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Restored/remanufactured Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80
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Post# 128644   3/24/2011 at 22:55 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Here is my 1968 Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 vacuum cleaner.

I had this machine buffed out to new shine by the one and Only O'dowd's. If anyone remembers, its the same person that did Fred Nelsons stunning 560/1

Here is a list of NOS new parts that it has...

(dashes represent major parts replaced)

Outer bag- Genuine new kirby replacement- has a vinyl sani scraper pocket
Base bag guard
Top bag guard
Emptor assembly- new------
Light trim
Rug plate
Rug plate gasket
Belt lifter assembly
Nozzle gasket
Safety switch
Power switch
Handle latch
New old stock correct metal fan blade------
New belt pully
New front bearing
Brand spanking new Motor-------
New rear bearing
Brand new fan case housing--------

That about covers it. The only original parts are the nozzle shell, motor housing, emptor tray, handle assembly, and cord.

Post# 128645 , Reply# 1   3/24/2011 at 22:55 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Closer up.

Post# 128646 , Reply# 2   3/24/2011 at 23:00 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Emptor side.

Post# 128647 , Reply# 3   3/24/2011 at 23:01 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The new emptor.

Post# 128648 , Reply# 4   3/24/2011 at 23:01 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Rear shot without emptor.

Post# 128649 , Reply# 5   3/24/2011 at 23:02 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 128650 , Reply# 6   3/24/2011 at 23:04 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Nozzle removed.

I can imagine a new D80 was just like this!

This was the first time I literally ever got to see this machine assembled. It came to me in 100% disassembly, right down the the bare motor and all. Odowds vac shop completely buffed every screw and part whilst it was completely torn apart. Just like new, it turned out!

Post# 128651 , Reply# 7   3/24/2011 at 23:04 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        



Post# 128652 , Reply# 8   3/24/2011 at 23:06 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

And there ya have it!

I literally use this machine to lightly vacuum the rug in my room. I keep it dusted and untouched. Its too incredibly gorgeous to really use! I dont want to spoil it!

I keep it on a shelf in my room usually. I showed it to my grandma and she about died! She fell in love with it and couldn't believe it was almost 43 years old.

Post# 128664 , Reply# 9   3/24/2011 at 23:41 (4,725 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Very sano-looking machine. Maybe better than new. I used to go to old car meets and look under the hoods, seeing many highly polished or shiny painted parts, as was never done originally to cars at the factory. But very nice.

I have a rugged, old D80 out in the garage, but it's very low on my list of priorities. I've had two more in the past but gave up on them. I've got a G Six ahead of the D80 that I'm trying to get finished on.

I saw a reconditioned D80 at the St. Vincent DePaul thrift store near here not long ago. It was a strange sight. Blue trim, blue wheels, with a blue Tradition bag on it. "What's wrong with this picture?" kind of thought. I picked it up and looked at the tag on the case which proclaimed that it's original config had been D80. At least it had a tag on the case; many reco's have the tag removed.

Post# 128665 , Reply# 10   3/24/2011 at 23:43 (4,725 days old) by 04gtojustin ()        

thats a goregous looking ds80 i use to have one but gave it too my mom as she needed a vacuum i completely rebulit the motor put new brushroll belt and everything on it and took some aluminum polish polished it up and gave it to her she loves it!

Post# 128667 , Reply# 11   3/24/2011 at 23:48 (4,725 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

I've said it before and will say it again -- that's my favorite Kirby. I love that handle, with the narrow nozzle ... and that fabulous mid-60s green!
I had mine rebuilt; it runs like new...

I actually got this machine from John Lucia many years ago, when he was selling off some of his collection... Here's a before shot:

Post# 128668 , Reply# 12   3/24/2011 at 23:49 (4,725 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Here's the after shot... opening it up when it arrived was like Christmas morning...

Post# 128685 , Reply# 13   3/25/2011 at 01:24 (4,724 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Brandon, Fred S & Kirby D80's...

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Hello Brandon & Fred S.

Both of your D80's L@@K absolutely stunning in all their glory!!!

Thank you for posting them.

Cheers & hagn/d all,


Post# 128863 , Reply# 14   3/25/2011 at 22:20 (4,724 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        



Post# 128874 , Reply# 15   3/25/2011 at 22:52 (4,724 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

I'm green with envy!

Post# 128888 , Reply# 16   3/25/2011 at 23:37 (4,724 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Brandon & Fred, I am REALLY REALLY JEALOUS of you guys right now! Your Dual Sanitronic 80's are very pretty! Man, I wish my 519 looked as nice as that!


Post# 128899 , Reply# 17   3/26/2011 at 03:06 (4,723 days old) by electroluxkirby ()        

They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I would love to have my Traditon and LII looking that good! I will be joining the D80 club sometime in the near future!

Post# 128904 , Reply# 18   3/26/2011 at 06:53 (4,723 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Very sharp!!! Besides the 560, that's my favorite vintage Kirby!

Post# 128986 , Reply# 19   3/26/2011 at 17:27 (4,723 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Looks good. I just parted with mine a few months ago to a fellow collector. It was that or the Omega and since I prefer brown over green....

Post# 129050 , Reply# 20   3/26/2011 at 23:06 (4,723 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
I want one

I want a Dual Sanitroinc 80. If anyone has one i'd like to add it for my collection and not for resale.

Post# 129118 , Reply# 21   3/27/2011 at 10:46 (4,722 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Wow, Fred! My old Sanitronic....which looks BEEE-YU-TIFUL! Quite a transformation.

Brandon - If you are coming to the Minneapolis convention, you should bring that gorgeous Sanitronic! - JL

Post# 360734 , Reply# 22   10/11/2016 at 20:03 (2,697 days old) by Ctvacman (CT)        
How can I

Get in touch with this O'dowds guy that did the Kirby restore?

Post# 360792 , Reply# 23   10/12/2016 at 15:04 (2,696 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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Here is his email address:">

Post# 360799 , Reply# 24   10/12/2016 at 17:05 (2,696 days old) by Ctvacman (CT)        

Thank you so much.

Post# 434969 , Reply# 25   11/13/2020 at 21:08 (1,203 days old) by Doxieman817 (TEXAS)        

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Love this machine. I found this post the other day and a day or two later found this machine for sale. I bought the Kirby and it arrived 100% restored. I had Just purchased all new Green parts to be replaced before it arrived. Funny thing is That the machine arrived and It did not need a thing.

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Post# 434973 , Reply# 26   11/13/2020 at 22:26 (1,203 days old) by Brando_husky (Las Vegas Nevada)        

BEAUTIFUL! I sure miss mine. The most perfect Kirby I've ever seen/owned by far. A lot of work went into it that I could never replicate again

Just realized this thread is from my old account too. Wow that was 9 years ago.

Odowds really did the best job in the world on my machine. Miss that shop!

Post# 434980 , Reply# 27   11/13/2020 at 23:28 (1,203 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

That is one beautiful polish job, does O'Dowds still polish ,metal?

Post# 434982 , Reply# 28   11/13/2020 at 23:34 (1,203 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
To Brandon and Fred

Your machines are stunningly beautiful! These ds-80's are a little treasure. They are the culmination of all the improvements and enhancements made to the 500 series over about a 20 year run or so. Many consider these to be one of Kirby's best ever. I have a few and always enjoy bringing one out for a run.

Two of mine,"the twins" were bought new together by the same person, one for each floor of his house, somebody got a nice commission check from Kirby and I'm happy to have them now. Once again, very nice, enjoy! Billy

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