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Post# 180749   5/12/2012 at 22:52 (2,881 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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If you could have any new vacuum, what would it be? A Riccar Radiance? A Kirby Sentria? A Dyson DC41? Also, no NIB Kirby 561s or anything like that. The vacuum has to be easily available.
Mine would be the Sanitaire SC675.

Post# 180777 , Reply# 1   5/13/2012 at 02:57 (2,880 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have my dyson  dc40 & 41 already which I love. so it would have to be something I can't get locally with ease 



I would like a Sanitaire sc675 too 


and a proper SHOPVAC 

we have other brands but I really like the look and shape of a proper shopvac

Post# 180781 , Reply# 2   5/13/2012 at 05:28 (2,880 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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For many years I put off buying a carpet washer as I had my parents old Vax canister. The machine was great but it was a bit of a strain doing carpets with the suction only floor head. I've always recommended the similarly, but far better made Numatic George to others and I find myself possibly wanting the same model, even though it would mean the same kind of back wrenching experience for washing carpets. I've only had my Bissell upright washer for a year now but I'm not happy with it and at the time of purchase I couldn't afford to buy one with a built in hose.

Anyone in the UK have a Numatic George? Thoughts on it please!

Post# 180783 , Reply# 3   5/13/2012 at 06:08 (2,880 days old) by superj (cos cob,ct)        
a miele

s7 upright and capircorn(w/236 powerhead)

Post# 180787 , Reply# 4   5/13/2012 at 07:59 (2,880 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Just one?

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Tough question...Sebo X4 they look like very nice machines
Runners up include:
The Rainbow Onyx
A Miele Callisto (color) or capricorn
Aerus Guardian

Post# 180793 , Reply# 5   5/13/2012 at 10:11 (2,880 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh)        

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I so want one of these!!!


Post# 180796 , Reply# 6   5/13/2012 at 12:14 (2,880 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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The brand new Vacuum Cleaner I'll be buying later this year is the new HOOVER Turbo Power.

Post# 180802 , Reply# 7   5/13/2012 at 12:43 (2,880 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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The lastest Rainbow
Hyla GST
Aerus Guardian

And....I loved the look of the new Vortech Force.

I have more but those are the first that came to mind.

Post# 180812 , Reply# 8   5/13/2012 at 14:19 (2,880 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Since they came out I wanted a bagged T-series, just last week I paid mine off and I love it so far, it cleans just like a hoover should!!! For a TTI machine I am surprised with the quality as it seems like a durable machine. Powerful and light it will definitely do the trick and I also vowed to only use the HEPA bags in it seeing it was my 1st brand new purchase.

Post# 180827 , Reply# 9   5/13/2012 at 16:27 (2,880 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I'd like to have the latest Rainbow E4.  I think it's pretty cool the way it now has lights to illuminate the water basin so it's easier to tell when the water needs to be changed. 

Post# 180836 , Reply# 10   5/13/2012 at 17:01 (2,880 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
I would like.....

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A new Rainbow Black Model. Looked at Rexair's website and they are still calling this an E2 in the downloadable manuals????Just wondering, looks like they would have named it an E4......They are really good with their manuals, so I don't know if this is a mistake or not....

Bud Mattingly

Post# 180858 , Reply# 11   5/13/2012 at 22:01 (2,880 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

The new Rainbow E3. It has lighted water basin, LED lamp on Power Head & REAL, TRUE brushed edge clean on BOTH sides; unlike other PNs that claim "brushed edge clean" & aren't really brushed. :)

Post# 180860 , Reply# 12   5/13/2012 at 22:16 (2,880 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

i want a eureka suction-seal upright bagless. some sort of a dyson upright &/or canister. maybe more :-p

Post# 180866 , Reply# 13   5/13/2012 at 23:37 (2,880 days old) by piano_god (British Columbia, Canada)        
Re: Numatic George...

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I'm in Canada, but I adopted a Numatic George last year...Smile


George is powered by a two-stage, bypass Ametek Lamb motor (Acustek series).  He's one of the few all-in-one machines that can do all three functions (dry, wet and extraction) well.


Outstanding in almost respects, but there are really only two issues I have with him.  First, when the vacuum is turned on and moved around, he sometimes has a tendancy to spit dirty water out the exhaust, and that's even with a small quantity of water in the tank. Secondly, the fishtail nozzle doesn't recover liquids quite as well as it should. Its design uses a rather large aperture and that choice in design results in the carpet remaining rather damp. Because of this, I now use an older Bissell Big Green nozzle for extraction with George.



As for a new machine that is currently in production, like others, I would love to have one the Rainbow E4 machines.

Post# 180895 , Reply# 14   5/14/2012 at 06:06 (2,879 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Thanks for that info Piano_God (I also play piano too!). I was initially worried about the wash head tool being used on short looped wool carpets. Since that's what I have to clean up daily, it seems I'll just have to keep on using my Bissell upright washer until it breaks. The fishtail nozzle doesn't sound very efficient if it can't drain carpets as efficiently as others.

Post# 180897 , Reply# 15   5/14/2012 at 06:11 (2,879 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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"it seems I'll just have to keep on using my Bissell upright washer until it breaks." I like your optimism, ha ha!

Post# 180904 , Reply# 16   5/14/2012 at 06:27 (2,879 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, it only cost 70 brand new reduced from 99 at the time and it's already been back to Bissell free of charge. I just wish I had bought the model with the built in hose at the back and probably now missing the old Vax even though it was a heavy old thing.

I just wish Vax would update the current wash vac they have but they won't - they'll let it pass into history - even though it was the first machine they ever sold in the UK that had the 3 in 1 design. They have spun out so many versions in Australia though like a clear bagless design one where you can see the water collected in the base part of the dust bin to models that have the variable suction control dial and better tool storage points. Vax UK used to sell the pet version and more expensive black Rapide version but these days unless I consider other sellers of older stock, Vax no longer sell those higher spec machines.

Post# 180906 , Reply# 17   5/14/2012 at 06:31 (2,879 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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At least you didn't pay too much for it.

Carpet cleaners are something I've never really been interested in, both in the collecting and operating senses. I don't know why, I just prefer Vacuum Cleaners!

Post# 180911 , Reply# 18   5/14/2012 at 07:02 (2,879 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have a bissel prohet x2 It works great on carpets but for some reason the water pressure is very poor when it comes out the hose. I really miss my old hoover spinscrub I wish we still got them here. I really like my bissel but I can't help but feel it was designed with the that will do attitude. There is a lot on it that could have been better. I really wish dyson would design and build a carpet washer I think it would be great. 

Post# 180993 , Reply# 19   5/14/2012 at 15:28 (2,879 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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There are several vacuums that I would love to have, if money were no object.
The Kirby Sentria(I'd wait for the next model, but I must say that I don't like the pictures of the so called Avalir. It looks hard to use and of lower quality).
The Filter Queen, I sold those for a week and love them.
The newest Rainbow
The Tri Star
And the metal bodied Perfect.

Post# 181423 , Reply# 20   5/16/2012 at 23:28 (2,877 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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A Miele S7 Upright.

Post# 181424 , Reply# 21   5/16/2012 at 23:43 (2,877 days old) by pdieten ()        
Hoover SpinScrub?

I'm a bit surprised anyone would want a SpinScrub. Did they make them differently over there than in the US? I had one for awhile. Reliability of the sprayer and scrubber were awful, it didn't clean that well and it didn't hold much water (though its extraction capabilities were not bad.) I gave mine away and bought a refurb Rug Doctor Mighty Pro. Wasn't cheap, but it sure does clean. With two small children and two cats with challenged digestive systems, a good carpet cleaner is important in my house.......

Post# 181459 , Reply# 22   5/17/2012 at 04:46 (2,876 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi I'm just waiting for the new Kirby to come out:o)


Post# 181460 , Reply# 23   5/17/2012 at 05:03 (2,876 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I was chatting to the Kirby importer here in SA and they said they have a sample one , very interesting he said, all hush hush. There will be one in every country that sells them so it can be approved by the Electrical safety board of that country.


If you like me like seeing new products way before they are launched. It must be fun to work at UL or other safty boards 

Post# 181480 , Reply# 24   5/17/2012 at 08:39 (2,876 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
When will it be

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released for sale Gareth ? Thats the machine I am waiting for .I already own every vacuum I have ever wanted . I will buy two once they are available as I always buy one to use and one to save NIB .

Post# 181484 , Reply# 25   5/17/2012 at 08:49 (2,876 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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no idea, i never saw it , just was told about it they are keeping hush hush about it 


Post# 183275 , Reply# 26   5/30/2012 at 13:16 (2,863 days old) by IL-Kirby-Fan ()        

Try to get info on the new Kirby from your friend. I would love to find out whatever I can about it.

Post# 183278 , Reply# 27   5/30/2012 at 14:01 (2,863 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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He is a friend but we don't discuss business much , the vacuums that I sell have cost him many sales as its shows up there ancient old demo test of look what your old vacuum left behind. But I can't wait to see it myself, I really hope they have given it a complete redesign for there own sakes , my shop is littered with Kirby trade inns from people who find them to heavy but more so to cumbersome to use.There sales have taken a big knock, this can be seen by the number of Kirby dealers that have shut down, In Cape Town ther used to be 10 , now there is 1 .

Not every one enjoys vacuuming like we do ( imagine how boring there lives must be ) to them its a chore and when something is a chore you want the lightest easiest machine to use. Just my view not knocking anyone

Post# 183279 , Reply# 28   5/30/2012 at 14:06 (2,863 days old) by isufan11 (Des Moines, IA)        

I use to work for UL and we had several prototypes of the new Kirby come through the office, it is a very different design from the current. Last I knew they were having some issues with some of the accessories drawing too much power away from the motor.

Post# 183280 , Reply# 29   5/30/2012 at 14:18 (2,863 days old) by sensotronic (Englandshire)        
Numatic George

I had a George but I sold it after a few months. I really only wanted it for above floor cleaning, for the stairs, upholstery and car interior as the suction on it is far greater than the hose you get with many upright carpet washers. I found it very effective with the small wash tool but didn't bother using it for carpet cleaning as it would be hard work. I used the floor washing tool a couple of times but because it's awkward to set up, I can't see anyone using the George to regularly wash floors. There is quite a lot to store away too, with the two hoses and solution tank. An upright carpet washer with a hose has the same downsides as an upright vacuum with a hose. They tend to be easier to use on carpets but awkward when using the hose and the suction isn't always great. The best solution if you have the space and money is get an upright carpet washer for the carpets and a tank type 3 in 1 for everything else.

Currently I only have a Vax Oasis complete which is the nearest I could get to the Hoover Brush N Wash that we had for many years. I find it very effective on carpets and it does extract most of the water meaning the carpet dries in less than two hours. It is very noisy though. I also have a Bissell Spot Bot which is used for occasional spillages but it leaves the carpet quite wet when using the auto setting so I tend to go over the cleaned area with the hose which rather defeats the object of having an automated cleaning function.

Regarding new vacuums, I would like a Sebo K3 Premium, or a C2 Total if I can find one. I have just purchased a Sebo Professional G upright from Ebay de but it hasn't arrived yet. I have owned a Sebo X4, X1.1 in white/grey and red/grey and an Ensign Sleath, all from brand new but all were sold as I kept forgetting how annoying the auto height function is on all these models. The brush always seemed to set itself too high and I was constantly raising the cleaning head off the carpet until the wheel adjusted itself to the lowest setting. I would then have a few precious seconds of decent cleaning before the brush would be lifted off the carpet. I'm hoping that the G model with its manual height setting will perform better as I will be able to select the height I want rather than the on board computer.

I am currently in my Sebo phase again so most of the new vacs I want are Sebo's. I would also like a D4 Premium and a Felix Rosso.

Post# 183284 , Reply# 30   5/30/2012 at 14:59 (2,863 days old) by IL-Kirby-Fan ()        
@ isufan11

I don't suppose you have anyway of aquiring a photo of the new Kirby would you?

Post# 183291 , Reply# 31   5/30/2012 at 15:49 (2,863 days old) by dickiec ()        

I've been toying with the idea of upgrading from my Kirby Ultimate G to a Sentria G10E...

Is there any point though?? Am I going to gain anything?? Or am I just throwing money away.....

Like the idea of one of those GTech AirRams though... I'll blame PaulC for that.. I hadn't seen one of those until I saw the link posted above.. LOL

Post# 183301 , Reply# 32   5/30/2012 at 17:00 (2,863 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi Dickie.
Hope your ok. Yep I would go and get a Sentria or Ultimate G.
Dispite some naysayers there great machines. Proformance has increased and filteration as well as other things. I'm sure you will get one at a great price if you keep your eyes peeled. Keep the other Kirby's tho there great as well as you know. Just make sure you get the other Kirby's your missing. It's always good to have a choice;o)

Then you can start on other vacs you like...Hope you got a big house;o)


Post# 183302 , Reply# 33   5/30/2012 at 17:05 (2,863 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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P.S If you ever get chance you could always pop up and see the other kirby's I have before you get one to see the differences between the models. Try before you buy if you like:o)


Post# 183314 , Reply# 34   5/30/2012 at 20:06 (2,863 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
Current New Vacuum...

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I would want either a Miele S7 or the newest Rainbow model.

Post# 183334 , Reply# 35   5/30/2012 at 23:46 (2,863 days old) by rainbowJoel (Dexter NM)        

I want new Aerus guardian canister new kenmore canister or filter queen and maybe new oxy black rainbow

Post# 183340 , Reply# 36   5/31/2012 at 00:32 (2,863 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I must say,

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I DO like the HOOVER Conquest. Little Fred had one at the convention.... was great.

Post# 183372 , Reply# 37   5/31/2012 at 07:05 (2,862 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I'd like the new Rainbow or the Vortech.


Post# 183396 , Reply# 38   5/31/2012 at 09:36 (2,862 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I have both

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The Ultimate G Diamond Edition and a complete Sentria.  Personally, I think the Sentria is a step backwards from the Ultimate G DE.  The reason I say this is because the UG DE introduced a switch that reduces  the motor speed for vacuuming delicate carpeting, etc.  This in effect made it a four speed machine. This was removed from the Sentria.  I could be wrong (wouldn't be the first time) but I think it was removed because people left it in the low speed setting when vacuuming regular carpeting, and that lead to burn out of the motor.  They are both, in my opinion, great machines, but if I could only keep one, I think I would keep the Ultimate G DE.

Post# 183403 , Reply# 39   5/31/2012 at 10:53 (2,862 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I have a UG DE also. I am confused as to what you mean by 'this in effect made it a four speed machine' when there are only 2 speeds?


Post# 183405 , Reply# 40   5/31/2012 at 11:06 (2,862 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I will put it this way , I have both in my collection and the ultimate g just feels better made, it looks better too. 


There has to be a reason that my back room is filled with sentria trade inns and not ultimate g's or other Kirby models. If I look on ebay here in SA or gumtree all you see are sentria's for sale , Got to ask the question why ?

Post# 183409 , Reply# 41   5/31/2012 at 12:38 (2,862 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Well Gary,

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The normal Kirby is a two speed machine.  Speed is determined by the attachment mounted on the front (High for canister mode, low for everything else).  When the switch on the UG DE is set to low,  then I believe the attachment switch on the front of the machine would operate at the lower power providing lower speeds for tools and rug nozzle, etc.  At least that is the way it was explained to me when I questioned it.  I could be wrong.  If I am, I would certainly appreciate it if someone would set me straight.

Post# 183427 , Reply# 42   5/31/2012 at 14:23 (2,862 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I still only see it as having 2 speeds. When I attach the hose, I can operate it at high or low speed just the same as when the rug nozzle is attached.


Post# 183430 , Reply# 43   5/31/2012 at 15:27 (2,862 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        

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Hey Gary,


I've fired off an email to Kirby inquiring about it.  It'll be interesting to see what they respond with, that is if they respond..  Let's see if they answer.  With all the info they wanted to submit a question, I bet I'll be getting a visit from the local Kirby dealer real soon.



Post# 183431 , Reply# 44   5/31/2012 at 15:35 (2,862 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
Kirby Diamond has

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Two speeds ONLY .

The switch was removed because people left it on low and complained it wasn`t cleaning properly and would bring it in for repair .

It never burned the motor out . I prefer the switch for delicate carpets but love my Sentria equally .

Post# 183458 , Reply# 45   5/31/2012 at 20:52 (2,862 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

This one is easy for me since I seem to prefer contemporary over vintage.....

Sebo X4/5, Meile S7, the new Rainbow, Electrolux Ultra Silencer deep clean canister, Hoover Flair

Post# 183471 , Reply# 46   5/31/2012 at 22:50 (2,862 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

A Riccar.....Uprite

Post# 183475 , Reply# 47   5/31/2012 at 23:24 (2,862 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

A Miele S5981 Capricorn. :)

Post# 183478 , Reply# 48   5/31/2012 at 23:42 (2,862 days old) by hoover1 ()        

ive wanted this hoover platinum wintunel for a while


Post# 183514 , Reply# 49   6/1/2012 at 05:19 (2,861 days old) by ryry_87 ()        

Sebo D4 commercial for me

Post# 183517 , Reply# 50   6/1/2012 at 05:35 (2,861 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I like the D4 Commercial in some ways, manually winding up all that cable however is off putting. May as well buy a Henry for that process then! 

Post# 183520 , Reply# 51   6/1/2012 at 05:45 (2,861 days old) by ryry_87 ()        

less to go wrong though I spose, I prefer the idea of a 1200w motor too lol

Post# 183523 , Reply# 52   6/1/2012 at 05:51 (2,861 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Question on a note, will a simplicity syncronys'/riccar brilliances' brushroll fit a simplicty synergy/riccar radiance? That will help me personally decide between the syncrony or the synergy. I'd also get a royal everlast metal upright model mry8300.

Post# 183551 , Reply# 53   6/1/2012 at 09:04 (2,861 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Hoover Platinum

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Big Lots here has them re manufactured from the factory for $99.



Post# 183651 , Reply# 54   6/1/2012 at 16:40 (2,861 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Kirby generation speeds

There was also a little known and rarely seen option for Generations that was a hose end on which the tab that pushes 2 speed switch on front could be moved up & down to choose hi or lo for hose cleaning.So would this make it a 5 speed or 6 speed?!?

Post# 183718 , Reply# 55   6/1/2012 at 23:32 (2,861 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I would like to have a new Vortech or a new Oasis, or maybe new Rainbow

Post# 183746 , Reply# 56   6/2/2012 at 01:04 (2,861 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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That's a great price for that Platinum. I have one. (Big surprise)Only, I HATE te fact that the handle release is on the RIGHT (not correct) side of the base. tsk, tsk.

Post# 184051 , Reply# 57   6/3/2012 at 13:33 (2,859 days old) by dickiec ()        
I'vw been Naughty........

Well... Further to my comment earlier in this thread. As its the Queens Diamond Jubilee here in the UK, I thought this Queen deserved a gift too....

Its a 2008 Model I picked up for a snip of a price.. This has been virtually unused and the previous owners (once they said, and I can believe it. No wear on the brush roll at all and totally clean). They even treated themselves to a brand new Zip Brush earlier this year and didn't even use it. Even has 2 hoses and the Handy Butler (Unsealed)..

I'm a happy bunny.... Happy Diamond Jubilee to Me!!!!

Post# 184063 , Reply# 58   6/3/2012 at 14:18 (2,859 days old) by vacuummorgan (Chagford Devon England )        

i really what a dyson dc41

Post# 184202 , Reply# 59   6/4/2012 at 12:48 (2,858 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Hey John

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I'm thinking of picking one up on pay day if they have any left.  If so, it'll be my third Hoover. 

Post# 184244 , Reply# 60   6/4/2012 at 18:52 (2,858 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
My thoughts on Kirby...

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Does Kirby still make that Hose End with the sliding speed selector? I have one on my GSix and I think it makes the Zip Brush easier to use and clean better. I'd like to put one on my mom's G3, and should I ever get a Sentria I'd put one on it as well.

As for the Speed Switches on the Diamond, there was the standard Speed Switch on the front of the vacuum as was one earlier G-Type machines. There was a second Speed Switch on the top-rear of the machine(I think it had a light inside). It was there so someone could lower the speed of the machine when vacuuming a delicate rug. I was told that it was removed when Kirby introduced the Sentria because of motor burn-outs, whoever, if that were the case I think I'd see rather a lot of Diamonds sitting in junk stores, pawn shops and the like... which I don't.

I suspect that the reason for so many Sentrias being traded-in or replaced is the weight issue. I love Kirbys and would never go with out one... or several, but they are not easy to use if you have not grown up with them. They are way too heavy, when I lived in a two story house I had to have one upstairs and one downstairs because I did not like to carry them up and down... and what was before my heart gave out and limited the amount of weight that I can carry. That said, I still want a Sentria and when the next Kirby comes out, and if it meets with my approval, then I will want one of those too.


Post# 184523 , Reply# 61   6/6/2012 at 09:23 (2,856 days old) by trebor ()        
The Kirby DE

was indeed a four-speed machine. The switch on the back selected, in essence one of two speed RANGES. Just use a pen to activate the speed selector switch through all four possible combinations NORMAL-nozzle, NORMAL-hose, LOW-nozzle, LOW-hose and you can hear four distinct pitches. I doubt this was intentional, but it is what they ended up making.

Post# 184534 , Reply# 62   6/6/2012 at 11:03 (2,856 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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How would the DE know whether the hose or the nozzle was attached? Both of these attachments have the same gizmo that protrudes into the base when attached? What are referring to when you say 'pen to activate the speed selector switch'?


Post# 184551 , Reply# 63   6/6/2012 at 14:05 (2,856 days old) by rainbowjoel (Dexter NM)        
like this

Hi and low switch for hose.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO rainbowjoel's LINK

Post# 184613 , Reply# 64   6/6/2012 at 22:07 (2,856 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I got an answer from Kirby

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I posted the following query on Kirby's Facebook page:

Hi!, I own three Kirbys, 1) Sanitronic VII, 2) Ultimate G Diamond Edition, and 2) Sentria. I used to be a Kirby dealer selling the Tradition and the Heritage, as well as managing our local area distributorship service department back in the early 80s.. So I have a little Kirby experience :-) I have a question regarding the UG DE. I know all Kirbys from the DS 50 through the present are two speed machines. My question is would that make the UG DE a four speed machine, with the gentle switch this machine has? Thanks for any help.

This is what they responded:

Kirby Company Hi Joe. Thanks for the message. The Diamond Edition does have four speeds -- two for the upright nozzle and two for the hose mode. We hope you had a great experience as a dealer and service technician. Thanks for being part of the Kirby family!

If you go to, and click on US page, and then click on the Facebook icon on top of page, you will go to Kirby's facebook page.


Post# 184648 , Reply# 65   6/7/2012 at 07:07 (2,855 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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So last night I tested out my UG and sure enough it has 4 speeds. I never knew that there are 2 different buttons that get depressed depending on whether the hose or the nozzle is being attached. When attaching the hose, the top button is depressed and when attaching the nozzle the bottom button gets depressed so along with the 2 speed switch that makes for 4 speeds. Learn something new every day!


Post# 184787 , Reply# 66   6/8/2012 at 15:02 (2,854 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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Thanks Rainbowjoel.

Post# 185509 , Reply# 67   6/14/2012 at 15:56 (2,848 days old) by DysonKing474 ()        
Which one

well i really want a dyson DC40 all flooors, i have a 15 which i love, i really want a kirby G3, and the sebo felix is the one id choose

Post# 189316 , Reply# 68   7/9/2012 at 23:16 (2,823 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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In response to Pdieten about Spinscrub.

The newer Hoovers are saying Spinscrub 50, Spinscrub 45 and other numbers, I don't know if that number corresponds to any speed difference or if its just a name. It depends mostly on the series. The original series uses direct turbine power and is supposed to be very reliable. I think the spinscrub on that does a good job. Yes the bristles are extremely soft and if could be a little harsher, and spin faster for more agitation, also the brush head floats, so if it was more stationary that also would help, the main I think it needs is a PSI rated sprayer. It seems more of a mist of solution coming out so the machine I think does more surface to mid cleaning and perhaps not as good deep down cleaning.
The V2 line focuses suction more with the nozzle. The brush turbine is belt powered I've heard and overall not nearly as a reliable a cleaner to original series. I know some vac shops that do not sell the V2/ All Terrain series.
The Platinum looks like a good cleaner, it uses spin scrub and a multi brush vacuum style agitator for scrubbing along with I believe a better spray. Warranty is good, but I'm not sure about overall build quality. The Platinum line in general has great warranty but quality in that line especially sadly I've heard that canister has major issues with controls in the hose. I say sadly cause I love canisters. I'm not an upright person.
Finally is the Pressure Pro series. I've heard mixed thoughts on these. When they work cleaning is supposed to be good. The idea here is when they work- not leaking or otherwise.
The Agility and other lines are just cheaps to me, I pay attention only to the larger series. I have an original series Steamvac Widepath. I am happy with it. I do my annual shampooings with it. For better cleaning I'd go with Stanley Steemer or one of the professional style machines for $1000+. The Bissells are unreliable.

I rented a Rug Doctor Widepath a few years ago. I thought it was the worst cleaner I'd ever used. Absolutely horrible. I only did one room with it. The next day I rented a RinsenVac from my local vacuum store and shampooed all 3 floors of the townhouse I was renting with it. I even redid the room i ran the rugdoctor in. Much better results.

Post# 189318 , Reply# 69   7/9/2012 at 23:28 (2,823 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
New vacuum thougts

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I like canisters so it has to be that.

I've tried the Hoover Anniversary Windtunnel. Its good, I was hoping they'd put the newer Windtunnel powerhead on a bagged canister, they haven't. The hose on the anniversary machine is awful--stiff and hard to use. Otherwise a good cleaner.

I got a used Riccar 1700 canister. I thought one of these was going to be mine dream machine. I like it, it cleans good, but I think there's better out there. Its heavy, its hard to maneuver, doesn't run over its own wheels, too many push buttons on hose handle and each time you turn it on, you have to reset the speed you want and turn on the powerhead. I think the agitator cavity should have a wider opening. I think its just too narrow for good suction seal and airflow time grabbing dirt on the rug. Also now CenTec is making the powerheads, they eliminated the Chevron brushroll. I'd like to try the Chevron wood brushroll. Has anyone used one of these? How do you like them.

I do want a Royal Lexon SR30020 looks nice. I tried one in a vacuum store and glides so easily over the carpet but there's good power. Looks good on some youtube videos.

Everyone talks great about Sebo. I tried several in a hotel they were awful. Maybe the maintenance staff just wasn't keeping up on them and I need to try a new one? The power nozzles on the youtube videos sound wierd and lame, just strange sounding motors. And Mieles I'm curious about but skeptical. The new Wessel Werk power heads coming on them that people rave about, are they really that good? Theres no bars on the bottom for keeping area rugs or extra base support. Wierd how its all open. I'm very interested in opinions on this.

I really wish Hoover or Eureka went back to their 1980 routes with RotoMatic, Quadraflex Powermatics and created something neat and exciting again


Post# 189322 , Reply# 70   7/9/2012 at 23:49 (2,823 days old) by vacuumfreak95 (Aransas Pass, Tx)        
My Long list.....

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I want a Panasonic JetSpin Upright, Kirby Sentria, Sebo X4, Hoover Windtunnel Self Propelled, Kenmore Intuition Upright, Hoover platinum collection lightweight upright, Riccar Vibrance with onboard tools, Electrolux Nible, Miele Capricorn, Dyson DC41, Sanitaire Upright, Royal Metal Upright, and a Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3. That's my long list that will never come true. :(

Post# 189414 , Reply# 71   7/10/2012 at 20:28 (2,822 days old) by BBFvac76 ()        

I would like the Sanitaire S675 & also several canisters like the following:
1) newest, latest model Rainbow
2) Aerus Guardian Ultra
3) Kenmore Intuition 28014
4)Lime green BOL Kenmore 29229

Post# 189422 , Reply# 72   7/10/2012 at 22:16 (2,822 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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It would have to be the Hoover Platinum Lightweight soft-bag upright. Seems like the closest thing to a 1980's Eureka Bravo or Hoover Elite on the market now....but with controls right at your fingertips!!! :-)

Post# 190927 , Reply# 73   7/22/2012 at 03:46 (2,810 days old) by andy-lux ()        

I'd love the new turbo power or jazz

Post# 190937 , Reply# 74   7/22/2012 at 06:45 (2,810 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
I want either....

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A new Lux Guardian Ultra, or a new Kirby Sentria with ALL optional and standard attachments!


Post# 194423 , Reply# 75   8/12/2012 at 12:13 (2,789 days old) by Ipreferkirby ()        
I would choose

A Kirby Sentria II (naturally). Or a Aerus Lux Guardian Upright.

Post# 194464 , Reply# 76   8/12/2012 at 17:28 (2,789 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
Stealing Kirbys...

Hey Richard.....
I paid 50 for this beauty :) it needed a bag wash and a hour or so with some Autosol but heres the result- it has the boxed shampooer and main box as well :).
Ive also just brought an Ultimate G fully refurbed with Boxed polisher, shampooer and turbo attachment plus basic toolkit (less hose) for 150. Im interested in your opinion of the 12ft stretch hose. The plan is to buy one to go with the Sentria and put the Sentria one with the Ultimate to make it complete :)

Post# 194525 , Reply# 77   8/13/2012 at 03:55 (2,788 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Kirby Sentria2,The 100th ann Kirby,100th Ann NSS M1,Vortech Force 3000.

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