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Post# 132180   4/13/2011 at 16:10 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        

Not what cleans best or whats prettiest, but your favorite....Mine, No contest, Royal 801 from 58 or so!

Post# 132181 , Reply# 1   4/13/2011 at 16:13 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        
Its not!!!

Polished or pretty, the bag is a little worn, but I wouldnt trade it for a new Miele , It was one of the first vacs I got from Mike Rogers years ago.

Post# 132182 , Reply# 2   4/13/2011 at 16:18 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        
Second on my list....

1955 Westinghouse, just simply because its WIERD!!! And I love anything different!

Post# 132183 , Reply# 3   4/13/2011 at 16:19 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        

I told you it was wierd!!!

Post# 132184 , Reply# 4   4/13/2011 at 16:22 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        
IT is THE!!!

EASIEST vacuum to push , and cleans pretty good, I came in second or third at one convention in the revolving brush post war contest, I think a Eureka 260 won.

Post# 132185 , Reply# 5   4/13/2011 at 16:25 (4,705 days old) by kenkart ()        
I wish I had pics of what I started with, ...

Three old piles of JUNK!!!! I took pieces and parts and made one pretty good vacuum, Don O Conner in Youngstown Ohio re bristled the brush, I have a spare cloth bag that is nicer than the one on it, I use F,and G bags or a Handisac in it.

Post# 132190 , Reply# 6   4/13/2011 at 18:17 (4,705 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        

Sturtevant model 15

Post# 132191 , Reply# 7   4/13/2011 at 18:19 (4,705 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
The Switch...

is this a unique style?

Post# 132192 , Reply# 8   4/13/2011 at 18:23 (4,705 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
A close up...

very shiny(;

Post# 132194 , Reply# 9   4/13/2011 at 18:49 (4,705 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
...of all time?

Man, that's a tough one. Is it one of the several that I stupidly let go, like the classy Hoover 63, or the mint 28 with nary a scratch or scuff on it? Or, could it be something that's still on my bucket list; a Hoover 305 or one of several Convertibles?

Of the vacuums I currently own it would have to be my 700.

Post# 132195 , Reply# 10   4/13/2011 at 18:52 (4,705 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

The epitome of "form follows function"

Post# 132196 , Reply# 11   4/13/2011 at 18:52 (4,705 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

The "H" switch

Post# 132198 , Reply# 12   4/13/2011 at 18:59 (4,705 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

Kirby Dual 50. I just love the logo lit up!

Post# 132200 , Reply# 13   4/13/2011 at 19:01 (4,705 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

My model 700 is my current owned favorite coffee can. Its in the best shape out of the 4 that I have.

My personal all time favorite, is a dead tie between the hoover 825, and 900.

Post# 132202 , Reply# 14   4/13/2011 at 19:03 (4,705 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

Brandon, you're putting mine to shame with that gleaming shine. I really need to spend some time polishing mine.

Post# 132204 , Reply# 15   4/13/2011 at 19:03 (4,705 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

And my....


And top dream machines.

The two incredible 825, and 900 hoovers

Post# 132205 , Reply# 16   4/13/2011 at 19:05 (4,705 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

It's really hard to choose, I like my Hoover 61 a lot since it's in nice shape, cleans well, and has good looks.

Post# 132210 , Reply# 17   4/13/2011 at 19:36 (4,705 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
My Fab...

would be the Hoover 63 and the Citation or 634.

Post# 132216 , Reply# 18   4/13/2011 at 20:25 (4,705 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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This is a toughie, Hans. For me it would have to first & foremost be all about elegant engineering & build quality, which is no guarantee of either Pretty or Performance.
But when all Four elements come together it makes my heart sing with emotion and sheer joy.

My third choice would have to be this Canadian Hoover 281 in great shape with original Maple Leaf bag. This is the one a 91 year old Lady offered to me after googling up my name because her Family were moving her out of her home to a Granny Flat. The day before I was to go pick it up the Lady passed away in her chair. The daughter found her notes about me and honored her Mother's wish. They also gave me the matching Polisher and assorted tools, wands and hoses. This was one much loved and well-taken care of Hoover as you can see from the base paint. It hums and thrums just as if new.

So this is the tug at my heartstrings favorite.

Post# 132220 , Reply# 19   4/13/2011 at 20:27 (4,705 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That's a hard one for me to answer too, but I guess it would be my Singer Model R1, all things considered.

Post# 132222 , Reply# 20   4/13/2011 at 20:35 (4,705 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Mine would have to be my Kirby Model 560.  I like to call it my "50th Anniversary" model since we were both built in 1960!  Laughing  I took a lot of care rebuilding this one.  When I use it, it also allows me to indulge my odd fascination with looking at vacuum bag debris. 

Post# 132246 , Reply# 21   4/13/2011 at 21:08 (4,705 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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My two top favorites though have to be this Singer S-2 and the Premier Model 9.

The Model 9 was this lad's first purchase almost 40 years ago from a Retro Shop going out of business last day sale. I was literally running my hands all over it's undulating curves crying Yes Yes Yes.
The bag is aftermarket but at least it's labeled for GE. It's a terrific carpet groomer the equal of the Hoover 281.

The twin-fan Singer S is the Loewy innovative 1949 restyle of the Famed Singer R Series. I have wanted one for ever so long and have missed out on many by days & minutes & topping bids but finally I got one. Someday, if the Gods are kind, I will add S's 1,3 & 4.

Holy Grail Dream Vac is a Hoover 150/160 and most of all the Canadian Version (161?) trimmed in blue with a blue maple Leaf.


Post# 132249 , Reply# 22   4/13/2011 at 21:11 (4,705 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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While all my vacuums rotate in out and around these two have a permanent spot at the foot of my bed and I see them every morning when I wake up.

Post# 132278 , Reply# 23   4/13/2011 at 23:24 (4,704 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
GEE........ "Simple"

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A HOOVER convertible. Big surprise!!

Post# 132297 , Reply# 24   4/14/2011 at 00:44 (4,704 days old) by Automatic-Shift ()        

Of course it's Hoover for me too! I would simply say Convertible but second to that Hoover DAM. Ron

Post# 132298 , Reply# 25   4/14/2011 at 01:09 (4,704 days old) by 04gtojustin ()        

Hoover convertible model 65 and 66 everyone should all know lol :)

Post# 132299 , Reply# 26   4/14/2011 at 01:30 (4,704 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Well, either......


Post# 132300 , Reply# 27   4/14/2011 at 01:33 (4,704 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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OR.....(this one's Tom Anderson's)


Post# 132301 , Reply# 28   4/14/2011 at 01:35 (4,704 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Or, of course.......


Post# 132302 , Reply# 29   4/14/2011 at 01:40 (4,704 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I love this one, too. Oh hell, I give up!


Post# 132390 , Reply# 30   4/14/2011 at 17:50 (4,704 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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I'd say my hoover 63 and my hoover 700, again I like the two for different reasons.

Post# 132392 , Reply# 31   4/14/2011 at 18:04 (4,704 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

Mine would have to be my Electolux Model E or my Kirby Classic 1CR for Sentimental reasons

Post# 132514 , Reply# 32   4/15/2011 at 20:53 (4,703 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Indeed, Tom's 1076

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is a beauty. But, it IS one of my top convertibles.

Post# 132552 , Reply# 33   4/16/2011 at 00:49 (4,702 days old) by xraytech ()        

I think mine would have to be this stunning light blue Penncrest Upright I have from the very early 70's.


Post# 132721 , Reply# 34   4/16/2011 at 23:55 (4,701 days old) by OpelGTKarl (Puyallup, Washington)        
Mine is....

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Bison Mark 3

Post# 132724 , Reply# 35   4/17/2011 at 02:46 (4,701 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

Hoover Jubilee Model 800

Post# 132725 , Reply# 36   4/17/2011 at 02:48 (4,701 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

General Electric Model 111

Post# 132806 , Reply# 37   4/17/2011 at 20:31 (4,701 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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For me Would definatly be the Kirby Classic Omega. Several people i knew as a kid had them, and i admired them so much. To me the Omega was just the KING of vacuums.
The dark brown "Rosewood" color always thought was just so cool.

Oh how i wished and often dreamed of owning one. Id ask Santa Clause for one every year,,of course it fell on def ears with my parents walking away shaking their heads.
All we had was a dumb old Hoover Connie dust blower and later a problematic Dialamatic. They certainly were NOTHING like a new Kirby Classic Omega!

A neighbor that lived down the street from us one time bought a brand new Classic Omega. The salesman stopped at our house too making his way down the street, and of course my mother was NOT interested. ( How id have LOVED for him to bring a NEW Kirby into our house, even just for the demo!)

Well the neighbors down the street ended up buying one,,and would often bring it outside to vacuum out their cars. Whenever id hear that Kirby motor roaring like a jet engine, id quickly get on my bike and pedal down the sidewalk just to get a glimse of the Kirby. I remember how shiny and impressive it was brand new. ( to a little kid that was vacuum crazy)
Yes, i finally got one later in life!

Post# 132807 , Reply# 38   4/17/2011 at 20:51 (4,701 days old) by kenkart ()        

My Aunt Georgie bought one new and I remember how impressive it looked also, Im not into uprights , but I would get a nice Omega if I could find one.

Post# 132810 , Reply# 39   4/17/2011 at 21:14 (4,701 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
Dual Sanitronic 80

My all time favorite would have to be the Dual Sanitronic 80.

Post# 132818 , Reply# 40   4/17/2011 at 21:56 (4,701 days old) by kirbykid63 (Wilmington Delaware)        

It would be between the Kirby heritage series 1984-1990,and the Riccar 8000 series and the Simplicity 7000 series.

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