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Post# 135170   5/3/2011 at 18:47 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

Our President wanted to see a Hoover model 50 rug tool, so I decided to post a BUNCH of rug tools, I didnt have room on the table for any more, but some of these are kind of rare.

Post# 135172 , Reply# 1   5/3/2011 at 18:48 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        


Post# 135174 , Reply# 2   5/3/2011 at 18:51 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

And Hoover 50, there first tank, Ive had the rug tool for years, but never found the cleaner.

Post# 135175 , Reply# 3   5/3/2011 at 18:52 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

260 tank

Post# 135176 , Reply# 4   5/3/2011 at 18:54 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

815-avc In fron of it is a Firestone, to the left is an Apex Tank, at the very back is a GE C-3.

Post# 135177 , Reply# 5   5/3/2011 at 18:56 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

120, 1960, behind it is a Nilfisk.

Post# 135178 , Reply# 6   5/3/2011 at 18:58 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

Two versions of C-4, the darker one is earliest, " Uses curved lower wands".

Post# 135179 , Reply# 7   5/3/2011 at 19:01 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        
To the left rear of the Filtex

And Hoover 50 is a Apex Strato cleaner with accessory wheels.

Post# 135189 , Reply# 8   5/3/2011 at 20:11 (4,685 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

Another great thread!  I love those Filtex tools.  Fred Nelson has a set of Filtex tools that he uses with his uber-powerful central vac... they're really very well designed tools and do an excellent job! 


I have that same Rug tool for my model 50 AeroDyne.  I just need an original cloth hose for it.  I have a later 'veriflex' hose.

Post# 135190 , Reply# 9   5/3/2011 at 20:16 (4,685 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Thank you, Hans!

Never having seen one or have anyone swear they had, this is the first proof positive that the unique Hoover 50 Floor nozzle actually existed outside of magazine advertisements.
A beauifully crafted aluminum & rubber piece for the Model 50 replacing the taller boxier 'un-Bugged' one that came with the earlier Model 41, there must have been something fundamentally wrong with it's design when used.
By 1951's Model 51 that particular bumper-wrapped nozzle style was history, with the familiar taller profile Constellation type now standard.

In my mind it's the rarest one on the table. Could you please post a picture of the 50's underside business end?


1950 Hoover Aero-Dyne Model 41 ensemble:

Post# 135191 , Reply# 10   5/3/2011 at 20:21 (4,685 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I have the Kenmore rug tool

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Been a long time since I used it. I'll have to dig it out and take it for a spin.

Post# 135196 , Reply# 11   5/3/2011 at 20:34 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

Your wish is my command! Actually,I like the 50 rug tool much better than a lot of the others, it cleans great, and pushes much easier than the later ones.

Post# 135197 , Reply# 12   5/3/2011 at 20:35 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

Script in rubber bumper.

Post# 135198 , Reply# 13   5/3/2011 at 20:36 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

The brush is short much like the early Eureka/Wards tanks.

Post# 135199 , Reply# 14   5/3/2011 at 20:38 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        
Any Hoover!

Tank would be to DIE for!! I love the 41 style.Here is the rear of the nozzle.

Post# 135204 , Reply# 15   5/3/2011 at 20:54 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Filtex Tools!

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Here are a set of Filtex tools just back from the polisher in Racine Wisconsin. Delivered by none other than our own Tania Voight. She has the best sources. I got my first set of Filtex tools with my first Filtex central vac in the late 70s. These things are solid polished aluminum. As many machines as I have gotten rid of, these tools have always been with me. Tania took them to her polishing guy in Racine and delivered them back to ooohs and aaaahs. Fred S. found some of them while routing through my closets on one of his visits. I heard him from the front hallway when he found them. A good set of tools rivaling Electrolux. There are some others that are as good, but the workmanship and functionality of these tools are hard to beat.

Post# 135208 , Reply# 16   5/3/2011 at 20:58 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Of Course

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I do love the early Hoover canister tools. Here is my Hoover 53. The litter gitter is hard to beat. Boy, they don't engineer the straight-suction tools like this anymore.

Post# 135210 , Reply# 17   5/3/2011 at 20:59 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Lucy wouldn't steer us wrong, would she?

Post# 135212 , Reply# 18   5/3/2011 at 21:07 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
The Other

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Straight suction rug tool that is a fabulous performer is the Lewyt. Part of it rolls on the back and forth motion concentrating the suction. It works really well.

Post# 135214 , Reply# 19   5/3/2011 at 21:13 (4,685 days old) by kenkart ()        

You are so right !! Unfortunately several years ago someone with sticky fingers helped themselves to two sets of Filtex tools I had, both were in the leatherette bags and one set was brand new!! " No one here!!" but I do have a good idea where they are!! I bought out a small vac shop here a while back, and got several Filtex tools, but none as nice as the ones I had, this small shop had old stuff from the 60s and 70s in it, the family was trying to get rid of it, so I got a truck full of parts for a hundred dollars, I got some new switches, armatures, etc for all kinds of vacs.But for some reason there was a lot of Filtex stuff, 2 tanks, hose ends etc.

Post# 135215 , Reply# 20   5/3/2011 at 21:17 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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One more of Lucy. Probably at her house in Chatsworth in the Valley.

Post# 135216 , Reply# 21   5/3/2011 at 21:18 (4,685 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Super Dooper Cool, Hans! I MUST have one...some day.
I am lucky to have a nice Model 51 with vari-flex hose, wands, floor nozzle and a brown Bakelite crevice tool I suspect is from an upright toolset. Note the sideways bevel on a relatively square (as opposed to slim crevice-y) cross section - ?

It may be of interest to some that the 51's metal floor nozzle is coated all over in a molded shell layer of brown rubber.


Post# 135217 , Reply# 22   5/3/2011 at 21:20 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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If you have a Filtex Rug Nozzle - keep it close by in case of an intruder. These things will make a major dent in someones head!

Post# 135218 , Reply# 23   5/3/2011 at 21:21 (4,685 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Close-up of rubber sheathed - not paint - rug nozzle and squarish tip of crevice or edge tool.

Post# 135222 , Reply# 24   5/3/2011 at 21:38 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Of the Filtex Rug Tool. Check out that tooling. No rivets, just tooled aluminum and screws. That is the adjustable rollex part underneath.

Post# 135223 , Reply# 25   5/3/2011 at 21:41 (4,685 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
The Filtex Tools

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As shown in the Filtex Central Vacuum brochure. The larger ones will suck paint off the wall.

Post# 135225 , Reply# 26   5/3/2011 at 21:47 (4,685 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Just for more nozzle fun...

Two shades of Hammertone Blue MONITOR aka Firestone/Kingston tools. The aluminum 'J' wands (which have distinctive upper and lower sections) are also hammertoned and the floorbrush & rug nozzles slip on to them upside down with a peg that allows 360 degree swivels in a ring channel. There is a knurled wheel that lowers the brush strip. The upholstery and rubber dusting brush are twist-in friction fits.


Post# 135226 , Reply# 27   5/3/2011 at 21:47 (4,685 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

I love Filtex tools!
I think the floor brush is one of the best nozzles there is. It, IMHO, beats out the Lux tool hands down. I'm lucky to have a couple of sets that are stored in the dark away from prying eyes! I also have 3 different filtex central units to play with. If I could just get used to the filtex rug tool....

Post# 135241 , Reply# 28   5/4/2011 at 00:13 (4,684 days old) by BrianKirbyCLass (Eudora Kansas)        

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WOW! How cool! Thanks so much for the pics! Ive always been facinated by the different rug tools, especially the metal ones. Have never seen the Apex model with the wheels,,how cool! I Remember a neighbor in the 70s had a blue 50s Hoover Connie with the blue tools, and the blue wheeled rug nozzle they used in their basement. They wouldnt let me use it, but i sure remember wanting to!
I have used the Lewyt rug tool, and remember it being excellent.
Have never used most of these,,,would love a set of Filtex tools for my Central Vac! Oh well, i can dream!

Post# 135263 , Reply# 29   5/4/2011 at 07:22 (4,684 days old) by luxg ()        

Hans this is a really fun thread!  It would be interesting to know which straight suction rug tool really did the best job.  

Post# 135407 , Reply# 30   5/5/2011 at 14:54 (4,683 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        
Hmm, very interesting tools there!

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I am surprised, though, that Filtex wasn't sued by Electrolux over the barefloor tool they have though; that looks almost like an exact copy of the Lux tool.

Fred, your polished Filtex tools look GREAT! Tania's polisher friend in Wisconsin did a wonderful job bringing the shine back....

Hans, thanks for posting all these great pics. I love seeing old vintage vacuum tools, they were so much better designed in the old days.


Post# 135416 , Reply# 31   5/5/2011 at 17:43 (4,683 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

My electrolux flip brush still works better on my wool persian area rugs than the power bar..Something to be said for the old fashion way of doing things.

Post# 135418 , Reply# 32   5/5/2011 at 18:00 (4,683 days old) by Jayelux (Dallas, TX)        

I used the Elux bare-floor tool on the nylon loop carpeting in my bedroom (one might say that such carpeting deserved to be destroyed) and destroyed it by dragging the floor tool across it with the gleaner on. I thought I was doing a good job, but I was combing the fibers to shreds. I was probably four years old.
My older sister said I was "overvacuuming" the rug. Like such a concept would ever be possible!

Post# 135486 , Reply# 33   5/6/2011 at 00:01 (4,682 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Wow, Fred. That is one beautiful set of Filtex tools. Polishing is really worthwhile. Just beautiful!

And.... don't you wonder if Lucy ever REALLY vacuumed? She doesn't seem like she would've been interested....

Post# 135504 , Reply# 34   5/6/2011 at 07:15 (4,682 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Thanks for posting those pictures!

We had been in Chicago on Wed and Thursday.


Post# 135521 , Reply# 35   5/6/2011 at 13:53 (4,682 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

The one on the left is a straight-suction rug tool for my Compact C6.

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