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Early Sanitaire Canisters
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Post# 137259   5/22/2011 at 02:49 (4,668 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Were there any Sanitaire canisters in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s (besides this one that assumes the old 1700 series body with Express Vibra-Groomer III power nozzle) that assumed the same designs as Eureka's past canisters?

What I mean is were there any old Sanitaire canisters (I'm guessing they first appeared in the 1980s) based on prior Eureka designs such as?
*Roto-Matic 800 series cylinder canisters (1950s-'60s) (uses "J" bags)
*Princess 600/700 series (1960s-'80s) (uses "H" bags)
*900/1000 series (1950s-'70s) (uses "L" bags)
*Mighty Mite 3000/3100/3200 series (1982-'90s) (uses "C" bags)



Post# 137262 , Reply# 1   5/22/2011 at 06:50 (4,668 days old) by kenkart ()        
Believe it or not!!

I have seen a red swivel top Royal re badged Sanitaire!!

Post# 137270 , Reply# 2   5/22/2011 at 08:48 (4,668 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Sanitaire had a canister that resembled the original rotomatic from around 1955 body style. I think it was white in color.

I think it was on ebay a while ago.

Post# 137276 , Reply# 3   5/22/2011 at 11:07 (4,668 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hey there Benjamin! According to the Sanitaire website:

"The History of Sanitaire Commercial

Sanitaire Heavy Duty vacuum cleaners were first offered to consumers in the 1950s. Then, in 1972, Eureka launched the Red Sanitaire products for commercial users after repeated requests from dealers. The commercial cleaning industry was still relatively small at the time as most hotels, businesses, schools and healthcare facilities were independently managed with on-site cleaning crews."

I have never seen a Sanitaire made previous to 1972, but who knows - maybe they are out there!

Here's the link:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 137283 , Reply# 4   5/22/2011 at 13:49 (4,667 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I wonder if anyone here has any '70s-'80s Sanitaire brochures for show?


Post# 137339 , Reply# 5   5/22/2011 at 23:17 (4,667 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Hi Ben -


I have one from approximately 1986. I need to work on resizing the scans to reduce the size. Then I will post them. Give me a day or two...John

Post# 137340 , Reply# 6   5/22/2011 at 23:20 (4,667 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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P.S.: This brochure shows no canisters in the lineup...

Post# 137488 , Reply# 7   5/23/2011 at 22:04 (4,666 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Seeing as this brochure does not contain the canisters yet, is it true that maybe there was a separate brochure from the same period that did contain the canisters, or did they not show up until circa 1990?


Post# 137494 , Reply# 8   5/23/2011 at 23:17 (4,666 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I wish I could tell you, Ben. I know nothing about the Sanitaire commercial canister series....sorry - J

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