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Post# 223421   3/13/2013 at 19:05 (1,954 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        

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Looks like a sweet deal on eBay ...


Post# 223423 , Reply# 1   3/13/2013 at 19:14 (1,954 days old) by filterboy244 ()        
Dial a Matic


Post# 223446 , Reply# 2   3/13/2013 at 21:49 (1,954 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
This would probably be...

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the most exciting vacuum i could come acroos in a thrift store, garage sale or trash pick setting. There are more desireable vacs to me out there, but i have yet to even see one of these DAMs.

Post# 223533 , Reply# 3   3/14/2013 at 14:50 (1,953 days old) by Good-Vac ()        

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Post# 223638 , Reply# 4   3/15/2013 at 00:18 (1,953 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        

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I have always been fascinated with the Dial-A-Matic. Had one given to me by a friend of my moms when I was about 3 yrs old. Took it apart and of course at that age could not get it back together LOL I now have 4 of them. 2 trash finds, one .50 cents at a garage sale and another free from a garage sale.

Post# 223749 , Reply# 5   3/15/2013 at 19:33 (1,952 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
My lucky day...

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This DAM followed me home from the thrift store. Earlier in the day i sold one of 2 Dysons i bought at an auction last month..phew! Always steered clear of the debate around those machines but after my brief ownership i realized i would much rather have the money they sell for than the fragile machine itself. This Dial has the crack near the handle which i guess is common. But dang, i just posted how i never run into these & whamo i'm a proud new owner.

Post# 223752 , Reply# 6   3/15/2013 at 19:45 (1,952 days old) by pnluxconvlvr (Georgia)        
Congrats Robert.

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That is a nice DAM in an awesome color. Hope you enjoy it. Now I want one.

Post# 223758 , Reply# 7   3/15/2013 at 20:50 (1,952 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        
Model 1110

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You're a lucky man indeed! I love the peacock blue color. The 1110 was the second model DAM produced (1964-66), first with a check bag indicator!

- Hershel

Post# 223762 , Reply# 8   3/15/2013 at 21:24 (1,952 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
We're the same vintage then...

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Just ordered 6 Type D bags from It's free shipping with code MAR13FS & 15% of with code RMN15. I did want to find an allergen bag alternative but no dice as far as i could tell.
The brush roll looks absolutely perfect & unused, so i'm good to go there, but the cord is a replacement with an added plug & broken strain relief... i may replace it with a Kirby cord i have off a parts machine.
The Hoover emblem on the base is also suffering some, well a lot of wear & i will need to find one of those to get this Dial looking it's best.

Post# 223773 , Reply# 9   3/15/2013 at 22:56 (1,952 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
There's a big amount of genuine bags

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on ebay right now.

Post# 223805 , Reply# 10   3/16/2013 at 10:26 (1,951 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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@stricklybojack, did that cord come off a commercial hoover? I'd like to see a picture at the switch where the cord attaches at the handle.



Post# 223932 , Reply# 11   3/16/2013 at 23:16 (1,951 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
You're seeing an orange extension cord...

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that is oddly looing like the cord for the Dial given it's coincidential placement, but it is not wired to the machine at all. The cord on the vacuum is just visable below the belt around the handle, sort of gray-brown in color & i strongly doubt a Hoover commercial cord as it not very heavy in gauge.

Post# 225244 , Reply# 12   3/27/2013 at 00:10 (1,941 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Another Dial comes my way...

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From a pawn shop this time.

Post# 225245 , Reply# 13   3/27/2013 at 00:12 (1,941 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Gonna need some TLC...

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the bag had burst it was so over stuffed, with hair mostly, by the looks of things...

Post# 225248 , Reply# 14   3/27/2013 at 00:36 (1,941 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
More hair...

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jamming up the fill tube. My guess is some one found this in a Vac shop dumpster & took it to the Pawn shop for cigarette money.
The motor bearing sound awful dry on wind-down, very dry climate in this part of San Diego. I wonder if i should put the sweet motor from my old white (currently unused) PortaPower in this Dial? The agitator is like new, (the bristles are so long) so i bought without even plugging it in.
Pawn shops always want way too much for their merchandise in my experience & this place was no different, $89...nuts! I paid $15 & traded 2 small air-filtering machines i no longer use for the balance.
I think it will clean up nice, although the hood is pretty scratched up.
The bottom of machine is in excellent shape, the cord looks to be a replacement (being in such good shape) with the wrong color strain-relief (black). Don't know about the power drive yet, saving that for tomorrow. Just wanted to get this machine home where it will be taken care of rather than scrapped.

The place also had a very worn & unsorted Hoover Conquest 18" machine for $200...but i love the Conquest! May have to scrounge up some other tradable (but not really sellable) stuff & do a deal, but no cash this time.

Post# 225267 , Reply# 15   3/27/2013 at 12:14 (1,940 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Here is my Dial A Matic

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Matching Constellation is on the way as I type!

Post# 225287 , Reply# 16   3/27/2013 at 16:32 (1,940 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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You got a matching "Connie"? Great. I only have an additional orange/seal griege one. You'll love it. Need bags?

Post# 225302 , Reply# 17   3/27/2013 at 19:20 (1,940 days old) by sbnhvlvr (South Bend, IN)        

The DAM is still my favorite must be the memories of using Grandma's 1178; here is my Collection of DAM's.

Post# 225307 , Reply# 18   3/27/2013 at 19:42 (1,940 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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the two on the left are da bomb! will be looking out for those colors...

Post# 225312 , Reply# 19   3/27/2013 at 19:59 (1,940 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Post# 225392 , Reply# 20   3/28/2013 at 10:15 (1,939 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Thanks John

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Yeah,  In a previous thread in this section Brandon_W_T had some machines for sale, and one of them was an all yellow Connie.  I e-mailed him, and we settled on a price, and I paid him for it.  It's on the way and I should have it today or tomorrow.  Don't know if it has any bags, but I'm sure I could use some.  It is coming with the hose, floor tool, and wands.  I figure I can share the tools from the DAM with the Constellation.  It is a model 86.  This picture is the one Brandon posted of it in his thread.



Post# 225479 , Reply# 21   3/28/2013 at 19:48 (1,939 days old) by chan55 (Green Bay, WI)        

I always wondered how the DAM's without rug adjustment worked? I know the power drives were self adjusting, but it seems some of the regular ones do not have a lever in front.

Post# 225848 , Reply# 22   3/31/2013 at 16:36 (1,936 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
The Connie Arrived

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Here she is with her sisters, a Dial A Matic and a Convertible. The Constellation is awesome. Really clean with no scuffs or rust. Only wear is on the bottom ring, which is common. I need to get a new filter for it as we'll as bags, then she'll be ready to rock. Thank you Brandon. It's awesome.

Post# 226012 , Reply# 23   4/1/2013 at 18:28 (1,935 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

Great thread

Post# 390101 , Reply# 24   4/7/2018 at 23:03 by HElite35094 (Salem, OR)        

Strictlyjobeck, Could you post a few more pics of that brown power driven dial a matic?

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