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ROYAL 996, bought today at thrift store
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Post# 179422   4/30/2012 at 16:11 (2,890 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Bought this Royal upright for $10 at thrift store today. Don't know much about them
first I have had. Any imput will help! I was told it wasn't very old. Serial is G90025

Post# 179424 , Reply# 1   4/30/2012 at 16:12 (2,890 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I put a new bag in it, a new belt, and it runs great! Now I need a light bulb!

Post# 179429 , Reply# 2   4/30/2012 at 16:20 (2,890 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
6-Blade or 9-Blade Fan?

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If this machine was made in July of 1990, then it would use the 9-bladed fan, correct?

Thank you,

Ben Edge

Post# 179431 , Reply# 3   4/30/2012 at 16:21 (2,890 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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That is truly a beauty 

Post# 179432 , Reply# 4   4/30/2012 at 16:23 (2,890 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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To quote a well known John Carpenter movie, if I were there, I would have told them whatever they were asking wasn't enough!

What a beauty...

Post# 179435 , Reply# 5   4/30/2012 at 16:27 (2,890 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I have no idea about the fan blade count. Thats why I ask for info on it.

Post# 179445 , Reply# 6   4/30/2012 at 16:58 (2,890 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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Royals are so cool. I have had some trouble locating a lightbulb for my 4000 though.

Post# 179452 , Reply# 7   4/30/2012 at 17:11 (2,890 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
To Determine Whether Six or Nine Blades

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Ben G.,

To determine whether the fan has six or nine blades, you can either turn it on and listen to the tone and pitch of the vacuum (if you don't feel like removing the Adjust-O-Rite), or you could remove the Adjust-O-Rite and look with a keen eye inside the motor.

If the pitch of the motor is higher than usual, it would have nine blades.

To compare:

Royal with 6-blade fan:

Royal with 9-blade fan:

Yours should sound like the one in the second link.

~Ben Edge

Post# 179455 , Reply# 8   4/30/2012 at 17:12 (2,890 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Light bulb ? Where the heck would that go ?

Post# 179465 , Reply# 9   4/30/2012 at 17:47 (2,890 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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It's like a kirby, where you lift the part above the nozzle up, but on Royals ints non removable.

Post# 179485 , Reply# 10   4/30/2012 at 20:17 (2,890 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
A nice find

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I think that's the same model i have they are nice machines and really propel themselves due to their brushrolls with stiffeners. If only they made a synthetic bag for these, the bag system is really what limits their power i feel

Post# 179488 , Reply# 11   4/30/2012 at 20:35 (2,890 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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This machine has a deluxe headlight, so it can be lifted up (the nozzle of course is non-removable) so as to add moth crystals when so needed.

The only three Royals with the removable nozzle were models 888 (Royal), 980 (Electro-Hygiene) and 990 (Galaxie Prestige). All of these disappeared by 1985.


Post# 179495 , Reply# 12   4/30/2012 at 21:40 (2,890 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Those are great vacuums. They are light and nimble. And as noted above, the brush stiffeners make it self-propelled. My only suggestion is to use a Kirby belt. They are much easier to get on then a Royal belt.

Post# 179520 , Reply# 13   5/1/2012 at 01:15 (2,890 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Yes, This Has 9-Bladed Fan

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I was watching the YouTube video Mr. Giltz made of his 996, and it does in fact have the 9-bladed fan. For all those in the know...

~Ben Edge

Post# 179528 , Reply# 14   5/1/2012 at 04:13 (2,890 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

DON'T use a Kirby belt in a Royal Machine!They will put too much tension on the Royal motor shaft.Use Royal belts instead.Vac dealers and parts shops have Royal belts.

Post# 179624 , Reply# 15   5/1/2012 at 18:33 (2,889 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I'm not positive, but I think it's just the opposite. A Kirby belt doesn't have as much tension and is therefore easier to get on. Royal has started producing its own knurled belt. The new belts are VERY hard to get on. That's why I started using a Kirby belt.

Post# 277882 , Reply# 16   4/23/2014 at 20:00 (2,167 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I have read that Royal recommends to only use the smooth flat belt 1-044260-001 on the square-end ball-bearing brush rolls when used for the older machines that originally took the sleeve-bearing brush rolls.


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