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Electrolux Ultralux LX
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Post# 385722   2/10/2018 at 09:27 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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About a year after completing graduate school in 1991, I bought my first brand new vacuum -- an Electrolux Ultralux LX. I gave it away many years ago and sometimes kick myself for doing it.

Well, I just happened on this one on Ebay. It was hard to tell what shape it was in because the photos were poorly staged. So I threw caution to the wind and bought it because the price was right. It came on Thursday and I was pleased to see that it was in really great shape.

So I completely disassembled it, including the motor and power nozzle, and gave it a good cleaning. Now, it runs like a top!

I can't remember, but I think my original Ultralux came with a braided hose.


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Post# 385723 , Reply# 1   2/10/2018 at 09:29 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I've seen some where the chrome trim has a crinkled finish. This is just like my old one, with a smooth finish.

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Post# 385724 , Reply# 2   2/10/2018 at 09:30 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The plastic cover is cracked in the corner so I'll see if a touch of epoxy might fix that.

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Post# 385725 , Reply# 3   2/10/2018 at 09:36 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I was surprised to see that Electrolux went with a larger 5.7" diameter motor. To accommodate the larger size, they had to redesign the mounting lug inside the bulkhead.

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Post# 385726 , Reply# 4   2/10/2018 at 09:38 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Other than the cracked cover, there is a small dent on the bottom. That's not really noticeable.

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Post# 385727 , Reply# 5   2/10/2018 at 09:39 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I am very pleased with my find! Shipping has gotten outrageous but I couldn't resist this find!

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Post# 385729 , Reply# 6   2/10/2018 at 10:16 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Nice machine! All in all, I think you're better off with that vinyl hose. In my experience, it's the best performance upgrade you can give any Electrolux canister.

Post# 385732 , Reply# 7   2/10/2018 at 10:41 by Paul (MN)        

Looks great; nice score! Even with the tiny crack, it sounds like you made a good purchase.

I have an Ultralux LX, too, and it did come with the braided hose. Also, the top has the crinkle finish in chrome.

I was fortunate to get the original October 1992 sales slip from a Craigslist seller. If you contact an Aerus store, it can give you the original sales date of yours using your serial #.

Serial affixes on mine are M_E, and the production # was in the 34,000s.

Not sure if you know, but it was one of the first Electrolux Corporation cleaners to have the lighted power nozzle (1692). Others were the Diplomat LX, Genesis LX and whatever central vac was being manufactured at the time. LX is the symbol for Lux, which is the SI unit [FR: Système International (d'unités)] of illumination.

Enjoy!


Post# 385746 , Reply# 8   2/10/2018 at 15:17 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles, California)        

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That's lovely. I have the "Grand Marquise" version of this model and really like it a lot, other than the noise (spoiled by the hushed whisper of the XXX and G!). Mine came with the original hose but I did not like it -- too short, heavy and stiff. The new genuine coiled vinyl hose is easily a foot longer, much lighter in weight and much more pliable.


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Post# 385754 , Reply# 9   2/10/2018 at 17:46 by blknblu (CT)        

Here is my Ultralux with painted top. (not a LX)

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Post# 385758 , Reply# 10   2/10/2018 at 18:34 by keither (California )        

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Congratulations on your find ! I have both the Ultralux and Grand Marquise. The chrome trim on my Ultralux has the crinkled finish that you described.

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Post# 385768 , Reply# 11   2/10/2018 at 19:59 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I love seeing all the iterations of the 1521! I wonder exactly how many were made?


Post# 385783 , Reply# 12   2/10/2018 at 21:31 by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Crinkle Finish

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That crinkle finish was used entirely on another variation of the model 1521 Ultralux..... I personally like the look, although it’s purely aesthetics! Here’s a couple of mine with the crinkle finish and full chrome body.

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