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NOS, UNUSED, BOXED Vacuums...Who has these?
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Post# 128889   3/25/2011 at 23:41 (4,726 days old) by Automatic-Shift ()        

My whole collection now has evolved into NOS, Unused, mint vacuums, as I enjoy these most, I've had plenty of used ones, but have at times been very lucky to find these. In time, I will reveal them, and open them up for the first time, and share photos with all of you. More on that in the near future...How about you? Does anyone have these kinds, be it Hoover (my first choice), or any others? Thanks, Ron

Post# 128938 , Reply# 1   3/26/2011 at 12:56 (4,725 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Don't have any NIB vintage vacuums only some small kitchen appliances. As much as I always want to open them I can't bring myself to do it LOL

Post# 128941 , Reply# 2   3/26/2011 at 13:47 (4,725 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Sorry To Say

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I do. I was going through some stuff and forgot about this C-8 brand new in the box!

Post# 128948 , Reply# 3   3/26/2011 at 14:40 (4,725 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
NOS Vacuums

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I have two from the Hoover Vault that are concidered nos. I also have used the nos in my home. No children or pets. I want to use my nos vacuums and not just admire them in the box. That's just me, I know everyone looks at this a different way.


Post# 128954 , Reply# 4   3/26/2011 at 15:07 (4,725 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

I also have a NIB green Compact C8...

Used to have a NIB 70's Premier Swivel Top (BOL model), but I sold it.

Post# 128956 , Reply# 5   3/26/2011 at 15:21 (4,725 days old) by kenkart ()        
Royal 880

Has been used...but not much1

Post# 128957 , Reply# 6   3/26/2011 at 15:23 (4,725 days old) by kenkart ()        
Air Way 88

Had this since 97, Tania found these!!!

Post# 128959 , Reply# 7   3/26/2011 at 15:24 (4,725 days old) by kenkart ()        


Post# 128960 , Reply# 8   3/26/2011 at 15:26 (4,725 days old) by kenkart ()        
I have!

A BOL Premier swivel top that someone wanted, but I lost touch with them..SORRY!, if you will get back to me, im sure we can work out something.

Post# 128961 , Reply# 9   3/26/2011 at 15:27 (4,725 days old) by kenkart ()        

K I L L for one of those NIB Compacts!!!

Post# 128977 , Reply# 10   3/26/2011 at 16:37 (4,725 days old) by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        

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That's pretty much all I have. If it's not new or absolutely mint, I don't put it in my collection, for the most part. I don't leave things in the boxes, though.

Post# 128993 , Reply# 11   3/26/2011 at 17:34 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Your telling me!!!!!

I would do ANYTHING for a NIB compact. My life would be so complete with one!!!!!!

Nothing like a child hood memory, unused!

Post# 128996 , Reply# 12   3/26/2011 at 17:47 (4,725 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I once had an unused new in box vacuum...

Then I took it out of the box...

and used it...

It was a Dyson DC17.


Sadly no unused vintage vacuums here.

Post# 128999 , Reply# 13   3/26/2011 at 17:57 (4,725 days old) by xraytech ()        

I have 3 Hoovers all of which were from the Hoover ault, only one has been used, I have a NIB BOL Premiere Upright, NIB Lux Olympia, and a NIB 100th Anniversary Windtunnel.

I prefer to keep mine unused, I do turn them on every so often, but I'll never let any dirt get into them

Post# 129021 , Reply# 14   3/26/2011 at 21:26 (4,725 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I'd love to find myself an NOS Royal 880 like yours!

Although I'd prefer mine to be a 1986 or 1987 model as it was the most advanced version (5.4 amp motor as opposed to the 3.0 amp motor yours has), as well as among the last before Royal overhauled the lineup of all of its classic metal uprights for mid-1987 (the 880 was replaced by the 886). After about September of 1986, the Royal decal appeared below the Adjust-O-Rite on the nozzle.


Post# 129022 , Reply# 15   3/26/2011 at 21:28 (4,725 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Because I don't have the room or the tools or the skills to take apart and renew an old used vac, these NOS or NIB vintage vacuums always interest me.

My question: does the lack of use of a decades-old machine create problems for the motors? I can understand how a brush-roll belt would need to be replaced after all these years of non-use, but are there other problems created by having a vac sit in "suspended animation" for so long? Most importantly, do the motors "dry up," so to speak?

Post# 129030 , Reply# 16   3/26/2011 at 22:04 (4,725 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

@eurekaprince what can happen is that all the grease in the bearings can settle to the bottom of the bearing case, especially if the machine has been kept in a warm area.

Any time you start up a vacuum cleaner that hasn't been run in a long time, it's a good idea to "pulse" the machine quickly on and off a few times before letting the motor ramp to full speed, instead of just pushing the switch and "lettin' 'er rip." Because if the grease -has- settled, running it at full speed can tear up the bearings.

There is also the possibility that insulation on cords and other areas might be dry-rotted and brittle, and there may be a short somewhere, even inside where you can't see it. Testing the circuit with one of those thing-a-ma-jigs with the little clip-on leads and a light bulb will indicate this sort of problem.

Then there's also the possibility that critters may have inhabited the interior of the machine. Turning it on, if it's an upright, could make a real mess if a dead rodent is inside the brushroll housing or fan case housing, or a terrible odor if something crawled into the bag (of either a tank or upright) and then couldn't get out.

Post# 129089 , Reply# 17   3/27/2011 at 07:23 (4,725 days old) by ozhoover (London UK (but born and raised in Melbourne, Australia ))        
NIB Hoover Floor Washer

Here's some pics of my NIB Hoover floor washer I got from ebay in Germany a few years ago for 60 euro...

It's never been used.


Post# 129090 , Reply# 18   3/27/2011 at 07:24 (4,725 days old) by ozhoover (London UK (but born and raised in Melbourne, Australia ))        
NIB Hoover Floor Washer

pic 2

Post# 129091 , Reply# 19   3/27/2011 at 07:26 (4,725 days old) by ozhoover (London UK (but born and raised in Melbourne, Australia ))        

Even still has the unused soap / foam bar

Post# 129113 , Reply# 20   3/27/2011 at 10:07 (4,725 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks for that response, Charles! Very interesting.....


Post# 129141 , Reply# 21   3/27/2011 at 13:07 (4,724 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
Pulse the motor?

I know this is the wrong area, but my Kirby G5 hasn't been used in awhile and when it was used it was ran at max power. Is this a bad thing?

Post# 129144 , Reply# 22   3/27/2011 at 13:26 (4,724 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

When we mean a while, we generally mean 10 plus years.

When I got my 1929 hoover 575, which had been used up until the 50s, I let it go full speed without thinking. Purred like a kitten! :)

Of course I wont do that again.

Post# 129153 , Reply# 23   3/27/2011 at 14:02 (4,724 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
My G5 has been sitting for months unused

Does that count as being unused? Will letting it run full speed kill it?

Post# 129185 , Reply# 24   3/27/2011 at 16:30 (4,724 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        
I have a new in box

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1980's Thermax vacuum. I love it and I do plan to use it someday. lol
The only time it has ever seen use was at the last convention.
I wish I could find the ultra rare paper bag option for it.
YES Thermax did have paper and cloth bags if you didn't want to use the water!!! I called Thermax and asked if I could find one and the lady said " oh, honey we haven't made that in 25 years".

Post# 129186 , Reply# 25   3/27/2011 at 16:38 (4,724 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Your G5 will be just fine. :) I assure you unless it was sitting outside or something, it most definitely wont kill it.

Post# 129197 , Reply# 26   3/27/2011 at 16:47 (4,724 days old) by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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NOS unused 50s Kirby with all the attachments & everything, all the boxes, papers, packing material and so on. Plug it in once a year and unwind the cord etc. but otherwise it's a prop. I think it's going to end up in a museum!

Post# 129222 , Reply# 27   3/27/2011 at 18:23 (4,724 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

What model of Kirby would this be?

PS: Would that be Betty Juarez on your avatar? :P


Post# 129232 , Reply# 28   3/27/2011 at 18:36 (4,724 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I know!

Its a 519! And its amazing!


Post# 129540 , Reply# 29   3/28/2011 at 20:36 (4,723 days old) by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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Haha Brandon, yes that's it! Looks exactly like that. I'm still tempted to break it in and start using the attachments for things like demothing but I also want to keep it perfect.

vac_whisperer, the avatar is me! Who is Betty Juarez?

Post# 129547 , Reply# 30   3/28/2011 at 21:04 (4,723 days old) by Johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        
oh wow! thats awesome!

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did you go back in time? those wheels look like they never even hit bare floor!

Post# 129570 , Reply# 31   3/28/2011 at 22:13 (4,723 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Wow, that really is a fabulous Kirby. I don't recall seeing it when it was first posted. The odd thing about it is, perfect that it is, it has a replacement cord on it. The original cord was gray with red plugs. The "male" plug has the same logo on it that's on the bag. That red cord is from the Classic-III era (1976-79).

Not to say I'd turn my nose up at it, it's just kinda strange that the cord is not original if this machine has been kept packed away all these years.

Post# 129698 , Reply# 32   3/29/2011 at 12:39 (4,722 days old) by Johnnyb59c (13240 n 3980 rd dewey oklahoma)        

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actually, that cord looks tan.

Post# 129780 , Reply# 33   3/29/2011 at 21:54 (4,722 days old) by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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That was my doing! We did buy the cord new from Kirby because originally we planned to use it. We still have the original gray cord, but it's got a little dry rot from age, so to help preserve it it's carefully rolled up separately.

Post# 129782 , Reply# 34   3/29/2011 at 22:03 (4,722 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Ah, mystery solved!! :)

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