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Post# 136702   5/15/2011 at 21:36 (4,674 days old) by alexisran ()        

Hello everyone.

I was at a yard last weekend and came across a Singer R5. It looked so cool that I couldn't resist buying it with the intention of reselling it. My internet search to learn more about this old beauty has begun. I'm excited to find your forum and love seeing everyone's enthusiasm as collectors. Some of you have gorgeous restored machines from all eras.

My R5 looks like all parts are original, but the cord is missing its plug so I'm not able to test if it fires up or not. Plus someone took the handle apart and put the circular piece back together upside down (which is easy enough to fix). The bag is original with a small tear and very fragile. Overall the foundation is in good shape and seems complete. Handle tips back, wheels roll nice, etc, but again I have no idea if it would work.

I've uploaded a photo. Any advice about the value of it as-is or leads on someone who might want it for parts would be appreciated.

Thanks! Alexis

Post# 136712 , Reply# 1   5/15/2011 at 22:27 (4,674 days old) by truckerx (Palm Springs, CA)        

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I would estimate that it might be worth $10 to $15 to someone who would want to restore it. ...hope this helps

Post# 136722 , Reply# 2   5/16/2011 at 00:22 (4,674 days old) by commodoremoody ()        

I had one of these.

It was a nice vac and the only thing I didn't care for was the drab green/grey/brown paint job.

The cord winder worked perfectly and the cloth cord was mint. It had a two speed switch that worked great and even the original headlight bulb worked.

I didn't use it because it had a natural bristle brush and I didn't want to wear it down because replacements are probably non existent.

I sold it a while back because I needed to downsize stuff I didn't need.

If I had another, I would want one of the earlier models with the polished metal finish, red bag, cord winder, and forked handle.


Post# 136726 , Reply# 3   5/16/2011 at 02:08 (4,674 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Yes, as others have noted, this is the "ugly younger sister" to its far more lovely and glamorous older siblings.


When Singer went from a beautiful highly polished aluminum to drab brown-gray wrinkle finish, you have to wonder ... "What WERE they thinking??"


Post# 136729 , Reply# 4   5/16/2011 at 07:14 (4,674 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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This vac would have scared the bejeebers out of me if we had it when I was a kid! Oh I can imagine the nightmares!!! :-)

Post# 136772 , Reply# 5   5/16/2011 at 23:56 (4,673 days old) by alexisran ()        

Thanks for the comments.

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