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Post# 140610   6/22/2011 at 19:11 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Today I took a drive and went on a backroads antique store hunt. I found a lot of things, including: A Kirby 514, (trim was falling off, so I had to pass, even though it was only $15.) A complete Hoover 29 attachment set, a G&E Canister vacuum, and a neat little Kenmore Jr.

The Kenmore was the only thing I decided to get.

I *think* that it is from the 1930's, maybe '20s.

I would LOVE it if you could tell me when it was made.

Post# 140611 , Reply# 1   6/22/2011 at 19:12 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Heres a close-up:

Post# 140612 , Reply# 2   6/22/2011 at 19:15 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

The only thing that I see wrong with the thing is that the back of the bag didnt have the sealer on it, so it's just open. Thats okay, I wasnt planning on using it anyways. Display purposes only. :P

Heres the bag:

Post# 140613 , Reply# 3   6/22/2011 at 19:16 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        


Post# 140657 , Reply# 4   6/22/2011 at 22:33 (4,629 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Approximately 1932. I'll see what I can find. I have some old catalogue pictures....John L.

Post# 140697 , Reply# 5   6/23/2011 at 12:16 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Sweet! This is now my oldest vacuum! It beats my next oldest vacuum buy 29 years.

Anyways, I plugged it in last night and it does work. It needs a little oil though. Any idea on what type of oil I could use in it?


Post# 140701 , Reply# 6   6/23/2011 at 12:30 (4,629 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Are you sure this hand-vac needs oil? Is there an oil port on top of the motor? I've had a couple of these come and go over the years and don't recall them needing oil. If it sounds like the motor is running dry, it might need grease, not oil.


Post# 140702 , Reply# 7   6/23/2011 at 12:32 (4,629 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Yes, there are two little ports on the top of the motor that say "oil" on them.


Post# 140706 , Reply# 8   6/23/2011 at 14:16 (4,629 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




"Well alrightey then." I didn't remember these machines needing oil.


You can get 3-in-1 Electric Motor oil at most hardware stores. (Note: It's not the same as sewing machine oil.)

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Post# 140709 , Reply# 9   6/23/2011 at 14:33 (4,629 days old) by Trebor ()        
(Note: It's not the same as sewing machine oil.)


Post# 140814 , Reply# 10   6/24/2011 at 18:36 (4,627 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thank you! Ill need to pick some up next time I stop at Lowe's.

PS: How much should I put in?


Post# 140821 , Reply# 11   6/24/2011 at 19:44 (4,627 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Make sure you buy the 3-in-1 in the Blue can, not the Black & red can... :)

Post# 140823 , Reply# 12   6/24/2011 at 20:12 (4,627 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




All you should need is a couple of drops. Inside each oil port there's a small cotton wick that will soak up the oil and dispense it slowly. But you don't want to over-saturate the wicks or there'll be a big mess inside. Put, say, three drops in each one, let them seep down in for a few minutes, then pulse the motor on and off without it getting up to full speed, and see how it sounds. If it seems to be dry, instill a couple more drops.

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