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Post# 373308   6/6/2017 at 06:03 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

APEX 603!!! One of the finest uprights ever built,I would trade just about anything I have for one of these in good shape...Notice the Wind Tunnel reference...Wonder where Hoover came up with that!

Post# 373310 , Reply# 1   6/6/2017 at 06:21 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

In looking at that vacuum-indeed a VEDRY SIMPLE,DIRECT airpath to the bag-how much more simple is that-and would be VERY efficient--no 10-12A motor needed here!!Yes,would like one of these!This should be revived-with modern filter bags-this could be a real winner!But-forget using this with a hose-use a companion Apex canister instead.

Post# 373315 , Reply# 2   6/6/2017 at 08:45 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Apex History

I am interested in the history of this machine.  What happened to the company?  Were they bought out, absorbed, or defunct?

Post# 373326 , Reply# 3   6/6/2017 at 10:56 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I was thinking the same thing.

Post# 373357 , Reply# 4   6/6/2017 at 16:46 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Electrical Manufacturing Company of Cleveland Ohio was bought out by White Sewing Machine Company in the late 50s, 57 I think, they comtinued making vacuums until 1963,then were gone, The uprights were discontinued in the early 50s and they concentrated on tanks and canisters, most famous being the Strato Cleaner which used there own motor of VERY high amperage and was always listed in Consumer Reports as having the Highest suction of any cleaner tested,then there was the Aero and Dyno which used a Lamb motor, also they built machines for Wards, the most famous being the Aero cleaner derivative which had a pilot light on the front and rolled on steel ball bearings, noisy but effective, They built washers and dryers into the late 50s also, the washer used a novel system in that the fiberglas basket trembled, or wobbled , well you get the idea, Robert has one of them and its really something to see.

Post# 373448 , Reply# 5   6/8/2017 at 10:56 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Thank you for the information. 


I am often interested in what ever happened to . . .  when seeing vacuums of the past.



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