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Eureka Powerteam Model 1289
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Post# 379650   10/13/2017 at 00:34 (311 days old) by keither (California )        

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My very 1st Eureka Model 1289! It's going to need a few minor cosmetic touch ups and I'm still cleaning off the grease and scuff marks . The attachments I hope to find , but I can pull them from my other models for another pic display later. Otherwise it sounds and runs very good !

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Post# 379665 , Reply# 1   10/13/2017 at 09:27 (311 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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awe 1978 at it's finest!!! Nice machine to add to your collection.

Post# 379673 , Reply# 2   10/13/2017 at 10:57 (311 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I had one under the Wards label, great power.

Post# 379678 , Reply# 3   10/13/2017 at 11:50 (311 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
They are great!

Mine has a few minor scratches, and the identical replacement hose as Kiethers does. $10 2 years ago at Salvation army. I touched them up with burgundy metallic Pontiac paint. Original cleaning tools too, and in good shape. The crevice tool was cracked. I found a blue one and painted it.
I also have a model 1279 Brandywine. I bought it for my mom in 1979. Both came with the same Vibragroomer I power nozzle.
There are photos somewhere on the site archive as "I'm new here".
Petek has a mint condition example, and the coordinating upright.

Post# 379680 , Reply# 4   10/13/2017 at 11:58 (311 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
The motor

is a 2 stage (fan) ball bearing beast. So much power that it sucks the power nozzle down to the carpet on high speed set for rugs.
Mine says model 1290, and draws 11 amps, the 1279 draws 9.5. The power nozzle draws 1.8 amps.
Check the rating sticker on yours Kiether. I wonder what the difference is if any.

Post# 379684 , Reply# 5   10/13/2017 at 13:31 (311 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I want to say the Wards labeled canned ham I had said 3.7 on the label, HP?its been 25 years, not sure

Post# 379711 , Reply# 6   10/13/2017 at 22:46 (310 days old) by Keither (California )        

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David and Mike -The Model 1289 Canister has 11.8 AMP w/120V and the PN has 1.8 AMP w/120V

Post# 379740 , Reply# 7   10/14/2017 at 08:45 (310 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I checked again

with my reading glasses. 11.5 amps for the 1290. It has a slight round bump out on the bottom the diameter of the motor.

Post# 379772 , Reply# 8   10/14/2017 at 19:38 (310 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Keith,

That’s a beautiful Eureka you got there. Believe it or not, the canister design (minus the power nozzle) is from around 1968. Eureka Williams called this the Empress II “FastVac.”. They touted new features as being like a racing car: radio buttons for the suction control, mag wheels for better maneuvering and racing stripes along the sides for styling. The Tool Pak on top had 5 nubs for 5 attachments including a Vibra-Beat carpet nozzle and a separate regular carpet nozzle.

Not sure if the link will work, but I am adding a link to a groovy vintage advertisement for the original Eureka FastVac...see below.

Have fun! Zum, zum!!!😊

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 379801 , Reply# 9   10/15/2017 at 15:41 (309 days old) by Keither (California )        

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Hey Brian :-) Thanks for the kudos ! I tried the link but it did not work :-(

Hope your weekend has been good !

Post# 379805 , Reply# 10   10/15/2017 at 15:57 (309 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
This is the...

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Picture he was trying to send. Which is a ad for the first Empress II from 1969.


I will also include some literature for the first powerteam Empress II from 1972.

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Post# 379813 , Reply# 11   10/15/2017 at 18:56 (309 days old) by Keither (California )        

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Thx for sharing this

Post# 379817 , Reply# 12   10/15/2017 at 21:52 (308 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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That’s it Jae! The dealer Spec Sheet even says “FastVac” as I remember. And the model representing the Empress has a “2” on her bandana! Groooooovy!

Post# 379828 , Reply# 13   10/15/2017 at 22:55 (308 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Here is the print advertisement I was talking about... I made a mistake about the number of nubs on the Tool Pak - there are only 4, so that the fifth tool is whatever is connected to the curved wand for floor/carpet cleaning:

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Post# 379830 , Reply# 14   10/16/2017 at 00:46 (308 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Really did make a fine product then, all your machines are fine specimens!

Post# 379860 , Reply# 15   10/17/2017 at 01:08 (307 days old) by Keither (California )        

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Thanks Hans and Brian for sharing that advertisement!

Post# 379880 , Reply# 16   10/17/2017 at 15:47 (307 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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You’re welcome, Keith!

Just an interesting Eureka Trivia footnote: the Art Director directing the photo shoot for this new product has neglected one minor detail that only a fanatic like me might notice. Model 1880 is the deluxe “top of the line” model in a group of probably 3 or 4 versions of the Empress II. Therefore, the tools supplied should be the deluxe set of attachments including the square (as opposed to round) dusting brush. But several of the photos are showing the basic curved upholstery nozzle, when they should be showing the wider deluxe upholstery nozzle. Somebody made a mistake at the photo shoot....or the deluxe nozzle went missing and they were running out of studio time!!!

Sorry for being just a touch obsessed! 😕

Post# 379895 , Reply# 17   10/17/2017 at 19:30 (307 days old) by Keither (California )        

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L o L ...Its okay ! Brian can you tell me which Empress is the Model 1010? Can you tell me what color the attachments are for the Model 1010?

Post# 379897 , Reply# 18   10/17/2017 at 20:13 (307 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hey Keith...okay...the model 1010 is Eureka Williams’ very first “canned ham” tear drop shape canister which made its debut the year I was born: 1959. The 1010 never went by the name Empress. It was originally marketed as the “ MobileAire “ for Eureka’s golden anniversary (50 years, 1909-1959). It came in a dark green colour with dark green tools. A year or two later, the company changed the colour to Eureka’s famous 1960’s Lagoon Blue (aqua turquoise) with blue tools and hose. I don’t think they continued using the name was just called the Vibra-Beat because of the vibrating carpet nozzle that was featured with the 1010.

Interesting note: the 1010 was the only Eureka canister ever sold in the United Kingdom and France in the 1960’s. It was sold by the Parnall appliance company and it was literally called the “Parnall TenTen!”

Post# 379904 , Reply# 19   10/17/2017 at 21:42 (307 days old) by keither (California )        

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Brian you are by far the most knowledgeable Vintage Eureka collector I think I've ever met !

Post# 379907 , Reply# 20   10/17/2017 at 22:00 (306 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Haha! Thanks, Keith! *blushes*......

Post# 379915 , Reply# 21   10/18/2017 at 00:09 (306 days old) by Keither (California )        

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Your welcome :-)

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