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Post# 389516   3/31/2018 at 09:59 by Hlgajak (Mexico maine)        

Hi I got my grandmother 1954 model E Electrolux vacuum but did not get any manual or attachments. I was wondering if anyone has one they would be willing to part with.






Post# 389525 , Reply# 1   3/31/2018 at 11:52 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Post# 389859 , Reply# 2   4/5/2018 at 09:26 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

Hi Heather,

you can find ads for attachments and even original User's Manuals which surface on Ebay.

Check occasionally and I bet you will find what you need. If you get the book first, it will show you what attachments came with that model.

Best of luck,

Garry


Post# 389882 , Reply# 3   4/5/2018 at 17:08 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I keep manuals for everything I ever bought new. When I sell something I give the OM's with it. But Millennials will just give you copies of OM's (sometimes even bound), as they keep the original.  Same thing when you buy a used car these days...the OM's are gone. Eventually, they all wind up on eBay for the most part.

 

I think I have original OM's for everything from the G to the Diamond J....except maybe the Super J.

 

Kevin


Post# 389884 , Reply# 4   4/5/2018 at 17:17 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I keep owners manuals too, and try to go back and find them if I sell something at a garage sale, or even if I just throw something away, I put the manual with it in case anyone wants it.

If I can find the manual online sometimes I'll print it out if I'm selling the item.

It's rare to find manuals with things at garage sales and other places though. It makes me wonder if they're just filed away somewhere.


Post# 389886 , Reply# 5   4/5/2018 at 19:19 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I keep owners manuals too, and try to go back and find them if I sell something at a garage sale, or even if I just throw something away, I put the manual with it in case anyone wants it.

If I can find the manual online sometimes I'll print it out if I'm selling the item.

It's rare to find manuals with things at garage sales and other places though. It makes me wonder if they're just filed away somewhere.


Post# 389897 , Reply# 6   4/5/2018 at 21:01 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I think ordinary people keep owners manuals, but don't bother digging for them when they sell/get rid of the item.

When I was doing my grandpa's estate sale, he had all the owners manuals in a filing cabinet, so I was able to pair the manuals with the items. A guy offered $50 for an old craftsman miter saw, and I said, "Look buddy, it's old, but it works, it has ALL the accessories, and it even has the owners manual! It's worth at least $60."

I got the $60.


Post# 389902 , Reply# 7   4/5/2018 at 21:51 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

But that's exactly my point; WHAT happens to OM's....do they just wind up filed & forgotten or inevitably thrown away??

 

Somebody gives me a 'copy' of an OM's, they better not tell me they have the original, or try to hold me up for more money. You can get copies of most anything on the Internet, so  I don't consider that, part of the 'deal'.

 

Kevin


Post# 389904 , Reply# 8   4/5/2018 at 21:59 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I would guess they probably just printed them out to make the item seem more valuable. I do that though if I think it would be helpful for the buyer to have the instructions in using it.

When my grandma sold her house and we had the estate sale, we found the manuals for the items in a cabinet with receipts and things. Unfortunately we had already sold all of the items before we found them.

In the past when my parents were having a garage sale, and I saw things being sold that I knew we had the manuals to, I would get them out and run out to give it to the buyer.


Post# 389907 , Reply# 9   4/5/2018 at 22:12 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I really think it's a huge paradigm shift in how buyers & sellers relate to each other today.......and I don't mean that in a positive way.

 

There's a SM for a particular chainsaw I have that has been floating around on the Internet forever. There are still posers trying to sell it in PDF form, if you're dumb enough to fall for it. The pictures are all dark and unusable....looks like melting chocolate. My guess is that decades ago someone posted the SM for that saw from a file made from a microfiche copy.....hence the dark pics/illustrations. I once had the original SM and I can tell you it was perfectly fine to use.

 

Moral to that story is I HATE people who own original manuals and don't give them up with the sale.

 

Kevin


Post# 389928 , Reply# 10   4/6/2018 at 04:55 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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I'm 26 and I copied this idea from my uncle. I keep all the owners manuals to everything that comes with one, and file it in a filing cabinet in alphabetized file folders by manufacturer name.

When I do sell things, a lot of times I forget to include the manual or I don;t expect it to sell and don;t bother grabbing the manual, and then it does sell but I don;t have the time to dig for the manual.


Post# 389929 , Reply# 11   4/6/2018 at 05:02 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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I seen a nice toteable plastic file box at Staples, I plan to buy one to use just for vacuum manuals and also for my own self-made service record logs. If I go to sell any vacuum in the future, there's the manual, and there's a detailed history of everything done to the vacuum under my ownership.

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Post# 389962 , Reply# 12   4/6/2018 at 13:57 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
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I found pristine Hoover Convertible manuals in the drawer. Of course, I have them now. I always put the manuals with appliances, and, if I giver or sell them, they go with them.

Post# 389964 , Reply# 13   4/6/2018 at 14:13 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Nope. The manuals are mine. I choose whether or not I give the manual when I sell something. If it's a vacuum, forget it. I keep the manual. I have a file cabinet with hundreds and hundreds of vacuum manuals. Those are for display during the Vacuum Collectors Conventions. If the manual is to anything other than a vacuum, I may or may not keep it. After the warranty is up, I normally throw it away even if I still have the (insert item name here).

When I was made aware that there were going to be NO MORE real Speed Queen washers made, I bought one of the last ones immediately. I sold my old POS L.G. high efficiency washer on Deals With Friends, but I had kept the manual even though the POS was out of warranty. When I sold the machine to the woman who bought it, I gave her the manual and told her "this is going to be your best friend". She would never figure out what all buttons and cycles were for without it. In that instance, I'm glad I kept the manual.


Post# 389968 , Reply# 14   4/6/2018 at 14:39 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
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"cleaning out her family home". It got cut off.
I have a box full of manuals, warranty cards, etc in the basement from "other species". I certainly don't need/want them. But, others might.


Post# 389973 , Reply# 15   4/6/2018 at 15:25 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

To me it's a matter of conscience....I would want/expect the original manuals to go with whatever I bought/sold. I'm not gonna hold them for ransom later or make PDF copies to sell on the Internet. 

 

Tom's case is different with vacuum manuals because of the museum...he's preserving history. Some of those manuals  may be beyond rare. It's very possible that the museum may have the only surviving copies someday. OTOH, if you're selling a snowblower and you keep the OM, you're despicable if that's your natural inclination.

 

Kevin

 

 





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