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Electrolux Shag Rug Tool - ideas on which division it came from?
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Post# 135442   5/5/2011 at 19:59 (4,684 days old) by minivanmegafun ()        

I just snagged this thing off of eBay for a whole dollar (well, $5.99 shipped). Lux shag rug tools appear to be next to impossible to find.

It's a bit peculiar, and doesn't appear to be from Electrolux USA. To start with, it doesn't look anything like the one documented in the Super J's manual (see Page 10 at - no flip over gleaner.

Next, the logo isn't one that I've ever seen on a Electrolux US cleaner or accessory.

Finally, the connector end doesn't appear to be like the others I've seen. It's got a clip in it similar to the one you'd find on the end of PN sheath, and the release button is similar to the one on the PN5.

And, oddly, it smells like rug shampoo - maybe this isn't actually a shag rug tool or not a vacuum cleaner accessory?

Who wants to take a guess? No model numbers or patent numbers anywhere on it.

Post# 135443 , Reply# 1   5/5/2011 at 20:07 (4,684 days old) by minivanmegafun ()        

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Post# 135452 , Reply# 2   5/5/2011 at 20:50 (4,684 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

That's Canadian, but not sure which model it matches. Canadian tools and wands had the push-button latches from the early '70's - '80's.

Post# 135458 , Reply# 3   5/5/2011 at 21:00 (4,684 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thats just...strange-looking. Must be for some pretty deep shag!


Post# 135620 , Reply# 4   5/7/2011 at 10:01 (4,683 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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It appears to be the shag tool for the Canadian AP200. They made them from the green 89 (1967) all the way to the 2100 (1985). By the end we were giving them away with the machines just to get rid of them.

Post# 135633 , Reply# 5   5/7/2011 at 11:43 (4,683 days old) by minivanmegafun ()        

And now shag is back in style!

Post# 135640 , Reply# 6   5/7/2011 at 13:25 (4,682 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
a very funny example of engineering gone astray...

Lux Germany featured almost the same nozzle back in the 70s and 80s (other color, plastic body, no wheels, 2 rows of "fingers"). Also other firms have joined in to sing the same song. Here is a Vorwerk nozzle. I have used this with less then mediocre results.
The idea of a rake is obvious when facing a thing like a shag, but hoping to pick up the dirt with drill holes in the rake "fingers" is like searching a needle in a haystack. Ok, when I used this thing on shags it would indeed pick up "something" (you could hear an occasional clicking in the wand when cracker bits were being picked up) but a later beating, combing and shaking of the shag carpet showed REAL results (thank God I did this in the yard). Clearly: This is putting the fantasy of a technician into reality immediately without any testing. (I can literally see them breeding over their ideas on the drawing boards, 1960s style nylon shirt armpit sweat included, Jerry Louis oil-hairstyle and a technology-believing holy grin on their clean shaven Old Spice faces with those clumsy bakelite framed glasses....)

I tried a Hoover on "ShagSetting" (highest = 4 out of 4). This went better, but still left a lot to be desired. A real shag tool is yet to be conceived imho.

Still a nice and fancy gadget for its time ;-) So bad that is is good again!

Post# 135688 , Reply# 7   5/7/2011 at 18:47 (4,682 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I agree with you 100%, abominably ineffective tool. Fun to look at and the Electrolux version has fantastic build quality with those elephant trunk nozzlettes being chrome-plated castings.

"And now shag is back in style!"

Dear Lord No, not in my household! I remember that stuff so well from Cousin's basement Rekroom and when I moved to Stratford in 1975 it seemed to be the only carpet used in rental accommodations in flaming Burnt Orange or grapefruit Yellow no less - oh, the Horror! I was forever getting my feet caught in the 3" tufts of twisted yarn and tripping headlong into furniture and walls. Even worse in bare feet, my toes would get snagged and stubbed. I can only imagine housewives struggling to maintain their composure traversing it in high heels at parties.

The dirtiest filth-trapping floor covering ever invented, the floppy strands never looked inviting but more like a sea of matted spilled spaghetti.

Sure, it would be interesting to have a small, very small, sample for the vacuum room but seriously, the moment anything falls on it it gets swallowed up to be lost forever deep in the roots of what is essentially massively scaled up fluffy bath toweling. If you want something plush underfoot a nice dense 1" thick deep pile is well worth it for bathmats, bedrooms and other sybaritic rooms...but wall-to-wall Shag as in Austin Powers is just creepy and like a lot of dreadful design & fashion from the mid 1960s to 1970 best forgotten.


Post# 135725 , Reply# 8   5/8/2011 at 06:58 (4,682 days old) by kenkart ()        
I disagree!

I LOVE shag, and to my way of thinking it is easy to vacuum, with the proper rug tool, it is not tightly woven so the airflow can get to the base of the nap.

Post# 135734 , Reply# 9   5/8/2011 at 09:55 (4,682 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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The new shag is a nightmare too. I've put in 3 central vacs lately in new houses only to have them call back complaining that the powerhead is constantly burning out belts. Turns out they put this rediculous shag in and it keeps bogging down the powerhead. They expect to use the powerhead so the only solution is to try to sell them a more expensive one that has a better height adjustment and geared belt. Feel more like telling them "If you had put in descent carpets you wouldnt have the problem"

Post# 135768 , Reply# 10   5/8/2011 at 16:04 (4,681 days old) by kenkart ()        

Im NOT talking about the 3 inch thick stuff!!!! I remember a shag called civilized shag, about an inch or so long, wonderful!!

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