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Kirby Model 561
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Post# 123484   1/31/2011 at 16:07 (4,772 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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This Model 561 has been sitting in my garage for a long time. Every time I went out there, it called out for my attention. I saved this vacuum from a junk pile at a vacuum shop in my hometown. When I got it, it had a bojack F&G bag setup and an aftermarket belt lifter. I don't know where I got the Emtor, but luckily I had one lying around. AND I found an original belt lifter at the same vacuum shop where I got the vacuum.

Post# 123485 , Reply# 1   1/31/2011 at 16:11 (4,772 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The nozzle casting was in really rough shape and required quite a bit of sanding before I put it on the buffer. The original fan case was cracked too. Fortunately, I had a fan case from a 562 that works perfectly! The Sweet-Aire plug is one of the tan replacements that Kirby sells. I painted it red, along with the headlight and nozzle trim.

Post# 123486 , Reply# 2   1/31/2011 at 16:15 (4,772 days old) by sanimatic ()        

Nice job as usual. I never mind that black bag on those models, is very striking..

Post# 123487 , Reply# 3   1/31/2011 at 16:18 (4,772 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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And here it is with it's slightly older sibling the Model 560. The 560 aged more gracefully and didn't require as much cosmetic surgery! Someone once asked me why I put a bag chain on come cord hooks. Well, there isn't enough slack on the end of a Classic III cord in order to reach down to the power plant. So a bag chain helps to overcome that problem. In fact, Kirby was selling the black replacement cords with chains. I guess they added more slack to the newer replacements, because they no longer have the chain on the cord hook.

Post# 123508 , Reply# 4   1/31/2011 at 20:27 (4,771 days old) by Sablekid ()        

one of my favorites!

Post# 123510 , Reply# 5   1/31/2011 at 20:38 (4,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
As Charles Richard Says

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The 561 has to be one of the most beautiful machines produced by Kirby.

Post# 123526 , Reply# 6   1/31/2011 at 21:34 (4,771 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Yep! (And its near-twin, the 560)

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