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Post# 381458   11/16/2017 at 22:13 by icee (Indiana)        

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I guess I must have a thing now for this age of Hoover.

As the title says, this is now my second dial a matic, this one being the other body style Hoover made. This one is not self propelled, which really I kinda prefer. That being said, while this does have a full set of new brushes, it is fairly heavy to push. The height adjust works just fine; if I put it on the highest setting (shag), it doesn't even reach the carpet, and on the middle (normal) setting, it seems heavy to push. Conventional wisdom would say it's too low, but there really isn't another setting to put it on. It doesn't *sound* to be strained, but I just don't want to damage something like this, ya know?

Anyway, got this for peanuts at a goodwill outlet in surprisingly good mechanical shape. Body needs some TLC but it's nothing too bad. Got it the same day as, ironicly enough, I got a second jet flo lol. But that's for another post!

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Post# 381459 , Reply# 1   11/16/2017 at 22:28 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Properly serviced, they are fantastic cleaners! I have a self propelled, and standard model.

Post# 381508 , Reply# 2   11/17/2017 at 23:25 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I like the colors! A good cleaning and it will be nice. #7 car polish will work wonders on the paint.

Post# 381532 , Reply# 3   11/18/2017 at 08:21 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"other body style"

Nice DAM.They were way ahead of their time.
There are actually 3 body styles if you count the non Power Drive that has the headlight in the bigger lower front cover.

Post# 381569 , Reply# 4   11/18/2017 at 19:48 by icee (Indiana)        

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Thanks for all the nice comments. Are DAMs normally kinda hard to push?

Post# 381570 , Reply# 5   11/18/2017 at 19:51 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Curious.....what is #7 polish?? Thanks!

Post# 381572 , Reply# 6   11/18/2017 at 20:33 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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I have the same dial a matic you have!

Post# 381574 , Reply# 7   11/19/2017 at 00:13 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Mine pushes easy (non power-drive model) but it might be the carpet...

Post# 381575 , Reply# 8   11/19/2017 at 00:38 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Yes, carpet thickness and the vaccuum's overall weight determine how hard it is to push, especially if it has a strong suction. Early self-propelled machines are usually always pretty heavy to maneuver.

Whenever I turn my Kirby Ultimate G on manual drive, it's like trying to push a wheelbarrow full of concrete up a muddy slope.

Post# 381576 , Reply# 9   11/19/2017 at 00:44 by HOOVER61 (baltimore maryland USA)        
hoover specials


Post# 381589 , Reply# 10   11/19/2017 at 12:34 by icee (Indiana)        

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I think you reposted in the wrong neighborhood lol

Post# 381731 , Reply# 11   11/24/2017 at 10:13 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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#7 polishing compound is a polish for the old car paint that didn't have clear coat. It was once made by DuPont but now just goes by the name #7. It works great on old vacuum and fan paint, it has a slight abrasive to it that gets off the scuffs, light scratches and weathering and shines it up. I usually use this to polish out weathered and scuffed paint, then clean it and go over with an automotive wax.

You may want to try it on an inconspicuous area first to see what happens.

I couldn't find it at most places, but ACE Hardware did have it.

Post# 381839 , Reply# 12   11/26/2017 at 18:52 by icee (Indiana)        
Fan of fans

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Thanks for the tip, I was literally just looking at it wondering what I could do to clean up its looks a bit

Post# 381855 , Reply# 13   11/27/2017 at 15:50 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Agreed thanks for the explanation on 7! Best! Richard.

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