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Post# 117020   12/5/2010 at 04:54 (3,236 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Hi,

Is it true that the 603 is little more than a 602, but with a standard belt cover plate on it instead of the Adjust-O-Rite plate, like the 601 before it? Unlike the 601, however, it uses throw-away bags (also model 602).

Thank you,



Ben





Post# 117215 , Reply# 1   12/5/2010 at 22:37 (3,235 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
I Think You're Right, Ben

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The 602 replaced the 601, and the 603 replaced the 602. All basically the same machine, but seems Royal changed model numbers every time there was even a minor engineering change--that's why so many different models are so similar, and why so many parts will interchange, and why there are so many model numbers that I haven't even heard of.
Jeff


Post# 117243 , Reply# 2   12/6/2010 at 09:29 (3,235 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Jeff,

I remember the 602 actually continued into the early 1980s, and the 603 did exist from the late '60s into the early '70s. I've seen pre-1970 603s as well as 602s going into the mid '80s.

You actually have a 602 dated March 1981, and it is one of the 75th Anniversary versions.

Below is a photograph of a nameplate to a pre-1970 model 603. This one, serial #603-23067, has a revised list of patents, to include two that were issued during the spring of 1969 (3,437,424 and 3,444,582) - which makes this example one of the last ones to not have a datable serial #.

~Ben


Post# 117244 , Reply# 3   12/6/2010 at 09:31 (3,235 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Another 603 - In Dark Blue (Very Early Model)

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Here's another model 603 all done up in dark blue. The serial # on this pre-1970 example is quite low.

Post# 117245 , Reply# 4   12/6/2010 at 09:34 (3,235 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
And This 603's Serial # Is...

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Again, it is a very low one... looks like #603-9103. The 1969-issued patents (both filed on November 26, 1965) are not mentioned yet, which makes this example appear to date from before 1966.




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