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Post# 139972   6/16/2011 at 20:37 (4,642 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Any ideas on this Kirby as far as model? Pic is a bit blurry...

Post# 139973 , Reply# 1   6/16/2011 at 20:38 (4,642 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Early 500 model, has to be... :)

Post# 139974 , Reply# 2   6/16/2011 at 20:40 (4,642 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Yeah, I figured maybe a 509??? At any rate, it may be mine, got the price down to $20 bucks but am still working on it...

Post# 139975 , Reply# 3   6/16/2011 at 20:42 (4,642 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Looks like a 505. The bag would be a replacement from a 509.

Post# 139976 , Reply# 4   6/16/2011 at 20:45 (4,642 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

$20 is a steal, I'd be happy paying that if it were me for such an old vac... :)

Post# 140006 , Reply# 5   6/16/2011 at 23:03 (4,642 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

DEFINITELY not a 505; maybe a 508 or even a 509. 510..?


Post# 140009 , Reply# 6   6/16/2011 at 23:10 (4,642 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Observe the belt lifter. The 508 had the red Background with white lettering. This Machine has a black belt lifter with red letters. Most likely a 505 or 4c.

Post# 140013 , Reply# 7   6/16/2011 at 23:29 (4,642 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

The belt lifter isnt black. Its red.


Post# 140022 , Reply# 8   6/17/2011 at 09:00 (4,642 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

It's actually black and red. No silver like the 508 and up machines.

Post# 140026 , Reply# 9   6/17/2011 at 10:25 (4,642 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        
511 Kirby

Hi Derk I have the same Kirby it is a 511. Love it cant beat the sound of those 500 series enjoy Doug

Post# 140028 , Reply# 10   6/17/2011 at 13:14 (4,641 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

The belt lifter on Derek's Kirby is RED. Not black.


Post# 140030 , Reply# 11   6/17/2011 at 13:28 (4,641 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I've got an idea, somebody buy the thing and read the ID plate on it, saves people arguing over it... :P

Post# 140040 , Reply# 12   6/17/2011 at 17:20 (4,641 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

HAHA David! Well put. It just so happens I will be buying this tomorrow morning so the mystery will then be solved, though I talked to the seller today and per that individual, it is a 512. So we shall see....

Post# 140041 , Reply# 13   6/17/2011 at 18:25 (4,641 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Interesting. The nozzle plug must be a replacement or I'm color blind. zooming in with my iPad I can read a blurry Kirby written in red on a black background.

Post# 140107 , Reply# 14   6/18/2011 at 13:55 (4,640 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

THE VERDICT IS IN................

Just arrived home with the.... 512. Everything including the trim is in decent shape, some noise on the brush roller but ended up getting it for a good price indeed. And, to settle the question of the floor... The belt lifter is.... (drum roll) red.

PS - What is done to remedy brush roll noise, besides the obvious of replacement

Post# 140108 , Reply# 15   6/18/2011 at 13:55 (4,640 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Running pic

Post# 140109 , Reply# 16   6/18/2011 at 13:56 (4,640 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Cord pic... Is it the original?

Post# 140120 , Reply# 17   6/18/2011 at 15:18 (4,640 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

The brushroll will most likely have Sleeve bearings, if it's sounding "dry", then you need to clean them out and oil them up (3-in-1 oil in the Blue can, NOT the Black & red one), if it's rattling, then they're probably worn out and replacement is the only option, although I'm not sure if the brushrolls for the 505-512 are available (513 to D80 used a different brushroll with the adjuster screws in the end caps, rather than them being in the nozzle)...

Can't say any more on that cos I've never fixed or used a Kirby older than my ClassicIII... :)

Post# 140126 , Reply# 18   6/18/2011 at 16:07 (4,640 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

Wow, an original cord, and the bag looks fabulous!!! 

Post# 140128 , Reply# 19   6/18/2011 at 16:10 (4,640 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

Yeah, I was suprised at how good the bag was too. The trim is excellent, not even gouged. Were black wheels and trim the original on this?

Post# 140138 , Reply# 20   6/18/2011 at 18:08 (4,640 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Its all original. How awesome. Sorry for the frustration with the belt lifter color. Haha. I'm comparing both pictures right now and for some reason I still see a black belt lifter with red script.

Better get my eyes checked.

It does look fantastic.

Post# 140139 , Reply# 21   6/18/2011 at 18:09 (4,640 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Ment to say I still see red on black with the first picture but quite clear the new pics are red with white.

Post# 140142 , Reply# 22   6/18/2011 at 18:33 (4,640 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Brandon, get your ipad checked too, my 2003 Toshiba Portege M300's screen shows white text on red plastic in the first pic... :P

Post# 140174 , Reply# 23   6/18/2011 at 21:58 (4,640 days old) by kc_kirby (Kansas City, MO)        

Congrats on a great Kirby find! I love the bag. It looks like its in pretty good shape. Most are faded and look yellow. Yours still looks gray, so you lucked out in finding a good one.


Post# 140189 , Reply# 24   6/19/2011 at 00:05 (4,640 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




That is the original cord, and is as rare as hens' teeth so take good care of it!! You'd not be likely to find another one.


Don't wind it too tightly on the cord hooks, and if I may so recommend, do not wind it in an "8" pattern. I've been told by several vac shop repair people that that is bad for cords. Also make sure not to put even a small amount of strain on either plug end. The rubber is not as soft and pliable as when it was new (keeping in mind this is a 59-year-old machine) and it will tend to crack especially at the ends.


Nice bag too, and, yes, another very rare find in that condition. Congrats!! Smile


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