Thread Number: 34442  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
The "Original" Shop Vac
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Post# 372597   5/22/2017 at 23:19 by Seijun (USA)        

I have a 1973 "original" shop vac. Does anyone have any info on this vac? Who made it? How does it compare to other canister vacs from around the same time? Check the link for pictures (not mine but I have the same one). It is a brown metal can with an orange diamond pattern around the side.


Post# 372606 , Reply# 1   5/23/2017 at 10:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Wow!! Interesting.

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I have 2 of them, marked "Hoover", by The Hoover Company. One is smaller than the other. I always thought of "Shop vac" as the one everyone always referred to. That's why Hoover didn't succeed with the "utility vac". It just didn't "sing". I have a new in box one of those , too.

Post# 372623 , Reply# 2   5/24/2017 at 08:29 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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1973, wow I didn't realize the shop vac brand went that far back. I thought they started with the smaller white and blue model that was very common in the late 70s early 80s

Post# 372624 , Reply# 3   5/24/2017 at 08:34 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Nice find, nice price (wait, you say that's not the one you bought?)!! Very interesting vacuum....





Post# 372626 , Reply# 4   5/24/2017 at 09:50 by Seijun (USA)        

I got mine for $30 at goodwill. I will post a picture later today, but it is the same model.

Post# 372764 , Reply# 5   5/27/2017 at 12:15 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

I've seen a few. The Hackettstown NJ address means early, later they moved to Williamsport PA.

Post# 372765 , Reply# 6   5/27/2017 at 12:19 by seijun (USA)        

Has anyone ever successfully replaced the paper air/dust filter in this unit?

Post# 372785 , Reply# 7   5/27/2017 at 18:23 by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Gotta have a hoove

John , I had the big Hoover shop vac .. The one where you could take the motor off and use it for a leaf blower. Unfortunately it got left behind in California when I moved here. I sure miss it. I would love to find another one like it or smaller... Dan

Post# 373461 , Reply# 8   6/8/2017 at 14:05 by Seijun (USA)        

Here are pictures of the one I own.

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Post# 373619 , Reply# 9   6/10/2017 at 19:10 by seijun (USA)        

To the others here who own this model, have you found any attachments that fit snugly?

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