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Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 Replaceable Bags?
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Post# 367866   3/5/2017 at 10:46 by schicksal (Charleston)        

I was given a Kirby that my parents stopped using in the mid '90s and it needs a new replaceable bag. My mom said that it was converted at least 40 years ago from the cloth kind to a disposable paper bag. It looks like your typical bag, except instead of having a hole where it attaches to the vacuum it has a paper trunk that goes to the line in near the bottom. The only marking is "Genuine Eureka Product."

Any ideas where I can find a replacement? I'd rather use this than our newer vacuum, it's much stronger.

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Post# 367867 , Reply# 1   3/5/2017 at 11:25 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Ah, the infamous F&G converter bag setup!



Post# 367878 , Reply# 2   3/5/2017 at 12:45 by sptyks (Woburn, MA)        

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Matt, that type of bag is the standard F&G paper bag that can be bought in any department store that sells vacuum cleaners. Walmart is a good place to find F&G bags.

Post# 367896 , Reply# 3   3/5/2017 at 19:27 by schicksal (Charleston)        

Awesome!!! Even with a bag that's basically full when we tested it against new vacuum we already had the results weren't even close. This thing pulls crazy hard! The only other issues are the light bulb is burned out and the power cord is sticky.

I remember this thing from way back when. Someone paid their rent with it at the apartment complex my grandma managed, who then gave it to my parents, who left it in their garage when mom got something new in like 1995.

I like vintage and MCM stuff and rescued it last spring. It's cleaned but not polished and has a new belt. Once I swap the bag out It'll be take over for regular use here at home. It would be nice to polish it but with a baby there is very little time right now.

Post# 367938 , Reply# 4   3/6/2017 at 13:38 by sptyks (Woburn, MA)        

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Here is the link for a new light bulb for your Kirby D80:


Here is a link for a D80 power cord:





Post# 367941 , Reply# 5   3/6/2017 at 15:45 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The F&G bag converter setup was known to greatly reduce the power of the cleaner due to the architecture of the bottom setup. If you replaced this with a Heritage II-style Mini-Emtor setup you will get a lot more power and do less harm to the motor. This is what I did with my Classic III some time back:



Post# 367961 , Reply# 6   3/7/2017 at 03:30 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I can go with the Heritage bag assembly-works well on any rear discharge Kirby-not top discharge as on G machines.I have one of those F&G outer bags-Horrible design.Chokes off the power of the Kirby.

Post# 368090 , Reply# 7   3/8/2017 at 19:07 by Jeschbac (Texas)        

I'd propose reconverting it to what Kirby originally had in mind: dump bag. Sani-emptors and the green filter bags are still available. As mentioned above, airflow will improve dramatically. If you like it now, just wait!

Post# 368091 , Reply# 8   3/8/2017 at 19:28 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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That's exactly what my 1969 D80 still has!

It's not common now... but Matt can still piece together the original shake-out bag for his machine if he looks hard enough for these parts.


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Post# 368101 , Reply# 9   3/8/2017 at 21:50 by Jeschbac (Texas)        

Well said! Emptors are pretty easy to find, and for some reason I do see DS 80 bags every now and then on Ebay. Amazing!!

Post# 368105 , Reply# 10   3/8/2017 at 22:41 by Jeschbac (Texas)        
Well, speak of the devil...

The bag is after market, but doesn't disfigure the machine.

Post# 368107 , Reply# 11   3/8/2017 at 23:45 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Actually that looks just like mine! Looks genuine to me!


Post# 368162 , Reply# 12   3/9/2017 at 16:04 by sptyks (Woburn, MA)        

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Weren't the Kirby logos a little closer together on the original D80 bag ?



Post# 368164 , Reply# 13   3/9/2017 at 16:08 by jeschbac (Texas)        

That's how you can tell this is after-market: There was no space between logos.

Post# 368169 , Reply# 14   3/9/2017 at 17:45 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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No, the D80 bag always had the spaced-out ovals. It was the D50 bag that had them spaced close. Later replacement bags for the D50 and back did have the ovals in the same spaced-out pattern as the D80 bag.


Post# 368211 , Reply# 15   3/10/2017 at 13:38 by sptyks (Woburn, MA)        

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Ben, I knew you would know the answer to this.

Thank you.



Post# 368218 , Reply# 16   3/10/2017 at 15:39 by jeschbac (Texas)        

I guess I misspoke. I just checked my original DS 80 bag, and the logos are spaced out.

Post# 368379 , Reply# 17   3/14/2017 at 00:20 by schicksal (Charleston)        

Sorry for the late response, I've been on vacation for almost a week.

So I'm not opposed to reconverting since the cover it has right now is a harvest gold corduroy one... It looks like parts are available on eBay. How would you tell whether they're any good? I'm assuming that the actual green bag is something that once emptied out, would be hands washed in the sink? The last thing I'd want is to end up with a bag that's at the end of its life and can't be used.

We have hardwood and tile flooring everywhere, most of what we clean is dust + a little fuzz from the car and dog. I haven't had a look into the attachments bag, I've just set the height and pushed it around like if there was carpet there.

Post# 368385 , Reply# 18   3/14/2017 at 01:04 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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It is recommended that only a mild soap or detergent be used when washing cloth bags like these.


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