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This PENCREST/ HOOVER was given to me
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Post# 121081   1/12/2011 at 15:18 (4,788 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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It needs a whole lot of work. It was originally from a vac store in Scranton.

Post# 121083 , Reply# 1   1/12/2011 at 15:21 (4,788 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
yes, it is amongst

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others. Anyone who KNOWS me knows that the house is a bit "tossed".

Post# 121084 , Reply# 2   1/12/2011 at 15:56 (4,788 days old) by xraytech ()        

It looks like she can be beautiful again John, the orange replacement plug and missing lens seem easy, its the tattered bag that worries me most.

Anyways nice free find


Post# 121096 , Reply# 3   1/12/2011 at 18:00 (4,788 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

That is in rough shape! Rare cleaner... With a little love, though, I'm sure it can be brought back to life.. maybe a model 70 or 719 bag?

I found the box for that machine at an estate sale this summer.

Post# 121102 , Reply# 4   1/12/2011 at 19:24 (4,788 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Poor Hoover. Why are the Pencrests rare?

Post# 121103 , Reply# 5   1/12/2011 at 20:30 (4,788 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
they are rare becauase

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They were made by HOOVER for JC Penney. And, that cordwinder was a rare feature. Not my favorite, but... a nice piece of history.

Post# 121120 , Reply# 6   1/13/2011 at 01:56 (4,788 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Just today I saw a Penncrest, what did it say on it, "Portable Vacuum" or something like that. Aren't all vacs portable unless built into the house? Anyway, this was one of those small rectangular jobs, no wheels. The debris container was constructed along the lines of a Dustbuster. Small container with a built-in filter. I've seen similar portable vacs like this branded Kenmore for Sears.

The cord retractor on the Penncrest in the OP is interesting. It kinda reminds me of the so-called Continental Kits, fake (mostly) external spare tires put on as an accessory on cars in the 1950's.

JC Penney used to be a general merchandise store, not mostly soft goods ("women's stuff") like now. They had a tool section similar to Craftsman/Sears and their line was Penncraft. They had the lifetime guarantee, too. Penncraft stuff was contract made by major USA tool manufacturers with styling and roll-stamping per JC Penney. It's been years since Penney's carried tools, but they will still honor the lifetime guarantee. If you have one break, you can get the replacement value (usually comparable Craftsman) paid back to you. At least this was true a few years ago, but you have to find someone in customer service who knows what you are talking about.

Post# 121133 , Reply# 7   1/13/2011 at 06:13 (4,787 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

JCPenney used to have a nice sporting goods section as well-lets see- camping,hunting,fishing,baseball,tennis,skiing supplies.It seems years ago JC Penney was being a competitor to Sears and Wards.

Post# 121247 , Reply# 8   1/14/2011 at 03:05 (4,787 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        
Penncrest Compact, that was

I mistakenly referred to the Penncrest "Portable" but what I should've said was "Compact." Both the Penncrest and Kenmore compacts were about the size of a 12 volt car battery and about third the weight. They were basically a small canister vac.

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