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Post# 117831   12/11/2010 at 19:54 (3,461 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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Does anyone out there in Vacuum Land know where to get parts for the commercial Kirbys like the Super Vac 180 that I have or American Lincoln? Does anyone out there HAVE any of these special machines? I bought mine yesterday, and love it. I'm looking for a replacement brush roller, longer cord (25 feet is just not long enough), outer bag and bag top. Any help would be nice.
Thanks a ton.

Post# 117904 , Reply# 1   12/12/2010 at 18:30 (3,460 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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well I called Kirby one time about mine ( I need the belt cap )
and they said nothing was made for it anymore. I have not found any generic parts out there yet. Kirby didn't really want to talk about those. The lady I talked to said they were a huge dissapointment.

Post# 118299 , Reply# 2   12/15/2010 at 16:23 (3,457 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
A Huge Disappointment?

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I don't think that sounds very surprising to me.

Post# 118303 , Reply# 3   12/15/2010 at 17:31 (3,457 days old) by Briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Yeah, thats the problem with owning one of those,,there are no parts avalible at all, period. Ive heard of people taking old brushrolls to a specialized woodworker that could copy it, but good luck finding someone like that now. You would think Kirby would at least still make the basic parts for rebuilding those machines. Evidently they are so rare now that it just dosent pay for anyone to make parts for them.

Post# 118325 , Reply# 4   12/15/2010 at 21:28 (3,457 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Does someone have photos that they can post? I've heard of them, but I don't think I've ever seen them. Thanks!

Post# 118532 , Reply# 5   12/17/2010 at 23:52 (3,455 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I had an American Lincoln that I sold. Thought I had photos of it but can't find them.

It was pretty hideous -- looked like a Sanitronic with an extra-long permanently-attached nozzle, painted dark blue wrinkle finish. The handle insert was red, white and blue, and the bag (no sani-emptor) was white vinyl.

Post# 118553 , Reply# 6   12/18/2010 at 09:35 (3,455 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

There's a photo of a Supervac in this thread. It's the same model that I used to have, but mine was called the "American Lincoln."

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 118557 , Reply# 7   12/18/2010 at 10:56 (3,455 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Wow! That is ugly! LOL! What was Kirby thinking?

Post# 118566 , Reply# 8   12/18/2010 at 11:28 (3,455 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        
Super vac

Hi All I all have the Supervac we call it the July fourth special ( Red White Blue(. i used it in a church where i worked part time for several years. then got the Heritage2 then the G3. I must say it worked very well . It now only needs a new Floor Brush no where to be found. i worked 20 years part time at the church and the Kirbys servied me very wellEverything was carpet so when i got the G3 with power drive it was a big help.Happy hoilday to you all Doug

Post# 118578 , Reply# 9   12/18/2010 at 12:46 (3,455 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        
American Lincoln Super Sweep

I have the American Lincoln Super Sweep in olive green. My father picked it up in the trash around 1986. It needed a front nozzle plug (which he was able to get). My guess is they switched to red, white and blue for the Bicentennial?

- Karl

Post# 118579 , Reply# 10   12/18/2010 at 12:49 (3,455 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Just Got My Kirby Com Vac

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Back from Greg. It is a great machine. A takeoff of the 500 series updated. All the great things of the 500 series with an F&G bag. From the time of the Heritage.

Post# 118590 , Reply# 11   12/18/2010 at 13:38 (3,454 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Something I've always wondered about the Comvac, never having seen one "in the flesh" -- does the headlight housing lift up? Or is it permanently in the "down" position?

And is the rug nozzle permanently attached, as with the Supervac and the American Lincoln?

Post# 118597 , Reply# 12   12/18/2010 at 14:46 (3,454 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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The headlight housing lifts up, the rug nozzle is permanently attached.


Post# 118608 , Reply# 13   12/18/2010 at 16:17 (3,454 days old) by Sablekid ()        

I LOVE those American Lincolns!!!

I guess I like ugly. hah

Post# 118628 , Reply# 14   12/18/2010 at 19:50 (3,454 days old) by powertank ()        

Yeah, I've got to confess, I like them too.

Post# 118771 , Reply# 15   12/20/2010 at 05:06 (3,453 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have two Comvac 1600's.

Post# 118855 , Reply# 16   12/20/2010 at 21:34 (3,452 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
Love those ComVacs

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Are any of the Commercial Kirby owners looking to sell one?
Let me know.

Post# 118885 , Reply# 17   12/21/2010 at 04:50 (3,452 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

No,I would like to buy MORE of them-the ComVacs are sort of cool-like the American Lincolin one in the Red-White-Blue moteiff.

Post# 121337 , Reply# 18   1/14/2011 at 18:32 (3,427 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
My Super Vac 180

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Here is a picture of my Super Vac 180. I had to replace the 'bojack' bag. I found a Heritage Emtor and added a Tradition Outer Bag. It works great, just needs a longer cord and a new Headlight Bumper.

Post# 121390 , Reply# 19   1/15/2011 at 09:18 (3,427 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Justin & SuperVac...

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Hello Justin.

Thanks for posting the photo of your SuperVac. She L@@Ks pretty nice. Much more so with a Kirby bag arrangement, than a F&G system. (mho)

It was good talkin' with you the other day. When I may be of assistance again with your Kirby wants & needs, let me know.

I appreciate being to be able to help save you guys & gals on your Kirby items; for both restorations & everyday consumables usage.

Cheers & hagwknd all,


Post# 254975 , Reply# 20   11/2/2013 at 21:24 (2,404 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
18" Brush Roll (1979 Style)

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This is what the Super-Sweep's brush roll had looked like around 1979. Note the newer-style plastic thread guards... those first appeared on the Classic Omega's brush roll circa 1975 (and thus, the Super-Sweep's - when it was still wearing the "St. Patrick's Day" color scheme).

This picture is credited to the late Austin Wilder.


Post# 254996 , Reply# 21   11/3/2013 at 08:35 (2,404 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        

i have the same problen. i have as i call it the red white and blue machine or as i say thr July Forth special i also need a brush roll forget it. My kirby service man says it is a shame because thats all that goes on themsomeday maybe Doug

Post# 258771 , Reply# 22   12/6/2013 at 23:20 (2,370 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Doug (kirbyvacuum),

May I see a few pictures of yours, including the nameplate on the bottom of the machine?


Post# 258775 , Reply# 23   12/7/2013 at 01:57 (2,370 days old) by chan55 (Green Bay, WI)        

How long did Kirby make those? I saw one once and could not figure it out. Never saw one before. UGLY

Post# 258809 , Reply# 24   12/7/2013 at 11:49 (2,370 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Here are the approximate year ranges:

1967 to 1968

Super Sweep (army green/white): 1968 to 1972
Super Sweep ("St. Patrick's" green/white): 1972 to 1976
Super Sweep 180 ("Bicentennial" blue/white): 1976 to 1982
Super-Vac 180 ("Bicentennial" blue/white): 1982 to 1984

CVD1300: 1982 to 1984
CVD1600: 1982 to 1984


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