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Post# 77123   8/2/2009 at 04:02 (3,059 days old) by cart1531 ()        

I had been wanting one of these for as long as I've been collecting vacuums, and a fellow collector of mine was cleaning out some of his collection and he sent this to me. I really enjoy using this one and I think it will be one of my favorite vacuums. I've attached a before picture, I will have so more pictures once I clean it up a bit more.

Post# 77128 , Reply# 1   8/2/2009 at 06:20 (3,058 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

Congratulations, Casey - they're really great little cleaners. It does look strange seeing it without a handgrip, though!

It's a shame they never really took off in the US - I guess you guys had a greater selection of 'Convertible' machines at different price-levels, whereas we just had the option of one Junior model, and one Senior model. And of course, the Convertible was better suited to larger American homes.

Do you have the tools to go with it? Even at half the power of the Convertible/Senior, you'll find tool suction is at least twice as powerful!

The Hoover Junior 1346A was my first ever cleaner - and I still have it today! My grandma bought it to replace her aged Hoover 825, then gave it to my parents when they got married. As you can see, at 16 months old, I'd pretty much adopted it as my favourite toy! We had the full set of tools for it, too, and it was always a fun ritual to attach the hose for cleaning the sofa and the stairs. The converter incorporates an automatic belt-lifter, which disengages the belt from the pulley as you rotate it to lock it in place.

The 1346A's up in the attic right now - I'm torn between restoring it, and preserving history by keeping it in its care-worn state!

Post# 77129 , Reply# 2   8/2/2009 at 06:51 (3,058 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        
And just to compare... 16 months old, I stood on the hood and barely made it past the handle. I just took this pic a few minute ago, and the handle just about reaches my waist!!

God only knows how many miles of carpeting this Hoover's seen in its 30+ years!

Post# 77135 , Reply# 3   8/2/2009 at 09:03 (3,058 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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That's such an adorable picture Jack!!!!!! I wish I had pics of me as a toddler playing with the tools from the GE Airflo!

Post# 77141 , Reply# 4   8/2/2009 at 10:55 (3,058 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

i had 1 of these and a 1334 out the 2 i prefer the 1334 and tools as the hose is longer and i prefer the metal hose end coupler with the switch release rather than the later bayonet non swivel jobbie!

Post# 77142 , Reply# 5   8/2/2009 at 11:36 (3,058 days old) by vacfanatic (Omaha, NE)        

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Let me know if you need anyone to babysit you. We wouldn't want you to get your hands in the brushroll while it's in operation!!!

Post# 77145 , Reply# 6   8/2/2009 at 11:57 (3,058 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

I don't need a babysitter...but I could use a playdate... :P

Post# 77160 , Reply# 7   8/2/2009 at 13:51 (3,058 days old) by luxg ()        

Casey, I have the same Hoover JR. It is a very fun machine to use. I got mine from Ken Wagman. He won it at the first Chicago convention and he knew how much I loved it so we traded for and older Hoover I had won. I was so lucky because it needed a new brush roll badly and I was having no luck finding one. On a visit to Florida before I moved down I found a brand new one at a vac shop down here. Since, I have gotten the tools for it from Mark Turbyfill. As Jack mentioned you will be amazed at the suction they have when compared to a Convertible. Have fun with your new machine!!

Post# 77188 , Reply# 8   8/2/2009 at 18:37 (3,058 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        
junior conversion

yes i found when you had just fitted a new belt to junior it was a lot harder to turn the converter, and you knew it was time to change the belt when the converter went round easily!

Post# 77189 , Reply# 9   8/2/2009 at 18:40 (3,058 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

i think the figer spike on the early converters made it a lot easier to use than the ones for this particular model

Post# 77198 , Reply# 10   8/2/2009 at 19:42 (3,058 days old) by cart1531 ()        

I wish I had tools to go with it, but unfortunately they're even rarer than the vacuums themselves. But I have been very impressed with the vacuum so far. It is a lot more powerful than a convertible and it's really nice to vacuum carpeted stairs with it. The only that I wish it had is a longer cord, but that's a problem with most of the older hoovers. I've also had to take the bag retainer from both a convertible and portapower to use as belts until I get some more in the mail.

Post# 77238 , Reply# 11   8/3/2009 at 20:41 (3,057 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
Hoover Junior

Just love the pictures of you and the Hoover Junior! We bought my grandmother one as a joke way back in the 70's. She was a very slight person so the joke was on us! In her later years she used it on her kitchen rugs. When she passed away I took it apart and boxed it up. It is in perfect condition and when I used it once many years ago I remember I was so shocked at how much umph that little sweeper had for it's size. I think it only cost about $49.95 and I don't know what ever happened to the tools. It was a nice memory.If I remember correctly it does not sound like a Hoover until you start vacuuming with the nozzle on the carpet.Were they a big seller in England? I only have ever seen the one we bought her on Christmas eve at our local hardware store.

Post# 77253 , Reply# 12   8/4/2009 at 03:17 (3,057 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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..the many different models of Junior were England's biggest seller until the Turbopower was launched in 1984. I think at some point, pretty much everyone has owned, or is related to someone (ie. parents, grandparents etc) that owned a junior. I can name at least 4 members of my family that had them and a maybe 2 or 3 people on my street that I knew had them.

Post# 77254 , Reply# 13   8/4/2009 at 04:26 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover Junior..!!!

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No doubt about it they where the UK`s biggest selling upright vacuum cleaner or " Hoover"... heres a selection from the start in 1935!!!

Post# 77255 , Reply# 14   8/4/2009 at 04:29 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Junior `s

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1950`s, 60`s & 70`s models

Post# 77256 , Reply# 15   8/4/2009 at 04:31 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Colourful Juniors

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Stair Vacs

Post# 77257 , Reply# 16   8/4/2009 at 04:33 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover Juniors

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Taken at the last Hooverland UK meet, all the models together!!! + International cousin makes an appearence!!!

Post# 77258 , Reply# 17   8/4/2009 at 04:35 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover Colour

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"Presenting The Great Hoover Junior"

Post# 77259 , Reply# 18   8/4/2009 at 04:40 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoovers Juniors

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Bags of Colour & HardBoxes as well

Post# 77260 , Reply# 19   8/4/2009 at 04:44 (3,057 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
From Hoover...Who better..!!!

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Post# 77261 , Reply# 20   8/4/2009 at 05:19 (3,056 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

My favourite later Junior, Model 1334. This one dates from 1958, and was made during the first 3 months of production.

Post# 77264 , Reply# 21   8/4/2009 at 07:44 (3,056 days old) by luxg ()        

Mike that is one amazing collection!!!! We really need to consider a convention across the pond!!! Terry

Post# 77273 , Reply# 22   8/4/2009 at 11:59 (3,056 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
Hoover junior

Jack,Mike and Chris,
Thanks so much for the pictures and information.Now I have to find my grandmother's little Hoover and put it togeather for a run!

Post# 77312 , Reply# 23   8/4/2009 at 19:11 (3,056 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

i never saw a dirtsearcher in the brown colour scheme before now!

Post# 77316 , Reply# 24   8/4/2009 at 20:31 (3,056 days old) by cart1531 ()        

I just love the dirtsearchers! It's too bad they didn't have them here. I wish that the blue and white larks were more common too, I think they're really nice looking vacuums. The grey and black square handled junior in chestermike's pic kind of reminds me of a mini 913 for some reason lol.

Post# 77322 , Reply# 25   8/4/2009 at 21:27 (3,056 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Please forgive my ignorance of Hoovers,,just wondering, did all Hoover Junior's come with hose and attachments,,or rather, were they all meant to take hose attachments?
How did the attachments fit onto the models that have a headlight? (Assuming you didnt/couldnt access the motor fan from the front.)
They sure are neat little vacs,,wish i had room for one!

Post# 77325 , Reply# 26   8/4/2009 at 21:57 (3,056 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Blue Hoover Lark

I noticed you have a Blue "lark" in your jr. line up.
It has the wider beater bar. We had them in the States
Back in the early to mid 50's. I have one and really
like it. Needs new brushes when ever I find them !
Would like to find the attachments too. As well as for
my 115
A good size and weigh for my 2 bed apt.

Post# 77337 , Reply# 27   8/5/2009 at 01:57 (3,056 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

Norm, the Lark Model 14 in the photos Mike posted belongs to me - and I imported it from the US. The Lark was never on sale here, although we did have the Junior 1224, which shared the same colour-scheme!

Post# 77338 , Reply# 28   8/5/2009 at 02:14 (3,056 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

Brian - all Juniors were capable of using tools. I don't know if they came standard with any model, or if they were always an extra-cost option.

On the Dirtsearcher models with headlamps, the whole headlamp unit just unclips and lifts off, same as the non-headlamp models. Perhaps Mike or Seamus would post a picture of this - I no longer have my 1354A Dirtsearcher. But that's another story.

On the square-handled Juniors, the tools attach via a pan-converter.

Post# 77339 , Reply# 29   8/5/2009 at 05:29 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        

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Hi Guys...thanks for the comments, just to clarify the first couple of pics are all mine, the later ones are are combination of the UK guys!!! we had a UK mini Meet at Alaisters (back middle) in London to commemorate Hoover 100th and we brought together just about every available model to make the complete line up!!! know the score..get that ticket booked!!! Norm, the Lark is courtesy of Jack who imported it here, lovely runner, slightly larger than our 1224...

Rob yes find that Junior now!!! lovely runners and you do get the "IBAISAIC" roar through your floors!!!

Casey, enjoy your Junior , a lovely find!!!

Post# 77340 , Reply# 30   8/5/2009 at 05:54 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover DirtSearcher with Tools...

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All the early Junior Dirtsearchers came with tools that fitted directly onto the front fan chamber, the adaptor had a belt lifter like a Kirby, (in all my time of using one I never used it as a lifter, always slipped the belt off and the stuck the adaptor in!!!

The suction was better than the Hoover Senior (convertable)believe it or not, with a double stretch hose, extension & dusting tools etc...

Post# 77341 , Reply# 31   8/5/2009 at 06:03 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover DirtSearcher with Tools...

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Lift off Lamp Housing

Post# 77342 , Reply# 32   8/5/2009 at 06:03 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Contact & Fitting Lugs

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Post# 77343 , Reply# 33   8/5/2009 at 06:04 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Adaptor & Belt Lifter

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Post# 77344 , Reply# 34   8/5/2009 at 06:05 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Turn To The Left...

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and lift the belt

Post# 77345 , Reply# 35   8/5/2009 at 06:06 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Insert Hose

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& press button to click & lock

Post# 77346 , Reply# 36   8/5/2009 at 06:07 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hose Locked

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& belt securely off!!!

Post# 77347 , Reply# 37   8/5/2009 at 06:24 (3,055 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover DirtSearcher..Ready..!!!!

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Dust Away...!!!

Post# 77348 , Reply# 38   8/5/2009 at 07:33 (3,055 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

Thanks for the pics, Mike - that's a beautiful 1354A!

By the way, give me a call sometime if you're free to chat, we should catch up soon!

Post# 77349 , Reply# 39   8/5/2009 at 07:50 (3,055 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks for all the pictures Mike!! One of these days I am going to book that ticket!!! Terry

Post# 77362 , Reply# 40   8/5/2009 at 13:40 (3,055 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Thank you for the pics and the explaination you guys,,that is really cool how even the headlight comes off! Had no idea any such thing even existed.
Im assuming the bags/belts/brushrolls are still widely avalible in the UK or not so much anymore?
I wonder how avalible parts are here in the US?

Post# 77363 , Reply# 41   8/5/2009 at 13:50 (3,055 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        
junior parts

yes you can still get the bags, belts and cloth bags pretty easy.... which says in itself how popular juniors were as the 1334 series alone started over 50yrs ago (1958)

Post# 77483 , Reply# 42   8/6/2009 at 13:31 (3,054 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
Hoover Junior

You made me find it! It has been packed away for years.It is quite powerful for it's size.
I like the RED trim on the level adjustment,off/on button and the RED Hoover emblem. It does create the familiar "it beats, as it sweepes, as it cleans" sound. And of course it smells like dust so I know it's a real Hoover! Fun machine and well made.

Post# 77516 , Reply# 43   8/6/2009 at 16:53 (3,054 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover Junior

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Wow, Rob -shes a little her up and let here groom!!!...still cant get used to no handgrip!!! You`ll be the envy of the neighbourhood with raised pile after running it around!!!

Enjoy, Mike

Post# 77523 , Reply# 44   8/6/2009 at 19:20 (3,054 days old) by cart1531 ()        

That 1348 looks very nice! I'm guessing mine has a replacement bag, although there is a post in the archives that shows a 1348 with the patchwork pattern bag that the hoover convertible 707(?) had I think.

Post# 77804 , Reply# 45   8/9/2009 at 10:51 (3,051 days old) by cart1531 ()        

I found this on google news archives, it's a 1977 True Value ad that features the 1348 on sale for only $44.88 with free a set of attachments!

Post# 381592 , Reply# 46   11/19/2017 at 17:42 by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

I noticed several differences between the British Juniors, and the British made American Juniors.
I noticed the British ones have a spring loaded hook on the side of the handle, whereas the ones in America have just a spring that hooks to the back of the handle. The second thing is the American ones have a vinyl bag unlike the British ones. Another thing is the model numbers. I donít understand why the model numbers are different. Is there a reason for that? The last thing I noticed is the handle grips. The British ones have an actual grip on the handle, whereas the American ones just have a bare metal handle. I am curious as to why there are these differences between juniors in the US, and UK.

Post# 381609 , Reply# 47   11/20/2017 at 01:16 by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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The British marketed Juniors used both fabric and vinyl (with fabric backing) bags, the fabric bags were used on the earlier 60s ones and the vinyl bags on the 70s ones.

I do prefer the spring loaded hook, over the long spring. It always bothered me why they didnít put a grip on US models.

I think they changed the model numbers to deiffenciate them for export...I believe Hoover sent just the base units over and then Hoover in the US packed them with the American style vinyl outer bag and the handle sections, the power cords were probably put on in the US too...As far as Inam concerned though, that is just a myth. I think they were fully packed in Britain.

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