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That Mid '80s Sanitaire Brochure
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Post# 168091   2/2/2012 at 20:28 (3,040 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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All scans courtesy of John Lucia (@portable)

Scan 1 of 4 (the front cover)


Post# 168093 , Reply# 1   2/2/2012 at 20:31 (3,040 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Scan 2 of 4

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Scan 2 of 4 (models SC679 "Maid Saver," SC684, SC886 and SC888)

One thing I do not understand is why the SC684 and SC886 have the better Vibra-Groomer II (2nd-generation) brush roll, while the SC888 (the one with the headlight) only has the Vibra-Groomer I (1st-generation) brush roll.

The SC679 "Maid Saver" probably has the Disturbulator single-row brush roll, since the description sounds more generic considering the SC679 is the lowest-priced of the bunch.


Post# 168094 , Reply# 2   2/2/2012 at 20:34 (3,040 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Scan 3 of 4

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Scan 3 of 4 (models SC899 16" Wide-Track and SC24 24" Wide-Track II)

These models, like the SC888, have the Vibra-Groomer I (1st-gen) double-row brush (the SC24 uses two 12" VG-I brush rolls).


Post# 168095 , Reply# 3   2/2/2012 at 20:35 (3,040 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Scan 4 of 4

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Final scan (model C431 Heavy Duty Commercial Canister)

Publication date: August 1986


Post# 168161 , Reply# 4   2/3/2012 at 20:03 (3,039 days old) by klectrolux ()        

Thanks for posting Ben. Its neat how the Widetrack II was basically two normal Sanitaires glued together! Not literally of course. But I would like to hear it work, I bet it would make some noise beating the carpet. I mean, we all know the noise of just ONE VGI brush roll slamming the carpet, imagine two?

Post# 168164 , Reply# 5   2/3/2012 at 20:16 (3,039 days old) by hoover719 ()        
This is interesting!

The one thing I really like is that they STILL make them the same way that they did back then. They are the only vacuum cleaners available today that I would recommend to a friend as they are some of the only vacuum cleaners that are built like vintage!

Post# 168166 , Reply# 6   2/3/2012 at 20:18 (3,039 days old) by hoover719 ()        

One other question:

Which of the uprights used the 'blender motor' and which used the 'pancake motor?

Post# 168177 , Reply# 7   2/3/2012 at 21:41 (3,039 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I wish I knew how to tell which models used what you describe. Most popular among the bunch was the SC886. The two with the headlight were the SC888 and SC899, the latter being wide-track.

Again this brochure dates to 1986. The SC886 and SC888 both used a 6.5-amp motor while the SC899 uses a 6.7-amp motor. But again, I wish I knew how to tell between a "pancake" motor and a "blender" motor, since all of these (seem to) look alike.


Post# 168182 , Reply# 8   2/3/2012 at 22:11 (3,039 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Answers from the Past !

First for Ben, The top of the line cleaner (SC688) had the the First Generation
VG I in it because it was made of Stainless Steel ( not Chrome covered Alumin ). The Helicol (SP) Steel, like an air plane propeller. With Sealed Steel Ball Bearings.
Which always gave the best service and easy brush replacement in the High use Commercial Business. So the V G II may have been the Newest Roller in the line up. It was not the greatest, as they only had "bushings" or "Sleeve" bearing. Which over heated and worpped the Plastic Casting base of the cleaner. I actually saw Cleaners that had V G II in them with holes almost poked from the inside out.
So in those early 80's. They only used VG II with 3.5 Amp. motors with top and bottom ball bearings and the small
(Blender) motors. As they had a lower rate of RPM's.
Now the SC 679, Maid saver did have a Beater Bar Brush Roll. It was the wooden
roller, with the red plastic beater bar, with a single brush strip on the opposite side. The vacuum did have the "blender" motor, with the small armature and the Top Sleeve Bearing motor.
I would say (but do not remember for sure) that the SC684 had a 3.5 amp motor.
The SC 886 & SC 888 had a 6.5 amp. Now not sure if the SC 886, could have had one of the first VG II with sealed bearing ??
Hope that helps bring things into focus.

Post# 168183 , Reply# 9   2/3/2012 at 22:18 (3,039 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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In 1986 all of these Sanitaire uprights had "vertical" motors (I suspect "pancake"?).

Amperage by model:
SC679 "Maid Saver": 4.0
SC684: 5.5
SC886 and SC888: 6.5
SC899: 6.7
SC24: 13.0 combined (two 6.5 amp motors)

I also want to know whether or not the 12" stainless-steel VG-I can be used in the Roto-Matic Power Team nozzle in place of the wooden Disturbulator roll? The RMPT (for short) was also sold by Rainbow as their #R-1024 from 1974-80.


Post# 168317 , Reply# 10   2/4/2012 at 20:08 (3,038 days old) by hoover719 ()        

The 6.5 and 6.7amp motors were most likely the pancake motors, while the 3.5 and 4 amp motors were probably the blender motors. The pancake motors have a loud whine to them while the blender motors are quieter. This is what the pancake motor sounds like (this one is in DYING NEED of a bearing greasing!):


Post# 168320 , Reply# 11   2/4/2012 at 20:19 (3,038 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Doesn't really sound like bearings to me. Maybe its the carbons.

As far as what the widetrack sound, just turn on (at the same time) two Eureka Sanitaire vacuums with the same motor and brushroll at the same time.

Post# 168644 , Reply# 12   2/7/2012 at 03:46 (3,035 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Sounds like loud motor brush whine.

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