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History of Rainbow Power Nozzles
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Post# 136836   5/17/2011 at 20:45 (4,667 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Here is a listing of the power nozzles Rexair/Rainbow used on their canister vacs (to 1990):

1974 to 1980: Model R1024, made by Eureka; has Disturbulator wooden brush roll
*1974 (model R1024A): Light woodgrain decal with "Rexair" script on lower lefthand corner
*1975 (model R1024B): Same as R1024A but with 3-wire cord.
*1976-1978 (model R1024C): Same as R1024B but with "Rainbow" name instead of "Rexair."
*1979 (model R1024F): Same as R1024C but front label has darker woodgrain shade to match the new chocolate brown trim color of the canister unit.
*1980 (model R1024G): Same as R1024F, although the last few copies of this have a new-style decal with the Rainbow name positioned in top center of decal, with rainbow stripes below that.

1981-1985: Model R1650

1986-1990: Model R2800

Attached picture: R1024F/G (if anyone has an R1024G with the stripes on the label, please reply)

Which of these power nozzles is the most reliable from the 1974-1990 timeframe?

Thank you,


Post# 136840 , Reply# 1   5/17/2011 at 21:15 (4,667 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Rainbow R1024G Nozzle w/ Stripes

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The label on this version of the R1024G PN was probably only used during the short run of the model D2A in the first half of 1980.


Post# 136841 , Reply# 2   5/17/2011 at 21:38 (4,667 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Not sure what it was called, but I prefer the one that came with the model SE. If I recall, it had a beater-bar on it. The new ones are just too, erm, whats the word, flimsy and plastc-y


Post# 136846 , Reply# 3   5/17/2011 at 21:58 (4,667 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I should give Tom Gasko due credit on some of this information.


Post# 136899 , Reply# 4   5/18/2011 at 12:11 (4,666 days old) by kenkart ()        
In the 60s!

Rainbow did offer a very limited number of L shaped Whirlpool power nozzles, and a Whirlpool /Oreck type Power nozzle, but supposedly these were sold only to keep a sale if the prospect had shag. At least that is what I was told.

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