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Post# 116073   11/27/2010 at 14:44 (3,478 days old) by kirby16 ()        

What is your most powerful vintage vacuum? Mine is my Kirby Classic 3. Whats yours?

Post# 116075 , Reply# 1   11/27/2010 at 15:01 (3,478 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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As far as an upright Id have to say my Kirby Heritage 2 with G Series fill tube, and 4 row brush roll,,and a new belt!
Cannister id have to say either the Filter Queen Tripple Crown with a new cone, or the TriStar CXL with new bag liner.

Post# 116076 , Reply# 2   11/27/2010 at 15:04 (3,478 days old) by kirby16 ()        

Isnt the heritage 2 made around '85? Oh well, it doesnt matter.

Post# 116080 , Reply# 3   11/27/2010 at 15:37 (3,478 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I would say my Kirby Classic Omega. I don't know if it actually is the most powerful, but it certainly "feels" that way.

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Post# 116082 , Reply# 4   11/27/2010 at 15:41 (3,478 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Vintage, I have to go for the Compact! 59 being pretty good vintage.

Post# 116084 , Reply# 5   11/27/2010 at 15:52 (3,478 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Suction Wise- Definitely my Filter Queen 33!

Deep Cleaning Wise- Probably my Eureka Imperial or Eureka ESP 2011. They aren't made before 1980, but I still consider them "Vintage"..

Post# 116087 , Reply# 6   11/27/2010 at 15:55 (3,478 days old) by VINVAC (Dubuque IA)        

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Any canister made by Sunbeam...

They will take the paper off the wall!!!


Post# 116095 , Reply# 7   11/27/2010 at 16:30 (3,478 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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From the one I have seen, I believe you may be right!

Post# 116105 , Reply# 8   11/27/2010 at 17:45 (3,478 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Woops, you are right,,the Kirby Heritage 2 is from 1985,,and come to think of it, the Filter Queen Mejestic and Tri Star are from the early 90s. Ok,,the most powerful pre 1980s vac in my collection would have to be my Tan Lux G from the late 1960s, or the Golden J from 1975. Both with a newer upgraded hose and PN.

Post# 116106 , Reply# 9   11/27/2010 at 17:54 (3,478 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Upright- Kirby Classic 3 with 4 row brush and clean bag!
Canister- TOL Hoover celebrity Quiet series!

Post# 116117 , Reply# 10   11/27/2010 at 20:13 (3,478 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Well deep cleaning wise I think my hoover model 700 wins for me.
Talk about hose suction my lux models xxx & r are my pick.
Again this is from my experiance

Post# 116118 , Reply# 11   11/27/2010 at 20:19 (3,478 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

Right now, for an upright I'd say my Hoover 61, but if I had a 60's/70's Eureka, that would be it (hope to find one soon).

For the most powerful canister, either of my Compacts (C6 and C8).

Post# 116124 , Reply# 12   11/27/2010 at 21:50 (3,478 days old) by Sablekid ()        

My Dual Sanitronic 50 seems to have the best power. It even sounds pretty mean when I use it...I always get quite a bit of dirt too. That and it just seems to "stick" to the floor unlike most I use.

Post# 116439 , Reply# 13   11/30/2010 at 05:47 (3,476 days old) by kenkart ()        
A P E X!!!!!

STRATO CLEANER! This along with the Dual Deluxe Sunbeam will truly suck the paint off the wall!!!

Post# 116466 , Reply# 14   11/30/2010 at 12:09 (3,475 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

Its not vintage... but since its the only cleaner I use, the tristar cxl

Post# 116471 , Reply# 15   11/30/2010 at 13:10 (3,475 days old) by thunderhexed (Edmond, OK)        

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My Kirby Classic Omega seems to really pull the dirt and grit out of my carpet the best. I can feel it form a nice tight seal with the carpet. Its the one vac i use that i feel really cleans my carpets well. My DS 50 and 80 don't seem to feel as tight but I'm still amazed at the amount of crud they pull up.

Post# 116484 , Reply# 16   11/30/2010 at 15:03 (3,475 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I gotta think about this one...

I am thinking my electrolux Models E and 89, both of these machines will rip paint off of a wall with no issue. the weakest one that I have has to be the GE MV1.

Post# 116489 , Reply# 17   11/30/2010 at 15:49 (3,475 days old) by klectrolux ()        

My Electrolux Silverado, not sure if its because I have the "Franken-hose" on it or not. But either way, out powers my Diplomat LX and AP280.

Post# 117219 , Reply# 18   12/5/2010 at 23:08 (3,470 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Most Powerful?

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Upright would be Kirby Classic III or Electro-Hygiene 903. Tank would be Electro-Hygiene 966 or 950, Royalaire 260, or Lux G or AE. Canister would be Filter Queen 350, Hoover Constellation, or pink GE Swiveltop.

Post# 117226 , Reply# 19   12/6/2010 at 00:06 (3,470 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I would also say of my newer vintage??? machines, the Silverado pulls really well. Decent grooming as well, brushroll was replaced by Electrolux along with new breaker when I bought it used 15 years ago, new hose then too.Very nice machine.

Post# 117565 , Reply# 20   12/8/2010 at 21:18 (3,467 days old) by mercuryman ()        

My mother's Miele s230i that was purchased in October of 1985 is still hands-down the most powerful vacuum cleaner I've ever encountered. The motor was rebuilt in 1996, and when it has a new bag in it and the pre-motor filter has been cleaned and/or changed, that thing literally pulls the carpet up, and she doesn't have a power nozzle. (Sometimes I think the ridiculously powerful suction might be a bad thing, though. Last time I used her vacuum and I checked the bag, it seemed like the "dirt" was nothing but carpet fibers...and she doesn't even have a new rug.)

In fact, when I vacuum the guest room where I stay when I visit mom, I have to use the suction relief to tone down the suction so I can pass the nozzle over the rug, because the suction is so strong.

Post# 117567 , Reply# 21   12/8/2010 at 21:34 (3,467 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My Titan does that too.

Post# 117661 , Reply# 22   12/9/2010 at 18:54 (3,466 days old) by Briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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I remember A relative that had a 1975 Eureka (Ironside) orange cannister with a VG1 brush roll, that when on the full power suction setting would seal down to the carpet so tightly you could not push or pull it. Was not good for glued down, no nap indoor/outdoor type carpet, but was excellent on thick piled shag, or any carpet with a thick nap.

Post# 117910 , Reply# 23   12/12/2010 at 19:11 (3,463 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
Kirby Dual Sanitronic 50

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To Sablekid
I was once told by a Kirby salesman, when he came into the store to pick up a new machine and supplie, that he hated to go into a house to sell a new Kirby if they had an old D50. He said that they were some of the best machines Kirby ever made. I don't know if that's true, but I don't care. I love the D50, it's my favorite Kirby.

Post# 278934 , Reply# 24   5/1/2014 at 16:13 (2,227 days old) by Elektrolux ()        
My Most Powerful vintage pre '80 Upright; (DS50)

... has got to be hands down my 1965 Kirby Dual Sanitronic 50 (DS50) I don't have any current running 70's Kirby's yet so I can't speak for them but as said many times in these forums, the D50 was one well built machine for its time and was a strong workhorse for decades to come.


Post# 278940 , Reply# 25   5/1/2014 at 16:59 (2,227 days old) by Elektrolux ()        
My Most Powerful vintage pre '80 tank;

right now will have to be my 1959 Electrolux Automatic F with motor upgrades for more power to the performance of the 70's.
This is 1 of my favorite Lux classics as it is an industry icon in modern vacuums of its time. (step in to correct me if I am mistaken) This was the industries 1st 2 motor system, "1" for vacuum & a 2nd to power all new "PowerMate 1" (PN-1) Power nozzle. Lux's 1st powered nozzle, $99 extra. The Automatic F carried over cool features of the still new 1956 - 1960 Automatic G including the automatic cord winder (optional at $19), automatic bag full release & onboard combination rug/floor brush & dust/upholstery tool making this 1 of the lightest tank units on the market at time.

I've always liked the old Fairfax tank units so if I owned 1 I may have to say it could be stronger dare to its straight suction and larger profile build.


Post# 278985 , Reply# 26   5/1/2014 at 23:56 (2,227 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
my strongest

.my canister would be my eureka rotomatic with power head sucks to carpet like brian was saying hard to push.

Post# 278986 , Reply# 27   5/2/2014 at 00:05 (2,227 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
my upright

my upright would be my eureka uprights`both have sanitaire motors work great my mom bought these new one upstairs one down.

Post# 278987 , Reply# 28   5/2/2014 at 00:15 (2,227 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        


Post# 278988 , Reply# 29   5/2/2014 at 00:18 (2,227 days old) by Elektrolux ()        
My Most Powerful vintage pre '80 tank . . .

. . . runner up would have to be the all so classic and all new design of its time, the 1968 Electrolux Model 1205.

This machine essentially had the same motor type as the Automatic E but a new "Automatic Control" system & a bunch new features as it was a complete re work in design build in almost 20 yrs. This is the 1st Electrolux with a solid state control board, electric power hose (wiring built inside hose, no more pig tail o connection on vacuum side) & electric telescopic power wand (it can be broken down for storage) & incorporated motor protection features.

This was one of the best performance units of its time as it came from a ground up re work design. It offered features not seen before in a home vacuum.

It's a close match on power between my rebuilt Automatic E & 1205. If w/ original motors, I feel the 1205 has an edge in both performance as well as quiet for its design. But I just can't help remember that classic turbine sound of the AE, especiall when it shut off, the spin down sounds were so classic & distinctive.

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