Thread Number: 36947  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
Some old vacuums outperform the new ones
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Post# 394941   7/14/2018 at 15:47 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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I hope you have patience to watch my video:)

Post# 394944 , Reply# 1   7/14/2018 at 16:20 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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I've been telling people that for years. A 1926 Hoover model 700 will clean a carpet just as well or better than the new Wal-Mart junk. Give me a 1952 GE Swivel Top or a 1958 Air-Way Sanitizor any day! Better yet, how about a 1965 Compact? Now THAT'S a vacuum cleaner to have (and I do).

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Post# 394946 , Reply# 2   7/14/2018 at 16:33 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Hmmm... I thought old vacuum cleaners were filthy germ breeders and dust belchers! laughing

Post# 394950 , Reply# 3   7/14/2018 at 16:58 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I wouldnt trade

My 1960s Filter Queen or my model G Electrolux for all the plastic junk made today!

Post# 394953 , Reply# 4   7/14/2018 at 17:13 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
And the floor brush

On the old Compacts has never been equaled!

Post# 394955 , Reply# 5   7/14/2018 at 18:11 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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People here have some truly beautiful old vacuums. Wow!

Post# 394972 , Reply# 6   7/14/2018 at 23:35 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I wouldn't trade one of my vintage cleaners for all the modern cleaners made today. I truly love vintage better. Vacuum cleaners, appliances, telephones, and all other sorts of stuff.

Post# 394973 , Reply# 7   7/14/2018 at 23:45 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
I just wish there was more vintage on YouTube

I'd love to see some of these older machines in action, especially the ones that most of us only see in print.

Post# 395028 , Reply# 8   7/15/2018 at 20:16 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
Compact for life !

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no one can make me trade my beloved beast of a blue bomber Compact C9 !Nothing out cleans her excellent air flow suction good power head simple to use i always preferred vintage vacuum i also love my lux machine no never owning a plastic jap made machine american made USA or Canada vintage for me ty

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Post# 395075 , Reply# 9   7/16/2018 at 09:53 by Dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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what did they say in the movie “to Wong foo, thanks for everything“?. Style and Substance. Or something like that.

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Post# 395088 , Reply# 10   7/16/2018 at 12:30 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Guess where I was last week?

See picture. Stunning vacuums.

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Post# 395092 , Reply# 11   7/16/2018 at 13:00 by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        

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OMG Tom, That Singer is soooo gorgeous!

Post# 395096 , Reply# 12   7/16/2018 at 15:35 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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That's is Mr. Taylor's Ira Lee!!!!!!

Post# 395101 , Reply# 13   7/16/2018 at 16:08 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

Duane was very cordial when I introduced myself as a collector. He had some great stories, and showed me his interesting collection. He shared pictures from the VCCC convention in Wisconsin. I hope that he logs into Vacuumland in the near future.

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Post# 395107 , Reply# 14   7/16/2018 at 19:10 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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In the post with the pic of the Rainbow D, what are the 2 brown tools in front that look like floor tools?


Post# 395119 , Reply# 15   7/16/2018 at 23:12 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
The first behind

The crevice tool is the squeegee the next is the shag rug tool

Post# 395124 , Reply# 16   7/17/2018 at 02:05 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        
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Todd & Phillip, the upright in the middle with the 1st place ribbon....that is very unique vacuum! What is the real name of that vacuum, & it's history? I don't think I have ever seen a thread done here on Vacuumland about it before.


Post# 395127 , Reply# 17   7/17/2018 at 03:45 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I do think that with the more filtration that has been added to vacuums as "innovation", and then subsequently needing more and more high power motors to move air through those filters, the performance dropped off.

Antigue vacuums were basically like a leaf blower with a sock on it and that was it. They were made before OSHA laws were standardized so they had big motors and a direct funneled path to the bag, so that's why they were so powerful, but they did give off a dust cloud from around the bag.

I have a Hoover 700 and I do believe that it beat and pummeled the (30 year old) glue under my glue-down carpet loose, because when I walk on it it seems...crunchier than it used to be before.

Toddk13, is that Arco-Wand vacuum gasoline powered?

Post# 395137 , Reply# 18   7/17/2018 at 11:22 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Just think:

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How many Hoovers (and others) from the 1920 s, etc are STILL working? As we know, with proper service, a Convertible will run practically until the end of time.
Sometimes, the more bells and whistles do NOT guarantee a stellar cleaning job.

Post# 395140 , Reply# 19   7/17/2018 at 12:07 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

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Post# 395149 , Reply# 20   7/17/2018 at 14:04 by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        

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Style, dahling! kiss

Post# 395171 , Reply# 21   7/17/2018 at 21:03 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Ira Lee is the name of it.
Not much history known about it

Post# 395193 , Reply# 22   7/18/2018 at 09:14 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

The Arco Wand has a large electric motor. No idea what the voltage is. It appeared to be original, with the only changes made for the air / vacuum couplings.

Post# 395208 , Reply# 23   7/18/2018 at 11:50 by Crazykirbylady (North Carolina )        

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My Hoover 102 still runs great! I love the ol metal boys.

Post# 395211 , Reply# 24   7/18/2018 at 11:59 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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We have an ARCO (American Radiator Company) Wand central vac at the Museum. Our motor is slightly different, made in St. Louis by Wagner Motors. The motor uses its carbon brushes for 10 seconds, until the machine is up to speed. Then, the carbon brushes pop away from the commutator. Ours can be run on either 120 or 240 volts. ARCO Wand central vacs have tons of pressure (water lift) but low airflow.

Post# 395235 , Reply# 25   7/18/2018 at 18:49 by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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I have several vintage machines that I think clean as well if not better than newer ones.

Hoover Model 29

Hoover Model 63

Hoover Model 70

A few newer Hoover Convertibles from the Hoover Vault in Canton Ohio


The 29 and 63 have shake out bags. I don't let the bags get very full and when I empty them, I take

them outside and shake them out, then I have a garage vac that I use to vacuum the inside of the bag.

I just did my spring cleaning and pulled all my funiture out. I used the Hoover 29, did a great job....then

I used my Kirby Avalir Shampoer to shampoo the carpets.






Post# 395239 , Reply# 26   7/18/2018 at 21:18 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Im not obsessed with filtration

The fact remains, the nastiest vacuum to rebuild is a Rainbow, they are always full of dirt, the cleanest is a Filter Queen with AirWay and Electrolux right behind, A Hoover Handisac filters as good as ANYTHING ever invented, therefore I use them in all my Uprights, I bought up all of them I could find years ago, and you can re use them many times, but it doesent bother me a bit to use a cloth bag Kirby, yes it will puff a little dust if you rub it against something, but that's no big deal to me,John is exactly right, a Hoover upright of the old school variety will literally run forever and outclean all the Dysons and other so called vacuums made in the last 25 years.

Post# 395281 , Reply# 27   7/19/2018 at 14:33 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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One can't judge a machine by its age, you really have to judge it for what it is and how it performs. Since day one there have been both excellent and mediocre vacuums. There are lots of very good new machines that are built to last as long as the vintage machines we all know and love for their build quality, and they clean well. But there are even more crappy things out there that I wouldn't taint my floors with... My Hoover 913 I bought from Owen years ago, with the 4 row nylon bristle brush roll that he put in, and the Hoover 63 bag ring and C bag fill tube he put on a 913 bag, I run HEPA F&G bags in it. It filters and cleans as well as the best modern uprights! But it does it with a fun and vintage experience! I have a special love for the most powerful vintage vacuums that still clean better than the average modern vacuum.

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