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Rainbows with Eureka Roto-Matic Power Nozzles
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Post# 136762   5/16/2011 at 21:21 (4,666 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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What was the first year that Rainbow used the Eureka Roto-Matic power nozzle? And does anyone have any promos of Rainbow vacs with this PN?

Thank you,

Ben Edge

Post# 136763 , Reply# 1   5/16/2011 at 21:30 (4,666 days old) by Trebor ()        
I bought one in 1974...

The P/N was sold as on optional extra at that time. Don't know how much before then it was offered. In 1971 it was not offered yet, so it had to be 72'73' or early '74

Post# 136770 , Reply# 2   5/16/2011 at 23:01 (4,666 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
First D2 Was Sold in 1974

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The first Rexair-Rainbow with the PN option was the model D2, which is just the model D with a provision for the PN on its motor assembly. The original model D was produced from 1960-74, and the D2 replaced it in January 1974.

The D2 was produced until December 1979, at which point it became the D2A... which combined the motor unit of the forthcoming D3 into the D2's bodyshell. However, were there any non-"A" D2s that got the chocolate brown color instead of the original copper?

With the mid-1980 introduction of the (all-plastic!) D3, Rainbow switched from the Eureka PN to one made by Whirlpool, which under Rainbow was sold as models R2800 and R4375. The D3 was replaced by the D4 in 1985.

I'd think the Eureka PNs Rainbow used were all of the Vibra-Groomer I type and I don't think they went with the VGII version? That is, if the VGII was introduced in 1980 along with the original D3.


Post# 136775 , Reply# 3   5/17/2011 at 00:25 (4,666 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Ben, i have seen a Rainbow D (pre PN) Owners Manual with a Preco (turbine, air driven) power brush as an optional accessory. Im guessing from the very early 1970s. I know This same Owners Manual also listed the power scrubber/buffer (an orbital type scrubber where the Rainbow motor itself drives the brush)that was a long S shaped handle with a orbital brush on the bottom, you sat the Rainbow minus the water pan on top of the brush to run it. Sorry i dont have a copy of this Owners Manual, but i know i have seen one.

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