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Post# 160185   11/26/2011 at 07:17 (4,480 days old) by chuffle (Rural Pennsylvania)        

Doing the morning vacuuming while waiting for opening times so that I can head to town and run my errands caused me to ponder a bit (which I rarely do when vacuuming) about a machine that always seems to rank at the top of my favorites list.

I grew up in a Kirby household (parents owned a Classic, then a Heritage II), and over the years, I have owned and used various Kirbys, Royals, and a number of Convertibles, only to find that I continuously return to my self-propelled Eureka 5048 B. I'm not knocking the above mentioned machines, for they all clean admirably - but in my old house, with uneven flooring and differing area rug compositions, they always seemed finicky, with no amount of adjustment, either to height or fine-tuning the Kirby Micro Matic, allowing them to go from room to room, providing the results that I consistently get from my Eureka.

I purchased the Eureka at a long-defunct thrift store when I lived in the Pittsburgh area. I seem to recall that the store closed Christmas week of 2004. and the vac was purchased not long before the closure. At first, I balked at paying the $19.95 asking price, but after taking a few days to think it over, I returned and bought the vac. The machine has served me well, both in Pittsburgh, and here in the sticks, and I think that the $19.95 paid for it was money well spent.

I don't know what I will do when the day comes that the self-propelled drive gives out. I know that I could "go manual," but I have grown so accustomed to the way that the machine effortlessly and smoothly glides while vacuuming.

I guess that I have had some time on my hands, and pondered a bit too much. Thanks for allowing my to rattle on about my old faithful.


P.S. I have no clue as to the age of this machine, could be from the 80s, maybe the 90s - early 2000s perhaps? Hence, I am posting this under "vintage," just to be safe.

Post# 160187 , Reply# 1   11/26/2011 at 07:32 (4,480 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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You can't go wrong with that will out clean almost anything on the market!

I love Eureka's. I like my Kirby's, Royal's, Luxes and other vacs as well...but Eureka just seem to have everything right!


Post# 160189 , Reply# 2   11/26/2011 at 08:41 (4,480 days old) by 1926700 ()        

that Eureka is from the late 80's, and i wouldnt worry about it dying...just keep up on changing your belt (belts need to be changed every 2 or 3 month espcially Eureka round belts the get streched out more so for some reason) and make shure you have good long brush strips....and this machine will maybe out live you=)

and there were a few other self proplelled machines on the market over the years, the first was Hoover's Power Drive Dial.A.Matic....then was the infoumus Concept, then it seemed that Kenmore jumped in and had a few self prpoelled twin fans, and one or two Whirlpools, and there were SEVRAL other self proplelled Eurekas before yours.....i dont mind telling you, dont be afraid of trying a non self propelled Eureka upright, just as long as it has a Rugulator, there really not that bad to push and handle in the least...=)

Post# 160192 , Reply# 3   11/26/2011 at 09:02 (4,480 days old) by 1926700 ()        
heres a pic of ....

the first couple self proplelled eurekas...

Post# 160263 , Reply# 4   11/26/2011 at 20:38 (4,479 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I love hearing about how great these Eurekas performed when they came out.

As the company used to say: "Eureka. The very best in vacuum cleaners."

I guess our only chance to keep Eureka alive in our homes in some way is to have a nice new Sanitaire upright in our arsenal of cleaning equipment!

(Hope one day to have a home big enough to own every vac the Eureka Williams company made from 1960 to 1980!)

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