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Acquired a Pow-R-Vac, info?
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Post# 126570   3/3/2011 at 17:36 (4,748 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

I got a hold of a Pow-R-Vac today. Model 2020 and made by Walton Products Inc. It's dirty and has some rust but does work. Does anyone know anything about these? I did find the trademark information. Registered in 1970, expired in 1992 and first used in 1968. I really haven't been able to find anything online and probably will sell it if it's worth anything, maybe put it on ebay. I have more pictures if anyone is interested. Thanks in advance for your help.

Post# 126573 , Reply# 1   3/3/2011 at 17:40 (4,748 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Nevr seen one of those, before. Interesting vac. By the way, welcome to the forum!


Post# 126575 , Reply# 2   3/3/2011 at 17:44 (4,748 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Looks like a homemade go-kart, very funny... :D

Post# 126579 , Reply# 3   3/3/2011 at 18:09 (4,748 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

Thanks VW.

My dad asked me if I was gonna ride it around the living room! haha

I could only find one other reference to a vacuum like this, it may have been on this forum but I don't recall for sure. It seems like it is an early model shop vac actually. It says something on it to the effect of "For cars, shops, garages, homes..." My buddy was gonna scrap it but I thought there might be some collectors out there who might want it. I'm not one to throw stuff away very easily. I probably get that from my grandfather. I'm only 26 so this thing is before my time!

Post# 126582 , Reply# 4   3/3/2011 at 18:43 (4,748 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I remember seeing one of those on Ebay several months ago. That's a very nice find! You should hang onto it.

Post# 126584 , Reply# 5   3/3/2011 at 18:51 (4,748 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

Do you remember what it went for?

Post# 126592 , Reply# 6   3/3/2011 at 20:29 (4,747 days old) by nick (Hastings, New Zealand)        

avocado green with fake wood grain makes it a keeper, they were the shop vac of their day

Post# 126601 , Reply# 7   3/3/2011 at 22:20 (4,747 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

So basically, your only purpose for joining the forum was to pawn off your Pow-R-Vac for top dollar to a collector? Sad....

Post# 126662 , Reply# 8   3/4/2011 at 19:22 (4,747 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

Ohio_Tuec- Or I could have let it go to the scrap yard which is where it was headed before I grabbed it. I thought it might be something special and would hate to see it be gone forever. If it's not anything special or a collectors item, I'll scrap it.

I also asked if anyone had any info on it. Why? Because I am curious as well. Old items interest me a great deal and I have many antiquities. I am also sorry I am struggling for money and am trying to support my family. So if I can sell this to someone that will enjoy it more than me, can refurb it and give it a better home than I can then that would be a good thing right?

Thanks for being a lot of help and thinking you know all of what's going on. Maybe had you been more accommodating I would spend more time learning about these old vacuums and maybe collect them myself. Thanks.

Post# 126673 , Reply# 9   3/4/2011 at 21:24 (4,746 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

You put absolutely NO information in your profile page which leads me to believe your purpose for being here is bogus. I am sorry for you and your family's misfortune. I too am struggling in these difficult economic times....

Post# 126792 , Reply# 10   3/6/2011 at 16:22 (4,745 days old) by electroluxxxx ()        

Karl- I think you need to calm down a little here, the person was interested in some Info about the machine, and possibly wants to sell it. we are all about vacuums in this forum and this post was about a vacuum, not about someones profile and purpose being Bogus. from reading all he is pretty much asking is if the vacuum is worth anything, if anyone would want it, and if it is worth something, and what is it worth?

not trying to argue here but I am tired of people attacking each other.

Post# 126795 , Reply# 11   3/6/2011 at 16:54 (4,745 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

Alright Mike, then I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. I think the forum should be for those who really LOVE and ENJOY the hobby, not for passerbys simply trying to find out what they can GET for a vacuum they salvaged. Just because a vacuum is old doesn't mean it's worth a fortune. Guaranteed this guy isn't gonna be back to post unless it's about this vacuum or another one he has to sell. I hate to see this forum exploited in such fashion. Just my two cents.

- Karl

Post# 126802 , Reply# 12   3/6/2011 at 17:50 (4,745 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        
Karl, back off, you're out of line here....

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There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with what 'chevysoldier' has done here. All he has done is ask for some information, thinking he may have something us collectors might be interested in, & offer it for sale. If anything, he has done us a favor by NOT going to Ebay first....

And he also says, "Old items interest me a great deal and I have many antiquities". So, who are you to say he doesn't have an interest in collecting old vacuums?? Pretty presumptuous on your part....the fact he thought to rescue the Pow-R-Vac shows right there he at least has SOME interest in our hobby.

Maybe instead of criticizing, you should be grateful he even thought of approaching us & taking the effort to join the club. After all, had this been a 'dream machine' you had been looking for, I highly doubt you would have said the things you have here. And, I don't see you criticizing 'ryanm' for his Tristar post about his powerhead, yet in your way of thinking he could also be viewed as 'bogus'.

Like Mike said above, we don't need any more people attacking's getting old.


Post# 126812 , Reply# 13   3/6/2011 at 18:58 (4,745 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

Thanks Rob and Mike. It's interesting that I have gotten some people, in this thread and in my email, who say I should hold on to it. That maybe I might enjoy it or get into this area of collecting. But you Karl, coming at me with that sort of attitude turns me off. I would like to have seen had it been something you wanted so badly. I'm sure your attitude would have changed. Should I end up collecting these I might find another forum that greets new people more warmly. If I was less of a person I might also be apt to spread my experiences with those I know about the reception I got here. Although the rest of the people here seem to have helped to rectify my first impression so I consider you just a bad apple. Every forum has them and I guess you might be the one here? And for what it's worth I've had numerous people tell me the same thing about you.

Who knows maybe this is the first to my collection because we all have to start somewhere.

Post# 126815 , Reply# 14   3/6/2011 at 19:46 (4,745 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        
chevysoldier, I would keep the Pow-R-Vac....

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It does look to be rare, and the outside does look to be in great shape. And don't worry, there are lots of nice people on here, at least that's been my experience. So stick around for a little while...

BTW, there are also a couple of forums on Facebook, one called Classic Vacuum Cleaners, and another called vintage-vintage-vintage vacuums, so if you're on Facebook, message me on there & I will see if we can add you in, as I am on both these forums as well. Just use my email listed in my profile to find me on Facebook.


Post# 126819 , Reply# 15   3/6/2011 at 19:55 (4,745 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Personally, I'd love to have it for myself, it's just so funny looking, I'd just have it for the comedic value, it's like a little oil drum on "little red wagon" wheels... :D

Just can't afford the shipping on such a thing though, you guys over there get all the best vacuum cleaners... :(

Post# 126820 , Reply# 16   3/6/2011 at 20:02 (4,745 days old) by chevysoldier ()        

Thank you Rob. I will have to check that out on Facebook. I appreciate it.

Post# 126824 , Reply# 17   3/6/2011 at 20:26 (4,744 days old) by chrisb32 ()        

Just in case anyone wonders where I have been, even though I wasnt on here much anyway. This kind of thing is the reason I have stopped posting on here. I was thrilled a while back when I found this site. I have been into vacuums since I was a year and a half old and have been collecting since I was a teen. The more I read on here, the more I backed away. I still check in from time to time to see if there is a thread that interests me, and I like to look at the pics. Thats about it. I have joined the facebook group and havent seen this kind of problem. I dont really know anyone on here, and no one has done anything to me personally, but life has enough drama without having to read it for no reason on a vacuum site. I do not mean this directly to any person, but I dont understand why some people seem to be able to find something to complain about or insult people about, no matter what. We are vacuum collectors, not the FBI. I dont mean to offend anyone in particular, but this is why I havent been posting, along with a few other reasons I wont mention. I am disappointed too, because I love vacs.

Post# 126829 , Reply# 18   3/6/2011 at 21:01 (4,744 days old) by scvacuumguy (SC)        

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Chris, sometimes that behavior is expected of certain people. Its nice when people meet our expectations, though.

Post# 126843 , Reply# 19   3/6/2011 at 21:32 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

yes, we do all have to start somewhere. Whether you have 2 vacuums, or 200, its a collection.


Post# 126872 , Reply# 20   3/7/2011 at 10:12 (4,744 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

Well, Rob, that's really NOT for you to say. You're not the webmaster and frankly everyone is entitled to their opinion. I seem to be the lone wolf in this matter. I don't feel it right that someone create a handle simply to sell a vacuum they stumbled upon to try and sell if for top dollar. That's what eBay is for. We've lost alot of good people on this site like Jeff Parker, Tom Anderson and Tom Gasko (who's long gone) for reasons just like this. I too enjoy employing my vacuum wisdom as it is appropriate. I really don't need anyone telling me "I'm out of line." Perhaps I will join them and take a permanent vacation from this site....

- K

Post# 126873 , Reply# 21   3/7/2011 at 10:12 (4,744 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

Well, Rob, that's really NOT for you to say. You're not the webmaster and frankly everyone is entitled to their opinion. I seem to be the lone wolf in this matter. I don't feel it right that someone create a handle simply to sell a vacuum they stumbled upon to try and sell if for top dollar. That's what eBay is for. We've lost alot of good people on this site like Jeff Parker, Tom Anderson and Tom Gasko (who's long gone) for reasons just like this. I too enjoy employing my vacuum wisdom as it is appropriate. I really don't need anyone telling me "I'm out of line." Perhaps I will join them and take a permanent vacation from this site....

- K

Post# 126880 , Reply# 22   3/7/2011 at 12:08 (4,744 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

If you disagree with someone saving something from the dump and them offering it to another collector, then that's your problem, I've seen this happen many times on other forums...

Yes some don't like it, but which is better? Trashing something now considered rare, or someone joining a forum specialising in such things in order to pass it on to someone else?

If you don't like it, then there are other places you can go to, having one place as a little clique for things the way you want them is not what an open discussion forum is for, that's facebook's job...

Post# 126889 , Reply# 23   3/7/2011 at 15:02 (4,744 days old) by chrisb32 ()        

No offense to anyone particular but whoever is in charge here, I would like to delete my profile, I just know how. I would appreciate help with this. I joined this site for fun, not for the constant fighting, and insulting that goes on, and just plain meanness. I would appreciate help with this. I am sorry to do it but every time I go to read something I think will be interesting, I find some kind of drama. Life has enough drama of its own without having it over a HOBBY. Thank you, and thanks to the people that dont cause it either. I am enjoying myself on facebook, and I havent found any "cliques" yet. If there are any, they have definately been very welcoming to me. I am just starting to get to know a few people, and on here, I cant seem to do it without having to sift thru all the back biting to figure out whats what. If I want that, I can watch daytime soaps. Again, this is not aimed at anyone specific, as I dont know any of you. Its just the general atmosphere. I love the pics and some of the discussions, but its not worth it to me. Its a shame too, I am 33 and have been playing with vacs since I was about 18 months old. Anyway, good luck all.

Post# 126890 , Reply# 24   3/7/2011 at 15:13 (4,744 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Chris, do like others have done, just stop reading and posting for a while, and see where that goes. Nobody wants to see you leave. There are a few hundred people on this forum who just read and don't participate, probably for the same reasons you have. Seems like every forum I'm on, some are into several hundred people, it's usually the same ten or twelve people who are active. Hopefully the moderator will read this soon, or if he has, will react soon.

Post# 126891 , Reply# 25   3/7/2011 at 15:19 (4,744 days old) by Petek (Ontario)        

There are no rules about people coming on here and getting information or wanting to sell something. You're disrespectful and out of line here. Grow up

Post# 126892 , Reply# 26   3/7/2011 at 15:21 (4,744 days old) by chrisb32 ()        

Well, if the moderator hasnt read it, would you please forward it to him for me, and others. Actually I did stop posting, or even looking for quite a while, after I found out that one of my good friends was treated in an appalling way, then I start reading here and there again, and here it all goes. I also couldnt help but put my two cents in on the other forum about the new royal 'decade'. I have been wanting to attend a vacuum convention since I found out about the club in '98 but if this is the way things go...........Dont think so. Thank you for offering some reason, its refreshing and apparently rare here.

Post# 126896 , Reply# 27   3/7/2011 at 15:41 (4,744 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
@ Chris and Chevysoldier

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I understand your concerns. I've been put off by the rude behavior and imperious tone of some who post on this forum. A while back, my response was to leave too. But I came back because I realized that not everyone is that way. In fact, you'll find that most of the people on this Forum and in the Club itself are incredibly nice people. I'm very sorry that such behavior exists and that some are hurt by it too. But please know that you are both a welcome part of this Forum. And please know too that the Webmaster is working to be even more vigilant at keeping inappropriate behavior in check.


P. S. Chevysoldier, I'm sorry but I don't remember how much the vacuum went for on Ebay.

Post# 126902 , Reply# 28   3/7/2011 at 17:00 (4,744 days old) by nick (Hastings, New Zealand)        
from another group

You are welcome to come tell us of ---- you will be selling and to ask us about them. You do not have to **pretend to be "really interested in -----" just to get information.** Tell us you have a ------- to sell and ask any questions.

the above group got it right why cant something like this work here

maybe a visitor question option stating the above on discuss-o-vac

Post# 126906 , Reply# 29   3/7/2011 at 17:09 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

If chevysoldier wants to talk about his vacuum, i think he should feel free to. Last time i checked, this site was called vacuumland. Im pretty sure that means ALL vacuums. He has a vacuum. As long as its about that vacuum, he should be able to talk here. Just my two cents.


Post# 126920 , Reply# 30   3/7/2011 at 19:34 (4,744 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
OK - Time for the Webmaster to Weigh In Here

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I have been following this thread and here is my opinion. I feel that people should be able to join up on the forums even if they want to know what "Aunt Tillie's" (in the words of Charles Richard) vacuum cleaner they found in the attic is worth. That's what these forums are about. Getting information about vacuum cleaners. I get at least one or two emails a week inquiring about that and quite honestly do not have the time to personally answer each one. I was planning on putting an announcement on the home page that if anyone has a question about a vacuum they found in the attic, to go ahead, sign up and ask their questions. I would hope that the members here would be civil and courteous about such inquiries. Opinions? Who knows, you may find a treasure. I would just hope it wouldn't turn into a hair-pulling fist fight. I have worked hard to lead us to an open-membership forum again after having to lock it down due to extremely bad behavior by some former members. We have come a long way to become and open and inviting place. Keep in mind that some people are shy about their interest in vacuums, we need to encourage them, no matter what the motivation.

Please let's try to be civil to each other. It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for people to be mean when they communicate over the internet. That lack of face-to-face communication has spawned a whole new era of taking pot-shots at people without having to look each other in the face. I would hope everyone here would communicate as though you were having a face-to-face conversation.

I try not to be to heavy-handed in moderating these forums. I have been accused in the past of being a "Nazi" in moderating these forums in the past. Part of that had to do with the horrible goings-on stirred up by some of people previously mentioned. Many of you never saw the spewing of venom that went on here. I deleted as soon as it happened and believe me, it was a full-time job. Things have settled down nicely lately. For those of you who want to try some other forums, have at it and good luck. Robert Seger gave me some advice early on. He stated "Let the forum members police themselves and they will." And you all seem to have done just that. Feel free to express yourselves, particularly if you feel someone is being mean or unjust. I can't come to everyones rescue. If you want to engage in conversations here, be prepared to defend your position. Let's just be ladies and gentlemen about it.


Post# 126938 , Reply# 31   3/7/2011 at 21:20 (4,743 days old) by chevysoldier ()        


Thank you for the kind words and you opening your forum to me. I can't really say anything I haven't said before but I really did not mean for this to happen. Judging by the rest of the people on this forum, and a couple who have approached me on the side, I think this a is good place. Thank you to the rest of you that "defended me" for lack of a better phrase.

I do think I will stick around although since all I can tell you about vacuums is which side is the top, I'll probably be pretty quiet and just learn what I can.


Post# 126952 , Reply# 32   3/7/2011 at 23:37 (4,743 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Well said, Fred.

I would also like to add to this thread based on this comment: I have been wanting to attend a vacuum convention since I found out about the club in '98 but if this is the way things go...........Dont think so.

It amazes me that we have 401 people who have signed up and have a username on this website... However -- only 86 of those usernames are "upgraded members" or, actual paid members of the VCCC. I would say that a good majority of threads/posts/messages are not even coming from those members on this website who are actual members of the club.

So we get all of this conversation/fighting/call it what you like -- from people who aren't actually members of the club... and it seems like that's how we carry on at a convention when us collectors get together. The way that this club is represented on this website is a faaaarrrrr cry from how a convention actually is. Don't make judgments without trying something for yourself, or basing your opinion on what others say... who haven't attended one of our conventions (a) ever, or (b) in many years. If you attend, you'll see that's not the case at all. We have a lot of fun.

On top of what I just said, there is also a pretty large sampling of actual VCCC Club members who don't even have a username on this website, or actively post and contribute to it. Which is disappointing.

I'm also disappointed in the members of the club who do "participate" on this website -- so many of them who don't contribute a damn thing about vacuum cleaners. Even some of our board members.... I mean,I can think of a few board members who do post... but there are some who seldom post or seldom post anything about vacuums. I should really slap my own wrist, too. Granted I don't participate in every conversation... but I do start threads on a somewhat regular basis... they usually have some "meat" to them. Maybe that'll be one of my New-Year resolutions.. to try and start at least one vacuum related thread per week..

Having lost good people on this website -- that's a whole different conversation. I agree that there are lots of people who we've lost... the above mentioned are no exception. Although I feel some of that stems from ego issues, many of which stem from the misrepresentation of the club through bickering on these threads...

Anyways, I'll get off of my soap box..

And thank you to those on this website who DO actively post about vacuums and start civil, interesting threads with pictures and loads of knowledge. That's what this club and site are about and should be about. We all love vacuum cleaners, we all know a lot about vacuum cleaners. We all need to remember that... and like Fred said, be respectful of one another.


Post# 126954 , Reply# 33   3/7/2011 at 23:54 (4,743 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        
Sorry this thread kind of got hijacked...

I also vividly remember the Pow-R-Vac brand being advertised in the yearly "Fleet Farm" catalog that we would get once a year near Christmas. I haven't seen one or seen that logo in a really long time....

Fleet Farm is a midwestern chain of stores that sell just about anything you could imagine. Sporting goods, small appliances, farming equipment, regular hardware store type things, tools, lighting, clothing, tires, candy, toys, seasonal decorations... lots and lots... Going to Fleet Farm with my father or grandfather was always a huge deal for me when I was a kid. I have early memories of vacuum viewing at Fleet Farm ... looking at the catalog with my grandmother/grandfather/parents.

I still look forward to going there, and when Robert and I go (a few times a year), we always end up spending more money than we intend on spending. Most of the stores are set up pretty much the same as one another and haven't changed much over the years. So walking through the store really brings back memories of going many years ago. They also all smell the same... But yes, I remember the Pow-R-Vac cleaners.. and that Pow-R-Vac logo clear as day!

Thanks for the flashback .. and welcome to VacuumLand.


Post# 126963 , Reply# 34   3/8/2011 at 02:37 (4,743 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

There's a couple of reasons why I'm not a paid up VCCC member:

1. I'm a cheapskate
2. "Have I got news for you" (A news quiz made by the BBC)

The 2nd reason is the ridicule that was doled out when they got a hold of a VCCC newsletter or magazine, I don't know who the members were that were pictured and showed, but, they weren't exactly flattering to say the least, especially on TV, and to be honest, it puts me off, I'd rather remain somewhat anonymous.... :S

I'm just here for sharing knowledge and adding some humour, aswell as having the odd rant and expressing my likes and dislikes, and enjoying a bit of banter, that's about it... :)

If people dislike me, that's their problem, cos to me, all this is just text on a computer screen, I don't know anyone here, and no-one here knows me, I just offer up the information only I want people to know... :)

Completely off topic I know, but as a non-VCCC member, I thought I'd just point out that not all of us are horrid people, some are just overly-opinionated to the point of being a nuisance...

Post# 126981 , Reply# 35   3/8/2011 at 08:21 (4,743 days old) by luxg ()        

I would like to thank both Fred's for their recent comments here. I have said many times that the only way you can experience what the VCCC is really all about and to meet the many many wonderful members is to attend a convention and to get to know the members. Until you have done that you really shouldn't be judging us.


Post# 127004 , Reply# 36   3/8/2011 at 12:55 (4,743 days old) by nick (Hastings, New Zealand)        
adding some humour

i read the forum for a few years before i started posting. mostly for the insight and info as i repair vacs. if all views are welcome i have seen that does not seem true, re the dyson incident of a few months ago, i guess that persons views were not welcome. i have seen other strong opinions for and against other brands, kirby comes to mind. some times i am just entertained by the back and forth banter about certain brands.

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