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Kirby Sanitronic Question
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Post# 132226   4/13/2011 at 20:41 (4,707 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

I have the opportunity to buy the pictured Kirby Sanitronic. I have 2 questions.

1- What is the approximate age of this?

2- The owner said "make an offer". What is reasonable to pay for this?


Post# 132231 , Reply# 1   4/13/2011 at 20:49 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
does it run?

if it runs the highest i personally would pay is around $45 to $50

Post# 132232 , Reply# 2   4/13/2011 at 20:49 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
as far as..

making an offer i would say ask about $20

Post# 132233 , Reply# 3   4/13/2011 at 20:49 (4,707 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Mid 60s. That looks like a Kirby Sanitronic VII with original cord.

Its worth what the seller is willing to part for, and what your willing to pay. I have seen many kirby sanitronics locally for sale anywhere between $10 and $75. That one looks decent, and possibly original.

Id say start with about $40-50 and go from there. :)

Post# 132234 , Reply# 4   4/13/2011 at 20:51 (4,707 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I think that model sold anywhere from the late 40s to the mid-50s. Do you think $80 would do it?

Post# 132235 , Reply# 5   4/13/2011 at 20:53 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
i only say..

$20 because the metal is becoming a little oxidized and it will need a good cleaning (if you choose of course) and the box has a huge chunk out of it lol (:

Post# 132238 , Reply# 6   4/13/2011 at 20:56 (4,707 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


The sanitronic line didn't start until 1962 (with the 562 that had "sanitronic" on it)

Post# 132239 , Reply# 7   4/13/2011 at 20:57 (4,707 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

I have offered $20... Lets see what is said. As far as cleaning the metal up... what is the best to use? Chrome polish?

Post# 132241 , Reply# 8   4/13/2011 at 21:00 (4,707 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

I personally use Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish. It does wonders! Nevr-Dull cant hold a candle to it.



Post# 132242 , Reply# 9   4/13/2011 at 21:00 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
that depends.

would it be hand polishing or bench polisher polishing?

Post# 132243 , Reply# 10   4/13/2011 at 21:01 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        
i have to:

agree with vac_whisperer. thats what i started out using and it works amazingly!

Post# 132248 , Reply# 11   4/13/2011 at 21:08 (4,707 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Mothers mag aluminum polish. Its not chrome. :)

Post# 132251 , Reply# 12   4/13/2011 at 21:13 (4,707 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I'd offer $35.00. I just got the same vacuum back today from being machine buffed. I was fortunate enough to have a NOS Kirby replacement bag for it, added a new cord and wheels, all genuine Kirby. I already had a restored Dual 50, but this was a one owner, always maintained, motor runs smooth as silk, so I went ahead and invested a little money and have a really nice machine. I would've used Mother's on it, but had some scratches on the head and they came out with the buffer. It it runs well, and doesn't have any bad'd go up to $50.00 if I really wanted it. Just my .02 worth.

Post# 132252 , Reply# 13   4/13/2011 at 21:17 (4,707 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Thanks for the suggestions of using mothers for the aluminum. Another cleaning question, although not directly relating to this vacuum, is what would be the best way to clean plastic parts on vacuums, when they have dirt that simply will not come off of it?

Post# 132255 , Reply# 14   4/13/2011 at 21:21 (4,707 days old) by LongLiveKirbys (Minneapolis)        

type of dirt do you mean?

Post# 132261 , Reply# 15   4/13/2011 at 21:46 (4,707 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Well, he was not too hapy with the $20 offer. He claimed that he had to replace the brush attachment and that cost more that the $20. I asked him what he felt was reasonable and he told me he would have to call Kriby dealer and see what the vac was worth. I told him thanks anyway. Oh well :)

Post# 132292 , Reply# 16   4/14/2011 at 00:13 (4,706 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Well, a talk with the Kirby dealer could go either way.


He could say, "Oh, those old machines aren't any good. They belch dust and smell, and don't clean very well. Here ... let me show you our newest model, the Sentria......."


Or, if he has a soft spot for old Kirbys, and a few of them do, he might offer to buy it himself.


Had it been me, and this was a machine I really wanted, I would probably would have offered $50.00 and would have probably been willing to go a bit higher if he balked. It's in nice shape and all original. Making it shiny will take a bit of elbow grease but it won't be too hard to do.


Post# 132330 , Reply# 17   4/14/2011 at 10:06 (4,706 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I just bought a Sanitronic VII

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for $30.00 minus attachments. Hasn't arrived yet, but can't wait to get it.

Post# 132337 , Reply# 18   4/14/2011 at 11:14 (4,706 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Looks to be nice and complete... I bet it would clean up nicely.  If that's the original cord on the cleaner, I think those white cords with the gold plug-ends are somewhat rare.



Post# 132340 , Reply# 19   4/14/2011 at 11:31 (4,706 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Yes -- the white cord is quite rare. It was made only for that one model so it's even rarer than the gray cord with the red tips which was used for six models over a span of six years (516~561).


@ vacumaniac -- Do you think there's a chance you could still get it if you made a higher offer? Assuming you'd want to, of course.

Post# 132620 , Reply# 20   4/16/2011 at 17:47 (4,704 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

@ electrolux~137

Perhaps but now that I just got 9 Kirbys today at a phenominal price I think I will pass :)Those should keep me busy for awhile!

Post# 132625 , Reply# 21   4/16/2011 at 18:40 (4,704 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I just recently, on eBay, came across a Kirby Sanitronic VII with an instruction manual written down by the salesman as being delivered on October 1, 1962. Can't give you the link to it now, but I can tell you that the 562 Sanitronic was much short-lived because of this discovery.


Post# 132654 , Reply# 22   4/16/2011 at 19:39 (4,704 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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That is a Sanitronic (Model 562) that was manufactured in 1962.  The Sanitronic VII was the 1963 model.  Charles is correct in noting that the white cord is unique to that model only.  They are rare as hen's teeth!  That model also introduced the pocket in the bag with a scraper on the end for scraping debris into the Em-Tor.  Another unique thing about that model is that some of the trim is a coppertone color.  After that, Kirby switched to a more plain tan color.  If you can get it for $50, I'd say you've got a bargain!

Post# 132658 , Reply# 23   4/16/2011 at 19:45 (4,704 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Here's a photo of the two different handle grips.  On the left is the 562 (Sanitronic) with its coppertone grip.  On the right is the Sanitronic VII with is tan grip.  If the one you're looking at still has its original coppertone trim, then you'll have a REALLY nice machine!

Post# 132659 , Reply# 24   4/16/2011 at 19:50 (4,704 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Here are the two different bag tops.  With the exception of color, they are identical. 

Post# 132662 , Reply# 25   4/16/2011 at 20:02 (4,704 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Here are my two 1-speed Sanitronics.  Unfortunately, I don't have an original bag for the 562.  My 562 also has the replacement tan nozzle bumper and headlight trim.  I think the original bumper and headlight trim would have also been a coppertone color, since the bag guard, bag top, and handle grip were. 

Post# 228118 , Reply# 26   4/12/2013 at 18:36 (3,977 days old) by Paul (USA)        

My parents owned a Kirby Sanitronic VII when I was growing up, and I thought my aunt had a red Hoover that looked somewhat similar to it.  Can anyone provide possibilities of the vacuum cleaner she had?

Post# 228247 , Reply# 27   4/13/2013 at 16:30 (3,976 days old) by Paul (USA)        
"Red Hoover"

Regarding the question I raised in my last post I somehow had it in my mind that my aunt's vacuum cleaner was a Hoover but have since found out that it was a Kirby--likely a 515 or 516. 



Post# 237372 , Reply# 28   6/22/2013 at 22:57 (3,905 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Another thing about the 562, is that the complete Surface Nozzle (head and elbow) becomes part of the actual attachment set for the first time (before then, it had to be bought separately).


Post# 237450 , Reply# 29   6/23/2013 at 14:35 (3,905 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I have never seen the square metal part pictured below the attachament box. What is it?
Nice machine hope you can make the deal on the purchase.

Post# 249408 , Reply# 30   9/7/2013 at 22:21 (3,828 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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It's not even a Kirby part (that metal round squarish thing between the spray gun and Miracle Head).


Post# 249658 , Reply# 31   9/9/2013 at 21:59 (3,827 days old) by Jeschbac (Texas)        
Sanitronic VII

Hey guys, I just got a pretty good Sanitronic VII from Craigslist. I'm a bit confused between the 562 and the Sanitronic. Was the 562 given a second name of Sanitronic? Was the Sanitronic VII a separate model from the 562? My serial number plate says Sanitronic VII so what is the color scheme supposed to be?


Post# 249667 , Reply# 32   9/10/2013 at 00:07 (3,826 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The Sanitronic VII, as you may have guessed, is not too far removed from the 562.

Notable differences between the two:
* The 562 is the one with the white cord, while on the VII it is all tan.
* Some tan trim on the VII (and the Dual Sanitronic 50) was a metallic copper on the 562. These include the bag cap, the handle grip, the headlight bumper, and the motor switch button.
* The VII is the one which, for Kirby, had pioneered the hose which has a universal suction/blower coupling, while the 562 had used the separate suction (motor unit) and blower (bag port) couplings like its predecessors.


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