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Post# 137346   5/22/2011 at 23:44 (4,658 days old) by Red_October ()        

It seems like a strange question, true.

Once upon a time I owned a simple, rugged little vacuum that I purchased second-hand. Years later it was ruined by mice that got into it and pissed and it rusted through. I cannot for the life of my remember what its brand name was.

It was a canister of the simplest design there is, the cylinder on casters. It was yellow-and-white striped, sort of like a barber pole or rather more like the container of a certain brand of toothpaste whose manufacturer I again cannot call to mind. It had a white hose, thick rubber around a wire coil and fitted for a power nozzle; the machine attachment place was a simple bayonet connector like on Filter Queen or certain Royal canisters. I think the hose had some texture to it. I probably still have the hose, and the incredibly beat-up power nozzle I used with it. The exhaust port was suited to receive the hose.

One other identifying detail was that it wanted ridiculously obscure bags; they had a plastic piece where normal bags have cardboard and were the exact shape to fit in to the machine's insides. The front plate had a short tube with a rubber gasket on it that fit the bag. I think they were a pale blue-green, with the plastic bit being un-dyed white plastic. They had no printing on them whatsoever, and an unusual texture.

Can anyone tell me what this might have been?

Post# 137363 , Reply# 1   5/23/2011 at 03:53 (4,657 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Sounds like it could have been an electrolux of sorts, though the colour scheme doesn't sound like electrolux to me, I could be entirely wrong though... :)

Post# 137364 , Reply# 2   5/23/2011 at 04:14 (4,657 days old) by dualsanitronic (Omaha)        

Most definitely a HandyWay SaniClean, which accepted Airway bags.In the 90s, after HandyWay bit the dust, Airway then took the machine, made it black, and called it the AirWay SaniClean as a cheaper alternative to their stand up canister.The HandiWay was great,I had one!

Post# 137397 , Reply# 3   5/23/2011 at 12:30 (4,657 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Dug this out of my photo files. Its not yellow but it sounds like it might be a similar machine. Sani Clean as well.

Post# 137415 , Reply# 4   5/23/2011 at 15:19 (4,657 days old) by Red_October ()        

Yeah, it was the Handi-way Sani-clean. Thanks a bunch!
I remember that step-on switch. It always struck me as a nice design; like the designers didn't waste any effort on custom parts or complicated designs; they just made a simple, strong little cleaner. I'll have to track down another one one of these days.

Post# 137432 , Reply# 5   5/23/2011 at 16:47 (4,657 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Pocatello, ID)        

I saw one just like that on ebay the other day!

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