Thread Number: 35839  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 384605   1/21/2018 at 14:51 (205 days old) by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Hello all,
During my last trip to St. Louis last year I bought a red Royal 801.
I am looking for the correct era motor for it as this thing is as loud as an 80s/90s model. I don't know much about them but I'm pretty sure this one shouldn't be this loud. How would I tell if it had a motor replacement? If I can get a quieter motor ill add to collection, if not I intend to sell it.

Post# 384608 , Reply# 1   1/21/2018 at 16:36 (205 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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It's likely the armature and field in it is for 5.4 amp machines.

The latest armature and field fitted in the 801 was for 4.5 amp motors, and that was in the 1985-87 period. The armature was 1-880001-000 and the field 1-880002-000.

The correct armature and field you're likely looking for are part numbers 1-801001-000 and 1-801002-000 respectively, but if you wish to use the nine-blade replacement fan (screw on type), here's the 1-608001-000 armature used on 3 amp machines made from 1976-85.


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Post# 384623 , Reply# 2   1/21/2018 at 19:25 (205 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have a 58 model

801 and its as quiet as a mouse,one of my favorite vacs.

Post# 384730 , Reply# 3   1/24/2018 at 01:24 (202 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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I have 3 801's and they're all quiet! Don't know why yours would be so loud, unless someone put a newer, higher amp motor in it, or perhaps the bearings are going bad.

Post# 384739 , Reply# 4   1/24/2018 at 08:35 (202 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Hi Jeff, I think someone has put in a newer motor. I mean it sounds fine like the motor is running properly, just way to loud for this machine.

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