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Post# 148703   8/25/2011 at 06:05 (4,565 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I think its amazing what might be the worst biggest load of rubbish vacuum can be your dream find Just because a family member had one when you were little.

I am still searching for my Grans vac , even a pic , a yellow and brown Electrolux ( uk ) 404, columbus made thier own version aswell in orange.

Its amazing how much these vacuums can mean

Post# 148706 , Reply# 1   8/25/2011 at 06:39 (4,565 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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What does a Electrolux 404 look like?? I don't think I've ever seen one...


Post# 148708 , Reply# 2   8/25/2011 at 07:12 (4,565 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

They do mean alot to all of us. To me its a touch stone to the past. Puts me in connection to a life less complicated, more fun, easy going, the only thing you would worry about is when is she going to run the sweeper again!   I just found a GE like my mother's original canister!  I can't wait to get it!

Post# 148712 , Reply# 3   8/25/2011 at 08:06 (4,565 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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the 404 is a upright electrolux ( not the USA electrolux but Uk and rest of the world ) it has a cloth bag brown in color with the electrolux emblem printed al over it, it had a plasic hood in yellow. Its not the pretiest thing As far as I know it was the only electrolux with a proper cloth bag attached at the rear.

Post# 148714 , Reply# 4   8/25/2011 at 08:15 (4,565 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Yes I agree its a link to my past, My Gran lived in a small karoo town called oudshoorn about 4 hours outside of cape town in a big victorian house that had a passage that ran from the front portch to the back door, every morning the carpet would get rolled up and the wooden floor polished, my sister and i would then skate on the shiny floor in our socks.

I only recently found the same make of polisher , a twin brush columbus, as soon as it arrives I'll post pics.

I loved the way the vacuums bag inflated , it was a big cloth bag

I will ty and sketch a drawing of how it looked if I get a chance tonight

Post# 148845 , Reply# 5   8/26/2011 at 05:06 (4,564 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Hi ive got 3 columbus polishers,the one can convert to vacuum cleaner.My grandmas house used to have a loose carpet in the hallway she live on a very small town wesselsbron.they always took the carpet outside when i visit as a small boy so i can play with the old vacuum cleaners outside blowing dust everywhere.i still have the same vacuum cleaners in my collection.a electrolux z170 and z302.

Post# 148850 , Reply# 6   8/26/2011 at 06:03 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Wow another South african

Can you post a pic of the Z302 ?

The columbus that converts to a vacuum is the one I am getting.

Post# 148865 , Reply# 7   8/26/2011 at 07:47 (4,564 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Im not at home at the moment but as soon as i get home i will definately post a pic.i see in your profile you have electroluxes as well?i just love the cylinder type electroluxes.

Post# 148877 , Reply# 8   8/26/2011 at 08:59 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Im going to post some pics aswell later

I own a vacuum shop Sales and repairs so we get allot in as trade inns

Post# 148882 , Reply# 9   8/26/2011 at 09:42 (4,564 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

0h thats Nice!i would love to work at a vacuum see all the different vacuums coming you often still see older vacuum cleaners?i always take a vacuum cleaner if its old or odd looking.even if its not working.sometimes its just a small fault.ive found 3 vintage vacuums at a pawnshop they thought wasnt working when i got home and cleaned it up its only a minor problem.excuse my english its not very good.where did you bought your columbus?the b11 polisher(polisher only) i knew from as long as i can remember.the other one i have the polisher/vacuum cleaner ive got from a friend in joburg.I would love to be in a vacuum repair shop with a room full of old and vintage vacuums.theres always that feeling of joy when i find a place selling vacuums.

Post# 148885 , Reply# 10   8/26/2011 at 09:57 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Well next time your in Cape town pop inn.

Unfortunetly we don't see many old ones any more, We are big dyson agents , infact if a dyson is under warranty and it breaks any were in south africa they come to me.

I like both new and vintage vacuum cleanres

My Dad always said make your passion your job That way you will always enjoy so after designing vacuums at Electrolux I opened a vacuum shop, as far as I know the only vacuum shop in SA that sells new vacuums different brands ( not tied to one brand like Kirby or sebo ) and repairs them too

Post# 148897 , Reply# 11   8/26/2011 at 11:37 (4,564 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Wish i could make my passion my job.i would like to be a vacuum cleaner agent,it sounds crazy but the sound of a vacuum cleaner calms me down.if it wasnt neccesary for such a big start up cost i would have definately opened a vacuum repair shop or agency.i never knew dyson was a brand sold in south africa,untill a few years ago ive seen a place in bloemfontein selling them and never seen a sebo vacuum cleaner personally only on photos.i would like to find a kirby vacuum cleaner of the 50's or 60's.i have a vacuum cleaner in my collection its a 1985 premiere mini vac,as far as i know the only agency selling their parts is in cape town.its a type of industrial vacuum cleaner.are you selling dyson and sebo vacuum cleaners?

Post# 148898 , Reply# 12   8/26/2011 at 11:59 (4,564 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Just dyson, Aeg & bissell( the new bissel not verimark) the sebo's are two expensive although Im working on a deal.

i would also love a Kirby from the 50's I had one but this is SA and it was swipped before I could rebuild it.

The start up cost to doing vac repairs was not allot its the spares that cost and when you small you buy as you need. withinn the next few years I want to open up a few branches I will call you.

Its not all fun and games but thier is big potential in this country for those of us who want to work

what do yu do at the moment ?

Post# 148958 , Reply# 13   8/26/2011 at 16:49 (4,563 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

At the moment im not working. dont get a job. Really considering starting my own thing as i know a few places selling spare parts.its not all original spares.Is there an other brand bissel than the big green clean machine?

Post# 148961 , Reply# 14   8/26/2011 at 16:54 (4,563 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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A whole range
vacuums and upright carpet cleaners. go to Bissell .com and it will redirect you to bissell SA.

I have posted pics of 2 of electrolux vacuums under vintage and my LUx machines under conteporary vacuums go and have a look and tell me what you think

Post# 148970 , Reply# 15   8/26/2011 at 18:52 (4,563 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

I love it!!!i love the cylinder electroluxes!!its by far the most beautifull vacuum cleaners!you have quite a few very nice vacuums!!i also like the chrome rainbow.i will definately go and have a look at the bissel website.

Post# 149025 , Reply# 16   8/26/2011 at 22:59 (4,563 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        
My Electrolux Z302

Heres the pic of my Electrolux Z302 it used to have a grey power cord but it burned out a few times in its life so the power cord was used for something else. I had the motor rewinded and now i cant get a grey cord anywhere.the accesories are packed away.

Post# 149047 , Reply# 17   8/27/2011 at 03:08 (4,563 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have one of those two but its been stuck away for so long

Post# 149055 , Reply# 18   8/27/2011 at 04:02 (4,563 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Nice.i wouldnt let go of my z302 even if its only the bodyshell left.i cant get hold of any of the motor parts anywhere,so i only occasionaly switch it on.i would like to have the Z303 it looks the same but its black and red and the exhaust grill is chrome.if you ever came across cylinder vacuum cleaners that you have already would you please keep me in mind?even if its not working.ive seen a pic of a black cylinder hoover on one of your posts thats a beaut.ive got a hoover model 402 made from 1949 and its made in great brittain its in a hectic state,but working perfectly!

Post# 149073 , Reply# 19   8/27/2011 at 06:31 (4,563 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I love the whole idea of a floor polisher that also acts as a vacuum! Shame these are so rare in North America.

Now with all this hard-wood flooring in vogue, I'm surprised that Simplicity or Aerus has not introduced a floor polisher that also sucks up dust and dirt from bare floors!

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