Thread Number: 35180  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
The 1957 Lewyt - world's FIRST!
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Post# 378944   9/26/2017 at 11:26 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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In 1957, Lewyt released the model 107 Big Wheel canister vacuum cleaner - with the world's first Power Nozzle. They called it a Motorized Beater Sweeper.

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Post# 378945 , Reply# 1   9/26/2017 at 11:27 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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The cord that connected the machine to the power nozzle laid on the floor as was "in the way". But, to their defense, they didn't know any better. No one had ever had a power nozzle before on a canister vacuum cleaner.

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Post# 378947 , Reply# 2   9/26/2017 at 11:29 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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The power nozzle didn't use a belt, instead it used gears to transmit the power from the motor to the brush roller. The brush roller was tiny in diameter, and the opening was very narrow. Still, for oriental rugs, it did well.

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Post# 378948 , Reply# 3   9/26/2017 at 11:30 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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The 107 did have Lewyt's famous Power Dial that allowed the operator to dial any suction level they wanted.

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Post# 378949 , Reply# 4   9/26/2017 at 11:30 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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The Lewyt Speed-Sak held a lot of dirt.

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Post# 378950 , Reply# 5   9/26/2017 at 11:32 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Close Up shot of the Lewyt logo on the Motorized Beater Sweeper.

I've only seen ONE of these models in my life, and it belonged to the late Mike Hays. It was passed on to The Vacuum Cleaner Museum from Hans Craig, and I'm very proud to display its unique design to the public who visits the museum.


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Post# 378952 , Reply# 6   9/26/2017 at 12:51 by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
Great addition, Tom!

I'm always fascinated by "Firsts", in that the
innovators went with an upgrade idea, but later,
after obvious consumer input (or a competitor's
tweaking) arrived at a subsequent perfected design.

Premier's hand vac is a good example of this
innovative "evolutionary process".


Post# 378954 , Reply# 7   9/26/2017 at 15:54 by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have a few of the Holland Electro models that used the Lewyt Design.
Unfortunately ours didn't have a Pn

This is a 32 Volt version sold as a van Riebeek


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Post# 378959 , Reply# 8   9/26/2017 at 19:07 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Great catch Tom. I have one but don't have the power nozzle for it. (Incidentally that hose is from a Golden Lewyt - Model 90).

Post# 378964 , Reply# 9   9/27/2017 at 06:48 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Who knew...I am two years younger than the vacuum cleaner power nozzle.

Now I don't feel so old...🤣


Post# 378969 , Reply# 10   9/27/2017 at 10:55 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Is it just me or does that vacuum cleaner bear a strong resemblance to a curbside garbage/recycling cart?

Post# 378971 , Reply# 11   9/27/2017 at 11:42 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Hey Gary:
That hose is actually the correct one for that model, however, after 30 years of three packs of Newports per day, the nicotine has discolored it severely. Everything in Mike's house was covered in a layer of nicotine. The Eureka Self Propelled from the mid 1980's that I got from his estate had a cloth outer bag that was so discolored from all the nicotine - it took three washings in Persil to get it clean. Everything smelled like an ash tray. I still can't get the cords clean.


Post# 378995 , Reply# 12   9/28/2017 at 08:41 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Tom,
I know we spoke about this but I'm still a bit confused. My 107 is hammertone blue rather than a solid blue like yours. My power nozzle has the belt system rather than the gear and mine doesn't have the same label. Let me see if I can find a photo to upload. Be right back


Post# 378997 , Reply# 13   9/28/2017 at 09:19 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Post# 378999 , Reply# 14   9/28/2017 at 09:28 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Forgot a pic of the difference in the underside. So do you think they reintroduced this model or what?

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Post# 379002 , Reply# 15   9/28/2017 at 09:45 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Phillip:
Your latch for the wand is on the backside, where mine is on the front. Your nozzle has edge cleaning slots, mine does not. Even the color of the machine is different.

I would guess your model was made later in the run. Even the label on the top of your power nozzle is completely different.

Mine seems to be the earliest example I've ever seen.


Post# 379003 , Reply# 16   9/28/2017 at 09:54 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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I'm sure this is the first of the run. They did make that model 107 for two years, so I'm sure the R & D department made running changes along the way.

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Post# 379004 , Reply# 17   9/28/2017 at 09:58 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        
The :"Magic Demonstrator"

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Made for Stores. Christmas light inside shows off the revolving brush.

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Post# 379005 , Reply# 18   9/28/2017 at 10:55 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
was this the zapper

Sounds like a nice machine, was this one the zapper or a model that came before the zappers?

Post# 379008 , Reply# 19   9/28/2017 at 12:13 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Beautiful!

I'll bet that brushroll has some rpm and torque to it, considering the gear drive.

Post# 379009 , Reply# 20   9/28/2017 at 12:13 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think the zapper which took them under :(

Post# 379010 , Reply# 21   9/28/2017 at 12:20 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hi guys

Tom is correct. His machine is the early version which used the same wand connection as the model 105. It was found to be unsatisfactory so the later version came with the wand connection Phillip's has (same as was used on the model 120). I have the earlier version as well but no power nozzle for it (Picture below)

Mike - the models that caused the problems were the 111 and 121 which used the low voltage power nozzle.


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Post# 379027 , Reply# 22   9/29/2017 at 10:36 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Doug,
What color would the hose be for mine? It has a generic crush proof replacement.


Post# 379028 , Reply# 23   9/29/2017 at 12:08 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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I think it should have been white the same as mine. To my knowledge the parts didnt change, just the wands and the paint on the machine.

Post# 379079 , Reply# 24   10/1/2017 at 02:12 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I wonder what the life of the plastic "bull" gear going against the METAL gears of the motor and brushroll-In the one shown looked like the plastic gear held up pretty well.So my question was answered.Very unique!




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