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Post# 175733   4/3/2012 at 16:50 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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As some of you may know, every year I go to Florida for Spring Break and I always get a vacuum (or two) from the local flea market. I have been getting a vacuum from the same lady that runs a vacuum store in the flea market for 7 years now. This year I got a Dirt Devil Classic for $20. It is great condition and runs quite nicely. Unfortunately I won't be getting it until my grandparents come home from Florida in June.

I also got a nice little Eureka canister from another vender. The guy was extremely nice and was telling me how he always gets old vacuums in. He was pretty fascinated by my collection. I ended up getting it for $10, which I think is a great price, considering I have been wanted one of these to use around the house. I brought my best friend with me on vacation and he insisted on buying it for me, so it's pretty special to me now. It's in great condition and has no scuffs, just the attachments need a good scrubbing. It even came with quite a few bags! I'll be using this a lot for all the jobs that I don't like to use the Dyson for. Luckily, I was able to fit this one in a suitcase and bring it home on the plane!

Post# 175735 , Reply# 1   4/3/2012 at 17:19 (2,916 days old) by director12 ()        

Um, won't you be getting another Youtube account? I missed your last two accounts. And the name of it should be vacuumboy1996.

Post# 175751 , Reply# 2   4/3/2012 at 18:11 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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No, I will not be getting another YouTube account.

Post# 175753 , Reply# 3   4/3/2012 at 18:15 (2,916 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Nice Eureka, Chase! That's a 1980's version of the classic boxy Princess from the late 1960's. Takes Style "H" bags.

You should see about finding a nice white Eureka bare floor brush with attached elbow neck - you've got room to store it in the empty slot in the middle of the top-side ToolPak.

Enjoy your new toy!

Post# 175758 , Reply# 4   4/3/2012 at 18:19 (2,916 days old) by director12 ()        

Vacman117, what is the reason why you ain't getting a new Youtube account? And also, why did you close Vacman96?

Post# 175764 , Reply# 5   4/3/2012 at 18:36 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Was the floor brush you mentioned originally included with these when new? I have always found that the floor tool that all of mine have had (the floor tool pictured) is terrible on bare floors. I always feel like I'm scratching up the floors when I use it! I have had 4 of these, including this one, I now have 2, and none of them have came with a separate brush. I usually just store the floor tool on the empty slot when I'm not using it.


Post# 175767 , Reply# 6   4/3/2012 at 18:42 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Here is a closeup of the Eureka, after being cleaned:

Post# 175768 , Reply# 7   4/3/2012 at 18:47 (2,916 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Nice find this year chace, are they good? and I agree with director12, I miss your videos too they were awsome!

Post# 175770 , Reply# 8   4/3/2012 at 18:53 (2,916 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Chase.....I don't know if the bare floor brush would have been included with the vac in the stores. But you should be able to find a nice cleanable vintage version, or maybe "New Old Stock" in a box somewhere. Unless a carpet nozzle has some sort of wheels or rollers, they really can scratch bare floors even if the vacmaker markets the attachment as a "combination rug and floor tool." I bet you someone here at vacland has a nice white bare floor brush to fit your ToolPak.

It's SOOOOOO great to see the chrome wands with that vac! Much more sturdy to use than the plastic ones Eureka sometimes provided!

EP Brian

Post# 175774 , Reply# 9   4/3/2012 at 19:50 (2,916 days old) by Koobam ()        

I noticed in a previous thread that you had a Hoover Zen Whisper - how is it build quality, performance, and reliability wise? Sorry to de-rail the thread, but now that I've got vacman117's attention, all I really need is a one post response detailing his honest opinions and experiences with the what seems like a fantastic overall and good quality Hoover Zen Whisper.

Congrats on the Eureka BTW, looks nice.

Post# 175778 , Reply# 10   4/3/2012 at 20:18 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I don't know what thread you are talking about, but I do not and never have owned the Hoover Zen Whisper.


Post# 175779 , Reply# 11   4/3/2012 at 20:32 (2,916 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        


You did a good job on that Eureka.... congrats on your finds! What did you use to shine it up with?

What happened with your Youtube account? I liked your vids!

What part of FL? Just curious

Post# 175780 , Reply# 12   4/3/2012 at 20:37 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Thanks! I just used some Mother's and a rag! It works wonders on almost anything!And I just didn't like having videos on YouTube. I got annoyed with a lot of people and I didn't have time for it. Anyways, we go and stay with my grandparents in Naples. It's on the Southwestern coast.

Post# 175781 , Reply# 13   4/3/2012 at 20:39 (2,916 days old) by Koobam ()        

Can you answer my question man?

Post# 175782 , Reply# 14   4/3/2012 at 20:40 (2,916 days old) by director12 ()        

Anybody seen that Top Ten Best Vacuums List I made? It's been getting popular.

Post# 175783 , Reply# 15   4/3/2012 at 20:40 (2,916 days old) by Koobam ()        

Woops, sorry, see that you already have answered it...weird, I'll have to dig back up what I thought was you raving about it. My bad

Post# 175784 , Reply# 16   4/3/2012 at 20:42 (2,916 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Yeah, I understand.... I get annoyed when people see my videos and then ask me to give them my vacuums.... I wouldn't have gotten them if I didn't want the silly things.... people seem to think that because I post videos on youtube, they can pick through my collection and decide what they want and I'll just give it to them.... that's not why I make videos! It's usually kids that don't have the means to get their own machines, but still

I'd never have thought to use mothers on a painted surface.... I'd have used car wax.... that's great that it worked so well!

Naples huh? Too bad it's not Orlando or we could have set up a mini-meet!

Post# 175785 , Reply# 17   4/3/2012 at 20:42 (2,916 days old) by Koobam ()        

Here it is - I thought that you had one already given your raving comments about it's supposed deep cleaning ability. My mistake, but have you tried one before, and what was your impression of it?

Sorry to hijack this thread, almost done! Or feel free to email me at


Post# 175786 , Reply# 18   4/3/2012 at 20:47 (2,916 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I never ended up getting one, but I did have a machine that used the same power nozzle. And when I said Windtunnel power nozzle, I was referring to a completely different machine and power nozzle.


Post# 175789 , Reply# 19   4/3/2012 at 21:04 (2,916 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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What type of bags does that cool red eureka canister take?

Post# 175830 , Reply# 20   4/4/2012 at 06:55 (2,915 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I would also would put the Eureka in the mid-80s or maybe even late-80s? Eureka canisters from that time often just had the rug nozzle and no true bare floor nozzle with them. I have a Eureka Mighty Mite that only came with that rug nozzle, and was never impressed with its performance on bare floors. It made scraping noises and didn't seem to glide properly, so I would use a bare floor brush on it. I guess Eureka realized this, as the Mighty Mite in my 1992 Sears catalog came with a bare floor brush.

Post# 175920 , Reply# 21   4/4/2012 at 18:52 (2,915 days old) by director12 ()        


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