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My dream vacuum finally arrived - REVISITED!
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Post# 186304   6/19/2012 at 15:39 (2,842 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, it was never my plan to have this machine in my life (Electrolux Excellio Super Silence Z5045), but I saw it on sale today at a local private electrical hard ware shop reduced from £129-99 to just £60! It had one owner who used it for a very short time and then returned it to the shop. Complete with its original box, 2 spare dust bags, telescopic metal suction tube, all original tools, new filters and a user manual. Comes with the Sebo inspired original suction floor head with the ribbed roller pedal. I really like it, but as others have commented with the archived post ( www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-... ) it is quite a bulky machine. The vacuum came already installed with 2 AAA batteries at the top of the remote control handle - and behold, they were "Ever Ready Silver Seal" red batteries, which is like a blast from the past!

 

I'm quite impressed with it TBH although there are quite a few likenesses to Miele vacuums - the upholstery tool for starters is a dead cert copy of Miele's one but with a smaller 32mm sizing and I think Miele certainly copied Electrolux on the neat auto cord rewind which in the manual, is called "Comfort" rewind, where it gives you the option to manually lock the cable in use and then just switch "off" resulting in all the 10 metres of cable rewinding back into the machine automatically.

 

The user manual has some unusual tips including the issue of what the machine will do if the RC handle batteries are dead - this is why there's a manual switch on pedal as the machine will go into the MAX power instead. Also, the user manual has a wonderful warning about picking up DIY dust etc, citing and suggesting that a "fist size of cotton wool should be placed into the bag if the paper dust bag is being used to pick up DIY dust."

 

However what I do love about it is that it reminds me of my much loved Electrolux Mondo 1150E. Same kind of bulky size but oh so robust and quiet. What I don't like is the park position on top of the machine which switches itself off "a la Miele" when the floor head catch is slid in. It has a lovely set of LEDs, filter change light and a handy little door that when picked open reveals a power brush outlet - as noted in previous threads, the only optional tool for the UK market seems to be an air driven head. 

 

The S Class filter it just a HEPA paper cartridge and snaps in at the back - unlike the later Powerplus canisters etc, the air thrust is forced outwards at the rear top, so it can be placed on stairs without the fear of burning. Generally a very well designed vacuum and sadly not many design details are carried on to existing Electrolux UK products these days - including Miele inspired push button locks on the pipes, floorhead and top of pipes/handle.





Post# 186318 , Reply# 1   6/19/2012 at 16:37 (2,842 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Damn it Ryan you're making me jealous, even though I don't really like cylinders... I do have 5 though, despite that! Ha ha.

Post# 186345 , Reply# 2   6/19/2012 at 17:42 (2,842 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Electrolux added a Eureka World Vac power nozzle to the Excellio and marketed it in North America as the Eureka Excalibur Quiet Clean. Our friend Vacuumfreeeke once posted a scan of a page of power nozzle vacs from a catalogue from around 1994 or 1995 and it shows this vac. It was Eureka Model 6975 or 6990 if I remember correctly. Consumer Reports gave it very high ratings in the mid 1990's. The Excalibur took on another Swedish Electrolux canister shape a year or two later - a more rounded canister that had the identical on-board tools. The first squarish Excellio Excalibur came in dark blue or dark green. The next version came in black with a maroon World Vac power nozzle.

Post# 186354 , Reply# 3   6/19/2012 at 17:54 (2,842 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Good info to know, thanks Eurekaprince.


Post# 186365 , Reply# 4   6/19/2012 at 18:13 (2,842 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Ryan,

My apologies. I made a mistake. The Eureka Excalibur Quiet Clean was actually a boxy Volta canister of the same era - mid 1990's. European "cleanerphiles" will know that Volta is yet another vacuum company owned by Sweden's Electrolux. Volta is also a Swedish company, and Electrolux rebranded many Voltas as Eurekas for North America in the 1990's. Not quite sure which Volta became the Excalibur, but it was one their larger boxier canisters with a small set of 3 onboard tools hidden under a top-side door. I imagine the subsequent Eureka Excalibur canister with the more round body was also a Volta.

Sorry for the confusion friends! :-)


Post# 186368 , Reply# 5   6/19/2012 at 18:16 (2,842 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Addendum - this Volta was indeed married to a Eureka World Vac power nozzle to create a very effective Power Team for the USA and Canada.

Post# 186727 , Reply# 6   6/22/2012 at 05:20 (2,840 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Eurekaprince - can you tell me if the back filter cartridge is all I need? I know there's one in the bin area behind the bag. It came with just the HEPA cartridge square that fits over the exhaust slot.


Post# 186728 , Reply# 7   6/22/2012 at 05:39 (2,840 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have two of these machines, Both Sample models One a black one with a normal nozzle badged as an Electrolux. the other a red one badges as an AEG with a eureka powernozzle.

They are stuck in boxes way back in my storage, I must dig them out and take photo's.
I used the aeg badged one with the pn for a long time in our previous house upstairs.





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