made!

The uprights also in the late 50s early 60s, and before 1957, Birtman made all the Kenmore vacs.

Post# 151565 , Reply# 9   9/15/2011 at 13:23 (2,140 days old) by whirlsonicmore ()        

Panasonic used the Whirlpool Whispertone design up to around 2003 or so.

That is in good shape. Having the later-style Kenmore logo in the yellow color and the moulded in wand holder, I would say it's from around '96 or '97. The final run of the Whispertone.

Post# 151647 , Reply# 10   9/16/2011 at 16:50 (2,138 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I do have to say that I really like this Kenmore, its really nice and I like the color.

Post# 151649 , Reply# 11   9/16/2011 at 17:21 (2,138 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I must say I miss the dark blue's and dark greens of previous vacuums , every one has tried to copy dyson with brght colours and I think they should have stuck to their own identity.


My mom had a dark metalic green Electrolux contour when I was a teeager, it was such a lovely colour and suited the machine perfectley.

Post# 151654 , Reply# 12   9/16/2011 at 18:01 (2,138 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

They don't have much of a personal identity anymore. Clones comes to mind. I go to the Kirby distributors office's and look at the trade ins they have and its like a sea of clones. Oh there are a few, very few unique vacuums but I would like to see individualism come out more in models. I like the Miele bright colors of the Titan, love the red! Or the Leo's yellow.

Post# 151657 , Reply# 13   9/16/2011 at 18:38 (2,138 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Nice find, Ben! Does your Kenmore have the double stage Ametek motor, or single stage Panasonic motor? And how much did you pay for it? Sure does look to be well-cared for by its previous owners....


Post# 151664 , Reply# 14   9/16/2011 at 19:43 (2,138 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I am not sure, its 9amp but has a hell of alot of suction! Runs strong! And yes its very very clean and no real scratches.

Post# 151748 , Reply# 15   9/17/2011 at 16:10 (2,137 days old) by whirlsonicmore ()        

That canister should have the full-size Lamb motor. Panasonic used a factory-supplied (Matsushita) motor, but only the canisters with the "Panasonic" name on them, like the V9644.

If it were the canister with the 2 prong hose (ON/OFF on the canister itself), then it would likely have the cheaper one-stage Amatek (loud) motor.

Later on, the Kenmore Progressive and Panasonic V9658, for example used the same exact motor.

Post# 152488 , Reply# 16   9/21/2011 at 22:48 (2,133 days old) by HooverCelebrity ()        

Moved to Contemporary

Post# 152504 , Reply# 17   9/22/2011 at 00:11 (2,133 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

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Post# 374539 , Reply# 18   6/27/2017 at 13:04 by panasonicvac (Easton, Washington)        
Thought I would share

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I bought this from ebay recently, I just couldn't pass it up. I always wanted a whispertone for a long time but could never find one in good shape. I would say this or the 100 are my favorite for a whispertone canister because I like the blue color and I like the gold decals on these the best. This is in mint condition, looks like it had only been used a few times. It also came with extra bags and it also included the powermate jr which I didn't really need but I think it's cool to add that in to the collection. This matches both my Progressive 100 and my Professional 12" uprights that I have in storage. And speaking of storage. Since I can't put this in my cabin, I found some room in the attic to store this up there along with a few more vacuums that I might find later on. Anyway just thought I would share this.

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Post# 374974 , Reply# 19   7/7/2017 at 03:46 by fantomfan57 (Austin, Texas)        
I will have to check, but...

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a couple of months ago, I found one like this in red. A couple of years ago, I found a straight suction model in green. The green one has the attachments snapped in to the top, no cover over them. I also picked up another green model that I believe match yours and my other red vacuum.

The exposed tool, straight vacuum has been cleaned up, the other 2 are in line. I keep getting distracted with newer finds like yesterday's white Simplicity Symmetry.

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