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Post# 122745   1/23/2011 at 06:48 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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Post# 122746 , Reply# 1   1/23/2011 at 06:49 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
It is of course ...

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An Apex design, it is perfectly possible that it was manufactured by Apex as well and imported

Post# 122747 , Reply# 2   1/23/2011 at 06:57 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Part 2

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Unfortunatly the brochure is a fold out and too big to fit my scanner. Here is (most) of the rest of it. Did Apex sell theirs with a hand cleaner too.

Actually this works out as quite a good deal, for the cleaner was about 2/3 the price of the Hoover 160, and the tools for the 160 would have been 3 guinies (3/3/0) so the total Vactric package would have been less than a 160 without tools, with (presumably) better suction

Post# 122748 , Reply# 3   1/23/2011 at 06:59 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Many novel features

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Post# 122749 , Reply# 4   1/23/2011 at 07:01 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Outstanding features

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Post# 122770 , Reply# 5   1/23/2011 at 10:08 (4,781 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Love the "Witch-Way" handle -- and, yes, the only other machine I've ever seen that on is the beautiful late 1930s streamlined Apex upright [although the Apex doesn't look anything like this Vactric]. It's actually a very cool design -- when the locking latch is loosened, you can swivel the motor head to and fro just by twisting the handle one way then the other. Hans Craig has one of these, I believe. Would be fun to see a video of it in action!

Post# 122775 , Reply# 6   1/23/2011 at 10:38 (4,781 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        
even the little hand vacuum looks like a hoover dustette

It looks exactly like a coffee can hoover!


Post# 122787 , Reply# 7   1/23/2011 at 13:11 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
No sooner said than done

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Well, apart from the headlight cover (which appears to me more angular on the Apex) it looks very similar to me.

And to see the Apex in action I had to look no further than our DysonAnimal, who used one of the a couple of years ago.



Post# 122788 , Reply# 8   1/23/2011 at 13:14 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Hand cleaner

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You are correct, it is very similar to the dustette although with the added convenience of interchangable tools. I have never seen one of these in real life, but I would have thought the Hoover design was patented so how they got around that i have no idea,


Post# 122791 , Reply# 9   1/23/2011 at 13:43 (4,781 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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Oh, I really like that machine. Very pretty and sounds rather powerful.

Post# 122793 , Reply# 10   1/23/2011 at 13:50 (4,781 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Vactric Upright

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Looks and sounds like a dream!!

Post# 122796 , Reply# 11   1/23/2011 at 14:17 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Later Airflo

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It may be that the brochure scanned above is an earlier version of the cleaner as, in the picture below, it looks even more like the Apex. This catalogue is dated "1939-40 Season" so presumably was prepared in early to mid 1939, of course WW2 would have put a stop to all that.

Picture courtsey 74Simon


Post# 122797 , Reply# 12   1/23/2011 at 14:21 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
And the hand cleaner

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This cleaner was stil being produced in 1960 when Vactric went busy, and I believe the design/tooling was picked up by Goblin.

Picture again courtsey 74Simon


Post# 122806 , Reply# 13   1/23/2011 at 15:19 (4,781 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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That hand portable is almost identical to Apex's of the same era. A question for you: Did Apex make all the Vactric cylinders too, Al?

Post# 122810 , Reply# 14   1/23/2011 at 16:57 (4,781 days old) by kenkart ()        
That IS!! an Apex!

Look at the height adjustment , headlight, shape of motor ETC, if it aint its a darn good copy, I used to have 2 of these,but sold them when I had to sell out.

Post# 122815 , Reply# 15   1/23/2011 at 17:32 (4,781 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Thanks for info guys

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It is very interesting to know that the hand cleaner was an Apex design too, any pictures? The hand cleaners still show up occasionally on ebay, never seen the Airflo.

As far as I know the Vactric cylinders were their own design, although Apex designs did show up post WW2 as Bylock machines, but that is a whole different thread, which i have been meaning to post for ages.

Post# 122856 , Reply# 16   1/24/2011 at 04:47 (4,781 days old) by animebsd ()        

i just happen to be getting one complete with everything very soon! it is the cylinder style one with wheels instead of the sled

cant wait

Post# 122882 , Reply# 17   1/24/2011 at 13:51 (4,780 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
A Vactric?

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With wheels, it sounds like it is a Silent Q. One thing you need to be aware of is that these old Vactrics are very prone to the insulation breaking down.


If the cleaner comes with a two wire cord replace it with a grounded version and attach the ground to the body of the machine. Did you buy it from the UK?


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