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Gotta love/hate the 70s! Goodwill find today- Kenmore Duo-power upright
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Post# 128755   3/25/2011 at 16:49 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Well here is a different one.

Stopped into my favorite goodwill today. I have found the following machines here-1950s Montgomery Wards upright- Atlas canister- Dial a matic- 1933 Hoover 450-Oreck XL9100- Hoover concept One- Hoover concept TWO- 3 dirt devil hand vacs,-and some other things

I always feel lucky going in there. I usually find something I could use.

They always have between 5 and 15 vacuums on display.

Each machine costs me $10.


This is a 70s Kenmore Duo-power in fully working, non damaged condition.

Post# 128756 , Reply# 1   3/25/2011 at 16:50 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Its currently at Greg Nunns house for storage purposes, but here are some shots I took in the car.

Post# 128757 , Reply# 2   3/25/2011 at 16:51 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Inside the bag compartment. Took me 5 minutes to figure out how to open it!

Had an entire pack of bags with it, and a fresh one installed! How convenient.

Post# 128758 , Reply# 3   3/25/2011 at 16:51 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 128759 , Reply# 4   3/25/2011 at 16:52 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

And the back.

It does have a working cord winder. I just pulled it out to check the cord.

Post# 128760 , Reply# 5   3/25/2011 at 16:55 (4,725 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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FUN! Have never seen one of those and it is my era of course. We did the Wards thing, Sears was other side of town, now later have converted. Of course, with Wards gone....

Post# 128761 , Reply# 6   3/25/2011 at 16:56 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

They also have this ugly machine!

Lol the colors are so bad! Dont know what Monkey wards was thinking at the time.

Its kind of cool. But I will stick with my 1972 eureka vanguard.

I keep telling Greg to get it! Its been there for weeks and weeks.

Post# 128777 , Reply# 7   3/25/2011 at 17:53 (4,725 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Someone needs to save that Wards with the cord reel! Even if for no other reason than to put it in the "for-sale" or "free" pile at the convention...

Post# 128849 , Reply# 8   3/25/2011 at 21:39 (4,725 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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You are VERY lucky that bags came with the Kenmore Duo-Power,,they are not and have been not avalible from Sears for many yrs now. Infact i believe there are no replacement parts for any of the DuoPowers avalible anymore. Hang onto that, its already very rare, especially the deluxe model you have.
Congrats on the Great finds! Definatly go back and grab that MW with the cord winder.

Post# 128853 , Reply# 9   3/25/2011 at 22:02 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Thanks all!

Hey Fred, If the MWs is still there in a few days, Ill grab it. Would hate to see it go to the dump.

Its like my 72 vanguard in that it has the VGI, and such, but no power touch controls.

Mmm.. 2 Monkey wards machines that are Rare!

They do have another regular upright. You can see the corner of it in the corner of the first picture.

Its identical, but no cordwinder.

Post# 128901 , Reply# 10   3/26/2011 at 03:54 (4,725 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
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is that the bag that this cleaner was supplied? it looks more like a Eureka bag to me

Post# 128997 , Reply# 11   3/26/2011 at 17:54 (4,724 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Hi vacbear.

That is a eureka vacuum, not a hoover. :) Thats why it has the boxtop.

Post# 129001 , Reply# 12   3/26/2011 at 18:05 (4,724 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Be careful lifting/handling the Duo-Power. The plastic casing on them has a tendency to crack

Post# 129270 , Reply# 13   3/27/2011 at 20:05 (4,723 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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I keep thinking I need to go down to that Goodwill soon - may have to do that tomorrow. I'll check out the Wards ;-)

Post# 129305 , Reply# 14   3/27/2011 at 21:49 (4,723 days old) by 1971ss15 ()        
love the wards,,,

I would kill for that wards,i would trade anything for it!
I would get that for sure.How much were they asking for it? I also see 2 or 3 other Eureka's in the pics I would have definitely got!!

Post# 129313 , Reply# 15   3/27/2011 at 22:00 (4,723 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Come on down to omaha!

You will not believe the things that pass through this goodwill.

That black eureka in the first picture is an ESP self propelled with the Vibra groomer Two in it. Its practically unused. Almost walked out with it.

Im real tempted to grab that whispertone canister. I absolutely love the whispertone kenmores. Grew up around one.

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