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Hoover Constellation 86
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Post# 387137   3/3/2018 at 20:02 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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After electrolux137 recently posted about his Constellation collection, it inspired me to dig into mine to see what makes it tick. I've had this Model 86 for several years and turn it on occasionally but that's about it. So this afternoon, I took it apart and gave it a once over. For a 60 year old vacuum, it's in amazing shape!

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Post# 387138 , Reply# 1   3/3/2018 at 20:04 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I love its simple, straightforward design. It is so much better than today's over-engineered vacuums.

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Post# 387139 , Reply# 2   3/3/2018 at 20:06 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I can't imagine that these machines ever saw too many service calls unless the owner abused the vacuum.

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Post# 387140 , Reply# 3   3/3/2018 at 20:10 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The only modification I made was to replace the rotted bag seal gasket with this. It came from an Electrolux aftermarket motor. I think it does a much better job of providing a seal to the bag.

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Post# 387141 , Reply# 4   3/3/2018 at 20:13 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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So all in all, I think the Hoover Constellation is an excellent machine!

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Post# 387158 , Reply# 5   3/3/2018 at 22:05 by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        
Very nice machine!

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Mine is abused lol. I got mine from a guy who gets junk stuff and I get vacuums from him to part off. This was one and the other was a sears kenmore magicord. Mine has a broken handle, rusted outer and inner body (due to the guy leaving it in the bed of his pickup OUTSIDE) but, it still purrs beautifully and with a new bag, I just need a new hose as the other was trashed.

Post# 387159 , Reply# 6   3/3/2018 at 22:19 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have

Many of them, and they are a great design, from the very first to the last one , high quality!

Post# 387162 , Reply# 7   3/3/2018 at 22:51 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I have three pumpkin colored units.....the best pulls 65" of water......nothing mind boggling. I've made that seal real supple, I've been through the motors and I can't get better than 65".....adequate.


Adequate that is, until you possess the retro Connie as well. All the weaknesses of the original are addressed in this one. Over 80" of water and that big HEPA bag keeps the flow going to the bitter end. I love this one and the tools are quality, unlike a lot of modern Hoovers. Some designers spend a lot of time thinking about this unit before reissuing. Too bad they didn't go with an electric PN....I don't get along with the 'turbo nozzle'.


Curiously, the Euro models of the original Connies had a 'diffuser' pad to catch the carbon dust from the motor. The US models had naught.


A lot of customers let the secondary filter on the original fail and/or took it off. The motor was therfore subject to a lot of dust grit.....causing many to fail. If they maintained that filter though,  the motors trudged on seemingly forever.



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