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Eureka ESP Self-Propelled 5071D
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Post# 302860   10/23/2014 at 19:44 (887 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

This old beast is at my local food bank, which I have a volunteer job at on most Thursdays. I don't have much experience with vintage vacuums, so that's why I'm finally posting this to Vacuumland.

The Eureka ESP 5071D is a heavy and loud vacuum, but it cleans really well! When used on the dirty rug in the vegetable room of the food bank, the dirt particles dance in front of the vacuum before getting sucked in. Now that's power that even a modern vacuum can't match! I haven't used it lately, though.

However, this vacuum smells, and the headlight doesn't work.

Has anybody had experience with this vacuum? If so, how did it work for you?

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Post# 302862 , Reply# 1   10/23/2014 at 19:54 (887 days old) by PoconoVacMan (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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The Eureka F&G style upright is one of the greatest carpet cleaning machines ever devised. Excellent brushrolls, extreme airflow, and gigantic paper bags to catch all the crap. You may recognize these as the ancestor to what we still know as the Sanitaire commercial and household uprights.

Post# 302872 , Reply# 2   10/23/2014 at 20:28 (887 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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A LOT better than that Bissell! buy a new paper bag and belt, it'll run like new. put a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract or your choice of freshener in the paper bag, wash the outer bag if needed! Perhaps they'll let you borrow it for a tune-up! wink

Post# 302873 , Reply# 3   10/23/2014 at 20:36 (887 days old) by eurekastar (Big Spring, Texas)        

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I've never tried a self-propelled model before; however, I'd love to own one some day.  As per the smell, just change the paper bag.  If it doesn't go away, launder the outer bag as suggested. 

Post# 302896 , Reply# 4   10/23/2014 at 23:00 (887 days old) by hoovegroove08 (Hackettstown, NJ)        

I have the blue model. GREAT VACUUM! I borrowed this picture from another member
(1926700) on here. It's such a fun vacuum to use. Especially with the color-scheme. If you ever get a chance to get the headlight replaced, go for it. The "Eureka Self Propelled" logo on top of the hood lights up. Also, when I first got mine I washed the bag in the washing machine, and it ended up breaking the plastic top into pieces. Luckily, I was able to find a replacement, but I would recommend hand-washing it so this doesn't happen to yours. Enjoy!


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Post# 303011 , Reply# 5   10/24/2014 at 19:35 (886 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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DO NOT run that bag in the washing machine! Those are STICKERS on the bag, they come off easily! My early 1978 model with the early vinyl bag had this happen, although the stickers fell off with age. This is a GREAT vacuum,I love it, but mine needs some serious restoration! Those plastics on the hood are fragile, the hood is mostly metal, it's a modified 1970s Eureka hood. Their is a hole drilled in the top to allow the bigger motor, it's the plastic vent and headlamp assembly that fragiles easily.


Regardless, one of my favourite EUREKA models! laughing

Post# 303012 , Reply# 6   10/24/2014 at 19:36 (886 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Note-the stickers may have only been used on the early vinyl bags, can anybody confirm this?

Post# 303028 , Reply# 7   10/24/2014 at 21:42 (886 days old) by Dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Yes, the stickers were only on the earliest bags- the one we had at our church had the later "Triple Filter" bag and I washed it by hand without issue. A great cleaner, although the drive cable was broken so it no longer self propelled. The one at our church wasn't excessively loud, just powerful sounding.

Post# 303033 , Reply# 8   10/24/2014 at 22:13 (886 days old) by Jaker15 (Meridian, ID)        
Love mine

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I've got the ESP model 2107 in burgundy, it's a newer model with the 6.5 amp motor. It has a micron filter outer bag, and man, does it clean! It's not loud at all, but like Dustin said, very powerful sounding. I'd go so far as to say it performs better than my Hoover Convertible U4387! 

Post# 303041 , Reply# 9   10/24/2014 at 22:36 (886 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Thanks for confirming that! but even then, sink washing would be best! wink

Post# 303134 , Reply# 10   10/25/2014 at 17:16 (885 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Nice to see some love being given to the old Eureka company here. Those were the days, my friends.

"EUREKA. The very best in vacuum cleaners."


Post# 303139 , Reply# 11   10/25/2014 at 17:43 (885 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

Nice to hear about all your experiences with this vacuum. The one at the food bank does have a "Triple Filter" bag. I would NEVER run the outer bag through a washer, anyway. I'm not sure how to replace the headlight bulb on it, though.

It's amazing that such an old cleaner puts modern vacuums to shame! These are things that even my young generation doesn't understand.

Post# 303142 , Reply# 12   10/25/2014 at 18:07 (885 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Eurekaprince, you're about to see a whole bunch of EUREKA love when I post my rebuild thread on my latest visitor! wink

Post# 303168 , Reply# 13   10/25/2014 at 20:19 (885 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Post# 325058 , Reply# 14   5/17/2015 at 19:25 (681 days old) by Valerie (California)        
Need new rear wheels for Eureka 5071 D

Mine is working just fine, but the smooth cover on the rear wheels cracked and came off. I can't find replacements anywhere on the web. I might need the whole assembly if the wheels are not available, DK.

Any ideas? Or, if anyone has one that is no longer working, could have the rear wheels?

Post# 325453 , Reply# 15   5/22/2015 at 11:11 (676 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

I can't believe it took me a few days to see that somebody has revived my old thread!

Sadly, I have no idea about obtaining rear wheels for this particular Eureka. All I can say is check with some vacuum repair shops.

Post# 325475 , Reply# 16   5/22/2015 at 20:45 (676 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I found out through experience that the wheels are part of the transmission, strange but true. I was lucky enough to find a brand NOS transmission through a friend of mine's vac shop, it was his last one, and the wheels came attached. I believe they are a discontinued part, so your only hope is long established vac shops, or ebay.

Post# 357934 , Reply# 17   8/18/2016 at 19:45 (222 days old) by azerahraven (Idaho)        
belt question

I have one of these but I'm having a hard time figuring out what kind of belt it needs. Do you guys know? Thanks! :)

Post# 357935 , Reply# 18   8/18/2016 at 19:48 (222 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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They use Eureka/Sanitaire type RD that are round.

Post# 357965 , Reply# 19   8/19/2016 at 12:44 (221 days old) by dirtmaster37 (The Mitten..somewhere cold most likely...)        
Light Up Logo....

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The light up Logo was ONLY found on the first blue series of the Self-Propelled. Later models did not have this feature, it was probably eliminated due to cost cutting. Chad

Post# 360552 , Reply# 20   10/8/2016 at 00:11 by Eyeof (Texinton)        

The previous owners left this with the house I bought --score!
I need a belt for it though, and found this thread. It's cool to see all the history, I could tell this thing was a little gem when we first toured the house. Only thing is we tore out all the 30 year old carpet and went with all hard surface floors. So I guess it will just be used on mats. Also included is an attachment set 60D - new in box. I don't see where it attaches & not sure it even does.
RD lookslike a pretty standard belt? Is it also a 52100 & a 30563?

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Post# 368818 , Reply# 21   3/20/2017 at 19:36 by paellison (High Bridge, NJ)        
Two for sale!

I have two of these for sale if anyone is interested! Asking $60/ea, but the price is negotiable. Moving soon and need to thin out my collection. Feel free to email me at if you are interested!

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