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Post# 80160   9/5/2009 at 20:18 (1,690 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        

Hi all...picked up a Silver King canister today. Decent shape. Came with the tool caddy and all the tools, a vinyl hose, two stainless wands with curved ends that are stuck together. I cannot get them apart. Some primary and secondary filters, and all the paperwork including the manual. Does anyone know anything about these vacs? Thanks in advance. Mark

Post# 80161 , Reply# 1   9/5/2009 at 20:19 (1,690 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        

The front label.

Post# 80162 , Reply# 2   9/5/2009 at 20:21 (1,690 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        
Tool Caddy

Cardboard tool caddy. The larger tools have a wooden base. There is one called a squeegee.

Post# 80163 , Reply# 3   9/5/2009 at 20:22 (1,690 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        
Wands and Hose

Nice flex hose and two stainless curved wands that are stuck together. How do you get them apart?

Post# 80164 , Reply# 4   9/5/2009 at 20:24 (1,690 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        

The main filter looks like a circular piece of paper and the secondary filters are like a ring of fabric. A wire tool caddy that sits on top of the machine. Nice clean manual.

Post# 80165 , Reply# 5   9/5/2009 at 21:32 (1,690 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
The Art and Science of getting them apart...

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Whenever I come across this condition I follow a sequence of attempts, all figured on not disfiguring the wands.

1. inject/pour some rust breaking solution - various brand names - into the joint (aluminum or chromed steel) and let it sit & soak half a day.

2. in a large padded vise gently squeeze the joint all around to hopefully break the bond without marring the surfaces or deforming the tube circumference. Then insert a snug fitting something-round like a wood pole or mketal pipe end in one wand end, squeeze that firmly in the vice Istand on ther vise if it is not bench mounted) and twist and pull for all you're worth. Nine times out of ten this usually results in the wands separating.

3 if this is still not working, soak again then try using a hardwood block sharply hammered against the wand lip, with the other wand half squeezed in the jaws for support.

working between these two methods eventually there will be some encouraging movement. Just keep at it.

I never use say a screwdriver or anything else metal to tap the edges or a hammer to bang the joint as this may work...but it leaves marks and gouges.

Good luck, Mark. It is a lovely vacuum with all those partz...


Post# 80175 , Reply# 6   9/5/2009 at 22:31 (1,690 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Method 3A, before 4. On a padded something solid to support the joint, roll and gently 'bend' the two wands all around. This can also break the bond, which may be rust or just smutz 'glue' over the years. Again, you will see some movement at the joint telling you it is slowly coming apart. This works best if you and a buddy have either end and use as the bending fulcrum, say, a door jam edge or basement support post.

All the above especially easier if one or both wands are 'J' shaped but even with straight wands, the strength of a buddy on one end twisting is a bonus.

Afterwards, I like to clean up the inner joint surface with a narrow rotary wire brush in a drill and steel wool on the outside mating surfaces on the other wand.


Post# 80176 , Reply# 7   9/5/2009 at 22:35 (1,690 days old) by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        
Silver King


Great vacuum! I have several of them including the "Silver Knights" !
The wands can be a problem, but have loosened them with boiling hot water in the joint them making sure you have a hot grip glove on and with the rug tool on, grab the top wand and "twist" the wand and hopefully it will come apart.
Try WD-40 first them boiling water!
Good Luck!

Post# 80181 , Reply# 8   9/5/2009 at 23:12 (1,690 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Yes indeedy, Tania. Oven mitts are a must. I also use simmering hot water on the stove to soften warped plastic tools, especially crevicetools, enough to reshape them by hand manipulation gently and quickly back to original. They retain the new shape as they cool in your hands. Also perf=ect for reshaping oval-ized sockets by shoving a wand end in place and let it cool.
worst case of a bonded wand I encountered finally gave way when I loosely gripped it in a padded bench vise and pulled & yanked vigorously horizontally against the joint lip until is suddenly gave way. :-) Where there's a will there's a way...without resorting to brutal damage.

Post# 80239 , Reply# 9   9/7/2009 at 00:04 (1,689 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        
Thanks to all.

With a little help from a couple of my vacuum cleaner pals here I was able to get the wands apart. I soaked the joint in oil overnight then poured boiling water on the outer part that was stuck. Then with some help and a broom handle they came apart. There was a bit of fine surface corrosion where the two pieces met, which was a bit surprising as the wands were so shiny otherwise. There were two curved ends so that made it easier as well. Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions.

Does anyone know anything this vacuum cleaner? I can't find much.


Post# 80308 , Reply# 10   9/7/2009 at 16:22 (1,688 days old) by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        

Hello Mark!

I can give you some information of Silver King!
The vacuums were manufactured in Lyons, Il dating back to 1940, when Ken Thompson started making a prototype called the "Super Vac" and it evolved to "Silver-King" and also called the Thompson Duo Sanitation System"
It was also other names as well as they would "Private label"
for other com't panies and were made for many years up to 1987 when his son who was now of retirement age sold to Craig Leerburg in Colorado Springs,Co and they are still manufactured there as of today!
They were a great commercial as well as household vacuum!
They can be used for wet or dry pick-up.
The new filters are made from "Spun Bound Polypropylene and are wonderful! ....
they don't clog like the old ones did.
If you would like to order some, here is Silver-King's toll free # 1-800-864-1658


Post# 80441 , Reply# 11   9/9/2009 at 13:59 (1,687 days old) by meba2233 (St. Louis, MO)        
Silver King AE Vac Manual

If anyone would like to see the manual for this they can click on the link below. To download the manual...once open, just click File / Save As to save it to your pc.



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