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Royal Metal Uprights 1980-1995 - Updated 12/1/2011
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Post# 160781   12/1/2011 at 12:43 (4,471 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Here is my updated version (as of 12/1/2011) of the post-1980 Royal all-metal upright chart (to 1995, before drop-in motor assemblies were used). There are several models that I lack any knowledge, so please excuse me if any years by model are wrong. Only changes since 1980 will be covered on models originally introduced before 1980.

1984 and older commercial Royals are identified by a dark blue bag with a huge crown, with the "ROYAL" name below that, and the word "COMMERCIAL" (read vertically in the gray part of the bag), with four vertical stripes protruding up to, but not past, the crown. From 1985 to June 1986, the motif changed to the print logo, with "COMMERCIAL" (again seen vertically) below that, to form a "T" shape. All commercial models employ grey bumper/grips and cord, and red Adjust-O-Rite.

July 1986-winter (January to March) 1987 Royal commercial bags were still dark blue in color, but now had the "Royal Five" patch (name is written five times, white text on clear backing), sandwiched by two red rectangles: the Royal crown logo is on the top red rectangle and the duty rating ("COMMERCIAL") is on the bottom red rectangle. On models made after October 1986, the decal on the front of the nozzle is identified by a marquee of Royal logos (white on black), and below that is the duty rating of "HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL" in black on white. From 1987 on, all the bags were grey in color (with few models having red bags).

Household models (with some exceptions) made after 10/86 instead had a similar decal used on 1982 and later Prince 501 hand vacuums (a white decal with the company's then-current corporate logo, in dark blue). On models with no headlight (such as 885, 6000 and 6103), below the Adjust-O-Rite or rubber belt cover is a white decal reading "Royal HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL QUALITY" (with the company's logo being smallest in appearance, the words HEAVY DUTY below have the first letter from HEAVY and the last letter from DUTY bigger than the rest, with a black oblong background reading "COMMERCIAL QUALITY" inbetween the two large letters.

On all household-type models made after April 1991 (except the 882 and 85103), a new decal (various colors) was used, which reads "ROYAL - COMMERCIAL QUALITY."

Mid-1987 to 2002 models continued to have the 1986-style logo on the bag, but on commercial models the majority of the outer bags (whether shake-out or with back zipper for disposable bags) were gray in color (some were red or black) and the "Royal Five" portion of the logo is now white on dark blue. The decal on the nozzle is the same. Models with the Adjust-O-Rite, when so specified, were red in color. Between 1988-95 there was also the Duke Series, identified by the red denim bags.

Starting in 1988 with the introduction of models 992 and 993, the Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjustment was offered. Where noted on 1988 and later models, the adjuster type will be described.

In April 1990, all Royal uprights changed from a 6-blade metal impeller fan to a 9-blade metal impeller fan.

From October 1992, all Adjust-O-Rite plugs had black plastic pull knobs.

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Model 602 (1966-1985)
Light blue cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper. Grey bumper/grips. Grey 25' cord. Red Adjust-O-Rite. 3-amp (1980-1981) or 4.5-amp (1981-1985) motor. Single helical motor brushes. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Standard headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 604 (1985-1987)
Light blue cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper. Blue bumper/grips. Grey 25' cord. Blue Adjust-O-Rite. 4.5-amp motor. Single helical motor brushes. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Standard headlight. 2-year warranty. Also available with 3-wire cord as model 3.604.

Model 607 (1985-1987)
Grey-painted motor housing. 4.5-amp motor.

Model 608 (1977-1987)
3-amp (1980-1981), 4.5-amp (1981-1985) or 5.4-amp (1985-1987) motor. Square headlight.

Model 611 (1977-1987)
3-amp (1980-1981), 4.5-amp (1981-1985) or 5.4-amp (1985-1987) motor. Blanked-out headlight.

Model 618 (1985-1987)
18" wide nozzle for large areas. 6-amp motor. No headlight.

Model 654 (1987-1988)
Grey painted motor housing. 5-amp motor. Standard brushed aluminum belt cover. No headlight.

Model 655 (1990-1995)
Same as model 656 with Adjust-O-Rite.
Also available as Duke 7500.

Model 656 (1990-1995)
Same as model 654, but with new 9-blade impeller fan.
Also available as Duke 7510.

Model 660/661/662/663 (14" nozzle) (1987-1990; 661 and 663 introduced 1989)
Gray and chrome (bag has red/blue "Royal Five" logo). Adjust-O-Rite (#660, #662). Headlight (#662, #663). 6-amp motor. #661 and #663 have rubber belt cover plate and Au-Toe-Matic 5-position toe-touch height adjustment.
Also available as Duke Series 7600/7610/7620/7630 from 1988-1990 (#7600 and #7620 have Adjust-O-Rite and #7620 and #7630 have headlight). #7610 and #7630 (introduced 1989) have standard belt cover plate and Au-Toe-Matic 5-position toe-touch height adjustment.

Model 680/681/682/683 (18" wide nozzle) (1987-1990)
Same as 660 series but with 18" wide nozzle for larger areas. Adjust-O-Rite and Rite-Hite on models #680 and #682; rubber belt cover plate and Au-Toe-Matic on models #681 and #683 (introduced 1989); headlight on #682 and #683.
Also available as Duke Series 7800/7810/7820/7830 from 1988-1990.

Model 670/671/672/673 (14" wide nozzle) (1990-1995)
Replaced prior 660 series, with new 7-amp motor and 9-blade impeller fan. Adjust-O-Rite and Rite-Hite on #670 and #672; rubber belt cover plate and Au-Toe-Matic on #671 and #673; headlight on #672 and #673.
Also available as Duke Series 7700/7710/7720/7730.

Model 690/691/692/693 (18" wide nozzle) (1990-1995)
Replaced prior 680 series, with new 7-amp motor and 9-blade impeller fan. Adjust-O-Rite and Rite-Hite on #690 and #692; rubber belt cover plate and Au-Toe-Matic on #691 and #693; headlight on #692 and #693.
Also available as Duke Series 7900/7910/7920/7930.

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Model 153 (1930s-1987)
(History since 1980): Light blue cotton-twill shake-out bag. 1960s-style ROYAL vertical logo with crown and stripes (to December 1984); 1977-86 model 801/880 bag graphics (from January 1985). Standard polished aluminum belt cover. Brushed aluminum motor housing. 3.0 amp (1980-1981) or 4.5 amp (1981-1987) motor. Intermediate wheels on all fours. No headlight.

Model 777 (Electro-Hygiene) (1966-1983)
Red cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper (tan after 1983). Grey 35' cord. Grey bumper/grips. Red Adjust-O-Rite with metal pull knob. 3-amp (1980-1981) or 4.5-amp (1981-1983) motor. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Standard headlight.

Model 784 (1987-1988)
Tan vinyl bag with nylon zipper (with red/clear "Royal Five" logo). Grey 25' cord. Grey bumper/grips. Red Adjust-O-Rite with black plastic pull knob. 4.5-amp motor. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Square headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 801 (1953-1987)
Tan cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper (from 7/86 with red/clear "Royal Five" logo). Grey 25' cord (later models were pigtail type). Grey bumper/grips. Red Adjust-O-Rite. 3-amp (1980-1981) or 4.5-amp (1981-1987) motor. Single helical motor brushes. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Standard cast headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 880 (1966-1987)
Blue vinyl bag with nylon zipper (from 7/86 with red/clear "Royal Five" logo). Blue 35' pigtail cord. Blue bumper/grips. Blue Adjust-O-Rite. 3-amp (1980-1981), 4.5-amp (1981-1985) or 5.4-amp (1985-1987) motor. Double helical motor brushes. Wide front wheels and intermediate rear wheels. Square headlight (with deodorizer underneath after 10/82). 5-year warranty.

Model 881 (1987-1989)
Light blue cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper (with red/clear "Royal Five" logo). Grey 25' cord. Blue bumper/grips. Blue Adjust-O-Rite with black plastic pull knob. 4.5-amp motor. Single helical motor brushes. Intermediate wheels on all fours. Standard cast headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 882 (1991-1995)
Green cotton-twill bag with nylon zipper (with green/gray "Royal Five" logo). Grey bumper/grips. Grey 30' cord. Rubber belt cover plate. 5-amp motor. Wide wheels on all fours. Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjustment. No headlight. 3-year warranty.

Model 883 (1989-1991)
Same as 881 with 5-amp motor, and Adjust-O-Rite has metal pull knob. 9-blade metal impeller fan (after 4/90). Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. Standard cast headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 884 (1987-1989)
Blue vinyl bag with nylon zipper (with red/clear "Royal Five" logo). Blue bumper/grips. Grey 25' pigtail cord. Blue Adjust-O-Rite with metal pull knob. 5.4-amp motor. Double-helical motor brushes. Wide front wheels and intermediate rear wheels. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. Deluxe square headlight. 2-year warranty.

Model 885 (1989-1995)
Dark blue Microtex bag with nylon zipper (with medium/dark blue "Royal Five" logo). Dark blue bumper/grips. Dark blue 35' pigtail cord. Dark blue Adjust-O-Rite. 6-amp motor. 9-blade metal impeller fan (after 4/90). Double-helical motor brushes. Wide front wheels on all fours. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. No headlight. 3-year warranty.

Model 886 (1987-1995)
Blue Scafitex bag with metal zipper (1987-1991) or dark blue Microtex bag with nylon zipper (1992-1995). Blue (1987-1991) or dark blue (1991-1995) bumper/grips. Blue (1987-1991) or dark blue (1991-1995) 35' pigtail cord. Blue (1987-1991) or dark blue (1991-1995) Adjust-O-Rite. 6-amp motor. 9-blade metal impeller fan (after 4/90). Stiff double helical motor brushes. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster (886F has Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjuster). Square headlight with deodorizer underneath (until April 1989). 5-year warranty.

Model 887 (1987-1989)
Same as model 886 with 305 attachment kit included.

Model 888 (1971-1984)
Same as model 880 with detachable nozzle.

Model 889 (1987-1988)
Same as model 886/887, but with: Mauve Scafitex bag with metal zipper (has burgundy/dark blue "Royal Five" logo). Burgundy bumper/grips. Burgundy 35' pigtail cord. Red Adjust-O-Rite with metal pull knob. 6-amp motor. Stiff double helical motor brushes. Wide wheels with hubcaps on all fours. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. Square headlight with deodorizer underneath. 7-year warranty.

Model 903 (Electro-Hygiene 1973-1983; Royal 1983-1987)
Red (1973-1982) or tan (1983-1987) vinyl bag with nylon zipper. Red bumper/grips. Red 35' pigtail cord. Red Adjust-O-Rite. 3-amp (1980-1981), 4.5-amp (1981-1985) or 5.4-amp (1985-1987) motor. Stiff double helical motor brushes. Wide wheels on all fours. Square headlight with deodorizer underneath. 7-year warranty.

Model 980 (Electro-Hygiene 1971-1983; Royal 1983-1984)
Same as model 903 with detachable nozzle.

Model 992/993 (1988-1990)
Model 994 (1990-1995)
Model 995 (1990-1993)
Model 996 (1993-1995)
Dark blue Scafitex bag with metal zipper. Dark blue bumper/grips. Dark blue 35' pigtail cord (very first 992/993s had a white pigtail cord). Dark blue Adjust-O-Rite. 6-amp (992/993) or 7-amp (994-996) motor. Stiff double helical motor brushes. Wide wheels on all fours. Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjuster. Square headlight with deodorizer underneath. 6-year warranty.

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PREFERRED COLLECTION SERIES

Model 6000 (1988-1990)
Mauve Microtex bag with nylon zipper. Burgundy bumper/grips. Burgundy 35' cord. Burgundy Adjust-O-Rite. 5-amp motor. Double helical motor brushes. Wide wheels with hubcaps on all fours. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. No headlight. 5-year warranty.

Model 6005, 6805 (1989-1991)
Grey Microtex bag with nylon zipper. 6005 has rubber belt cover plate and 6805 has red Adjust-O-Rite. 9-blade metal impeller fan (after 4/90).

Model 6103 (1990-1995)
Mauve (1990-1991) or burgundy (1991-1995) Microtex bag with nylon zipper. Burgundy bumper/grips. Burgundy 35' cord. Burgundy Adjust-O-Rite. 6-amp motor. Stiff double helical motor brushes. Wide wheels with hubcaps on all fours. Rite-Hite screw-type (6103) or Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch (6103F) height adjuster. No headlight. 5-year warranty.

Model 7000 (1988-1990)
Same as 6000 with standard cast headlight and 6-amp motor.

Model 8000 (1988-1990)
Same as 7000 with square headlight.

Model 9000 (1988-1990)
Mauve Scafitex bag with metal zipper. Other features same as 8000 except with Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjuster, and deodorizer underneath headlight. 7-year warranty. White (later burgundy) 35' pigtail cord.

Model Classic 9005 (1989-1990)
Burgundy Scafitex bag with metal zipper (logo reads "Royal Classic 1989, Quality Since 1905") and trim. Other features same as 9000.

Model Classic 9100 (1990-1995)
Same as model #8000 but with 7-amp motor, 9-blade impeller fan, and also with deodorizer under headlight. Same mauve bag from prior #8000 used through 1991; after April 1991 it used the same burgundy "Preferred Collection" bag as model 6103.

Model Classic 9700 (1990-1995)
Same as models 9000 and 9005 but with 7-amp motor and 9-blade impeller fan. In April 1991, the decal border no longer protrudes above the Adjust-O-Rite plug.

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ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS

85103 (1990-1992)
Blue Microtex bag with nylon zipper. Grey bumper/grips. Grey 35' cord. Blue Adjust-O-Rite. 6-amp motor. Wide wheels on all fours. Rite-Hite screw-type height adjuster. 4-year warranty.

8801AE (1992-1994)
Green Microtex bag with nylon zipper. Black bumper/grips. Black 35' cord. Rubber belt cover plate. 6-amp motor. Wide wheels on all fours. Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjuster. 4-year warranty.

89103 (1994-1995)
Red Microtex bag with nylon zipper. Black bumper/grips. Black 35' cord. Rubber belt cover plate. 6-amp motor. Wide wheels on all fours. Au-Toe-Matic toe-touch height adjuster. Standard cast headlight. 4-year warranty.

~Ben


Post# 160957 , Reply# 1   12/3/2011 at 14:27 (4,469 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Royal 885 CA

Here is a picture of Royal 885CA

Andre


Post# 160958 , Reply# 2   12/3/2011 at 14:38 (4,469 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Royal 670 CA

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Post# 160959 , Reply# 3   12/3/2011 at 14:45 (4,469 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Royal 670 CA

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Post# 160970 , Reply# 4   12/3/2011 at 17:43 (4,468 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Thanks, Andre!

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I wonder if you have any scans from the '70s and '80s of these Royal all-metal uprights? Like... 608CA?

I know @beerad has a circa 1987 model 608CA in his collection.

~Ben


Post# 160980 , Reply# 5   12/3/2011 at 18:53 (4,468 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Scans

That is the only uprights brochure i have.
The other scans i have are:
1) Royal 501 ( Prince).
2) Royal 4250 CA (Canister).

Let me know if you want to see them .

Andre


Post# 160981 , Reply# 6   12/3/2011 at 19:02 (4,468 days old) by kirbykid63 (Wilmington Delaware)        
Thanks Ben for all the Info.

Hey Ben your info has been very informative,while picking here in Tucson i find some very nice royals.I have black bag 9 amp model that I like to use as much as my kirby sentria.

Post# 160984 , Reply# 7   12/3/2011 at 20:01 (4,468 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Royal 501CA

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Andre,

I would love to see the scan you have of the 501CA, please.

~Ben


Post# 161027 , Reply# 8   12/4/2011 at 08:58 (4,468 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Royal 501

For you Ben.
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Post# 161029 , Reply# 9   12/4/2011 at 09:11 (4,468 days old) by elux-o-matic ()        
Royal 501

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Post# 161095 , Reply# 10   12/4/2011 at 18:14 (4,467 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Clean Drapes Without Climbing the Walls?

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As Lionel Richie sang: "... Oh, it looks like everybody/Is having a ball" and, later, "... the only thing we wanna do tonight/Is go round and round/And turn upside down/Come on, let's get down."

~Ben


Post# 161103 , Reply# 11   12/4/2011 at 19:26 (4,467 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

Great information on the Royal KirbyClassicIII..
Thanks for posting..And nice machines.


Post# 161140 , Reply# 12   12/4/2011 at 22:50 (4,467 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
vacu-finder

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Thank you, and I hope to find even more on these as time goes by.

~Ben



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