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Keeping parts in stock (overkill maybe?)
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Post# 378742   9/21/2017 at 15:30 (329 days old) by icee (Indiana)        

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Whenever I'm out looking for new sweepers, I often find bags, attatchments, etc., as well and I often times pick them up. I've got a number of peices of things here and there, but I decided to go thru my bags today. I ended up reorganizing them and counting and logging how many I had of each. Turns out I have 370 bags in stock. Is that overkill or does anyone else do this too?

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Post# 378744 , Reply# 1   9/21/2017 at 16:36 (329 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
I do the same thing

I think it's part of the sickness. If I am at a Goodwill, or DAV I always pick up the bags and belts even if I don't have that model or machine. You never know. . .

Post# 378749 , Reply# 2   9/21/2017 at 19:20 (329 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
Just like Harley there.....

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I see nothing wrong with that at all! Especially now that I am paying for a house, there is really no way I can go drop 5 or 6 bux on a pack of bags for something.  I usually try to avoid belts however, because they do have a tendency to dry out,  but other then that, it is all fair game!

Post# 378750 , Reply# 3   9/21/2017 at 19:23 (329 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I gotch all beat!

I bought out ALL the bags a old hardware store in Lexington NC had....Ended up a pickup bed FULL!!! I have about 6 huge totes full of aLL kinds of bags, paper AND cloth.

Post# 378751 , Reply# 4   9/21/2017 at 19:47 (329 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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It's the same with me when it comes to stockpiling genuine Kirby vacuum belts.

I have all three kinds:
159056 = for oldest Kirby models (those with sleeve-bearing-equipped brush rolls, Tradition and back)
301291 = for newer Kirby models (those with ball-bearing equipped brush rolls)
301289 = for Kirby polisher heads and Heritage/Legend models with the sleeve-bearing-equipped brush rolls


Post# 378756 , Reply# 5   9/21/2017 at 20:41 (329 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I keep any part I can that isn't belts. I only keep enough belts around to satisfy My, and my Customers needs. Repairing vacs out of the house, so I have to keep things in stock for common machines!

Post# 378765 , Reply# 6   9/21/2017 at 22:00 (329 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
No wrong there

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Heck i have a spare surplus bins for parts manual bags belts ect ect You never know and its nice that i have spare tools and attachments too .

Post# 378767 , Reply# 7   9/21/2017 at 23:50 (329 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I keep parts and bags for machines I have but I don't hoard stuff that I wouldn't be able to use. I figure it's good karma to leave it for the next person who might actually be able to use it.

Post# 378773 , Reply# 8   9/22/2017 at 06:49 (329 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I get it

Because I know someday someone will need it, and the stores would eventually throw it away.

Post# 378783 , Reply# 9   9/22/2017 at 14:21 (328 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
A trip...

from the RC crowd that flies those gas & electric airplanes......mostly the wings of their planes are held on with rubber bands. The bands are fairly expensive and so they keep them immersed in cat litter, in a sealed jar, in a dark place. That would make your belt finds last about forever.....won't reverse aging of course....that's a breakdown function of UV rays (even indirect) and ozone.



Post# 378798 , Reply# 10   9/22/2017 at 18:28 (328 days old) by icee (Indiana)        
Glad I'm not the only one

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When you can buy them for a fraction of the price as you would at say walmart, then why not? I'll also pick up attatchments, brushrolls, etc. I also sell some sweepers on the side and it's really helpful to have that stuff. I do keeo some belts but not a ton. Just enough so I have some if I need them.

Post# 378810 , Reply# 11   9/22/2017 at 21:57 (328 days old) by dartman (Portland OR)        
Do the same thing with other hobbies

I used to hit wrecking yards and swap meets and buy any parts that would fit my Dart or any other Mopar that might be a good upgrade or trade material. I also did the same with TV parts when I used to repair used sets to make extra money. I had parts to repair most common tv's I found back then, and I had all kinds of spare and upgrade parts for my car too.
Made it easy in either case as if something broke on the car I usually had the part in stock and same repairing the tv's. If I couldn't fix one I would tear it completely down for parts, tubes, and circuit boards to fix the next one. I still have some parts and lots of tubes, and spare grills, suspension parts, a hood and things for the Dart, plus all the parts to convert to disk brakes and a complete built up specially modded auto transmission for it. I think it's kinda a hoarding sickness but if you hoard desirable stuff when it's cheap you can cash in years later if needed.

Post# 378812 , Reply# 12   9/22/2017 at 22:03 (328 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Not really, but I do sometimes grab belts and bags for vacuums I have when I see them in the thrift stores. I found genuine bags for my Kenmore Progressive canister at Habitat as well as Arm and Hammer F&G bags for my Eureka Boss for cheap.

I was also fortunate to find vintage green Hoover J bags for my Constellation and Slimline which was great because you pretty much have to get them online now. Other than Ace Hardware I don't know anywhere offhand that has them.

Post# 378820 , Reply# 13   9/23/2017 at 10:13 (328 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I go to my weekly 'haunts'

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and pick up any HOOVER parts,bags, belts. No doubt, I have almost every machine they'd fit. IF I see something that I KNOW another collector will/can use, (especially if it is older or RARE), I'll scarf it up for him/her. I've even done that with vacuums of a different 'species'. Although, I almost never do that anymore.
I, too, have plastic tote boxes filled with Hoover products, booklets, attachments, and the like. Oddly, people HAVE asked for ,or needed some of it.

Post# 378821 , Reply# 14   9/23/2017 at 10:14 (328 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
At the conventions, I'll bring

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these non-Hoover items for the free pile. As a rule, I'll find an item that I'd like. So, if I take, it's really only right that I give, too.

Post# 378846 , Reply# 15   9/23/2017 at 23:29 (327 days old) by Vintagefox (California)        

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I do the same thing, when I go thrifting. I pick up bags for the older machines and leave behind the newer style stuff for the others. I've came across so many 50 cent Electrolux packs in the area since I moved into my new home. Gotta get them while we can and while they're cheap!

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