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Which ones do you seem to use the most?
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Post# 368311   3/12/2017 at 18:21 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I know we've had quite a few threads about Daily Drivers, but it's time for a new one. What machines do you seem to reach for the most? Are there only specific things you use them for?

I'm sure the results will be pretty interesting. I put it in Vintage since that's what I almost always use.



Post# 368313 , Reply# 1   3/12/2017 at 18:26 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        
Dial-A-Matic 1110

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Here is one i have a soft spot in my heart for. Lots of collectors will give a DAM Flack but I think their some of the best machines out there. My Great-Great-Aunt had a 1100 back in the day, and she also had a Sunbeam Dual Deluxe (I have the tool hanger), GE Roll Easy, and a Self Propelled Eureka. The DAM Dominated her bright orange Shag in the living room.

This is one I rebuilt myself, including new carbon brushes, oiling the sleeve bearing, and greasing the ball bearings in the motor and brushroll. I swapped the brushroll for a Reverse Helix with White Strips and installed a HEPA pre-motor filter.

This specific machine came from Jeff Parker. I'm having a new decal made for the front to clean up the look.


Post# 368315 , Reply# 2   3/12/2017 at 18:27 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        
The Air-Way 88

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Here is one I use for all my Above Floor cleaning. It's complete with All the original tools and Manual (Thanks Tania!) minus the hose. i have a Bojack hose for it.

Ken Wagman gave me this machine, and I rebuild it and installed a HEPA Bag.


Post# 368316 , Reply# 3   3/12/2017 at 18:29 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        
The Electrolux G

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This is another Favorite of mine. i use it for all bare Floor's and Delicate Rugs with the Pn-1.

Motor was rebuild by Nathan Thomas, and he then sold it to Me. I completed it upon arrival.


Post# 368319 , Reply# 4   3/12/2017 at 18:32 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        
The FABULOUS Hoover 150

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This is possibly my FAVORITE Vacuum of All time. I hunted one for 10 years before I received this one from Charlie Watrous and Owen Perkins.

Charlie rebuilt it a few years back. I replaced the bag for a DVC shakeout fitted with a C-bag. I replaced the Brush Inserts with NOS ones from (the now closed) Weisheimers and replaced the broken belt pulley with a used one from Chris at CS Vacuum.

I adore this machine, and highly suggest finding one if you haven't already. This one is limited to being used in my bedroom only as it has a strong odor of Carbon Dust.


Post# 368320 , Reply# 5   3/12/2017 at 18:53 (404 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
My go too

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My go to is my Compact C9 or my Electrolux AP 200
The c9 is for the living room dinning area and carpets the lux more for bedroom as its hose is longer and power head smaller i alternate between the 2

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Post# 368324 , Reply# 6   3/12/2017 at 19:44 (404 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Those are two real nice machines! I have a TriStar for my Work bench and garage, and another for sushi g when I don't want to use the AirWay.

Post# 368327 , Reply# 7   3/12/2017 at 20:46 (404 days old) by Electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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My go to has been my recently acquired like new vita vac. The rainbow E2 black gets used for shampooing ( did that today) and when I have guests over my house gets a go through with it as well as running it on quiet to keep the air clean.

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Post# 368331 , Reply# 8   3/12/2017 at 23:33 (404 days old) by Vintagefox (California)        

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They're all my daily drivers!! (picture I took awhile ago of my collection; Missing the yellow/brown Hoover Portable, Hoover model 725, and Hoover Brush Vac)

Since my collection is reasonably sized, I usually switch around machines. Helps keep the grease and oil circulating. For carpets I usually prefer a machine with a headlight as there are countless dimly lit areas around the house. However I bring out the ol coffee can machines every now and then, more recently the Hoover model 725.
The Electrolux model G and Portable are used on our all tile ranch home. G being used on hard floors whereas the Portable is used on furniture. (Cleans really well with its rubber finger upholstery nozzle.)


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Post# 368333 , Reply# 9   3/12/2017 at 23:47 (404 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

In real life, I defect to the Hoover Connie. Any of the Elux canister machines I have are better, but not as far as dragging them around. This is all on hard flooring. If I'm into carpets, it's the Diamond J with PN or hopefully now, my sometime-in-the-future-to-be-restored Royal 880.


To be honest, even though I'm a diehard Elux fan....I miss a good upright.



Post# 368334 , Reply# 10   3/13/2017 at 02:16 (404 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Electro-Hygiene 903

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I try to rotate my machines to an extent, but I tend to reach for one of my Electro-Hygiene 903's more than any. I actually have 4 of them, but one is out on loan and of the other 3 I usually grab this one. Any of them are powerful, durable, maneuverable, and do a pretty good job of grooming the carpet as well. I frequently use the attachments as the attachment suction is great for an upright.

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Post# 368335 , Reply# 11   3/13/2017 at 06:47 (403 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Just for a grab and clean...

I usually go for some sort of Electrolux, right now a blue L is hooked up with a PN1, also, one of my VERY favorite machines is in the house, a Mark IV Saniway,and a 1959 Golden Anniversary Eureka 260 which I LOVE...much better than just about anything for making a rug look pretty.I have thought about getting a new vacuum of some sort, probably a Miele or Sebo, but it would end up a waste of money, I try to like new stuff, but in the end, all I see is CHEAP Plastic!LOL

Post# 368336 , Reply# 12   3/13/2017 at 06:53 (403 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

If I HAD to keep just one machine of each type, It would be, My 1968 Tan G Electrolux for a tank, The Saniway for a canister and my all time favorite Royal 801 upright.

Post# 368344 , Reply# 13   3/13/2017 at 09:51 (403 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Lately, I've been giving my Diamond J a workout, mainly because it's the most recently added to my collection so the 'new' hasn't worn off for me yet. I'm not fond of the PN5 that came with it so I've been playing mix-n-match with other Electrolux power nozzles to find my favorite combination with this machine, which right now seems to be my PN2. I did get a new brush roll for my PN4-A, which I will be installing this afternoon. I'm hopeful that will improve its performance.

Aside from that machine, I usually reach for my G5 'FrankenKirby' if I'm in the mood to use an upright or my blue Royal Prince handheld for small cleanups above floor level. I have attachment sets for all three of my Kirbys but they're enough of a pain to use that I generally ignore them in favor of the equivalent tools on my Electrolux canisters.

Post# 368348 , Reply# 14   3/13/2017 at 11:50 (403 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        
Kirby Heritage2-----Kirby-G6

Used my Kirby G6 for a long time Then for some reason started to use the Heritage2 and really like it go Figure

Post# 368349 , Reply# 15   3/13/2017 at 12:59 (403 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
i tend to use my canisters

I have several wet dry vacs, backpacks, canisters and central vacuum units which I can attach a hose too and use as very powerful canisters. I actually tend to use one of my canisters the most, probably because it's the easiest to get out and put away, you can check out my profile for the list of canisters I have, I do use my Electrolux 1205 a lot, love the sound of that motor, I also have an Electrolux advantage with an ametek motor installed in it, again, very pleasant sounding and very powerful.

Post# 368380 , Reply# 16   3/14/2017 at 00:34 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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This Royal fan uses a Kirby Legend II nearly every weekend to vacuum the living room, dining room, and den downstairs.

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Post# 368381 , Reply# 17   3/14/2017 at 00:38 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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I usually use my Royal 2028, Stark branded 5000, or 801 for the upstairs bedrooms and hall.

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Post# 368382 , Reply# 18   3/14/2017 at 00:40 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Sometimes I rotate my Royal 886, 881, and 880 to keep them exercised.

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Post# 368383 , Reply# 19   3/14/2017 at 00:43 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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If I need above floor or hard floor vacuuming my first choice is my new Royal 4150.

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Post# 368384 , Reply# 20   3/14/2017 at 00:46 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Lastly I often choose either the Tristar CLX or Filter Queen Limited Edition.

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Post# 368386 , Reply# 21   3/14/2017 at 01:05 (403 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Since your 4.5 amp 880 is a 1983 model, may I ask you for the serial number from that machine, please?

Example: G83-D-62491

Thank you,


Post# 368387 , Reply# 22   3/14/2017 at 01:21 (403 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Hi Ben

880 serial # D83D61647

Post# 368389 , Reply# 23   3/14/2017 at 01:36 (403 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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It is dated April 1983.

Thank you again,


Post# 368390 , Reply# 24   3/14/2017 at 06:23 (402 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Most used for me Kirby Avalirs,Royal metal,MD Silentmaster and 650 Central vacuums,Volt power nozzle,Simplicity Freedom cordless,'Lux Platinum Guardian,New TriStar used with the Volt,same with the Lux.So lots to choose from for me.

Post# 368393 , Reply# 25   3/14/2017 at 09:47 (402 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I don't have pics yet but...
for my daily grab and go I will use one until bag is full then switch out for something else in my daily driver closet. I do use my collection pieces too.

In my closet there are the following.

Water vacs
Rainbow D4c SE PE, Hyla NST, Thermax AF1, Thermax AF2, Robot Airflow NS

Bagless vacs
Filter Queen Majestic 99A, Silver King Professional series red, Water Matic V,

Bagged vacs
Tri-Star MG1, Vortech Force, Patriot, Royal 4600 powerteam, Electrolux Guardian, Filter Queen Optima, Fairfax Red, Fairfax Touch Of Class Black, Oreck Dutchtech White, Oreck Dutchtech Green, (I'm looking for an Airway Centurion)

Upright Vacs
Health Mor Princess 2000, Kirby Diamond Edition,Kirby Sentria,Kirby Legend II,
Silver King Professional Upright, Electrolux 4000, Riccar Supralite, Oreck XL21, Oreck XL Commercial 8300, Dyson DC07,

Robot Vacs
Romba 500 Series, Miele Scout

Shaylee's closet
Oreck Classic (her first vacuum right out of high school), Riccar Radiance American Flag edition, Bissell Symphony.

Post# 368398 , Reply# 26   3/14/2017 at 10:34 (402 days old) by boxer_rules (Switzerland)        

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At the moment it's the Miele S 194 upright. Very practical in use if you clean up the kitchen after cooking or dinner and very strong suction. For the weekly clean up I use the Nilfisk GM 80. In my atelier, the Miele S 381 makes a good job and there I keep also my all time favorit vacuum Hoover 1354A junior de luxe and my newest acquirement, a Tornado BE 5 from the 60ties (my mothers first vacuum).

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Post# 368399 , Reply# 27   3/14/2017 at 10:34 (402 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
There are Hoover Convertibles and Constellations

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strategically placed all over the house. There's usually one almost at arm's length. They're all Hoovers, so, any one of them is a right choice.... for me.

Post# 368403 , Reply# 28   3/14/2017 at 11:30 (402 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Which Ones Do I Use the Most?

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I can't really think of primarily one... most likely my 1969 Kirby D80 or 1984 Heritage 84.


Post# 368406 , Reply# 29   3/14/2017 at 11:48 (402 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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My most used vacs or Daily Drivers are my Kirby G3 and Sentria.


I keep my Kirby D50 plugged in all the time as I use it for quick pickups. The cord reaches 90% of  my spacious apartment.


Occasionally I also use my Kirby Heritage II Legend and my Royal Everlast 8300 just to keep them in good running condition.


I will soon be getting a Kirby Classic III that will join in the rotation once I have completely gone thru it and checked it out. It was supposedly refurbished by a Kirby dealership not long ago.



Post# 368409 , Reply# 30   3/14/2017 at 13:38 (402 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        

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That looks like the Vita Vac I traded to Greg Palmer in January!

Post# 368412 , Reply# 31   3/14/2017 at 14:57 (402 days old) by Electroluxxxx (cortland, NY)        

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I actually found this one in endicott at the A to Z vac shop. It was a trade In and like almost always they cut the cords and stick them out back for the scrap guy. I'll tell you though the thing is MINT with next to no flaws other than a flat spot in the hose which I can't get out. Other than that it's smooth and powerful.

Post# 368422 , Reply# 32   3/14/2017 at 17:14 (402 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
I Use..

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My Kirby Heritage II! Love to use it on the carpet. It's therapeutic. Is it just me being weird or do other people calm down when using a Kirby? Heck,just taling about it makes me want to use it right now!!

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Post# 368429 , Reply# 33   3/14/2017 at 18:29 (402 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I used to use a Kirby Omega

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to clean the church! That thing was big, brown, loud.... But, it cleaned that church. Wasn't thrilled with that belt apparatus.

Post# 368444 , Reply# 34   3/14/2017 at 22:08 (402 days old) by EasyAce (Las Vegas)        

My go-to . . . (not my actual machine, but I don't have my own pics of it yet)

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Post# 368447 , Reply# 35   3/15/2017 at 02:09 (402 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The only "scary" vac I knew of was a Sears Craftsman "shop vac" my Dad used to have when I was a child.Had the hardboard drum.After he gave me a haircut he would vacuum the clippings out of my hair.At first felt like my hair was going to be sucked out of my head by that thing.Later--looked FORWARD to having my hair vacuumed with that vacuum!

Post# 368453 , Reply# 36   3/15/2017 at 07:53 (401 days old) by kirbyduh (Louisville, Kentucky)        
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My daily drivers in the house are a Rainbow E2 "blue" and a Kirby Sentria. It isn't uncommon for me to pull out a vintage Electrolux for general cleaning, though.

Post# 369463 , Reply# 37   3/28/2017 at 23:33 (388 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Use the most....

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For house cleanings, I've been taking my Simplicity Verve a lot lately. It has HEPA filtration, variable speeds and parts are still made for it, as it's my newest vac.

For cleaning my house, I tend to choose from a variety of power nozzle canisters. Lately I've getting into my newest additions-- 2 Panasonics the most. The 2nd picture is about 2 months old and doesn't have my most recent Panasonic. But it shows most of my power nozzles.

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