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Post# 127903   3/20/2011 at 11:06 (4,731 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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It's cold and rainy here today so to brighten up the housework I decided to get my new (to me) gold Super J and B8 polisher out to do the work. I bought a Super J new back in the day along with the B8. Have always kept the B8 and it has been polishing the floors for all these years. Of course, I got rid of the J and always missed that machine. Some may not like the color but I love it. I gave up on finding the matching hose (gold with a blue tracer) and so went ahead and got another J and am using it with an updated replacement hose. Glad to have these matching machines back together and brightening the day.

Post# 127906 , Reply# 1   3/20/2011 at 11:11 (4,731 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I LOVE that color! It's a very classy vacuum. And polisher.

Post# 127913 , Reply# 2   3/20/2011 at 11:27 (4,731 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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I agree. Should have cleaned up that B8 a bit. She sees a lot of action.

Post# 127922 , Reply# 3   3/20/2011 at 12:05 (4,730 days old) by kenkart ()        
Super J!!!!!

Fred ...I remember BEGGING my Mom to by a Super J in 77 or 78, I cant remember the exact year,but instead she bought a Celebrity 2 Powermatic, which I HATED!!!! Still love a Super J!

Post# 127923 , Reply# 4   3/20/2011 at 12:21 (4,730 days old) by luxg ()        

Fred, what a beautiful ensemble!! Sure to make housework fun! By the way that is a beautiful shine you have on those floors!!


Post# 127924 , Reply# 5   3/20/2011 at 12:34 (4,730 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Love the glitz of those Super J's. I was so happy when I found mine was it last year or so especially since I thought they were never sold here but apparently were for awhile.. Still they're not all that common in these parts

Post# 127929 , Reply# 6   3/20/2011 at 12:45 (4,730 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Gorgeous! Perfect pairing.

Post# 127933 , Reply# 7   3/20/2011 at 12:50 (4,730 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

I have a fair bit of nostalgia for the Super J; loved to use them back in the '70's and saw a lot of them in use. Funnily enough, never saw one with the combo tool riding on top; I guess people never used them or lost them.

Post# 127937 , Reply# 8   3/20/2011 at 13:40 (4,730 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
For Some Reason

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This machine has always been special to me. Thinking about it, it was the first Lux that I bought brand new. They really were wonderful. Found this one in great shape. Rerun of one of the pictures of the day. Have that upright and the Gold L as well. I'll have to get them all together for a group shot!

Post# 127939 , Reply# 9   3/20/2011 at 13:43 (4,730 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
And Another

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Picture of the Day

Post# 127954 , Reply# 10   3/20/2011 at 16:24 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

lovely, in a little-old-lady-with-plastic-cover-on-the-sofa kind of way! ;P

I do also love your hardwood floors!!

Post# 127965 , Reply# 11   3/20/2011 at 18:16 (4,730 days old) by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        
Love it

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Your Super J is gorgeous! It's not my fave color, but what a vacuum! Yours look perfect, so even a color that doesn't excite me gleams! Congrats on having that!

Post# 127970 , Reply# 12   3/20/2011 at 18:59 (4,730 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Those are gorgeous machines! I want to get my hands on one of those B-8 polishers... I've never tried one out... and we have that huge basement floor to keep polished... Although I do currently have 3 Hoover polishers dedicated to doing that work. I have one that does the first polishing of the hardened wax, then another one with felt pads to give a bit of a sheen, then a third with lambswool pads to give the high-lustre. It's a job to do, but thanks to Terry -- back in May, I learned how to do it the right way!

Post# 128001 , Reply# 13   3/20/2011 at 21:38 (4,730 days old) by luxg ()        

Love that picture Fred, thanks for sharing it again!! What a fun time we had!!


Post# 128011 , Reply# 14   3/20/2011 at 23:48 (4,730 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have one of those polishers

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for sale... a complete unit.. in gold.

Post# 128027 , Reply# 15   3/21/2011 at 11:20 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

@HooverCelebrity - You really can't find a better 'domestic' floor polisher than the Electrolux B7 & B8. The machine is heavy, so it really does a fast job of melting the wax and working it into floor. And its large swath makes quick work of large spaces. The Electrolux Air-Powered Floor Polisher and Scrubber comes into play for smaller areas.

Here's what is, to me, the most beautiful of the series. It was the first B8, the first model to have rug shampooing capability. I just love the festive 1960s starbursts on the shampoo tank!

Post# 128028 , Reply# 16   3/21/2011 at 11:21 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 128029 , Reply# 17   3/21/2011 at 11:22 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 128030 , Reply# 18   3/21/2011 at 11:31 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

btw, the first version of the B7 came out in 1959 during the run of the Model F. It's pretty rare as it was only made for a year or so.

Post# 128031 , Reply# 19   3/21/2011 at 11:32 (4,730 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

And there's an even rarer chrome-plated version that was a salesman's award. I've only seen photos of this, don't have one darnit! It's faaaaaaaaabulously gorgeous!!!

Post# 128039 , Reply# 20   3/21/2011 at 14:32 (4,729 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I have never seen that color of green on the b8. I love that it matches the G. The only green one I've seen was the 1205 mate with darker green.

Post# 128045 , Reply# 21   3/21/2011 at 16:08 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

There were two different versions of the turquoise or light-green machine. The first was the B7, with the long T-handle that the B7 had. The second was the B8 with a folding handle made of thinner-tubing chrome-plate.

Here's the earlier B7, photos taken eons ago.......

("Pay no attention to the man with the red clown hair!")

Post# 128046 , Reply# 22   3/21/2011 at 16:08 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 128047 , Reply# 23   3/21/2011 at 16:19 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The B7 came in three colors:

— white & gray (matched the Model F, 1959)

— chromeplated (special award model, 1959)

— light turquoise (matched the Model G, 1960)

The B8 came in five colors:

— light turquoise (matched Model G, 1961)

— dark turquoise (matched the 1205, 1968)

— gold (matched the Golden Jubilee, 1974)

— brown (matched the Olympia, 1978)

— slate gray (matched the Silverado, 1982)

I've never seen a B8 in any other color. I'm pretty sure the slate gray color was carried from the Silverado through the 1521 series (1984-88) until the plastic Diplomat came out in 1989 and a new plastic floor polisher - rug beautifier came out with it.

Thereafter, Electrolux made plastic-body machines that are lighter in weight. Which, with a floor polisher, is not a good thing. The newer models are nowhere nearly as fast or efficient as the older "cast iron" machines.

Post# 128088 , Reply# 24   3/21/2011 at 21:17 (4,729 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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I have used a lot of polishers in my day including Regina, Shetland and Hoover. You are right, there is nothing like a B8 for polishing floors. The heft is just right to polish (with the brushes) and then buff (with the pads) to really doll up a paste waxed floor. I love the old Hoovers, but they just don't have the weight to do the job. In all the things I have tried, Butchers Paste Wax with the B8 can't be beat. Here is the instruction manual that came with the B8 shown above back in 1976. Still going strong. This thing has been shampooing carpets (when I still did that) and polishing and buffing floors for almost 40 years. My housekeeper Geneva used this gold B8 in the 70's in Chicago and then in the 2000's in St. Charles when I moved back and she was in her 70s. A lot of memories. Glad I kept it.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO compactelectra's LINK

Post# 128090 , Reply# 25   3/21/2011 at 21:24 (4,729 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
And To Go Along With It

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The instruction manual for the Super J. A lot of good memories. And a damn good machine. I'll take pictures of all of the series of the era (Super J, L, Upright and B8) together when I get a chance.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO compactelectra's LINK

Post# 128093 , Reply# 26   3/21/2011 at 21:43 (4,729 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks for posting that manual Fred! I also have the B8. I wonder if you can still buy the Tile and terrazzo floor polish?

Post# 128094 , Reply# 27   3/21/2011 at 21:45 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I love the 1970s big-hair-country-singer hairstyle on the lady in the polisher manual!! And dig that smart polyester pants-suit outfit!!

Post# 128096 , Reply# 28   3/21/2011 at 21:48 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Charles and all other USA folks.

Does this mean that the Canadian folding handle triple pad B Series Shampoo/Polishers with cordwinder retractor drum surrounding the motor were exclusive to Canada?

This is the 1961 B-20 matching the red ZB 83/86/88

Post# 128097 , Reply# 29   3/21/2011 at 21:49 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The green 1967 B-21 for the 87/89.

Post# 128098 , Reply# 30   3/21/2011 at 21:53 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The B model continued virtually unchanged, except for the hood trim strip, throughout the AP Series in colors to match.

The 1973 B-22

Post# 128101 , Reply# 31   3/21/2011 at 22:01 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Three CanLux polisher shampooers spanning the ZB83 red BX-10 to AP 280 B in brown.

Post# 128102 , Reply# 32   3/21/2011 at 22:02 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That is correct Herr ĆolianDave, we never had that style of floor & rug conditioner here. I've seen a couple here and there, at thrift shops etc.

btw, the first electric Electrolux polisher to be sold in the U.S. was the B6, which was also manufactured & sold in the UK, Canada, Sweden, Germany etc. It was designed in 1944 by Raymond Loewy. It was olive green with black accents. The brushes were reversed from the later models, e.g., the single brush was in the front and the two other brushes in the back. I had one once upon a time but it's long gone.

I googled for a pic of one but nothing came up.

Post# 128103 , Reply# 33   3/21/2011 at 22:13 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Lastly, a 1980s cream & burgundy Model 20101-A Special Edition which de-contents the cordwinder for cast hooks on the handle.

Post# 128105 , Reply# 34   3/21/2011 at 22:28 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The BX 10 Chrome triple polisher shown in the 1953 Mechanical Maid Electrolux manual.

Post# 128107 , Reply# 35   3/21/2011 at 22:29 (4,729 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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This was a chance shriek-worthy find in a very small town junk shop. I almost fainted.

Post# 128111 , Reply# 36   3/21/2011 at 22:45 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        


Lovely, pretty much identical to the aforementioned B6 (which was made in Sweden btw) except for the color scheme.

Post# 128112 , Reply# 37   3/21/2011 at 22:48 (4,729 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

btw the B6 and the B10 have a long, flat serpentine belt that winds around the three brushes and the motor shaft. The belt is about an inch wide and 1/8" thick. When you run the polisher, you'll notice that the brushes do not spin in the same direction as with the B7 and B8 and, I'd presume, the later Canadian machines as well.

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