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Information on the Turbopower 1000/2/3 please!
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Post# 166835   1/23/2012 at 15:47 (2,992 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I was just wondering if anybody here could tell me any information they know on the HOOVER Turbopower 1000/2/3 models ?

I'm just interested, and I'm sure one or two of you knowledgeable people on here will have a wealth of information for me.


Post# 166838 , Reply# 1   1/23/2012 at 16:08 (2,992 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello. Well as I've said on your other thread (it's no longer listed so you may not have seen so) the turbopower 2 and turbopower 1000 went on sale in 1992. It was Hoover's first clean-fan upright since the UK Convertible. I cannot tell you hand on heart how many cleaners there were initially in each range, other than to mention the three which i first saw. These were Turbopower 2 in navy blue, and Turbopower 2 with autosense. Both cleaners were 800 watts.

The Turbopower 1000 I know of was a dark colour, be it green or blue, I forget, and had autosense and the permabag system2 dust box. There were more models though. This cleaner was advertised widely on TV. It will always be a source of iterest to me as to why Hoover put both the 2 and 1000 on sale together as I can see no point. The first change to the Turbopower 2 (and I cannot say whether or not this change applied to the Turbopower 1000 as I have seen so very few of them) was when Hoover fitted a long crevice tool inside the extention tube, as well as keeping the small crevice tool, so in effect the cleaners had a 5-piece tool kit including the tube. Also some models had a piston bag-full indicator in the bag door, but that was taken off as well.

The second change was when the Turbopower 1000 was superseeded by the Turbopower 3 in late 1994/early 1995. The Turbopower 3 had a 1000 watt motor, and had a wide diameter hose. Previous cleaners had used the narrow hose off the Turbopower/Turbomaster total cleaners and were forever blocking up. In fact the narrow hose was totally unsuitable for a clean-fan system that relied on the on-board hose as part of the upright cleaning function. As well as this, the hose on the Turbopower 3 was longer and hooked to the handle of the machine. As this would have interfered with the flex as it entered the cleaner, the entry point for all cleaners -Turbopower 2 and 3- was moved to the top of the cleaner instead of the rear. At some point the small crevice tool was taken of the machine but I cannot tell you when.

The Turbopower 3 went on until early 1997, when the PurePower went on sale. But the Turbopower 2 carried on well into the early 2000s, where Hoover reverted to the narrow hose for some reason that I don't know about.

Post# 166844 , Reply# 2   1/23/2012 at 16:18 (2,992 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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That was very informative - Thanks!

I always thought it was a bit strange having the small crevice tool and the large one which coupled up as an extension tube, but I suppose there are some situations where the small tool could only fit for example.

I did notice that the hose on the Turbopower was very narrow, but I've never actually had a problem with it blocking though.

Post# 166847 , Reply# 3   1/23/2012 at 16:22 (2,992 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

I have no idea why Hoover put two crevice tools on the back, unless it was because they were prehaps hell-bent on having the long scabbard crevice tool and didn't want a gap where the small one had been. Note, they stopped fitting the small one when the tool caddy was redsigned and made to look like the small tool had never existed.

The narrow tube was far too short for a clean fan machine and must have put strain on the motor. It blocks because not only is it very narrow, but the chambers in the cleaning head are wider and as such debris passed through the head but couldn't get through the hose.

Post# 166851 , Reply# 4   1/23/2012 at 16:40 (2,992 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I suppose you're right, but as I said, I've never had it clog, and it has been in regular use since I got it in February 2010.

Correction, it did clog once, but that was because I was vacuuming up LOTS of wood shavings, and brought it on myself really!

As for putting a strain on the motor, I'm not sure, but maybe you're right.

Post# 166853 , Reply# 5   1/23/2012 at 16:47 (2,992 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well, it's like this. The hose was narrow and the motor was constantly pulling air through it. So, it would be like any cleaner with a wide hose where the end gets a bit clogged or whatever. There's just less space to get the air through. Now, when you say yours has regular use, you've already made it clear that you take good care of your cleaners and check them and so on, but the reality is that people who bought the cleaners soley as a functional item would just switch on & go. Those narrow hoses kept me in business, so to speak, as I unblocked many of them in their day. Of course the cleaners came with 5 year parts guarentee, but one had to pay Hoover for the labour, and even under a an extra guarentee policy a blockage would not be covered. So they came to the local repair shops for attention.

Post# 166855 , Reply# 6   1/23/2012 at 16:56 (2,992 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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People took Vacuum Cleaners to repair shops for blocked hoses!? Wow...

Post# 166859 , Reply# 7   1/23/2012 at 17:12 (2,992 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello. Yes, that's right. When a cleaner failed to work correctly, people got them mended. What we have to remember is that something is only obvious if one knows about it. Don't get me wrong, people who bought in upright cleaners for blockages knew that the machine wasn't picking up, but it was knowing why that mattered. Some knew why but physically couldn't get the machine apart, due to ill health maybe, or lack of confidence, or in so many cases, due to time. A lot of people also thought they'd got the blockages out, but had only part succeeded in doing so and the machine blocked again.

Blockages and belt faliures on upright cleaners were and probably still are the reason for a breakdown. If I got bought in a cylinder cleaner it was mostly to have the lead changed, or because the motor had blown. Cylinders were effectivley mantainence free in that respect. If someone needed a new hose or a floor tool, they just came in and bought the part. Uprights are what I made my money repairing.

Post# 166910 , Reply# 8   1/23/2012 at 22:38 (2,991 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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IMHO, the Turbopower 2 and 3 were the best of the last upright bagged vacuums made by Hoover. When the horrible, heavy and noisy Purepower appeared to replace them, it was the end of a good design.

I had two models - the Autosense TP2 with electronic LED bag indicator and a limited edition yellow TP2 - the yellow one is in my photo album. The yellow one was fairly basic and didn't even come with a bag indicator - I eventually turfed the yellow bin door and found a replacement blue one with a mechanical bag indicator. I always wanted the TP3 1000 watt model as it was in dark burgundy and Argos sold it for a long time before being replaced.

If you seek on EBAY UK you can sometimes find the bagless Permabag box that will fit into ANY of the TP2 and TP3 vacuums, giving it a bagless design as the bin door will just fit in front instead of a bag. No need to take anything off as the Permabox will use the existing dirt channel inside the cavity. For all that Hoover UK dabbled with the design, the Permabox had a tendency to leak dust rather than carry it to full term.

ALSO Big tip - About the only use the bagless Purepower - the Dustmanager has - is the possibility of sourcing a bag holder (usually yellow) from a Purepower, screwing it into the bin cavity by two retaining bolts and turning it into a bagged vacuum, giving that model, at last the possibility of real suction.

Post# 166946 , Reply# 9   1/24/2012 at 08:14 (2,991 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi. I always liked the early Hoover TP 1000,2,3 before they was made more basic when the purepowers appeared.
Some goes for the Hoover Purepowers. I like the early ones with the bag indicator light,autosence,Via power etc but same thing happened again new models came out and there then relegated to the BOL range in general.


Post# 166947 , Reply# 10   1/24/2012 at 08:23 (2,991 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower 2

heres my turbopower 2 i got last year for 15 pound

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Post# 166956 , Reply# 11   1/24/2012 at 10:10 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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The yellow Turbopower 2's were rare!?

I wish I'd bought them when there was two at my local recycling store for £5 each...


I've never really been fond of the TP2's with just the power button and no lights, because in comparison to my TP1000 which has lots of lights and a Turbo button, it is basic, and I hate basic!

That isn't to say they are a bad cleaner though - They are fantastic.

I did think you could probably make the Dust Manager bagged, as it was a simple non-cyclonic bagless machine, but to be honest, it had so many other faults that even if I could have made it suck better, it wouldn't have lived long enough to tell the tale anyway!

On a random note - I just took the floor tool of my '07 Henry apart to clean it, and by Jove, the whole thing was crammed full of dust!

I'd recommend anybody who owns a Numatic, or any cylinder cleaner for that matter, to take the floor tool apart soon (if it has been used for more than a year or so) and clean it out.

I'm still in shock from seeing how much dust was stuck between the metal sole plate and the body of it.

When I first got Henry from eBay a couple of months ago, because the body looked almost immaculate, I thought it had barely been used, but after today I now know it must have been used a lot, but just used carefully.

Post# 166959 , Reply# 12   1/24/2012 at 11:32 (2,991 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        

i got my henry brand new out my cat i never ues the carpet flool tool i hav got the henry turbo brush use that all the time they good cleaners

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Post# 166961 , Reply# 13   1/24/2012 at 12:11 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yes, they are very good cleaners!

I was thinking of buying a Turbo brush for mine, but the standard floor tool works well enough for me to not bother spending the money on it.

Post# 166977 , Reply# 14   1/24/2012 at 13:16 (2,991 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
The yellow Turbopower 2's were rare!?

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They're not that rare. They crop up on ebay a fair bit and I've seen a good handfull still in use.

The blue TP2 pictured about that belongs to hoovermanmick is one of the very last TP2's from about 1999 - 2001. The final series of TP's was the yellow 900w model, the blue 1000w model and a red 1200w model. There was also a Turbopower Junior from around this time that was a co-op exclusive and the very last of the original Turbopower design.

Also, the TP1000 was not part of the original line-up - it was launched in 1994 to replace the T2 Autosense and (I believe) the last of the Turbomasters

Post# 166978 , Reply# 15   1/24/2012 at 13:22 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I did think, from the styling, the Blue TP2 was the later model.

Also - There was a 1200W version in red ? That's the first I've heard of it!

Did it have Autosense, or was it a fixed wattage motor ?

Post# 166979 , Reply# 16   1/24/2012 at 13:24 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Oh, and the Turbopower 1000 was a spur of the moment thing for HOOVER, am I right ?

The TP1, TP2, and TP3 were the planned ones.

Post# 166980 , Reply# 17   1/24/2012 at 13:25 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Jamie.

Here are a few pictures of the machines that myself and Rob have managed to acquire over the last few years.

Should put things into a bit of perspective, though there are a handful of uber rare versions still to find.

In 1992 the Turbopower 2 range consisted of:

U2462 Turbopower 2 - the basic machine - you turn it on and push it around and have to play with paper bags....

Post# 166981 , Reply# 18   1/24/2012 at 13:27 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Here is its rating sticker, with this machine being dated to January 1994 ...

Post# 166982 , Reply# 19   1/24/2012 at 13:28 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

and its door sticker ...

Post# 166984 , Reply# 20   1/24/2012 at 13:31 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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That Turbopower 2 looks just like my Turbopower 1000! Even down to where the "Turbopower 2" logo is.

Post# 166985 , Reply# 21   1/24/2012 at 13:32 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Mid range Turbo 2

U2464 Turbopower 2 with 'Autosense' - you turn it on and push it around and have to play with paper bags, but get a little speaker that listens for grit and boosts the power intermittantly.
You can of course turn the boost on yourself, through the other button ....

Post# 166986 , Reply# 22   1/24/2012 at 13:34 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

On/Off button and Autosense bumpfff....

Post# 166987 , Reply# 23   1/24/2012 at 13:34 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Ratings sticker - dated October 1992....

Post# 166988 , Reply# 24   1/24/2012 at 13:35 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Ah, that is why it looks like my 1000 then - It was from the same year, just 8 months older, as mine was made in August.

Post# 166990 , Reply# 25   1/24/2012 at 13:38 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
TOTR Turbo 2

U2466 Turbopower 2 with 'Autosense' & 'Permabag' - you turn it on and push it around, but dont have to play with paper bags!
Instead you get a permabag container - fill it up and tip it out, making sure you have your back to the wind!
As with U2464, you get your little speaker as well...

Post# 166991 , Reply# 26   1/24/2012 at 13:40 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Sparkly blue bodywork - officially called Venus Blue & Ocean Blue Metallic....

Post# 166992 , Reply# 27   1/24/2012 at 13:41 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2466 ratings sticker - dated August 1994 ....

Post# 166993 , Reply# 28   1/24/2012 at 13:43 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

One of the U2466 sellers ebay pictures, showing the permabag system ....

Post# 166994 , Reply# 29   1/24/2012 at 13:45 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Ah, that U2466 was made in the same year and month as my 1000!

Post# 166995 , Reply# 30   1/24/2012 at 13:46 (2,991 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower 2@3

hi they did the turbo power 3 in yellow and green as well but there good cleaners i want a turbo power 3

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Post# 166996 , Reply# 31   1/24/2012 at 13:59 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
and the Turbopower 1000 models

The basic machine was model U2812 Turbopower 1000 with 'Autosense' ...

Post# 166998 , Reply# 32   1/24/2012 at 14:01 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

From Turbo2 model U2466, you get sparkly colours, as opposed to solid colors.

Model U2812 gained the sparkly Blueberry Metallic ....

Post# 166999 , Reply# 33   1/24/2012 at 14:02 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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The U2812 is my model. When was that one made ? 1994 I presume ?

Post# 167000 , Reply# 34   1/24/2012 at 14:02 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Ratings sticker - dated February 1994 ....

Post# 167001 , Reply# 35   1/24/2012 at 14:04 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Fully tooled, as were all Turbopower 2, 3 and 1000 models ...

Post# 167002 , Reply# 36   1/24/2012 at 14:05 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Top of the Range machine!!!!!!

Model U2814 Turbopower 1000 with 'Autosense' and 'Permabag'....

Post# 167003 , Reply# 37   1/24/2012 at 14:07 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Lagoon Green Metallic ....

Post# 167004 , Reply# 38   1/24/2012 at 14:08 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2814 ratings sticker - September 1993 ...

Post# 167005 , Reply# 39   1/24/2012 at 14:09 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Unusual angle...

Post# 167006 , Reply# 40   1/24/2012 at 14:13 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

There you go - the 1992/1993 Range of Turbopower 2 and 1000 models:

U2462 800w 'Venus Blue'
U2464 800w 'Dijon Grey' with Autosense
U2466 800w 'Venus Blue & Ocean Blue Metallic' with Autosense & Permabag
U2812 1000w 'Blueberry Metallic' with Autosense
U2814 1000w 'Lagoon Green Metallic' with Autosense & Permabag

then the Turbopower 3's came along!

Post# 167007 , Reply# 41   1/24/2012 at 14:17 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Thank you VERY much Paul! You've been most helpful! :)

It is obvious you keep your Vacuum Cleaners in excellent condition - Which I find most admirable!

I never knew the exact colour of my U2812, but I now know it is Blueberry Metallic!

Thanks again.

Post# 167008 , Reply# 42   1/24/2012 at 14:18 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

and the Turbopower 3 Range was introduced, replacing both the initial Turbopower 2 range & the Turbopower 1000's.

Turbopower 3 was the core range, with your basic machine being in the form of model U2876 Turbopower 3...

Post# 167009 , Reply# 43   1/24/2012 at 14:19 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Front door sticker ...

Post# 167011 , Reply# 44   1/24/2012 at 14:20 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

and ratings sticker - a late one this, being March 1996...

Post# 167012 , Reply# 45   1/24/2012 at 14:21 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Mid Range...

Model U2878 Turbopower 3 with Autosense ...

Post# 167013 , Reply# 46   1/24/2012 at 14:22 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Lagoon Metallic Green ....

Post# 167014 , Reply# 47   1/24/2012 at 14:23 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Ratings sticker - December 1994 ...

Post# 167015 , Reply# 48   1/24/2012 at 14:25 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Top of the Range!

U2880 Turbopower 3 with Autosense and Permabag ....

Post# 167016 , Reply# 49   1/24/2012 at 14:26 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

with the restyled hose, as on all Turbo3's ...

Post# 167017 , Reply# 50   1/24/2012 at 14:27 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

and the ratings sticker - dated December 1994...

Post# 167019 , Reply# 51   1/24/2012 at 14:34 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Turbopower 3's:

U2876 1000w 'Deep Chambertin Red'
U2878 1000w 'Lagoon Metallic Green' with Autosense
U2880 1000w 'Lagoon Metallic Green' (AGAIN!) with Autosense and Permabag

From these simple ranges, things get a bit more complicated!
But thats for another time.

Really interested to hear other peoples experiences and histories of these machines.
Hope the pictures have put the core ranges into perspective Jamie - a smart range and one that I quite like myself.

Glad to be able help with the pictures.
Paul & Rob (turbomaster1984)

Post# 167021 , Reply# 52   1/24/2012 at 14:41 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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You've helped a lot! Thanks!

Just a question - What are the yellow things for on the Turbopower 3 you illustrated ?

Post# 167022 , Reply# 53   1/24/2012 at 14:47 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Jamie.

When using the hose, slip the free end of the rubber yellow thingy, which is attached to the hose, over the yellow hook attached to the lower body of the machine.
Its to stop you tipping the machine over, through tugging on the hose too much. By attaching the rubber bit over the hook, you move the tugging force closer to the ground, soooooo when you tug on the hose you merely pull the machine around with you, rather than pulling the machine over on its side.

Something like that anyway. Hope it makes sense.


Post# 167023 , Reply# 54   1/24/2012 at 14:49 (2,991 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbo

very nice would t mind one of the auto sense turbo powers

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Post# 167024 , Reply# 55   1/24/2012 at 14:56 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yes, it does make sense Paul, even after a couple of glasses of Echo Falls, so you must have good grammatical skills haha.

Post# 167026 , Reply# 56   1/24/2012 at 15:00 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Here is a video of Rob showing off the Autosense function on the U2880. Apologies for my poor filming - its a bit sideways....

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Post# 167030 , Reply# 57   1/24/2012 at 15:35 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny (vintagerepairer).

The information and memories of machines you have worked on is truly fascinating stuff.
The experiences and info you have provided in threads has really made them interesting reads.

You mentioned the piston bag indicators on the 1992 series Turbopowers. I knew I had a brochure with them in and below is a picture of the U2466 with such an arrangement.
The piston indicator appears to have been fitted to all 3x Turbpower 2 models, but not to the 1000's. It seems it didnt prove satisfactory and was shortlived and
I have never seen a Turbopower in the flesh with a piston indicator, so maybe it was replaced very early on in production.


Post# 167031 , Reply# 58   1/24/2012 at 15:43 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hi there. I was about to re-make my original comment that the Turbopower 1000 went on sale in 1992 and not 1994 as someone suggested, but I see that in one of those excellent pictures in this thread that there is a 1993 model pictured. I have a personal memory for the date, because I'd been running my shop for a good few years by then, and my late wife worked in the electrical buying office for Great Universal Stores. The Autumn & Winter catalouges featured three very new cleaners, one being the Hoover Turbopower 2, the other being the Turbopower 1000, and the other being the Dyson DC01, which I have to admit to finding highly hysterical to look at. I really thought it was going to be one of many types of things that one would only ever see in a catalouge and would not be around for long. Well it just goes to show. The Dyson was not avaliable until the spring of 1993 but I do believe orders came in to GUS.

My wife also had a Turbopower 3. She bought it from new in the new year of 1997 as the House of Fraser group were doing them on some sort of end of line deal. That woman was House of Fraser barmy. It was model 2881, which was a very late production model and was the exact same cleaner as the 2880 but in this case the boost setting had to be activated every time the cleaner was switched on, unlike the 2880 where the boost button was locked in place for the duration. This drove my wife insane as she did not ever use or want to use the cleaner in autosense mode. If she had paid full price and chosen the cleaner, it would have seemed stupid not to want the autosense, though I expect a good many people paid for the feature and never used it. In any case, she put up with having to reboost the cleaner each time until I eventually happened upon a scrap cleaner which had the old style switch and fitted that panel to her cleaner. She ended up keeping it for quite a long time.

The strange thing was that in the years which passed, I had a 2880 in for repair which had the 2881 style switch panel. I didn't think to check the date. Whether this machine had recieved a replacement panel at some point, I have no idea.

Post# 167032 , Reply# 59   1/24/2012 at 15:46 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yep the piston bag full indicators were very unreliable and inaccurate in my opinion.

I have one in my 2008 JMB SC1056 1400W cylinder, and even when the bag was literally 100% full, it didn't even engage!

The only time it does anything is when there is a blockage in the hose and total suction is cut off.

Useless in my opinion.

Although even the light bag full indicators come on too late, they still come on, so that is a little better.

Post# 167033 , Reply# 60   1/24/2012 at 15:52 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Very interesting Benny!

I bet it is strange to think back to 1993 when you thought the Turbopower 2 would never see the light of day, but now you know they were very popular and went on until the early 2000's!

As for people not using the Autosense feature and just using it with Turbo engaged 100% of the time, I don't see a need for that, as mine sucks everything up perfectly fine on the low and high Autosense levels, and I only engage the Turbo when I'm vacuuming up something that is either very heavy or there is a lot of.

Each to their own though!

Post# 167034 , Reply# 61   1/24/2012 at 15:53 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello Paul

May I thank you so much for your compliments. I have to admit I am approaching this world of vacuum cleaners from a very different (though hopefully as equal) angle as yourselves. I bought my shop in 1979. It was a long established business and I would have been 41 years old. The business came up for sale and I had known it and the owner for many years. I was still not married and lived with my parents, so had saved more that enough money from my carrear as a Civil Servant to buy the place. Now, I am not as keen on the cleaners as a hobby, rather it was my livelihood, but they still interest me greatly. Model numbers are something where I am mostly quite vague, because you've seen one, you've seen them all, without meaning to be disrespectful. It was colours which caught my attention, but with the Turbopower 2, 3, and 1000's, there were so many deep blues and greens that I can't always recall which colour had what.

I saw sales reps from various companies but they never had much to do with the nuts & bolts. So, in the case of a piston bag-full indicator, if I'd have asked a rep why they got chnaged to a red light, they'd have only bluffed their way through. I would suggest it was because it was more in keeping with the cleaners to have a light, and was certainly more visible. One of the cleaners had a system where once the red light came on, it stayed on and flashed off/on. I am sure the more basic cleaners just came off and on as suction was restricted and restored.

Thank you again.

Post# 167035 , Reply# 62   1/24/2012 at 15:54 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Jamie.

That would maybe explain why Hoover discontinued Piston indicators on the Turbo2's. Shame that JMB didnt look back at vacuum cleaner history, before sprcifying them for their own machines.

Oh well - you live and learn :-)


Post# 167036 , Reply# 63   1/24/2012 at 15:59 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Jmurray, sorry if I mislead you but it was the Dyson DC01 which I talked about being a potential white elephant, not the Turbopower series. The success of the Turbopower was a full gone conclusion, though I always thought there was a lot to choose.

The reason my wife most disliked the Autosense was because of the constant increasing and decreasing motor power. It was not so much the suction that bothered her, more continual change in the noise. I have to admit that on the few occasions I heard her using it in Autosense mode, it sent me mad as well. To her, vacumming was just a job to be done and she didn't want the fuss of the Autosense, she just wanted to clean. I should make the point that I did my share of the housework too, though vacuuming was usually done by her for no particular reason.

Post# 167037 , Reply# 64   1/24/2012 at 16:03 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Also, and again, the year was 1992. The Autumn & Winter catalouge range featured the 2 Turbopower ranges and the Dyson DC01. The Dyson was not avaliable until the Spring of 1993.

Post# 167040 , Reply# 65   1/24/2012 at 16:15 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Roughly year wise, I think it went something like this:

1992 Turbopower 2 released, replacing the original Turbopowers as the mainstream cleaner

early 1993 sees Turbopower 1000 released and these replace the Turbomasters.

1994 sees Turbopower 3 introduced, which replaced the Turbopower 1000's and become the core range of cleaners, but with a new range of Turbopower 2's progressively introduced, acting as the cheaper upright cleaner range.

With all the above going on, the Turbopower 1's eke out their final years as the budget cleaner of the Hoover range.

Does the above timeline ring true with people, or did it happen slightly differently?


Post# 167043 , Reply# 66   1/24/2012 at 16:26 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Had a gander at the various vacs in our Hoover Room and quite a few use piston bag indicators LUX 350, Lux Turbo2, Hotpoint uprights

To be honest I dont really take much notice of those, I tend to change a bag when I remember to check and its reasonably full.

Even the light controlled indicators never seem accurate,

Anyhoo, this thread sends me back 20 years as I know live in the house where I encountered my first Hoover Turbopower2 and used it! My aunty Carole had a Turbomaster total system Exclusive which was replaced in 1994 with the MOL Turbopower2.

The hallway that has seen these vacs 20 years ago now gets another glimpse of them. Only thng that really does remain after all these years is the Petticoat Lane key hook, LOL.

Post# 167044 , Reply# 67   1/24/2012 at 16:34 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

Finally, someone with experience of the rare U2881. Thanks for the information on this cleaner, as previously the only info I have found is the basics from the Hoover Service books.
The deatails from there state that it was originally a Currys exclusive and that the 'Autosense' function was called 'ecosense' instead.
The 'eco' bit would tally with the machine being semi permanently downrated, with the user having to manually uprate the machine over and over again.

Much like wth the U2570 'Turboboost' Turbopower1, which had an on/off switch, but with a boost setting as a third position on the switch that had to be held down to gain the extra power. That was a Currys exclusive model as well, so maybe having a boost function that you had to hold down or reselect to get, was a Currys thing.

Ah well - good to finally know more about the U2881 - each time we now stumble across a U2880, we will have to double check that its not a U2881.


Post# 167045 , Reply# 68   1/24/2012 at 16:36 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Paul, it makes sense to me, except that I stand by what I said about the Turbopower 2 and Turbopower 1000 going on sale at the same time. As you rightly say, the Turbopower 2 and 1000 took the lead as the mainstream models, but there were several of the older style still going strong for a short while yet. It was very late in the day that the original Turbopower cleaners got the name Turbopower 1, I suppose that's because you can't call anything the 1 or the first until subsequent models or whatever it happens to be have made their debute.

The lilac Turbopower Total System went on right into mid-1995 as I remember my local Currys or Comet having them in for the £100 mark. They had a big advert in the local paper. I can't say which as both stores were next door to each other and I got terribly confused. This version was the sort to have the on/off switch moved from the handle to the bag unit. Also, a number of models without headlight made their way into stores as exclusive models and mainstream, with and without onboard tools.

Post# 167046 , Reply# 69   1/24/2012 at 16:38 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Some catalogue pages from the introductory period.

I would seriously recommend people to visit the KAYS Catalogue archive, held at the University of Worcester, from where the following photographs come from.

Spring Summer 1992...

Post# 167049 , Reply# 70   1/24/2012 at 16:45 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Autumn Winter 1992 - just noticed, complete with piston bag indicators...

Post# 167050 , Reply# 71   1/24/2012 at 16:47 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello again Paul

I will go so far as to say that although featured in the Autumn & Winter 1992 catalouge (as best I can recall) the cleaners may not have been avaliable for sale until later on. I note with interest your comments about the 2881 being an exclsuive to Currys. I never noticed my wifes cleaner saying ecosense, but I guess it must have done. House of Fraser had these machines stock piled for their 1997 January sale, reduced from £199.99 to £129.99. I don't know if they were all 2881's or a mix of 2880's and 2881's. What I do know is that Currys (and this time I am certain it was Currys not Comet where I saw it) were the first to get the Purepower in January 1997, so it all adds up that Hoover were possibly shifting the last 2881 exclusives out with the last of the 2880, regardless of the store, as they often did bulk-sales to a store or stores, of any model. That was something a rep once mentioned.

Post# 167051 , Reply# 72   1/24/2012 at 16:47 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

sprint summer 1993, showing the 1000 with a blanking plate over the middle of the door, where the piston would be...

Post# 167053 , Reply# 73   1/24/2012 at 16:49 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

autumn winter 1993 - the pistons have gone...

Post# 167054 , Reply# 74   1/24/2012 at 16:50 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

spring summer 1994 ...

Post# 167055 , Reply# 75   1/24/2012 at 16:50 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Paul do you have a weblink for the place where these pictures are from?

Post# 167056 , Reply# 76   1/24/2012 at 16:52 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

autumn winter 1994 - same a spring summer ....

Post# 167057 , Reply# 77   1/24/2012 at 16:53 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Benny - Ah, 1992 - Sorry! If only I'd rebooted my brain before typing eh ?

I know what you mean though. Often the carpet I'm vacuuming has bits of dirt here, no dirt there, bits of dirt here, no dirt there etc... So when I'm going over it with the Turbopower, the noise goes "MMMMMMMMM-mmmmmmmmm-MMMMMMMMMMMM-mmmmmmmmm-MMMMMMMM" but I don't really mind.

What is more annoying in my opinion is the really loud slightly high pitched noise the motor makes in Turbo mode.

Paul - I don't think it was so much that they didn't know that the piston indicators were useless, but that they didn't want to spend money fitting a light for the bag full indicator when the cleaner was only sold for £10 brand new! I wouldn't think they made much profit anyway, without fitting an electronic feature! And considering I'm probably the only Vacuum Cleaner fanatic/collector to own one, most owners of the JMB SC1056 probably don't realise the piston indicator doesn't work as they never look at it, but saw it as an extra reason to buy the cleaner when they saw it in the catalogue.

Robert - Those HOOVERs are absolutely beautiful! You should be proud to own them :)

Post# 167058 , Reply# 78   1/24/2012 at 16:54 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

spring summer 1995, KAYS start selling the Turbopower 3's...

Post# 167060 , Reply# 79   1/24/2012 at 16:55 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Paul! Where are you getting these from? Do you have the remaining pages of the 1992 Autumn & Winter as I'd love to see the others and the Dyson DC01.

Post# 167061 , Reply# 80   1/24/2012 at 16:59 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Benny, LOL

Where in the UK are you?

Post# 167062 , Reply# 81   1/24/2012 at 17:02 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well I am living out my retirement out in the South of the country, in Sevenoaks.

Post# 167063 , Reply# 82   1/24/2012 at 17:03 (2,991 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Thank you very much Paul for posting those pictures!

One thing I did notice though was that they said the U2812 was a Turbopower 2... The U2812 was a Turbopower 1000! Was that an error or were the U2812 models initially meant to be branded as TP2's and later were changed to TP1000's ?

Post# 167066 , Reply# 83   1/24/2012 at 17:07 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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shame your so far away from sunny Cheshire.

The catalogue pics actually came from Worcester University where me and Paul spent several painful hours photographing EVERY single appliance page from 60 years of appliances Kays have ever stocked.

Made for some interesting reading and sights.

Post# 167069 , Reply# 84   1/24/2012 at 17:10 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Just to add to that, Worcester Uni have every single Kays catalogue that was ever published. We booked a meeting to go and view them, hence 2 visits spanning about 14 hours we took photographs of every page featuring appliances.

was well worth it!

Post# 167071 , Reply# 85   1/24/2012 at 17:12 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Now I am lost as to who is who! But anyway, did you happen to get the pages with other cleaners and the Dyson?

Post# 167072 , Reply# 86   1/24/2012 at 17:17 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

As you say, there will definitely be a degree of period swing with models being put on sale and their appearance in the pages of mail order catalogues.
So a degree of interpretation is required when trying to nail introductory periods down, but the pages certainly help give an idea as to when machines were available.

The Hoover servicing books definitely state 'ecosense' but, I have had my fingers burnt before by believeing the information held in manufacturers pages. Its generally a case of believe it 100% when I see a machine put in front of me.
Researching machines is definitely not a simple task, hence why first hand experience, as with yourself is always very useful indeed!


Post# 167073 , Reply# 87   1/24/2012 at 17:18 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Paul is Turbopowerpaul, who happens to be my partner.

Turbomaster1984 is me, Rob.

I got him into collecting too, although primarily he was a washing machine, dryer and dishwasher collector to begin with. Me I just collect washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, vacs, irons, kettles, toasters, food prep machines, laundry soaps and detrgents etc and cookery books.

Much confusement I daresay sorry! :)

Post# 167076 , Reply# 88   1/24/2012 at 17:28 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Oh well that sorts that out then. Smile. Sorry to keep moaning on, but did you or do you have the picture of the Dyson and others from 1992? Well done on all your research.

Post# 167078 , Reply# 89   1/24/2012 at 17:32 (2,991 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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ah yes we will have somewhere, Idont have them here with me in Crewe but as soon as Paul sees this I daresay he will add them. He went to bed.

The joys of long distance relationships. Il ask him to upload them in the morning

Post# 167080 , Reply# 90   1/24/2012 at 17:38 (2,991 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Can confirm that standing up, photographing catalogue pages for 6 or 7 hours non-stop is very VERY painful, but well worth it.

Have sent you an e-mail Benny!

Post# 167081 , Reply# 91   1/24/2012 at 17:39 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Oh I see, sorry, it never occured to me that you were not in the same room! My wife is 6 foot under now. We had a long distance relationship for many years, then she retired, came to live with me, married me, and it all went wrong from there!

Post# 167091 , Reply# 92   1/24/2012 at 18:48 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Two more things I've picked up since re-reading this thread. There is mention of a Co-Op exclusive Turbopower Junior bing made around the year 2000. Can anyone comment on this as I am not sure which one this would be. The only one I know of was deep red in colour and something in my head is saying it had a more powerful motor, maybe the 650w motor. But that was a mainstream cleaner, not an exclusive.

Jmurray, when you speak of the Turbopower 1000 being a spur of the moment cleaner, with the Turbopower 1,2, and 3 being planned, it is immpossible to know what went on inside the minds of those at Hoover, but I would be inclinded to disagree with you in a way. The original Turbopower (which as I said earlier only took the title of Turbopower 1 towards the very end) was probably very much planned. However this cleaner was never ever designed to have on-board tools, and it is my suggestion that when the Turbomaster was designed, the tool caddy and hose caddy was made in such a way that it would fit both the Turbomaster and the existing Turbopower. Had the Turbopower been designed for on-board tools from the start, I cannot think for a moment that Hoover would have intentionally made a cleaner where the hose caddy and hose end at the cleaner entry-point overhung the side of the machine in the way that it did on the Turbopower Total Sytem. That was a terrible design flaw, causing damage to both cleaner and anything in the home which it scraped against.

Also, the whole design of using the height selector to shunt a valve across to use tools was poor. In all it had the hallmarks of an after-thought.

The Turbopower 2 and 1000 were also quite likely to have been well planned out. It is the idea of selling practically identical machines (which they were apart from the wattage, as there were models in both ranges with identical features) which totally confuses me. It would seem that someone at Hoover also saw this for what it was, and therefore the Turbopower 3 was launched instead. There may have been no plans for it way back in 1992, but certainly it meant that the ranged now 'flowed' rather smoothly, and obviously it featured a new full-length stair cleaning hose, which really did seperate the Turbopower 2 from the Turbopower 3, as cleaners with on-board hoses had always been known for their short hose. A stair cleaning hose was a must-have feature for many customers, and one which they'd willingly pay more for. Electrolux and Dyson were doing the same, so it made sense that Hoover had to add a longer hose in order to compete.

I suppose all products are planned, it is where they end up and what bits come & go during their production run that makes the product take on a more random nature.

Post# 167100 , Reply# 93   1/24/2012 at 19:18 (2,991 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello again Paul. Thank you for saying you sent me an email. I used the wrong email address on my profile. This has now been changed and I hope you won't mind if I ask you to resend the mail. Sorry. This is what happens when old people get on to the internet. If I am not mistaken, this is where I am now supposed to type LOL. Smile.

Post# 167123 , Reply# 94   1/24/2012 at 21:37 (2,990 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Yep - the Hoover TP 2 Yellow was known as "Special Edition 900".

I can assure you JM, the Dirt Manager can be changed to a bagged vacuum - I did it myself having to live with one in a rented property. As I said you have to source a yellow bag holder from a repairer or order online for the Purepower model and screw it into the back of the Dustmanager's bin cavity - after turfing the plastic filter box. I learnt all I know about Hoover from Yahoo Group, Hooverland08808, a fantastic UK based group full of owners who give great advice.

As for the TP3 models - there may well be a turbo button but the total max is 1000 watts and I found it was far noisier than the TP2. Regardless I still wanted the basic burgundy TP3 one over my U2464 - I just loved the colour and wanted the extra long hose.

I also have a couple of Hoover brochures showing off the classic upright models and the Turbopower, TP1, TP2 and TP3. One brochure dates from 1992 and the other dates from 1994.

1992 models - all of them had the piston/mechanical bag indicator set into the front bin door.

U2466 Turbopower 2 Permabag Dark Blue
U2464 Turbopower 2 Autosense Dark grey with red bumper.
U2462 Turbopower 2 Dark Blue

1994 models - LED bag indicators replace the older piston/mechanical bag indicator

U2880 TP3 Stair Cleaning Permabag System 2 Dark Blue
U2878 TP3 Stair Cleaning with power boost Dark Blue
U2876 TP3 Stair Cleaning Burgundy/Wine
U2466 TP2 Permabag System 2 Dark Blue
U2464 TP2 Autosense Dark Blue - no more red inserts in the bumper.
U2462 TP 2 Dark Blue

Post# 167145 , Reply# 95   1/25/2012 at 04:21 (2,990 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

It is amazing the things one remembers once a memory is probed. So I will throw this one into the melting pot. A Hoover Turbopower 2, same as model U2462 (but please don't ask me the specific model number!). 700 watts. Large diameter hose. No bag full lamp. No piston bag full indicator. Deep red in colour (similar if not same colour as U2876). All lettering identical to that of the cleaners of the mid-1990's era, with the writing on the cleaner head being in the middle and not right hand side. I am guessing this was some sort of exclusive line.

The reason this cleaner stuck in my mind was because I once had one brought in for repair. Essentially it was the same as any other blocked-up cleaner, only this one must have been used for god knows how long, as the bag door had a split running top to bottom down the middle of the bag door. It must have occured when the cleaner was sucking the door in as result of being blocked. Anyway, the cheapest option for everyone (including me) would have been to sell the owner a 2nd hand bag door, which I was willing to do but I had nothing in that red colour. I found a grey door and that would not have bothered me if I was the customer, nor would it have bothered a great many people. But you guessed it, it bothered this woman.

She was not an unpleasant lady, but she was sure as sure can be she wanted the right colour door. Considering that her machine was amongst the most basic Turbopower I have ever seen to this day, I can't imagine she paid a lot for it when new. But despite this, she paid the full amount (whatever it was) for me to get her the right brand new bag door. Which ever happy to please, I got for her.

Post# 167148 , Reply# 96   1/25/2012 at 07:22 (2,990 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbo power 2

to vintagerepairher just read your storey on the women with the turbo power i would of refused to mend it. didt matter to her that she abused it . usein it with out a bag . its people like that make me sick not take care of there vacuum cleaners i got old of a hoover junior 1012 its in very good condition as well i cant being used that much

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Post# 167152 , Reply# 97   1/25/2012 at 08:40 (2,990 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hi there. Well, it was her cleaner to do as she pleased really. If I had refused to fix it, I would have made no money. As it was my business to make money, I didn't refuse to fix it. It's how shops are run. She had used it with a bag, but the cleaner was blocked, and I think had been blocked for some time for the bag cover to have split under commpresion. Actually the cleaner was in good nick. Maybe it wasn't even her machine, which would explain why she was keen to get it all fixed in the right colours. But as I wanted to get the repair done and take money for it, I didn't generally ask too many questions or complain about the state of the cleaners bought in. If everyone had looked after their cleaner, I'd have had no work.

Post# 167158 , Reply# 98   1/25/2012 at 09:45 (2,990 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        

yep suppose

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Post# 167159 , Reply# 99   1/25/2012 at 09:48 (2,990 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yep - Ask minimal questions, do the job, get paid!

In my work (car valeting) I've had plenty cars in that have had strange things done to them (one that sticks in my mind is where a rip in the drivers seat was held together with pins - God knows how he managed to sit in it), but I didn't mention it, and just got on with cleaning the car.

Don't get me wrong, I was dying to ask him about it, but I didn't want to intrude.

Post# 167160 , Reply# 100   1/25/2012 at 09:48 (2,990 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Michael - What are all these links you keep sending ?

Post# 167162 , Reply# 101   1/25/2012 at 10:19 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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My god, that red Turbopower 1 just went on and on and on. They were everywhere when I was a kid, but I never realised just how long they survived!

Post# 167163 , Reply# 102   1/25/2012 at 10:40 (2,990 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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The red Turbopower was a great Argos seller. I can remember thinking between that and the LG upright I eventually bought instead : (

Quite a few owners I know still have Turbopower machines today and Gumtree is a fantastic place to look for TP1 to TP3 models!

Post# 167165 , Reply# 103   1/25/2012 at 10:46 (2,990 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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See thread on

Have just seen 2 listings on for TP uprights...

Post# 167166 , Reply# 104   1/25/2012 at 10:50 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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That TP2 upright you've linked to wasn't a co-op exclusive - it was the very last of the T2 upright series. I believe there were 3 models - the yellow 900w, blue 1000w and red 1200w models. I remember seeing them in Woolworths Big W stores years ago.

Post# 167168 , Reply# 105   1/25/2012 at 12:14 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi guys.

Just a quickie, delving into Turbopower 1 Junior history. Mention made above a mystery Co-Op exclusive Junior.

One doesnt immediately jump out at me either. Below is a table listing many cleaners, but encompassing all the officially listed UK sold Turbopower 1 Juniors (note U1050 and U1060 were hardbag TP1's, despite being numbered in the U1XXX Junior series).

Core range cleaners were:
U1100, U1220, U1294, U1296 (as per U1294, but with a box of tools), U1426 & U1650 (the final Turbopower Junior)

Electricity Board Exclusives were:
U1102, U1222 (both versions)

Afterthought model - maybe exclusive/maybe not:
U1290 - as per U1220, but with a box of tools

Never seen versions - who can say what they were:
U1400, U1436

Can see another Pandora's box opening :-)

Post# 167169 , Reply# 106   1/25/2012 at 12:24 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Back to the Turbopower 2's...


was this the unusual and basic Turbopower 2 that you remember having to procure a new door for?

The cleaner below is a basic urbopower 2, model number U2460 and I picked it up about 2 months ago.
Coming with all its documentation, it was purchased on the 10th October 1996, so well into Turbopower 3 production stream and kind of confirming that the Turbopower 2's became the cheaper end range.

This cleaner though maintained the smarter styling of the earlier Turbo2, 1000 and 3's cleaners, before the (in my opinion) very cheap looking style came in cirac 1998.

I havent any official collection photos of it though unfortunately, as it was acquired when Rob was moving and we were dispensing with a storage unit. As such, it was collected and has been in storage ever since.

Model U2460 Turbopower 2...

Post# 167170 , Reply# 107   1/25/2012 at 12:25 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Cant quite make out its details, as picture just a bit too small....

Post# 167171 , Reply# 108   1/25/2012 at 12:27 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Back to Turbopower 1's again - briefly...

Hi Chris and Sebo Fan.

Is this the long lived Junior? the fianl version U1650...

Post# 167172 , Reply# 109   1/25/2012 at 12:31 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The Turbopower 2, 1000 and 3 list...

Again kind of collated from official documentation, but there may have been others....

Post# 167173 , Reply# 110   1/25/2012 at 12:33 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2090 Turbopower 2 - official core range, Alpina Yellow, circa 1997 - 1st version...

Post# 167174 , Reply# 111   1/25/2012 at 12:34 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2090 again, but with the later styling - 900watts...

Post# 167175 , Reply# 112   1/25/2012 at 12:36 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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...that be the one! When that came out, I was at the age where I started going into town with my friends. I always figured it was a co-op exclusive as it was never in Currys or Comet when I looked but was in our Sunwin House department store. I believe that was the very last original Turbopower, junior or otherwise, yes?

Post# 167176 , Reply# 113   1/25/2012 at 12:37 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2106 Turbopower 2 - core range, Tropical Green - circa 1997, running with the 1st version U2090...

Post# 167177 , Reply# 114   1/25/2012 at 12:45 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Chris.
Yep - i too think it was the very final Turbopower on sale, as the hardbags (i think) had been totally discontinued.

Now I wasn't a cleaner fan when the U1650 was on sale, (I was surreptitiously nipping into Comet and Currys to look at Hotpoint WM's and Hoover New Waves) , so you guys will deffo have a much better idea as to when and where this potentially final Turbopower was on sale.

U1650 probably ran with the U1050 Turbopower1 (the dark blue one) and U1060 Turbopower1 Total Systems (the bright red one) as the final 'range' of Turbopower1 machines.


Post# 167178 , Reply# 115   1/25/2012 at 12:50 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2107 in Neon Blue - TurboPower 2 1000W - core range again from the last series of TP2's, but I cant remember what year this brochure was from....

Post# 167179 , Reply# 116   1/25/2012 at 12:52 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

This is U2111 TurboPower 2, but I cant make out the wattage - either 1000 or 1200...

Post# 167180 , Reply# 117   1/25/2012 at 12:53 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Mystery machines!!!!

U2119 - have never seen a photograph of this machine - no idea what it is.

U2125 - as above, never seen it.

Post# 167181 , Reply# 118   1/25/2012 at 12:56 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

U2129 TurbopPower 2 1200W, again with final series TP2 styling...

Post# 167182 , Reply# 119   1/25/2012 at 12:57 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

How do you date the Candy serial number machines? Anyone know?

Post# 167183 , Reply# 120   1/25/2012 at 12:58 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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that maroon U2111 is 1200w - my Grandma had one very briefly inbetween her DC01 and DC04, but she didn't like it.

It didn't last long, as it was replaced by the U2129 which was exactly the same, but bright red.

Post# 167184 , Reply# 121   1/25/2012 at 12:58 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Big numbering jump now....

to the U2188 TurboPower 2 1100W...

Post# 167185 , Reply# 122   1/25/2012 at 13:00 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Paul, the U2129 was the very last Turbopower 2 on sale, I believe. I remember seeing them in Big W and Asda - must've been about 2001/2002.

Post# 167186 , Reply# 123   1/25/2012 at 13:01 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Chris.

Thanks for the U2111 information - now updating records:-)

Always irritates me when you just cant quite make stuff out in photographs, or when sellers just dont explain their machines properly! lol.


Post# 167187 , Reply# 124   1/25/2012 at 13:05 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Chris.

Wonder what it is about red and 'end of run' machines!
Although bright, I have always thought the U2129 a rather unfetching machine. A real shame when you look back at the types history and see the originals, in their smart and sparkly (depending on the model) colour scheme.
Unfortunately a very dumbed down machine.

How ironic that Turbopower 2 therefore outlasted Turbopower 3!
Hoover definitely played to a set of strange rules.


Post# 167188 , Reply# 125   1/25/2012 at 13:08 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Paul, you're right about the red theme. Red seemed to symbolise the end of the run. Who knows, maybe it's cheaper to make red plastic than any other colour? Oddly enough, with the Panasonic uprights, the last of the run was always dark green. I must work on putting together a spreadsheet for the Panasonic 40/50 series at some point

Post# 167189 , Reply# 126   1/25/2012 at 13:09 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

From U2188, numerically the model line up jumps to the machines mentioned earlier in the thread:


But there were cases of two different colours on one model number!

Here is the Mail Order version of U2462, in Tropical Green (just like the U2106)...

Post# 167190 , Reply# 127   1/25/2012 at 13:13 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        


Producing spreadsheets can do your head in - but the challenge in producing them, the research conducted in their production and the satisfaction when they are finished is tremendous.

You should give it a go - though I no absolutely nothing about Panasonic, so I cant help you (not that you would probably need help anyway with it).


Post# 167191 , Reply# 128   1/25/2012 at 13:18 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Mystery machines again!

U2464 also came in Lagoon Green, as per the TP1000 Model U2814 but without the sparkles. This was a Mail Order version.


U2467, a Currys exclusive in Venus Blue, as per the U2462. Dont kow anything about this model.

Post# 167192 , Reply# 129   1/25/2012 at 13:23 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
More mysteries....

Turbopopower 3 wise, there were 4 'exclusive' machines, only one of which I have a photo of.

The mysteries are:

U2880 (note reuse of the model number), as a Mail Order exclusive, though seemingly not in the pages of Kays upto the year 2000 at least, in 'Moonstone Grey'.

U2881 - as described by Benny earlier in the thread, I have this showing a s a Currys exclusive in Lagoon Green Metallic (as per the original U2880).


U2882 - again in Lagoon Green Metallic, this time a Comet exclusive.

Post# 167193 , Reply# 130   1/25/2012 at 13:26 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

& finally...

U2878 Turbopower 3 with Autosense, but in Alpina Yellow as a Mail Order exclusive.
What a god awful colour (in my opinion!) - how to make essentially a top of the range cleaner look cheap and plastic...

Post# 167194 , Reply# 131   1/25/2012 at 13:27 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

the door sticker...

Post# 167195 , Reply# 132   1/25/2012 at 13:28 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

June 1996...

Post# 167196 , Reply# 133   1/25/2012 at 13:30 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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...I used to have. It looks blue, but I assure you, it is green. It came with the permabag as standard.

Post# 167197 , Reply# 134   1/25/2012 at 13:32 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Thats all (from me) folks!

If anyone is able to position the end of the run series of Turbopower 2's in a timeline of some description, or group these ranges together somehow, I would be really grateful.

Strange how its some of the newer cleaners that seem to have the least amounts of documentary information about them.

Any help in solving the mystery machines would be great aswell.

One day maybe there will be pictures of the entire series.
Im' hoping!

Post# 167198 , Reply# 135   1/25/2012 at 13:36 (2,990 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Ahhhhh Great Stuff Chris!!!!

You are absolutely sure that that was a U2882?
If so, the piccy will become my definitive image of the U2882.

Question is 'Why on earth did that receive the model number U2882, when it patently is just a U2880?'.
Answering my own question - probably just to show that it was a discount version of the real thing, sold through one particular outlet.

Grrrr Hoover and their exclusives.


Post# 167199 , Reply# 136   1/25/2012 at 13:43 (2,990 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hi Paul,

I'm 95% certain it was. I have it written down somewhere, so I'll double check and let you know.

Post# 167209 , Reply# 137   1/25/2012 at 14:28 (2,990 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I remember seeing that one on eBay a while back Paul!

I'll post some pictures of my Turbopower 1000 tomorrow probably seeing as you lot were kind enough to post pictures of yours.

Oh, and my 1000 was made in June 1994, not August, just noticed that today when I used it.

Post# 167211 , Reply# 138   1/25/2012 at 14:48 (2,990 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

My goodness! What a thread this turned out to be! I'm lost in the sea of super messages.

So, to whoever said 'suppose so' when I said I was running a shop to make money, there is no suppose about it, I can promise you that was why I ran it. It certainly wasn't to chastise a customer for ill-treating a peice of domestic equipment which they'd worked hard to buy.

Paul, going back to the red Turbopower 700w I mentioned, yes it was indentical to that one in your picture, the U2460. I also have seen over the years a grey version of the basic U2462, except this one had a permabag system 2 dust box. But in every other way was identical to the bagged model. Also in later years, there was a blue version of the cleaner you have here in yellow, the U2290. Sorry if this has been mentioned already. Well I have seen one of those with a perma bag too.

Post# 167212 , Reply# 139   1/25/2012 at 14:52 (2,990 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I know Benny! I never expected to get over 100 replies!

Post# 167216 , Reply# 140   1/25/2012 at 14:58 (2,990 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Benny that U2462 you saw may have been bought along with the Optional Permabag that was available to buy to "upgrade" the cleaner.

In fact I also remember that Argos used to occasionally run promotions on where you got a Free Permabag with certain models as the bagged hose/bag collar was the same for both bagged and bagless cleaning.

Post# 167218 , Reply# 141   1/25/2012 at 15:08 (2,990 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hi there TM1984. I would have agreed with your comments had they been about the much later blue cleaner I talked about, but the grey one with permabag was definatly how it was sold. One of our Co-Op stores was knocking them out about 1997. Whether it was an exclusive to them or whether they bought up someone else's stock, I could'nt say. But I remember the two cleaners side by side, the blue and they grey, with something like only £10 difference between them.

Post# 167242 , Reply# 142   1/25/2012 at 18:05 (2,990 days old) by juniorsenior ()        

My mum had a Turbopower 2 i am still trying to remember what model though this has been a good source for reasearch.
Where were the Turbopwers assembled? was it Cambuslang? i did think they might be assembled in France though.
Can anyone confirm.

Post# 167259 , Reply# 143   1/25/2012 at 20:51 (2,989 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower

hi the oover turbopower was made in england i watch a program called back to the flool the manager of hoover went on the factroy floor

CLICK HERE TO GO TO hoovermanmick's LINK

Post# 167275 , Reply# 144   1/26/2012 at 02:54 (2,989 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Mick, will you please stop adding that link to your posts, only add a link if it is something relevant to your reply.

The link you add sends you to nothing and its quite annoying clicking on it expecting to find something relevant, I thought the link you posted above took you to youtube or somewhere where Back to the Floor was viewable.

You can make a post without posting a link, it is not required.


Post# 167277 , Reply# 145   1/26/2012 at 03:39 (2,989 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The Back to The Floor was filmed at Cambuslang, Scotland and what an interesting program it was. I saw it in 2002 so it's been a while. I'm fairly sure what I saw was a repeat, too.

I also remembered something else. I said my wife bought a U2881. What I forgot was that after a few months use she washed out the permabag box. I gave her a packet of dustbags to use whilst the box was drying out. Well from that day the permabag never went back into that machine as she said the suction was far better with paperbags. My wife was not someone I could be bothered to argue with, so I left it at that. Did anyone else find this was the case with the paper bags?

Post# 167291 , Reply# 146   1/26/2012 at 05:21 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I've never tried the Permabag, but I did think that the paper bags would have better air flow, and it seems I was correct!

Paper bags all the way for me!

Post# 167292 , Reply# 147   1/26/2012 at 05:22 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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As Robert said, please stop posting that link with every reply you make!

Post# 167301 , Reply# 148   1/26/2012 at 10:04 (2,989 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        

well tickele my tits till friday you can delete my profile

CLICK HERE TO GO TO hoovermanmick's LINK

Post# 167308 , Reply# 149   1/26/2012 at 11:50 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Am I the only one who is highly doubting this "Mick" was born in 1969 and not perhaps 1999 ?

Please stop posting that link, and I've reported your message.

Post# 167322 , Reply# 150   1/26/2012 at 12:51 (2,989 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well, I can't say that I had given it any thought, no. But then I'm at that point in life where I take everything at face value. And to be fair, he obviously has very good taste in films.

Post# 167328 , Reply# 151   1/26/2012 at 13:12 (2,989 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower

i dont no why it keeps doin it or our to turn it of this be the last time i use this site

CLICK HERE TO GO TO hoovermanmick's LINK

Post# 167329 , Reply# 152   1/26/2012 at 13:13 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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But not good taste in friendliness.

Post# 167330 , Reply# 153   1/26/2012 at 13:20 (2,989 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well, there's a lot of that in any walk of life.

Post# 167354 , Reply# 154   1/26/2012 at 15:27 (2,989 days old) by baglessball ()        

I was brought up around turbopowers! 1,2 and I have a 3!

The permabag was a bit naff. Ok of you brushed out and washed it regularly, which was a messy job. If not the fine dust that stayed stuck to the box when you emptied it chocked te suction.My Aunty had the green turbo 1000. She had it many years, which was rare as she is REALLY heavy handed. But that machine was a workhorse. I remember telling her that you could use bags in the machine and her going straight out to pick some up.

I love the noise the noise and smell of these machines. I try not I collect vacuums, but struggle to part with my turbo 3. (which had a permabag when I recieved it, but that went straight in the bin)

I always really liked the look of the grey/orange machine (I can never find one)

Post# 167358 , Reply# 155   1/26/2012 at 15:51 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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There was never a green TP1000, just two shades of blue.

Post# 167360 , Reply# 156   1/26/2012 at 15:59 (2,989 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Jmurray, I think you need to have a look at message 109 in this thread. You'll see a table which mentions the green Turbopower 1000.

Post# 167362 , Reply# 157   1/26/2012 at 16:03 (2,989 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
There was never a green TP1000, just two shades of blue

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yes there was, James S has one. I'll get him to post a pic.

Post# 167366 , Reply# 158   1/26/2012 at 16:31 (2,989 days old) by James (Ware, Hertfordshire, UK)        

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There most deffently WAS a green Turbopower 1000.
Pictured on the left a U2812, in blue, and on the right, a U2814, in GREEN.

Will get better pics this weekend if I have time.

Post# 167367 , Reply# 159   1/26/2012 at 16:36 (2,989 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Well I didn't know that!

I thought the only 1000's there were was the U2812 and the U2814 - Both of which I thought where blue.

So many replies, hard to memorise them all! Ha ha.

Post# 167369 , Reply# 160   1/26/2012 at 16:39 (2,989 days old) by James (Ware, Hertfordshire, UK)        

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Also check reply number 36, 37 etcc.
Turbpower 1000, quite obviously a very dark metalic green ;)

Post# 167370 , Reply# 161   1/26/2012 at 16:44 (2,989 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well if anyone thinks I've memorised them, I am afaid I am about to disapoint. I just made sure I read the comments closely before I posted.

Post# 167381 , Reply# 162   1/26/2012 at 17:36 (2,989 days old) by baglessball ()        

I remember these 2 machines fondly!

The green one ended up with a crack from top to bottom on the bag door!

Post# 167389 , Reply# 163   1/26/2012 at 17:59 (2,989 days old) by dysonmark ()        
hoover turbopower

hi to all you that i hav afended iam very very sorry. iam sure i hav seen a tropcal green turbopower 3 with autosense in the littlewoods extra cat autum n winter cat 1996 i think there was the yellow auto sense and a basic turbo power 2 in bright orange as well

Post# 167442 , Reply# 164   1/27/2012 at 04:47 (2,988 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi Mark. Who have you offended? Isn't this your 1st post on this thread?


Post# 167443 , Reply# 165   1/27/2012 at 05:50 (2,988 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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That is what I thought James.

Post# 167463 , Reply# 166   1/27/2012 at 11:10 (2,988 days old) by juniorsenior ()        

Its that other guy who you lot were saying about him posting that duff link, his name is different but profile is the same.

Post# 167464 , Reply# 167   1/27/2012 at 11:12 (2,988 days old) by juniorsenior ()        

Oops scrub that last one about the profiles being the same. but i till think its the same guy.

Post# 167468 , Reply# 168   1/27/2012 at 11:21 (2,988 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I don't think so... He says on his current profile he is called Mark and on the last he said he was called Michael/Mick.

Post# 167469 , Reply# 169   1/27/2012 at 11:26 (2,988 days old) by juniorsenior ()        

I know thats why i posted the second message. I still think its the same guy though.

Post# 167474 , Reply# 170   1/27/2012 at 12:47 (2,988 days old) by turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
I still think its the same guy though

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The date of birth, location and collection are pretty much identical - it's only the name that's different

Post# 167475 , Reply# 171   1/27/2012 at 12:52 (2,988 days old) by juniorsenior ()        

Yeah thats what i thought

Post# 167479 , Reply# 172   1/27/2012 at 15:07 (2,988 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Hmm... Something is afoot!

Time for the Vacuum Land investigators to... Well - Investigate!

Post# 167546 , Reply# 173   1/28/2012 at 11:39 (2,987 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower 2/3

hi iam very sorry if i have afened any body do to postin the links on here i didt no you didt need your email address to post messages i will say it a gain sorry turbomaster84@vintagerepairers also james brown

Post# 167564 , Reply# 174   1/28/2012 at 16:11 (2,987 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello well no need to apologise to me at all. I'm not offended by anything. But thanks.

Post# 167579 , Reply# 175   1/28/2012 at 17:08 (2,987 days old) by Rolls_rapide (-)        
Turbopower 2

There was indeed a grey basic Turbopower 2 with Permabag as standard. I seem to remember it was a bit darker in colour than the standard "Autosense" model. Apparently purchased via a home-shopping catalogue.

It belonged to a work colleague, who then got laminated floors, and passed it on to me. I cleaned it up and passed it on to another colleague who's existing hoover packed in.

I had a Turbopower 2 Autosense, with piston bag-check indicator. The piston wasn't any real use, and dust eventually clogged the mechanism. My brother then had it for a while.

My mum still has the Turbopower 3 with Autosense (lagoon green metallic, no permabag). She used the tools a lot. The constant flexing of the bag door eventually weakened it. It split several inches above and below the decal that replaced the piston bag-check. Probably the problem was full power with scabbard crevice tool = stressed bag door. Fixed it with Sellotape!.

The activator/agitator is no longer available for this series of machine. Hoover-Candy told me that they tried to source an alternative, but no luck.

I'll bet that had it still been proper "Hoover Ltd", the part would probably still be obtainable.

Post# 167583 , Reply# 176   1/28/2012 at 17:37 (2,987 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hi, re: the grey 'basic' turbopower with permabag, I can well believe the one our Co-Op had was originally the home-shopping exclusive model as the Co-Ops always seem to have the most random things on special. The store I saw them in only had them for a few weeks.

Post# 167718 , Reply# 177   1/30/2012 at 06:27 (2,985 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I was just about to say sorry for what I said and I'm glad you got it sorted hoovermanmick, but then I got this personal message on my YouTube account:

"it was a gen mistake the links i was postin i did not no u could post a message with out using your email so stop slag me off to your boyfriends you little grass"

Post# 167754 , Reply# 178   1/30/2012 at 11:27 (2,985 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Another small snippet of Turbo2, 1000 and 3 history, in the form of a seperately purchased Permabag box.
One or two of these were available on ebay last year, with an asking price of £45 a piece! Quite steep when you condsider the age of them and the cleaners, plus the fact that you could probably acquire 3 actual cleaners for the price of a permabag box!


Post# 167755 , Reply# 179   1/30/2012 at 11:30 (2,985 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Permabag system explained...

Post# 167778 , Reply# 180   1/30/2012 at 16:26 (2,985 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower

i recon they should relunch the turbo power 2/3 great pics turbopower paul

Post# 167952 , Reply# 181   2/1/2012 at 12:08 (2,983 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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You reckon they would sell, Paul? I know what you mean though - I believe the Turbopower 1, 2, 3 series were the last of the best Hoover uprights. The Purepower, or Pure "Crap" as I call them are heavy, noisy, poorly made and not a patch on the TP2 and 3. I changed from collecting their TP2/3 series to buying their cylinder line ups of Arrianne, Telios models. Easier to use, lighter, more power and not as poorly constructed.

Post# 167963 , Reply# 182   2/1/2012 at 13:58 (2,983 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

How do Mick.
Reintroduction of old models types is a very difficult question to answer. Looking through rose tinted spectacles, would probably see a mass market for the 'good old' machines of yesteryear.
As far as vacuums are concerned, and its just my opinion (no right or wrong), I think the market has moved onto other things.
My current housemate keeps banging on about needing a new vacuum cleaner and, whereas it used to be Hoover being the pretty much automatic choice, all she wants is a Dyson.
The world has changed and for Hoover to bring out a Turbopower to the old design, I dont think actually should happen. They had their time and it would be a shame to see them dragged through the mud, in the pages of Which magazine, up against competitor machines of a completely different era.
Besides, I dont need any more new model numbers coming into the collecting market - myself and Rob are already hellishly short of room :-)


Post# 167971 , Reply# 183   2/1/2012 at 15:15 (2,983 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yep, Dyson is the new "one to get".

Heck, most people call Vacuum Cleaners "hoovers", so surely if we call them that we should be faithful and actually have a HOOVER!!

Post# 167985 , Reply# 184   2/1/2012 at 18:22 (2,983 days old) by hoovermanmick ()        
hoover turbopower

hi turbopower paul. i got my self a new henry summer of last year i hav used it a handful of times. but i sooner use the good old cleaners in stead. you cant beat them junior turbopower 1@2 freedom 1000 or lux 350e 0r sensotronic i was thinking i no i should wash my mouth out with soap n water . i was looking at getin a tesco cheapo for every day rather than useing the vintage ones i need some thing decent cus i hav a dalmation dog lov him to bits but his hairs are a pain. the junior copes prity well them if i keep useing it its not going to last long his it. what do recon to this cleaner sorry for the postin of a differeant vac

Post# 168060 , Reply# 185   2/2/2012 at 11:30 (2,982 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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It's ironic when we talk about bagged vacuums being replaced by the more modern bagless = well, maybe in the domestic industry. Hospitals and clinics though still use Henry, commercial similar versions, SEBO uprights - all because they work for long hours, hold their power and suction - but more importantly use a bag which is safer.

Post# 169779 , Reply# 186   2/16/2012 at 12:48 (2,968 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I said I'd post some pictures of my 1994 HOOVER Turbopower 1000, so here they are! I took them this afternoon after polishing it.

Post# 169780 , Reply# 187   2/16/2012 at 12:50 (2,968 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Second picture.

Post# 169781 , Reply# 188   2/16/2012 at 12:52 (2,968 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Third picture.

Post# 169782 , Reply# 189   2/16/2012 at 12:54 (2,968 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Fourth picture.

Post# 169783 , Reply# 190   2/16/2012 at 13:05 (2,968 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Fifth picture.

Post# 226841 , Reply# 191   4/5/2013 at 19:27 (2,554 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
There is my Turbopower 2's and 1000

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Post# 229378 , Reply# 192   4/21/2013 at 04:38 (2,538 days old) by Alexhoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
I have a new addition now so I will update the picture...

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I recently got a Turbopower 3 so I have updated the picture.

Here is my "Turbo 2" collection currently....

Post# 243373 , Reply# 193   8/2/2013 at 20:00 (2,435 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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What is "ecosnese" that you stated on the list in reply 109, model U2881?


Is it just a spelling mistake and just said Autosense, or?.......

Post# 243375 , Reply# 194   8/2/2013 at 20:29 (2,434 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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It may be a typo - "ecosense" was a tag Hoover used with their washing machines - our "ecologic 1300" had an ecosense function.

Post# 243463 , Reply# 195   8/3/2013 at 03:55 (2,434 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Do you know what it does though?

Post# 243470 , Reply# 196   8/3/2013 at 05:13 (2,434 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        
Look at message 67

and you will find the answer to this question.

Post# 243478 , Reply# 197   8/3/2013 at 06:50 (2,434 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well that's something new to learn today.

Post# 243571 , Reply# 198   8/3/2013 at 17:23 (2,434 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Thanks Benny for pointing that out! I need to go check my U2880 is actually a U2880 now! haha.

Post# 369988 , Reply# 199   4/4/2017 at 09:48 (1,094 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        
I thought I would bring this back from the archive

As I have just spent half an hour reading it! Never been too up on Turbopower 2's to be honest. I've always had a few, currently at home I have:

U2188 (1100w Red) (£10 with exploded bearings)
U2464 Autosense (£Free)
U2106 (£9.99 with paperwork from Ebay)

And they were very nice. I'm using the U2106 this month actually! (

However, I bought 6 more at the weekend for £50! One of them was a U2464, and as I already have a very nice one of those I gave it to someone who I know wanted one, so I have 5 left!

They are:

U2090 from 1998 in Yellow
U2460 from 1996 in Red
U2462 from 1994 (and with a split bag door sadly) in Blue
A Turbopower 3 U2876 from 1995 in Red
A Turbopower 1000 U2814 from 1993 in Blue.

All work very well, I've filmed all of them, and put the first one live already! -

As you can see from the second picture the boot of my car is still full of machines, so it will be a busy week! Must get some cleaners I don't want as much gone so I don't have to keep them in my mums loft!

So I now own 8 Turbopower 2 Machines! Damn seems I have an impromptu TP2 collection going!

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Post# 369994 , Reply# 200   4/4/2017 at 10:37 (1,094 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
with a split bag door

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Oh how I love Paul's Turbopower threads!! Such a handy resource, I'm always referring back to them.

The bag doors were always a weak point on the early TP2's, but they were reinforced on later models.

It's a shame really as performance wise, the U2462 is the best model they ever did. The activator brushroll in the higher powered models didn't work so great as it spun too fast to really groom the carpet like the TP1/800w TP2's. The U2462 also didn't have the bloody stupid awful autosense feature which never worked properly!

Post# 369997 , Reply# 201   4/4/2017 at 11:04 (1,094 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

I remember when I was younger, the estate agents that my dad ran had a TP2 in blue (probably the same model but with the piston bag full indicator) with a split door, it had tape over it!

I'll glue it up and possibly put some magic tape over it too just to re-inforce it. When you turn it on you can see it being sucked inwards, although it has re-inforcement inside as they all do. Maybe it's just been unlucky!

Post# 370033 , Reply# 202   4/4/2017 at 15:38 (1,094 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Very Nice Sam, I use to have a "huge" Turbopower 2 collection.

I probably have about the same you have now Sam.

I am not certain but I may possibly have a U2462 bag door spare somewhere.

Here is my favourite Turbopower 2...My early 1992 piston bag check indicator model.

Post# 370037 , Reply# 203   4/4/2017 at 16:10 (1,094 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Here was my Turbopower 2 collection for a couple of years ago, I have about half that now.

Post# 422409 , Reply# 204   3/29/2020 at 17:50 by Jake1234 (greasby)        
Turbopower 2/3/1000 reproduction

Interesting topic- bringing old models back into reproduction. But I think its safe to say the turbopower 2/3/1000 will never come back into production even if Hoover wanted to. And thats because they sold the rights to it. They sold the turbopower 2 patents and mouldings onto dirt devil I think who then carried on producing a budget turbopower 2 model under there own brand. I think even after dirt devil finished with it they passed it on to JMB. So- as far as bringing the Turbopower 2 back, its a brilliant idea and a brilliant machine, but Hoover simply do not own the rights to it and therefore cannot produce it. Theres plent of other models they could bring back though.

Post# 422441 , Reply# 205   3/30/2020 at 09:08 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Just for info regarding the JMB brand. This was never a brand in its own right, they were just rebadged Dirt Devilís exclusive for Littlewoods-Index.

Post# 422497 , Reply# 206   3/31/2020 at 09:02 by Jake1234 (greasby)        

Thanks Turbo500, I didnt know that. I know littlewoods is online only now and they have no highstreet shops left but I dont think they even sell anything like that now. No vacuum cleaners anyway. Think its all mainly clothes these days. When there were actual shops on the highstreet I think they sold a lot more household items then. They are sadly missed along with British Home Stores.

Post# 422509 , Reply# 207   3/31/2020 at 13:46 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Jake, Littlewoods the shop never sold electricals, it was very much like BHS. Littlewoods the catalogue however did. As did Index which was a catalogue collection service like Argos.

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