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Post# 394830   7/13/2018 at 15:33 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

Estate sale find today. They wanted a lot - settled for $30. Pretty clean. Iíve read that they are solid. Wow. This thing is built. Swivel coupling on hose leaks air a bit, but cloth hose is good. Not many miles on it. Missing the upholstery tool. Maybe I should mail in the warranty card.

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Post# 394834 , Reply# 1   7/13/2018 at 15:40 by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
A great cleaner

These clean great and are so easy to use. Best floor brush ever made I think

Post# 395046 , Reply# 2   7/15/2018 at 22:45 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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from the photo ape err to be in great shape nice score ! might wana use envirocare paper bag and cloth bag and new motor filter and she will purr like a kitten !

Post# 395070 , Reply# 3   7/16/2018 at 09:00 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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If I were to chose only one vacuum to use I could easily be satisfied with a Compact!!
This is so rare to find in the condition. We see these all the time in such rough shape but you have saved a beautiful example!!!
I bet Tania would flip over this.

Post# 395077 , Reply# 4   7/16/2018 at 10:03 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


WOWWW-WEEE what a great find! It's a real treasure!

Post# 395087 , Reply# 5   7/16/2018 at 12:20 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
What would you do?

I never considered a Compact/Interstate/Tristar in the past. I've just never had a connection with canisters (sorry Mike). This little critter changed my mind. Stuck in a corner of an estate sale garage, next to a big pile of boxes. It probably would have been in the dumpster today. It appears that the paper bag was never used, as the cloth bag was dusty. The floor tools are shiny and appear to have almost no use. I'd like to get the upholstery tool, but can only find the clear replacements. Anyone have a green one sitting around? The fabric protector strip is in the box, so just the tool. Please.

So... a large question for the esteemed members here: Do I get a power head for it? Better yet - do I NEED a power head for it? I'm happy with the Kirby Classic III, and Sentria as daily drivers. I don't like switching them over to hoses for upholstery cleaning / corners / walls. My German Shepherd is shedding softball size chunks of fur. Vacuuming upholstery is a DAILY process. This is where the Compact might be a good bet. Leave it as an upholstery cleaner? Add a power head to add as a daily driver? Hmmm. If a power head is the way to go, which one?

Help. Todd.

Post# 395109 , Reply# 6   7/16/2018 at 20:02 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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for the rug you have a metal rug tool,you could add a turbine air powered nozzle for bigger rugs whit a paper bag cloth bag and motor filter you wont see dust back in the room i can assure you .The Compact C6 can be a daily driver also whit its metal floor tool and metal rug tool and a air driver turbo nozzle for wall to wall carpet try it it has lots of power .

Post# 395121 , Reply# 7   7/16/2018 at 23:16 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Are great performing machines, light and powerful and probably the most maneuverable of all machines

Post# 395212 , Reply# 8   7/18/2018 at 12:06 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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I would definitely keep the machine original. If you want a power nozzle, use a cordless one (like the Volt from Tacony). I would use a Rug Rat mini turbine power head for the furniture. Just like the turbine head that came with the Kirby Heritage 1.

Post# 395304 , Reply# 9   7/19/2018 at 20:40 by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        
"Compact Cleaning System"

Hi Todd! Great Find! I am a collector of "Compacts" and would be able to supply you with that turquoise upholstery tool! contact me @ and we will go from there! I am here in Milwaukee also! Happy Vacuuming


Post# 395306 , Reply# 10   7/19/2018 at 21:54 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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would you happen to have the gold attachment for a Compact C9 ? as i owna compact c9 and id prefer the gold brushes

Post# 395322 , Reply# 11   7/20/2018 at 08:24 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Hi Tania

I sent you an email. Thank you, Todd.

Post# 395325 , Reply# 12   7/20/2018 at 09:21 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Haha I figured she would help ya out!!!
She is such a sweetheart!

Post# 395348 , Reply# 13   7/20/2018 at 14:08 by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Overall I find uprights best for carpeting and canisters best for hard floors, fragile carpets, and everything above floor. I have many Royals and a few Kirby's that I use for the wall to wall carpeting, and my Compacts, Filter Queens, and Royal tank for everything else. Congratulations on finding a Compact in such excellent condition and at such a great price! I think that they are one of the highest quality and most durable vacuums ever made.

Post# 395369 , Reply# 14   7/20/2018 at 23:54 by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        
"Compact C-9 Guy"

I do have extra speckled tools for Compact C-8 / C-9

( 2) - Crevice Tools and (2) - Upholstery Tools available

Post# 395397 , Reply# 15   7/21/2018 at 10:18 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

It was GREAT chatting with you!!! What a wealth of information you have about Compacts! Sorry if I talked your ear off. You gave me a lot of practical knowledge. Per your advice, Iím going to clean it up and take care of the motor filter. Also - keep it as delivered without adding a power head. I was impressed that you noticed one of the wands was damaged.

I donít believe that one vacuum is capable of doing everything. My Classic III and Sentria take care of the heavy stuff. Two cats and a German Shepherd means chasing loose hair...constantly. I like the Compact for its straightforward approach to hard floors, and suction capability on upholstery. They complement each other.

Post# 395398 , Reply# 16   7/21/2018 at 10:37 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
Ahhhh, now thats the sort of find we all live for!

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Congratulations! You snatched up a nice one, and at a very reasonable price too!

Post# 395566 , Reply# 17   7/25/2018 at 19:27 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Visit with Tania

The term ďholy grailĒ means a lot of things. Most of the time itís referribg to a thing. Iíll use that term to describe a person. Met Tania today. She is the holy grail of Compacts. Duane at my local vacuum shop changed out the crumbly motor filter, and set me up with new bags. Next was a trip to see Tania - about a 30 minute ride from my house.

Tania has a superlative knowledge of these little machines. She has so much reference material. No detail is too small. So I unloaded my C6. I had not cleaned it up yet. Talk about being embarrassed. Tania took out her Airway 88 and proceeded to vacuum out the cardboard box, styrofoam tray, each tool, and of course the machine. Tania knew that my wands were wrong, and had two spares ready for me. She also had the missing upholstery tool - in the right color, no less. She gave my machine its first test run since I bought it. She declared it to be in good condition. No hose leak. Very good airflow. We looked over my brochure, and Tania noted that I was missing the polish-aire. Sure enough, she had a spare. Wow. No words. It was such a pleasant afternoon. Iím sure that weíll have some more visits. What a treat. Thanks Tania!

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Post# 395567 , Reply# 18   7/25/2018 at 19:36 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Tania! Give me a call! I've been out of loop for some time...i picked up a Gem thst I wanted to ask you to you soon I hope!

A compact is great for attachment use. The cyclonic action inside the bag means that they hold their suction virtually forever. I use a TriStar for my bench vac and those bags come out packed like bricks...

Post# 395571 , Reply# 19   7/25/2018 at 20:43 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Vacuum Queen!

Tania is a long time treasured member of the VCCC, highly knowledgeable, and not afraid of getting her hands dirty! I don't know what beauty cream she uses, but the woman hasn't changed in the 12 yrs. I've known her! I have also had the pleasure of being a houseguest in her home, and she is also the perfect hostess!

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