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Kirby --- "Ad Multos Annos" ...what else can I say!
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Post# 1202   9/13/2006 at 02:00 (4,417 days old) by frkirby511 ()        

I have to say that probably Kirby is my favorite vacuum too. I say that because if I had to choose one vacuum to keep from my whole collection it would have to be a Kirby. If I were stranded on a desert island [provided there was electricity] I would want a Kirby. [I'm not sure for what reason, but surely there would be some attachment in the whole lot that one could fine useful there.]

Currently I use a G-6 and a Legend I [with small rug nozzle] for cleaning the house.

In my collection I have:
Dual 50
Classic Omega
Legend II

In cleaning I combine the older style attachments from the Legend with the new attachments from the G-6. I keep them together and find that using them together provides the maximum versatility.

Now mind you I also have a very dear spot for Electrolux and Hoover and Compact. Sales of the Model 1205 and Model L Electrolux during 4 years of college provided a great job that was flexible in time scheduling and could be done both during the school year in Worcester, MA and during summer at home in Scranton, PA. Not to mention when I was growing up our neighbor's Model XXX regularly cleaned our home until my mom finally purchased our very own Model 62 Hoover. I remember so well the purr of the Model XXX and the "sw...ooosh" of the rug nozzle when you turned it over, using the concentrator to attack a piece of lint that clung stubbornly to the oriental carpet in our living room. And I still use an Epic 6500 to do some of the cleaning in our home.

And Hoovers are a huge nostalgia trip because not only my mother but my grandmother and neighbors had Hoovers -- Model 725; Model 28; my mom's model 62 and then Convertable 69; and a neighbor's Constellation 84 with accompanying Citation. And these were all great vacuum cleaners. And I use a Convertable for daily once -over vacuuming.

But none of them was as fascinating as my Aunt Irene's Kirby 517 when it arrived with all those attachments. The whole damn thing came apart and could morph into all these different types of cleaning devices. I was totally taken by it.

I have to say that, honestly, the 517 didn't clean a rug as well as my mom's Model 62 and later her Convertable. But the Kirby was a lot more fun.

And I have to agree with an earlier post that the Classic, Classic Omega and Classic III with their huge rug nozzles were the worst design of all Kirbys ever made. But then this was the 70's so I'm consolled that this was also the era that produced double knit and the leisure suit!!! In any case, as far as I'm concerned there was nothing redeeming about these models and I have one in my collection only for continuity's sake.

But once everybody got past this age [whatever it was] the Heritage started back to reason by making available the original style smaller rug nozzle. And then...the Legend came along.

Whatever they did to was not only fun, not only did it have all these parts...they actually worked well. The rug shampooer really did a great job. The floor buffer [which was always pretty good] was excellent. And the thing could clean very, very well.

Now I have to admit, I was very skeptical when I first laid eyes on the G series. I was not at all warmed by the new attachments. So it took a long time for me to consider getting one of the G series models. But one of my friends had a G-4 and I used it one day and to my surprise -- it really did clean a carpet exceptionally well --- and it was so easy to push on this very plush carpeting. So I eventually I picked up a g-6. But I never got over the attachemnts. So I combine them with my Legend attachments because there some of the newer ones I like and others not. Yet even with the change made with the G series, there is still an enormous continuity from one generation to the next with Kirby that is not found in any other vacuum except perhaps...Electrolux until they sold out. Honestly I think they have stayed with a certain technology and have done their best to continue to improve it without fooling around with it's basic lines and structure.

So ...the Kirby wins hands down for me. Ad Multos Annos!!!

Bruce Cinquegrani

Post# 1213 , Reply# 1   9/13/2006 at 11:37 (4,416 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Hello Bruce, good to see ya here! :)

From one Kirby nut to another -- glad you're onboard! :))

Post# 1231 , Reply# 2   9/13/2006 at 19:52 (4,416 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        

I have to agree, Kirby would probably end up being the one
cleaner I would have to have for all around cleaning with one
machine!! In fact when I bought my house 8 years ago, It had
all decent carpet thru out. Being a 1930's built It dose have
wonderful wood floors under the Wall to Wall . So I acquired
a Legand II As the carpet came out one room at a time. The
Legand is the best. The last of the carpet is comeing out and now I have 30+ vacuums to choose from.
My Memories of my Grandmothers and Older brother/sister in law's Kirby is/was a WOW back in the 50's/60's They were just
flashy (like a new Oldsmobile with lots a Chrome) and fun!!!
My heart is with the Hoover 63's (other Grandma's)Hoover 28 w/tools (favorite Aunts) A lux 12,XXX and LG models at friends and neighbors. Plus Christmas 53 When Dad bought Mom's new Model 66 Air way. How can we ever have just ONE!??

Post# 1232 , Reply# 3   9/13/2006 at 19:57 (4,416 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Kirby 1cr

Just a PS to the above. The first vacuum my exwife and I bought was Kirby in August of 70. We traded a used lux E and
a blue Dial-a-Matic that I bought used! I shampooed every
one's carpets with that machinne. Later on had a used Convertable but left the hose on the Kirby for the attachments!

Post# 1238 , Reply# 4   9/13/2006 at 20:34 (4,416 days old) by converto-skip ()        
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Post# 1261 , Reply# 5   9/14/2006 at 08:38 (4,415 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Love my G3 with TechDrive

As I have posted in the past on the Lester site, here is a picture of me using my G3 with TechDrive. As I have stated in the past, I often feel underdressed when using it for routine cleaning. It is like dancing (smile). This machine is kept on one office level to clean about 2500SF.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO rocketwarrior's LINK

Post# 1310 , Reply# 6   9/15/2006 at 04:21 (4,415 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I'll go along with you guys as well-Kirby is my favorite!

Post# 1325 , Reply# 7   9/15/2006 at 10:34 (4,414 days old) by kirbykid ()        

I've always had a very soft spot in my heart for kirbys.. I love them! But I liked the sound of the old ones like the 561 better then the new ones.. A Kirby Nut!

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