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Post# 154869   10/10/2011 at 15:49 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Is this the economy model sold as an acquaintance to the Models:
Golden Jubilee (1210)
Super J

Or is this a model sold between the higher-end models' changes?

btw, here's some photos of mine

Post# 154870 , Reply# 1   10/10/2011 at 15:51 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        


Post# 154872 , Reply# 2   10/10/2011 at 16:02 (4,517 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Torquise Model L

What a great machine, have had at least 2 of them over the years. It was the "Budget" model "L" which went with the 1205, starting in the late 60's, then
evolving in basicly color only. As Lux went to the 50th anv. model, biege and tan. the L went to a beige color. then as the Super J came out things did not
change much on the L. I think the Gold one was next, but can not remember the
Reg. Model lux that it was the budget to? Someone help me out or correct me if
I am wrong on the order of evolvment. The L ended when the new plastic body machines came out. The Ambasitor, Model 90, and so on, were made in the Georgia
plant. The early ones, sold for awhile at Catalog Discount Retail stores. Like
Service Merchandise here in Ohio area. They had the same hose connection to the
machine that the Canadian models had. I have two of the plastic case ones that I
have used for at least 10 years. Great suction with New Hoses, of course.

Post# 154884 , Reply# 3   10/10/2011 at 16:58 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
More Photos


I'd rather have the automatic cord winder; but at least this one is OK, for now.

Post# 154885 , Reply# 4   10/10/2011 at 17:00 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        


I recently won this vac from eBay (no hose, wands or tools)

At least I have the tools in aqua/turquoise

Post# 154887 , Reply# 5   10/10/2011 at 17:02 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Close-up of bag compartment; nice & clean. :)

I just wish Electrolux put motor filter in case the bag bursts!

However, the motor also looks very clean, too.

Post# 154888 , Reply# 6   10/10/2011 at 17:03 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Front end

Post# 154890 , Reply# 7   10/10/2011 at 17:04 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Underside of cleaner

Post# 154892 , Reply# 8   10/10/2011 at 17:06 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Close-up of outside bag door. Under the door, it says "Model L"

Its missing the Automatic Control dial :(

Post# 154893 , Reply# 9   10/10/2011 at 17:10 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Top of cleaner. What does the clip behind handle do? Does it hold the crevice tool? I know the clip on front holds the small combo duster tool.

Now my 1205 has its economy "companion" cousin, the model L. The only thing I need is the CB commercial/industrial vacuum.

Post# 154908 , Reply# 10   10/10/2011 at 19:38 (4,517 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Automatic cord winder

Can I have one (if anyone is willing to part with a turquoise one)

Norm, thanks for the info. I had no idea the Model L was made for a long time.

Post# 155326 , Reply# 11   10/13/2011 at 17:21 (4,514 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Will this one work on the Model L? Or do I need the "donut" style reel like it shows on the owners manual?

Post# 155329 , Reply# 12   10/13/2011 at 18:37 (4,514 days old) by ge1969 (Jefferson, GA)        

Hi Floor-a-Matic! The clip behind the handle on your Model L is for holding the plug end of the cord. The automatic control dial isn't missing, the L's didn't have them. It would also have had the same tools, wands, and PN as the 1205, with the hose also being the same except for the machine end. My Grandparents had that same color of L for many years, great little vacuum. Enjoy, Toby G.

Post# 155350 , Reply# 13   10/13/2011 at 21:43 (4,514 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Here's My Model L

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Turquoise - to go with the B-8 of the time and the 1205. Gorgeous and one of my favorites. Lightweight, powerful and bags and parts still available!

Post# 155365 , Reply# 14   10/14/2011 at 00:08 (4,513 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hi guys:

If memory serves correctly there were 4 versions of the L

The first was white with teal trim and was out with the teal model G

The second was tan with brown trim and out with the brown model G

The third was blue with white trim and was out with both the 1205 and the Golden J

The last was gold with white trim and was out with the Super J

Post# 155393 , Reply# 15   10/14/2011 at 09:58 (4,513 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

Collector2 is right.Model L always had pn outlet for optional nozzle.Went from metal to plastic bag housing as it evolved.Was known as worlds lightest weight heavy duty vacuum.I use one frequently.Was also available during the Silverado period as a factory rebuilt along with G and 1205.The vac was rebuild in currant colors,metal tag riveted on,and packed with new hose and atts.Your cw probably wont work because of needing square plug for back of L.I have a blue cw but seems to have at least spring problem.I will take closer look to see if is fixable while you decide if you want your L to be bigger and heavier.The L was replaced with brown Special about 1980 continuing linup of both deluxe automatic and standard nonautomatic.Both having same hose and atts.

Post# 155395 , Reply# 16   10/14/2011 at 10:41 (4,513 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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The cord winder pictured above will not fit your Model L. There are two screws on each side that hold the cord winder in place. To install a cord winder you simply removed the halo, and put the cord winder in its place.


Nice model L by the way. I enjoy using both of mine.

Post# 155434 , Reply# 17   10/14/2011 at 16:57 (4,513 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Turquoise Cord Winder

I'll take it, despite the spring problem.

Post# 156155 , Reply# 18   10/20/2011 at 17:24 (4,507 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Sometimes the motor sounds like its slowing down, then reverts to normal speed. What could the problem be?

The handle is broken halfway; hopefully they're still available?

Post# 156650 , Reply# 19   10/23/2011 at 17:34 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
A few more pics

With the aqua tools (Came from my parents' 1205; which is now a parts machine for the other 1205)

The new white combo duster tool (has a grey "donut" center instead of periwinkle, which I wanted) is the one I use now; the turquoise tools are just for display only)

All I'm waiting for is a white or periwinkle blue crevice tool.

Post# 156651 , Reply# 20   10/23/2011 at 17:35 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Canister w/tools

Post# 156652 , Reply# 21   10/23/2011 at 17:36 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Clean your ENTIRE house with only two tools! :)

Combo rug/floor tool in turquoise aqua

Post# 156653 , Reply# 22   10/23/2011 at 17:41 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Rug/floor flip tool

Brush side. Bristles VERY worn. My family has been using the CRAP out of those turquoise tools! :P

Well, those tools will be put away for display purposes only due to:
Combo rug/floor tool's bristles worn
Rug/floor tool starting to get fine cracks on plastic body
Combo duster/upholstery tool's rubber "donut" torn & starting to flake
Combo duster tool's bristles worn too.

Post# 156654 , Reply# 23   10/23/2011 at 17:42 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Vinyl PVC hose

Hose w/aqua PN cord & straps

Post# 156655 , Reply# 24   10/23/2011 at 17:57 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Close-up of hose

Pistol grip handle. Swivels a full 360 degrees & has SLIDING relief vent :)

I prefer the sliding vent over the "screw-type" vent like the Genuine Electrolux electrified hoses have.

"OH my vacuum is so much more powerful with the new hose!" :)

Post# 156656 , Reply# 25   10/23/2011 at 17:58 (4,504 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Cord reel for L

Yes, per my request, I still want the CW.


Post# 156756 , Reply# 26   10/24/2011 at 19:29 (4,503 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Bag door switch

Bag door switch not working right; stays on when door is open or bag not in vac. Do I need a new switch or is it normal?

Post# 156773 , Reply# 27   10/24/2011 at 21:36 (4,503 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
That's normal, Erik

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The model L is the economy model to the G etc and does not have a switch interlock or there would be some sort of sprung metal tab or rod on the door's upper trim edge, adjacent to the latch, engaged by the bag gasket. Also the switch is in back over the motor exhaust and is a sideways slider, unlike the G etc rocker switches easy to connect to a long trigger rod.


Post# 157305 , Reply# 28   10/28/2011 at 18:09 (4,499 days old) by Floor-A-Matic (somewhere)        
Electrified hose

Its a shame I can't find a Lux hose w/pigtail that has on/off switch AND swivels! Either it swivels & does NOT have switch; OR it has a switch & NOT swivel. :(

Hopefully, I'll be able to find a pistol grip that swivels & w/switch & sliding suction control.

Something like this on handle end.

Post# 157306 , Reply# 29   10/28/2011 at 18:14 (4,499 days old) by Floor-A-Matic (somewhere)        
Best of both worlds

And something like this (from where swivel grip connects all the way to machine end)

All this hose needs is On/Off switch & SLIDING vent instead of a SCREW-type vent.

Can't Aerus make these hoses right? lol

Post# 158148 , Reply# 30   11/5/2011 at 20:01 (4,491 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
YT video of vac

In action. I was using a Marquis-era? PN-5A Omniflo Automatic Power Nozzle, which will be the PN I'll be using with the older Electrolux vacs. I also have the matching PN-1 in aqua :)

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Post# 159412 , Reply# 31   11/18/2011 at 17:59 (4,478 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Will this hose fit? I thought about buying it because all I have to do is glue the metal connector at machine end. This hose looks EXACTLY like the hose I need, I assume?

Post# 159413 , Reply# 32   11/18/2011 at 18:06 (4,478 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Hose coupling

The one I'm refering to so I can fit onto the hose above.

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Post# 159422 , Reply# 33   11/18/2011 at 21:51 (4,478 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

That hose is for an upright and would take some jury-rigging to make it work.  You would need to find something to make a transition between the cuff on the hose and the coupling unless by a stroke of luck the outside diameter of the hose cuff matches the inside diameter of the metal coupling.  I see a potential problem with the electrical connection too.  Because the plug isn't "L" shaped (like the hose from Totalvac pictured above) the cord will stick out the side of the vacuum and might get snagged on things, coming unplugged which could be annoying.

Post# 159770 , Reply# 34   11/22/2011 at 18:59 (4,474 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Well, I'll hve to research a bit more as to whether I buy the right hose or a "makeshift" (upright hose & metal machine end coupler)

I wonder if the L's motor is the same as a G or 1205? It kinda sounds very quiet. :)

Post# 161012 , Reply# 35   12/4/2011 at 00:24 (4,462 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Scratches on sides

Will they come off with a scratch remover (the kind used for automotive paint found at auto parts stores) I don't want to sand off the original turquoise paint & have a sloppy paint job afterwards.

Post# 161136 , Reply# 36   12/4/2011 at 21:44 (4,462 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

The L has more powerful suction than the 1205; but I assume they use the same motor? Is it because the L's bag chamber has openings around the sides & the 1205's bag chamber having just a hole in the center? Another thing I noticed is the L maintains more powerful suction when the bag is full; & the 1205's suction drops dramatically as the bag fills with dirt.

Post# 248154 , Reply# 37   8/28/2013 at 18:20 (3,829 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I compared the Model L's suction power to the Ambassador & Epic 6500SR; & the Model L still had full suction when the bag was halfway full.  The Ambassador & Epic suction power dropped to near zilch when their bags were halfway full.


Not to mention the Model L is QUIET & POWERFUL compared to the Ambassador or Epic 6500SR which are LOUD!  My ears hurt really bad after vacing with either the Ambassador or Epic 6500SR; wearing earplugs did barely anything to protect my hearing; so I usually use either the G, L, 1205 or Golden Jubilee.Cool

Post# 248171 , Reply# 38   8/28/2013 at 20:56 (3,829 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Here are a few pics of my sad, old Model L. It's a factory reconditioned machine. It appears that the original paint was turquoise but was resprayed grey in the reconditioning process. A power switch from an earlier model was used. It has a tag affixed proclaiming it to be a factory reconditioned machine. It also has a well-worn adhesive label that says "Customer's Exclusive Serial Number RXXXXXX." It's a well-worn machine with a lot of miles on it, but I use it in the garage as a kind of pre-shop vac. The hose that came with it was a generic with the original fittings having been used.

Post# 248172 , Reply# 39   8/28/2013 at 20:58 (3,829 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Other side.

Post# 248173 , Reply# 40   8/28/2013 at 20:59 (3,829 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Rebuild tag on machine's left rear side.

Post# 248174 , Reply# 41   8/28/2013 at 21:00 (3,829 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Earlier model power switch. This machine does have a power take-off switch for a power floor nozzle down near the front wheels strut.

Post# 248175 , Reply# 42   8/28/2013 at 21:02 (3,829 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Label assigning "Customer's Exclusive" serial number. I've no idea what that was about.

Post# 248186 , Reply# 43   8/28/2013 at 23:41 (3,828 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

I am NOT calling anyone a liar but I have trouble buying the "loud" stories I hear of later Electrolux machines. I've heard MANY vacuums from mass retail to door-to-door to commercial and they were always among the quietest. I've used an Electrolux 6500SR and we could hold a conversation while it was running in the same room. It certainly wasn't even loud enough to drown out the TV, let along harm our hearing. I would have to see a decibel reading. There is no contest that the loudest vacuum I've ever heard is my Kirby G5. Second would be any of the 3 Eureka Boss vacuum's I've used. I also have difficulty with the "losing suction" claims as they were designed to fight that with the ribbed bag cage. Electrolux wasn't the only one who did that. Lot's of other companies did that also because it does in fact maintain suction. It's not always how much you vacuum up. Sometimes it depends as much on WHAT you vacuum up. Finer dirt causes faster suction drop. I'm thinking it must be the finer western dirt that causes the trouble. Still, the automatic control should kick in before it degrades too much. My mom's Model L did not have auto shut off but she never complained of wimpy suction between bag changes. It's just hard for me to believe. :)

Post# 456859 , Reply# 44   9/18/2022 at 14:45 (521 days old) by lauradearborn (nm)        
bag switch repair

Can anyone direct me to how to repair the bag switch -- don't think it needs replacing, just adjusting. Can find nothing broken, and don't think any "part" is missing. Thank you for any help. Laura

Post# 456919 , Reply# 45   9/20/2022 at 16:10 (519 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Bag switch repair

Lauradearborn, if you are referring to the model L, there is no bag switch to keep the motor from running with the bag door open or no bag in place. However, there is an interlock in the bag door that prevents the door from latching if there is no bag installed. Just now I removed the metal plate inside the bag cover of my model L, and the interlock is a very simple mechanism with nothing to adjust that I can see.


Best wishes,



Post# 457152 , Reply# 46   9/29/2022 at 20:37 (510 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Some more info

Sometimes if the bag door latch on the vacuum is bent the door won’t latch properly..mildly tweaking it up or down may help.

Hoses: Aerus no longer makes the pigtail hoses for these and when they did the handle swiveled and the air control was the round twist knob and no power switch. Only The non electric hose had the sliding air control. A hose with a power switch in the handle (some swivel, some don’t) are all generics. The plastic is not lexan like Aerus Electrolux used and the hose handles will have a much shorter life. An electric hose with a sliding air control is generic. All of the genuine electric hoses made with the handles to make the direct electric connection to the power nozzle wand used the one same handle and it is still made today and it came out in 1974 with the Golden Jubilee. The current Lux Classic has the same handle. There were earlier electric hose handles, a blue direct connect one but it wasn’t as durable and quickly discontinued then changed to a curved metal handle with the power outlet on the collar where the handle met the hose and the blue power nozzle sheath was used with this setup which had a longer cord in it that you had to manually plug into the little outlet on the hose collar.

You could use a genuine upright hose exactly like the one pictured but will need to shave down the rubber on the outlet to fit in the plug and also buy and adapter cuff to go between the rubber fitting and the metal fitting and glue it together to both parts using adhesive caulk. Other glues won’t work I tried. The adapter cuff is needed as the rubber end from the upright hose will not fit into the metal machine end, it too big. When down properly, you won’t even see the adapter, it will fit inside both ends. I’ll have to see which one I have that fits and take a picture for you. Beware the ere are two upright electric hoses one has a harder plastic machine end with a silver band, you don’t want that one for this application.

Another alternative is to use a non electric vinyl hose and get the external wire wrap to make it a power hose. Also you can buy a generic pigtail hose but they are terribly pricey. You can watch ebay for a genuine pigtail vinyl hose but they are so rare and hardly ever come up that some people have bought whole machines that have the hose just to get the freaking pigtail hose!

One major advantage of not having the cordwinder is the vacuum is much lighter and easier to use, adding the cordwinder makes it much heavier for sure. I’ve used both types. The cordwinders can fail so keep the original cord and halo just in case as it’s easy to switch back and the plain cords are expensive to buy.

The clip at the back of the handle is to hold the cord end when wrapped or you can also use it if you just need a few feet of cord and don’t want it to come all undone for a quick job…just unwrap what you need and clip onto the cord clip at that point. It doesn’t hold the crevice tool very well. Better to put the crevice tool under the handle or in the bristle end of the duster brush if you need it toting along with you.

Handles do come up on ebay periodically…and usually are in white but it was also made in the blue for the white model L. Also you can make a handle out of an old leather belt! Just make sure it’s long enough to arc upward and you’ll need some decent strong snips to cut it and contour it to fit under the hold downs and use a drill to make the screw holes in it! I’ve done it! Can hold you over safely for little cost until you find a replacement.

The bag door only has the lockout to prevent it from being closed without a bag. This way if there is no bag, one will be alerted and see it as the door is stuck “unlatchable” in the open position. The machine will run without a bag. It’s the lower end model so doesn’t have the more advanced bag lockout off switch of the higher end models like the 1205, Olympia, etc. Also on those models the bag lockout is integrated with the features of the automatic control system which is not on of the L. It does not have the automatic control system whatsoever. That’s what made the more advanced models more “deluxe”.

In the meantime you may wish to join Facebook group “Electrolux vacuum group USA” as there are a lot of enthusiasts specifically for Electrolux and you’ll gain tons of info by reviewing previous posts.


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