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Post# 1854   9/29/2006 at 15:05 (4,286 days old) by convertible68 ()        

I've never seen a DS80 with red/burgundy trim or with this style of belt lifter cap before. Possible vac shop rebuild, perhaps?

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Post# 1855 , Reply# 1   9/29/2006 at 15:18 (4,286 days old) by buffalo-joe ()        
I thought they were green........

Got to be a Frankenkirby. The Classic 3 tools add to that.

Take a DS80 motor assembly, change the trim and head, you just might come up with that.

But.....there always is a possibility of a limited run of something or and export version.


Post# 1857 , Reply# 2   9/29/2006 at 16:04 (4,286 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        
Ummm I go with Frankenkirby!

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Just to say I will go with joes Frankenkirby answer...


Post# 1859 , Reply# 3   9/29/2006 at 16:25 (4,286 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
I agree with Joe

It's a Frankenkirby! You see them all the time on ebay! If it was a rebuilt it would say on the bottom plate. The owners manual howeer may be for a rebuilt Kirby. I've never seen that particular one before.

Post# 1860 , Reply# 4   9/29/2006 at 16:36 (4,286 days old) by frkirby511 ()        
I agree as well...

Joe has to be right.

The colors are all off from what Kirby would do; the bag has no logo whatsoever. So this could not be an original. I am sure Kirby does not do factory rebuilds like that either. The belt lifter would have the Kirby logo on it and so would the bag, even if it were a different color. Also with factory rebuilds, I believe they indicate it on the name plate on the bottom of the machine.

This is an after market Frankenkirby...absolutely.


Post# 1862 , Reply# 5   9/29/2006 at 16:47 (4,286 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Belt Lifter

Is a product from one of the bojack companies, probably Hesco. Ditto for the bag.

Post# 1864 , Reply# 6   9/29/2006 at 18:19 (4,286 days old) by alex (United States)        

As a former Kirby trainer I have to agree with the rest of the gang, that is what we in the business called "a bastardized rebuild!" My suggestion is save the money, not worth it.

Post# 1866 , Reply# 7   9/29/2006 at 19:53 (4,285 days old) by frkirby511 ()        
No hose....???

I also notice among other disparities from the "real thing," that there is no hose included among the attachments; at least it's not pictured. Several times on EBAY I have seen sales for Kirbys where the hose included with the "set" is from a model other than the one up for bid. One time I tried to point that out to a seller, but to no avail.


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