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Post# 138354   6/2/2011 at 23:24 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Greg N. Found me this incredible little machine! Finally got to pick it up today!

A Complete Electro Hygiene model 880 from 1973! In amazing original condition with all attachments which are most unused!

Post# 138355 , Reply# 1   6/2/2011 at 23:25 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Closer up of the bag

Does have 2 patch spots on it. But otherwise looks fantastic!

Post# 138356 , Reply# 2   6/2/2011 at 23:26 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The nozzle plug in great condition!

Post# 138357 , Reply# 3   6/2/2011 at 23:27 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 138358 , Reply# 4   6/2/2011 at 23:27 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Nozzle off

Post# 138359 , Reply# 5   6/2/2011 at 23:28 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The goodies!

Post# 138360 , Reply# 6   6/2/2011 at 23:29 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

And floor polisher head too!

Post# 138361 , Reply# 7   6/2/2011 at 23:53 (4,656 days old) by luxg ()        

Brandon, Congratulations on such a beautiful machine!!  It will look mint with a bit of polish!!  How cool too that it has the removable head and a floor polisher attachment!!  Aren't good friends wonderful!!!



Post# 138362 , Reply# 8   6/3/2011 at 00:09 (4,656 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Stupendously beautiful!! How about a couple of photos with the hose attached?


Post# 138409 , Reply# 9   6/3/2011 at 15:33 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

here she is! I had a teeny tiny bit of polish left, which could only do part of the nozzle, so the machine isn't quite finished yet.

Post# 138410 , Reply# 10   6/3/2011 at 15:34 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

with hose attached.

Post# 138411 , Reply# 11   6/3/2011 at 15:36 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

and my current royal lineup...

kinda funny they are all 880s

even funnier the most flawless running one is the far left one, which is also the most tattered looking one.

Post# 138413 , Reply# 12   6/3/2011 at 16:39 (4,656 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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That's model 980, actually. BTW, what is the serial #, if you claim it to be a '73 model? The first set of numbers in the serial # should start with "37" for 1973. Example: 37F-D-32959 (37F = June 1973).


Post# 138415 , Reply# 13   6/3/2011 at 16:58 (4,656 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Hello Ben.

The machine is clearly stamped model 880. The serial number reads. No. 880- 11736. I thought that ment it was November 6th of 73.

Any help appreciated

Post# 138420 , Reply# 14   6/3/2011 at 18:48 (4,656 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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This is actually a pre-1971 model because of the serial #; thus, I'm led to believe this may be from 1967 or 1968.

The non-removable nozzle version that shares its model # became the 890 within Electro-Hygiene circles by 1969, and around 1973 proper became the 903, which continued into 1983-87 under the Royal name when E-H was shutdown.

In 1971, the 880 with the removable nozzle became the 980, while the mainstream Royal version was called the 888.


Post# 138439 , Reply# 15   6/3/2011 at 21:57 (4,655 days old) by veroroger (Vero Beach, Florida)        
I'm confused

What was the purpose of the removable head? From the pictures, you had to have the head attached in order to use the converter to hook up the hose so it wasn't to make it easier. Makes no sense to me.
Roger Brown

Post# 138443 , Reply# 16   6/3/2011 at 22:23 (4,655 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Maybe the head's removable to aid in cleaning out the fan chamber when something gets stuck?

Post# 138445 , Reply# 17   6/3/2011 at 22:35 (4,655 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Would come in handy for the far left 880 in my profile picture. The fan on that machine is cake full of hair and junk. Lol

Post# 138446 , Reply# 18   6/3/2011 at 22:47 (4,655 days old) by Trebor ()        
There was at one time...

a coupler that allowed the attachment of the hose without the nozzle. The older Royals and E/H had a portable handle with its own cord and a smaller bag available. The hose couple was a carryover from the days of the straight suction machines when the hose was attached without the nozzle.

Kirby had a patent on the belt lifter. Royal tried copying it on a model called the Galaxy 990. Kirby threatened a lawsuit and Royal stopped making that machine. Royal did not have deep enough pockets to even attempt taking on Kirby. This was in 1976 when I saw the 990 for sale in the vac shop where I worked at the time.

The aforementioned coupler required the use of a screwdriver. It was not a complicated or difficult transition, just not perceived as worth doing by the customer. Most did not buy the portable conversion kit anyway.

Post# 138457 , Reply# 19   6/4/2011 at 01:00 (4,655 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
368 Extra Equipment Kit

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The Extra Equipment Kit No. 368 with those special attachments mentioned continued to be made available on all Royal metal uprights with the pigtail-type cords through about 1990. I'd think the latest pigtailed-cord models were from 1991 or '92.

But, one thought: why the smaller bag? Why not just hook the standard bag?


Post# 138756 , Reply# 20   6/6/2011 at 20:18 (4,653 days old) by Trebor ()        

The smaller bag was part of the electro-hygiene ensemble from the beginning, the health-mor too

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