Thread Number: 35462  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Original Electrolux Saran Hoses--True or False?
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Post# 381211   11/12/2017 at 16:40 by Louvac (A)        

Can someone tell me if this is the real deal?

I have several original Saran Electrolux hoses-you know, the kind that are so short that the machine is always nipping at your butt! Well, anyway, I had been told by a reputable Electrolux dealer that I frequent for used parts etc., that these original hoses are NOT repairable. He said that many years ago Electrolux would collect the worn out hoses from the dealers and they would be taken to a facility owned by Electrolux. They had a machine/process that could properly attach new hoses on the original attachment and machine ends. Is this true?

Electrolux hasn't done this for years now so he tells me that these hoses can just be discarded. I just can't see keeping these hoses for "show" when they are totally useless and the ends are just as useless as a result.

I have found the aftermarket hoses to be far superior because they are longer, more supple, and overall appear to be made just as well if not better than the originals. AND, most aftermarket models include an on/off switch under the attachment handle.

Can anyone set the record straight on this one?

Post# 381223 , Reply# 1   11/12/2017 at 19:42 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I always

Cut off the ends and attach a modern vinyl hose blank for daily use, but if a hose looks good, I definitely keep it for display purposes.

Post# 381227 , Reply# 2   11/12/2017 at 20:37 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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What companies do is for their own personal profit of their business and that sole purpose only. Just because they throw them out doesn't mean you have to. If you want to keep them for display and demonstration, that's your choice. Just remember, for every one that's thrown away, that's one less out there. Eventually there will be 0 and there will only be pictures in old advertisements.

Aftermarket hoses will never come close to the originals, both in terms of performance and appearance. Put any aftermarket hose with a period Electrolux and it will look like crap. My Electrolux Olympia has an aftermarket hose on it and it looks terrible compared to the original woven hose that would have been on it.

Post# 381233 , Reply# 3   11/12/2017 at 22:34 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I keep my woven hoses for display but when it comes time to actually get some cleaning done, I always use an OEM Electrolux vinyl hose. They aren't exactly pretty but they do get the job done.

Post# 381271 , Reply# 4   11/13/2017 at 17:19 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Electrolux hoses

A bit of trivia--Electrolux hoses were tapered for years to improve airflow and allow objects entering the small(handle)end to pass through the larger(machine)end with less chance of clogging.Among other reasons the length was determined by the size of the box(well packed & easy for salesmen to unpack & repack if not sold)and the machines that made and wove the hoses.
A fact--Just as shoes and car tires wear out so will a canister vac hose.
If an Electrolux electric hose was worn to the point of the Power Nozzle cutting on/off it could be returned to the Bristol VA factory to be shortened 3-6 inches and the ends replaced as with the new hoses.If under the 2 year warranty at no charge to customer,after warranty customer would pay a repair charge that was much less than a complete hose.Electrolux had a policy of loaner vacs if a repair took longer than was convenient for customer.They added a loaner hose program to use while repaired hose was shipped to factory and back.Official hoses had 'loaner' stenciled on them.This would be why ,for instance, a Super J hose could have the new rubber strain relief added.If a hose was sent for repair more than once it would not be repaired when it became to short.

Post# 381287 , Reply# 5   11/13/2017 at 22:47 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I went through SO MANY 1205 hoses before I got two that don't leak. I've managed to get useable saran hoses for all my machines that take them, but it hasn't been easy! I'm also paranoid and overly careful when using them.

Post# 381293 , Reply# 6   11/14/2017 at 00:47 by Paul (MN)        


Besides what Jimmy mentioned about clipping the worn ends and refastening the handle and coupler, there is a method of restoring the insides of the standard and electric saran hoses if they aren't kinked or badly frayed.

Charles provided a sequence on this thread:

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