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The Hoover Dementia
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Post# 144374   7/22/2011 at 21:26 (4,605 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

That's what I call this Hoover Dimension 1000, Model No. S-3283. This must have been their TOL canister machine when it was made. I say that not from perusing old advertising material but just going by the weight of it and the gadgetry. Usually, I think of canister vacs as being relatively portable and handy. This thing is heavy; it really needs a handle to direct it around. Ooops, that would be an upright design, wouldn't it? Well, maybe not necessarily. I've seen portable power generators that were squat but had a handle on them.

One reason it's heavy is because these things have a pretty big motor in them. I don't know the exact time line of all the Hoovers, but I think the Spectrum canister came after this one. I think that because the Spectrum (I've got a tongue-in-cheek name for it too) was more cheaply made and took the S bags, not the M bags like the Dimension. Not long ago, I dissected a busted-up Spectrum and it had a large motor in it and my guess is the Dimension motor is similar.

The Dimension 1000 is pretty busy with gimmicks and gadgets. It has a power switch on the canister for basic power set-up. Then there is a power switch on the hose nozzle end to really turn it on. There is a switch on the power nozzle to turn the brush roll on or off. When suction only is desired, there is a rheostat switch, also on the hose nozzle end, to vary the power. There is a switch on the canister to select auto or manual power. To the right of this, there is a bank of lights that indicate power usage. In manual mode, the lights go up and down with power demand as determined by the rheostat.

From the serial number, this machine was made prior to the dating system but I guess this was made in the early 1980's.

Back to the bags. The M bag is rather small for a machine of this size. It's an obsolescent number but can still be found at some vac shops. Bag access isn't easy on this machine; the lid is fairly difficult to pry open.

Post# 144375 , Reply# 1   7/22/2011 at 21:27 (4,605 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Another picture of the Dementia:

Post# 144416 , Reply# 2   7/23/2011 at 05:38 (4,604 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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I like it. My favorite Dimention.

Post# 144426 , Reply# 3   7/23/2011 at 07:56 (4,604 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

That is a cool looking machine! Love 80s technology!

4.3 peak HP that must have good suction as my 13gallon shop-vac is rated for 6hp peak!

Post# 144660 , Reply# 4   7/25/2011 at 14:05 (4,602 days old) by guardsman69 ()        

the hoover dimention pictured was hoovers top of the line and was their most powerfull canister of all time featuring a horizonal balanced direct behind the bag motor vs the vertical mounted celebrity canister line with wrap around h was heavy due to its awesome suction motor and double shelled constructed body change bag lift slightly then pull forward....paired with the hoover original quadroflex agitator made this an awesome cleaner.....the discontinuing of this line and the introduction of the much weaker single suction fan motored spectrum futura collection with half the suction was the begining of the end of hoovers domestic us market dominance in canisters followed by the discontinuing of the convertible and decade 80 uprights moving them to the commercial sector exclusively in favor of elites and legagy uprights and thats why an empty brick building sits in the middle of north canton...introduce new product but keep what made you number one.....maytag destroyed hoover with moves like this

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