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Post# 123141   1/27/2011 at 10:00 (4,773 days old) by kirbyklassic80 ()        

Look at the price of this, it is soooo low for this rare machine!!! I wish I had the extra $80.00.

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Post# 123144 , Reply# 1   1/27/2011 at 12:06 (4,773 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

There's a reason no one has grabbed it. In the description it mentions that the base is broken where it meets the handle yoke. I wouldn't even know how you would repair something like that, and quite honestly, I don't have the room for another imperfect machine. There was just another R1 for sale on eBay about a week or so ago, but the seller noted that it only worked on the low speed.

- Karl

Post# 123151 , Reply# 2   1/27/2011 at 14:35 (4,773 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Yep. The handle bale is, I believe, made of "pot metal." From what I'm told, that type of metal is very difficult to repair cleanly, and even more difficult to so without leaving a "scar" where the break was repaired.

Post# 123152 , Reply# 3   1/27/2011 at 14:39 (4,773 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

P.S. I might have thought it would be worth getting the machine just the bag until I looked more closely at it and saw that (a) it's filthy -- some sort of oily stains all around the bottom, and (b) several good-sized holes in it were very poorly repaired by sewing with what looks like cotton string.

The only thing worth salvaging, really, would be the brush roll as it appears to be in pretty good condition ---- and maybe the motor -- although getting the motor out of one of these beasts is no simple matter.......

Post# 123160 , Reply# 4   1/27/2011 at 16:31 (4,773 days old) by kubvan1 ()        

I was watching that machine as well, but I could not justify buying it and having no real way of fixing the handle "yoke" Even if you could somehow epoxy it back together, it either would be an ugly fix, or not strong enough for reliability in use.
Like was already mentioned, I bet whatever alloy the yoke is made of would be very difficult or impossible to fix by brazing or welding, and also an ugly repair.
Beautiful machine, but personally not practical for me.


Post# 123162 , Reply# 5   1/27/2011 at 16:36 (4,773 days old) by kirbyklassic80 ()        

Ohh, didn't even notice that.

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