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Post# 245508   8/13/2013 at 12:23 (1,833 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        

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Here she is.

Now ... would anyone be interested in a used (but still in perfect working order) Fantom Thunder? ;)

Post# 245510 , Reply# 1   8/13/2013 at 12:30 (1,833 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I wouldn't need it, but would be interested in seeing more of your spotless apartment.

Post# 245525 , Reply# 2   8/13/2013 at 13:59 (1,833 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
My New Lux Platinum

Thanks for posting the picture of your new Lux. I like the color and finish on the power nozzle. It is a very nice looking machine. Keep us posted as you have a chance to put it to work for you.

Post# 245538 , Reply# 3   8/13/2013 at 14:50 (1,833 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

Nice Matt. Great machine

Post# 245568 , Reply# 4   8/13/2013 at 19:25 (1,833 days old) by PoconoVacMan (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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Did you say Fantom Thunder?? I grew up watching the infomercials for those. 

The Lux looks fantastic! I hope you love it.  

Post# 245600 , Reply# 5   8/14/2013 at 01:44 (1,832 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
Thanks everyone!

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Yes, I did say Fantom Thunder!

It's funny, everyone keeps talking about these "infomercials" for them -- I never saw a single one. In 1996 I was walking through the Bed, Bath, and Beyond in Chelsea and a guy was giving them a demo. The cyclonic bagless was still a brand-new concept that I'd never seen before. At the time I had a 1970-something Eureka upright that I'd inherited from an old roommate in Pittsburgh, and it came to NYC with me. It was nothing to write home about (I can barely even remember what it looked like, but I remember the hood being greenish, the bag and handle being beige, and no headlight), but it seemed functional enough, and at the time I wasn't in the market for a new sweeper.

Needless to say, the Fantom blew me away. As we all know, those 1970s-era uprights had pathetic suction in their attachments (and I didn't even have attachments for mine -- it was something I just never got around to buying), and when I saw an upright (bagless!) vacuum that instantly converted to a canister with suction as powerful as a shop vac, I was sold on the spot.

I was actually drawn more to the smaller upright -- it was a dark green (my favorite color) and looked a little sleeker, but the beefier Thunder seemed more powerful, so I figured if I'm buying an expensive vac, it might as well be the top of the line.

That day I put my Eureka out on the curb with a sign that read "still works". It was gone within an hour.

Post# 245720 , Reply# 6   8/14/2013 at 18:56 (1,832 days old) by PoconoVacMan (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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That's a great story about how you came to acquire your Fantom! They were excellent vacuums. If you ever decide to part with it, please let me know! I'm not all that far away from NYC and am up that way fairly regularly. 

Post# 245832 , Reply# 7   8/15/2013 at 13:50 (1,831 days old) by linny144 ()        

NIce! I am waiting for mine to arrive. I can't wait.

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