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Post# 383832   1/8/2018 at 10:17 by HOOVER61 (baltimore maryland USA)        


Post# 383834 , Reply# 1   1/8/2018 at 10:35 by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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Norca was (other members correct me if I'm wrong) a line of Hoover cleaners sold in department stores and vacuum shops, sort of direct sales instead of door to door. They are essentially identical to existing Hoover models with slight differences. Mainly, the brushroll's had different style strips that weren't interchangeable with Hoover strips and were all bristles. NORCA is actually a shortening of NORth CAnton in Ohio where Hoover was made. They are fairly rare so if you have an opportunity to get one go for it!

Post# 383835 , Reply# 2   1/8/2018 at 10:41 by FCS3 (Hawaii)        

Check out Thread #3700 for some insights
into that Norca

If its the one on Ebay now you've seen,
$350.00!? Really?

Post# 383837 , Reply# 3   1/8/2018 at 10:56 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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that is exactly true.
Sometimes, you'll see "NORCA" parts...............they are Hoover.

Post# 383840 , Reply# 4   1/8/2018 at 11:08 by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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350 bucks! Holy Toledo that's salty!

Post# 383844 , Reply# 5   1/8/2018 at 11:33 by Phaeton (Los Angeles)        
Basically NORCA Model 80 is a Hoover Model 305

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Hello All and HOOVER61,
They were near identical to the Hoover Model 305 except for the hood, brushroll and bag. I believe the 305 and 80 the cord was black as well as the hood.
I could be mistaken about this color, so correct me if I am wrong.
The NORCA 80 did not have "Beater Bars" instead it had 4 brush strips which are near impossible to find and are much different than other brush strips from Hoover, where as the Hoover 305 did have "Beater Bars".
Hoover made just over 25,000 of the NORCA 80, if I am correct. I sort think the bag could be a replacement, but I could be mistaken again.
The one on seen on eBay seems to be a near perfect excluding the belt protector and possibly the shake out bag.
$350.00 does sound like a lot but I wonder how many are still out there. I have toyed with the thought of purchasing it, but I think I will keep on toying with that thought until someone else purchases it.
Please correct anything I have misstated.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 383855 , Reply# 6   1/8/2018 at 14:33 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have a Norca

Hand cleaner which is a Dustette.

Post# 383872 , Reply# 7   1/8/2018 at 16:58 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Oh, there are about half a dozen brush inserts for a NORCA model 80 upright at the local vac shop. Shoidk anyone need any, please let me know. I'm happy to pick them up next time I'm there.

Post# 383909 , Reply# 8   1/8/2018 at 21:58 by Phaeton (Los Angeles)        
NORCA 1 and 80 use the same brushes

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Hello All and vacuumlad1650,
My understanding is the the NORCA Model 1 and Model 80 use the same brush sets.
I hope someone that needs them contacts you.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 383923 , Reply# 9   1/9/2018 at 09:13 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I always forget that Hoover used to be a door to door brand. What was the last model to be sold that way and what was the first in store model?

Post# 383930 , Reply# 10   1/9/2018 at 10:22 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Hoover was sold by direct salesmen, through a local upscale department store, until the release of the Convertible in 1958. The Convertible was the first Hoover sold in department stores exclusively. There were approximately 3000 Hoover salesmen who lost their jobs. Most went to Kirby, which is why there was a huge number of men pushing Kirby 519's, etc. Hoover salesmen were skilled in selling an upright cleaner direct in the home, so it was a natural fit.

Previous to the Convertible, department stores were selling Hoover directly to their customers with no salesmen - but it was the Hand Vac (Dustette and Pixie), the rebuilt cleaners, as well as the English-built red Holiday tank cleaner, along with the Iron (with "Pancake dial").

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