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Whats the best vintage vacuum cleaner out there?
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Post# 122388   1/20/2011 at 18:11 (4,780 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Just curious as to what other peoples opinions were. I would have to say a kirby tradition or classic III.


Post# 122389 , Reply# 1   1/20/2011 at 18:14 (4,780 days old) by nick (Hastings, New Zealand)        

kirby sanitronic and lux 30

Post# 122393 , Reply# 2   1/20/2011 at 18:48 (4,780 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Based on average ebay prices. The Hoover Convertible and Electrolux model G.
They are also the models I own the most of.

Post# 122416 , Reply# 3   1/20/2011 at 22:02 (4,779 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I sure do like the Hoover Model 63. It's one of the best....
First, the box....

Post# 122417 , Reply# 4   1/20/2011 at 22:04 (4,779 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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And next, the gorgeous vacuum........

Post# 122419 , Reply# 5   1/20/2011 at 22:06 (4,779 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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And....the tools, hose, mothimizer and big box....

Post# 122426 , Reply# 6   1/20/2011 at 22:33 (4,779 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Very fond of my old XXX and Compact, can't kill em!

Post# 122430 , Reply# 7   1/20/2011 at 23:24 (4,779 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Wow, John.. That's a gorgeous 63! I imagine that's an early one because of the box they used. I believe later ones came in a smaller box, and the tools came in a separate box altogether.

What's the story with that? How did you find it in such mint shape?

((the 63 is my the way))



Post# 122433 , Reply# 8   1/21/2011 at 00:36 (4,779 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
The best ever...

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Upright, Kirby D50.
Canister, either the Gold Rainbow D or the Lux 1205.

Post# 122445 , Reply# 9   1/21/2011 at 05:07 (4,779 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        
My nice vintage uprights

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From my expeariance I noticed that higher tool suction from a direct air upright and conveniant hose conversion are the exact oposite of each other.
Again this is from my expeariance
My personal favorate one to use throw away bags is my hoover 63 which has very conveniant tool conversion, I also love it's tool suction for it's amperage, My hoover 700 from my expeariance is hard to beat it has the ultimate in tool suction for a 1.9 amp motor although it is several steps to attach the tools. These all are from my experiance

Post# 122457 , Reply# 10   1/21/2011 at 10:40 (4,779 days old) by electroluxtank ()        
There reallyis no single best vac for all applications

Here with a Katrina house rebuild still going one, I use many different types of vacs. A big giant shop vac beats the normal vacs when it comes to pieces of sheet rock. When I vacuum around were I am repairing something, an old electrolux XXX works well. If some parts gets vacuumed up one can just find it in the bag easier. For general dirt and dust I have several old tanks around the house, E, L, R, G and 1205. For a carpet I use to have an old Hoover upright before Katrina, it got ruined/lost and chucked. For quick shop vac type of cleaning, I use a Ridgid 24 volt shop vac that is no longer made. My cleaning is not normal at all. Some rooms are normal, others are "in progress".

Post# 122460 , Reply# 11   1/21/2011 at 11:18 (4,779 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
I have to chime in on your 63 , too!

Hi there! As Fred noted, that is a GORGEOUS 63/63 Ensemble. We WOULD like to know the story/history behind it if you know. I LOVE that entire series from the 62 through the 634, 29 inlcuded. Inquring minds want to know!

Post# 122467 , Reply# 12   1/21/2011 at 12:04 (4,779 days old) by intv1980 (Tucson, Arizona)        

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I like the Kirby Dual-sanitronic 80 for hard floors and the Hoover Dial-A-Matic for carpet. My model 28 is also a great carpet cleaner

Post# 122469 , Reply# 13   1/21/2011 at 12:39 (4,779 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I can't really think of an answer to this, cos it's not really set on any age range, it's like comparing a Kirby Tradition to a Hoover model O, the Kirby would come out the best cos it's had decades of refinements and innovations under it's belt...

Best for Looks though, Kirby D80, ClassicIII and Tradition, and pretty much any Compact or Tristar up to the DXL (after that they just look plasticky, even though they're not!!), aswell as Eureka and Sanitaire F&G Uprights, especially if they're blue... :)

Post# 122542 , Reply# 14   1/21/2011 at 23:10 (4,778 days old) by kenkart ()        
For all out cleaning ability!!

An Apex Strato Cleaner or Sunbeam Dual Deluxe, but for the flat out best vacuum ever, as far as reliability, convience ,good tools and smooth quiet operation, a Model G Electrolux is hard to beat, I cant give much of a opinion on uprights because overall I hate them,I would probably have to go with the Royal 801, its the only upright I use on a regular basis.

Post# 122545 , Reply# 15   1/21/2011 at 23:20 (4,778 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Royal upright, most Kirbys made between 1970-1990, & the Lux 2100. Those are my personal faves....


Post# 122546 , Reply# 16   1/21/2011 at 23:20 (4,778 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Royal upright, most Kirbys made between 1970-1990, & the Lux 2100. Those are my personal faves....


Post# 122550 , Reply# 17   1/22/2011 at 00:25 (4,778 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Fred and Rick -

I went to an estate sale in Portland several years ago. It was the estate of an old Swedish lady. The house was impeccable and I noticed that there were MANY vacuums, all of them in the basement, where they had been put by the estate sale company running the sale.

There was a beat up Regina Electrikbroom, a Royal handvac (I already had one), a jerry-rigged Shop Vac, made out of one of those early metal can-type Shop Vacs and a taped-up hose, a few Bissell carpet sweepers, and a nasty early GE swivel-top. And then I saw the "BIG BOX", sitting in a corner. The tools were inside, as well as an original paper-wrapped packet of original disposable bags, and the Mothimizer. The vacuum was way over on the other side of the basement, VERY dusty. I could tell, though, without dusting it off, that it was almost flawless. I couldn't believe my luck. The cord was just slightly hardened, but the vacuum ran perfectly, and the brush roll looked great. I was really impressed by the condition of the bag. It was a great find. I can't remember what I paid for it - I seem to recall that it was not cheap. I think I sold it to Charlie Watrous (maybe?) when I was selling the bulk of my collection.

I always have loved that particular model. The crimped bag bottom, the sharp colors, the great tools. It was just about the zenith of Hoover perfection (of course, there are other models that are great, too, but this one really rings my chimes).

Post# 122551 , Reply# 18   1/22/2011 at 00:31 (4,778 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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BTW - I think that Mothimizer is actually the wrong one for the Model 63. By the time the 63 came out, they were selling a funky cardboard thing for moth treatment; it came with the boxed tools, I think. The owner may have bought this metal one separately from the 63, or had it from a prior Hoover; it looks to be from about the era of the Model 26 (around 1938).

Post# 122737 , Reply# 19   1/23/2011 at 06:29 (4,777 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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I would also have to agree with electroluxtank that there is no universal vacuum sweeper. my electrolux xxx would have an advantage over both of my hoovers I listed above it would have more tool suction than any upright in it's day. This is of all of my vacuums and from my experiance.Also if anyone has a consumer reports article on vacuums containing ratings an elux r and a hoover 700 any year I'd love to see them

Post# 122771 , Reply# 20   1/23/2011 at 10:10 (4,777 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Ask 20 collectors this question and you'll get 20 answers.......

"'Best' is in the eye of the beholder," to paraphrase a cliché.

Post# 122774 , Reply# 21   1/23/2011 at 10:27 (4,777 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

I agree- My idea of the best vacuum is totally different that other peoples.


Post# 122785 , Reply# 22   1/23/2011 at 12:59 (4,777 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
Hoover 63

John,your Hoover 63 is just FABOOO! Mine was the next gen. The box is a tan color/with blue print.The hose and attachments came in another(same colored box).They are one of my favorites.That whole line is my all time choices. Michael

Post# 122824 , Reply# 23   1/23/2011 at 19:42 (4,777 days old) by alaskabob ()        

hoover convertible on the rugs
electrolux tank for the rest
royal hand vac on the upholstery

Post# 122835 , Reply# 24   1/23/2011 at 20:38 (4,777 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My beloved turquoise Eureka 250 Automatic's a later version with a Cordaway cord fill bags in the early 1960's - who woulda believed it?

Post# 122837 , Reply# 25   1/23/2011 at 22:21 (4,776 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Let me think... it's on the tip of my tongue um.. pick one

Post# 122838 , Reply# 26   1/23/2011 at 22:23 (4,776 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 122839 , Reply# 27   1/23/2011 at 22:25 (4,776 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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there's always

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