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What is the most unusual vintage commercial vacuum cleaner?
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Post# 130945   4/6/2011 at 01:53 (4,705 days old) by Automatic-Shift ()        

Any thoughts on the most unusual? I vote for Hoover Guardsman Celebrity. Ron

Post# 130947 , Reply# 1   4/6/2011 at 02:28 (4,705 days old) by uprightman ()        
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Photos 3 -6.

Hoovercelebrity has a very interesting Commercial Hoover Celebrity....

I know next to NOTHING about Hoover's, but I found that a very unusual vacuum.

I've always thought of the Celebrity as the type of vacuum for a small apartment...mainly because the only one that I had didn't have a power nozzle - I didn't keep it very long.

Just wondering how long the bag would last in, say, a hotel environment.

...But please check it out - it is very cool looking and in beautiful condition.

Post# 130959 , Reply# 2   4/6/2011 at 06:21 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        

Commercial Automatic!

Post# 130961 , Reply# 3   4/6/2011 at 07:10 (4,705 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The commercial version of the Hoover Model O. cant recall the model number. But it was about twice the size of the already massive model O.

Post# 130985 , Reply# 4   4/6/2011 at 12:32 (4,704 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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what was the electrolux commercial automatic??? Would love to see that. Or do you mean CA-CB?

Post# 130986 , Reply# 5   4/6/2011 at 12:33 (4,704 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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oh stupid me I bet you mean the automatic upright that went with the Super J-Olympia.

Post# 130996 , Reply# 6   4/6/2011 at 13:18 (4,704 days old) by kenkart ()        

I dont have a pic, but the CA is like a giant model G turned upright, it is mounted on a cart like an old Ken Kart, the hose comes out of the top at an angle the bag looks just like a normal electrolux bag, but is about 2 feet long and the top is about 12x10, it has an automatic control in the lid just like a household model, a 9 foot braided hose and pn1 power nozzle, it also came with a wet pickup kit that fit inside the bag chamber....I think it was the best commercial vac of all time, oh yeah, it was the same turquoise as the G.

Post# 131037 , Reply# 7   4/6/2011 at 17:21 (4,704 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Royal HDC (1987 and Earlier)

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What about all the vintage Royal Heavy Duty Commercial metal uprights from before 1988? You know, models such as 605(A), 606, 607, 608, 611 and 618? All have the usual gray trim and red Adjust-O-Rite plug, but use dark blue bags.

The attached photo is a cannibalized 1985 model 608 with a green bag from a model 882.


Post# 131041 , Reply# 8   4/6/2011 at 17:27 (4,704 days old) by kenkart ()        
Did you know!!????

Royal made the LAST straight suction upright, a commercial model.

Post# 131044 , Reply# 9   4/6/2011 at 17:29 (4,704 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Really? What year? Any pics?


Post# 131045 , Reply# 10   4/6/2011 at 17:32 (4,704 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
Most unusual

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Clarke Commercial, late 70's or early 80's. We had one at the business college I worked for.

Post# 131046 , Reply# 11   4/6/2011 at 17:46 (4,704 days old) by kenkart ()        
I dont know

The Royal model but it was late 70s,

Post# 131145 , Reply# 12   4/6/2011 at 23:10 (4,704 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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What about the Eureka commercial model - again similar to the kencart machines but a much fatter cylinder.

Or the Electrolux mdel 33 commercial cleaner from the 1950's pictured below

Post# 131146 , Reply# 13   4/6/2011 at 23:11 (4,704 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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or the Electrolux model 53

Post# 131165 , Reply# 14   4/7/2011 at 01:36 (4,704 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Would NSS Model M qualify as an unusual commercial vacuum-and they are still used today.The only direct air "canister" vacuum I know of.

Post# 131175 , Reply# 15   4/7/2011 at 08:08 (4,703 days old) by kenkart ()        
I sure!!!

NEVER saw a Eureka or Lux even remotely like those above, FANTASTIC!!!

Post# 131239 , Reply# 16   4/7/2011 at 22:49 (4,703 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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wish I had a picture of the Eureka to post - Does anyone have one of the Eureka Commercial cannisters?

Post# 131247 , Reply# 17   4/8/2011 at 01:06 (4,703 days old) by vleetx ()        
nss "pig"

I used to have a couple of the NSS "pigs" and I am here to tell you,, I could suck an entire wasp nest and inhabitants right through it! I got tired of the wasps out in the barn so I took the pig out and sucked them up,,it did not complain at all.

Post# 131248 , Reply# 18   4/8/2011 at 02:16 (4,703 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Yes!!Did the same thing at a radio station transmitter site-gulped down a WHOLE wasp nest-no complaints or stings.Had a cloth dump bag on mine at the time-just dumpted out the chopped up wasps in the towerfeild!Fertilizor for the grass!Your entry remined me of that.Many times wasps love radio station transmitter sites.esp unmmaned ones.

Post# 131267 , Reply# 19   4/8/2011 at 09:22 (4,702 days old) by rickenbacker ()        
Kirby commercials

what about the commercial kirby models? comvac, janitronic etc... I love those vacs, but then, I always have had a thing for commercial vacuums. I suppose it comes from when I was little and I would see big exciting vacuums in shops, vacuums that you couldn't find in the argos catalogue (which seemed to be my main resource for vacuum cleaners!)I have an old victor commercial upright which I love, I think it's from the 90s, its big and red with an L shaped nozzle, it kinda looks like a mix between a regina housekeeper and a sebo, so a nice mixture ;)


Post# 131450 , Reply# 20   4/9/2011 at 05:20 (4,702 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have one type of commercial Kirby "Comvac" but never seen any commercial use of them.

Post# 131625 , Reply# 21   4/9/2011 at 21:38 (4,701 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Here's a couple of those "pigs". Snapped this picture at State Vacuums last year at the Third Semi-annual sesquicentennial Terry Extravaganza!


Post# 131626 , Reply# 22   4/9/2011 at 21:40 (4,701 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

That big turquoise thing is the Electrolux CA mentioned above. This one can be had......

hint hint

Post# 132040 , Reply# 23   4/12/2011 at 04:44 (4,699 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Two of my "Pigs" are similar to what is in the above picture.The newest ones are black.My third one is black.

Post# 245467 , Reply# 24   8/13/2013 at 03:23 (3,845 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Re: kenkart and Royal Straight Suction

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Hans (kenkart),

I wanted to point out that the Royal straight-suction vac in question you were referring to was a model 311. That was the last such straight-suction metal upright ever made, and it was also part of Royal's commercial lineup in the '70s. I had found two examples from that decade, the older of the two dating from 1974.


Post# 245486 , Reply# 25   8/13/2013 at 08:13 (3,844 days old) by caligula (Wallingford, Connecticut)        
Hi Crevicetool. I'm taking the hint.

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That is if you're saying that the Electrolux C-A is available. That's been one of my dream machines since I was a kid. Please send me a message with the info.


Alex Taber

Post# 245547 , Reply# 26   8/13/2013 at 15:52 (3,844 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

I sold the Royal Commercial model 311 in my store as late as 1982, it had the same motor as the 608 and 611, 5.4 Amps. I used to sell them to banks, they used them in the vault areas where the carpet was thin and there was always pieces of paper on the floor, they were great, they picked up paper clips, paper and never got clogged. The bag was the same as the 608 bag also.

Post# 277254 , Reply# 27   4/20/2014 at 01:43 (3,595 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The J. C. Penney model 2050 upright, which is their equivalent of the Hoover U7057 standard-duty commercial. The JCP version was sold in 1982.


If you take a good look at the cord shot, you can see it is missing the third prong which is a requirement for commercial vacuums.


Post# 277298 , Reply# 28   4/20/2014 at 12:52 (3,594 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
Over here....

My latest addition would take some beating- it's the only one I'm aware of and my latest addition......


Post# 277381 , Reply# 29   4/21/2014 at 11:02 (3,593 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Hoover Dial-a-Matic commercial model

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Hammer-tone grey metal base with brushed aluminum body. First use of Quadraflex agitator and WindTunnel technology not seen until years later on consumer models. Also sported a lifetime belt and Hepa bags labeled "Secret NASA Space Age Technology" and resembled the material found at Roswell New Mexico.
I saw one at a thrift store near Groom Lake Nevada once but waited until 50% off day by which time it was gone.

Post# 277439 , Reply# 30   4/21/2014 at 17:01 (3,593 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
D-A-M comm

Should this have been posted 20 days ago??

Post# 277468 , Reply# 31   4/21/2014 at 22:39 (3,593 days old) by BikerRay (Middle Earth)        

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The Hoover Conquest, it was like a really thick Hoover Convertable. I think the fan in it was a couple of inches think.

Post# 277478 , Reply# 32   4/22/2014 at 01:46 (3,593 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Would like to get a Hoover Conquest-but so far the ones I have encountered are so beat up its not worth it.This machine did have a scrap trap of sorts so hard or heavy items would not get into the fan.

Post# 282049 , Reply# 33   5/27/2014 at 17:10 (3,557 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Charlie (vacman1961),

Here's a few pictures of the model 611s, both from past eBay auctions. The older of the two is dated February 1974, while the newer one with the replacement Royal 880 bag is dated February 1979.

I'd love to see one of the 1985-87 ones that use the 5.4 amp motor.


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Post# 283228 , Reply# 34   6/5/2014 at 05:45 (3,549 days old) by dryclean1 (walton new york)        
nss thread

I really enjoyed reading the thread about the nss machines. In 1988 I worked in a department store as a custodian. We had all nss machines. Including an autoscubber called the "warhorse". I was the one who mainly ran this machine and I can remember really liking the logo which was a mighty looking black horses. which of course was their symbol.Thanks dryclean1


Post# 283230 , Reply# 35   6/5/2014 at 05:48 (3,549 days old) by dryclean1 (walton new york)        
tenant trend machines

has anyone ever heard of a brand of industrial floor machines called tenant trend? I have used several over the years including a vacuum cleaner which was as big as a lawn mower and a floor scrubber. They are really neat looking machines,that are always a pretty shade of green.

Post# 283234 , Reply# 36   6/5/2014 at 06:18 (3,549 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have a Powerflite wide vacuum that is kinda like a lawnmower.It has a 10A direct air system,metal fan and a large belt driven rollerbrush.Transverse mount motor.The beast can pick up and make a satisfying "DING" sound as something goes thru the fan.It has two foot levers on the back where you set the nozzle height like a Kirby.The vacuum has a HUGE paper bag inside a large feltlike zipper one.I now have 4 NSS M1 vacuums.Would love to have their 100th anniversery one.

Post# 283265 , Reply# 37   6/5/2014 at 10:31 (3,548 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
how could nobody vote,

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The American Lincoln is the more unusual, but my favorite goes to the ComVac 1600!

Post# 302126 , Reply# 38   10/17/2014 at 03:06 (3,415 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Both the Montgomery Ward-branded Eureka/Sanitaire commercial uprights were rare.

The SP8000, introduced in 1977, was Wards' version of the Sanitaire 641. It ceased to exist by 1981.

The wide-track SP8005, called "Wide Stroke" in Wards terminology, was introduced the following year (1978) but ceased to exist by 1980. It was based on the Sanitaire 698.

Both machines had 3.5 amp motors, which especially did not go down well for the wide-track version despite the Vibra-Groomer I brush roll.


Post# 302549 , Reply# 39   10/21/2014 at 00:19 (3,411 days old) by LillyLux (Oklahoma City)        

The ADVANCE upright vac from the '60's. I have no picture of it, but it looked like a Hoover DAM on steroids. Had a large Lamb cannister type motor in the handle and a separate motor to drive the nozzle. A fairly early bagless I'd say. It had a little pin to attach the cord to one's uniform (to free up the hands I suppose). We had a commercial carpet cleaning concern in my hometown and they used one of these Advance upright vacuums. They also used their shampooing machine.

Post# 302622 , Reply# 40   10/21/2014 at 21:49 (3,410 days old) by chrish97 ()        
anyone ever seen one of these

Not very vintage but still thought I'd post it

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Post# 302624 , Reply# 41   10/21/2014 at 21:51 (3,410 days old) by chrish97 ()        
dirt devil commercial

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Post# 302638 , Reply# 42   10/22/2014 at 01:29 (3,410 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Don't have picures of them-but NSS M1 copies--the Pacific Steamex and the Alley Cat.A non functional Alley Cat was on EBay for awhile-beleive a member has a Pacific Steamex vacuum.

Post# 302831 , Reply# 43   10/23/2014 at 17:35 (3,408 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Tampa, Florida! Haha, Pullman-Holt might be in Tampa, but that chunk of beating-sweeping action was made in North Canton! laughing

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