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Post# 186890   6/23/2012 at 13:55 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I haven't really been keeping up with the new vacuums that I've gotten, so I figured I'd throw all of them into one thread. The picture quality on these will not be the best since they are all taken from my phone, just a forewarning...

First off, a Hoover Windtunnel Bagless Self Propelled. I actually just got this today at a garage sale. I paid $20 for it and man, was it worth it! This is practically brand new. All I had to do was a throw a belt and a new lightbulb in it! It even came with all of the attachments, which is rare around here. It's a great deep cleaner, and I really like seeing what I pick up with it because I know my carpets are clean when I vacuum with a Windtunnel.

Post# 186892 , Reply# 1   6/23/2012 at 13:58 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I got this red power handle Royal Power Tank Classic from a buddy of mine for free. I just needed the attachments and hose from it, but it actually works fine, so I'll most likely hunt down the parts for it one of these days.

Post# 186893 , Reply# 2   6/23/2012 at 13:58 (2,847 days old) by director12 ()        

I use the bagged model, it filters better.

Post# 186895 , Reply# 3   6/23/2012 at 13:59 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I got this Oreck 2800 from my favorite thrift store for $10. I'm a sucker for Orecks and this was just too nice to leave behind. I was surprised to find that it had a new belt, new bag, working headlights, and included the manual. I just need to replace the cord.

Post# 186896 , Reply# 4   6/23/2012 at 14:02 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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A girl that I work with gave me this Eureka that is in absolutely amazing condition. There is just one small scratch on it. It was about to be thrown away and she happened to remember that I collected vacuums so she grabbed it for me. I got it home and found that the fill tube was STUFFED to the max all the way down to the fan. Now it works and looks like a charm.

Post# 186897 , Reply# 5   6/23/2012 at 14:03 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I found this G5 at a garage sale for $30 with most of the attachments. I have two of these already, but once again, it was one of those situations where I just couldn't leave it behind. It needed a major cleaning, but obviously it turned out nice. I just need to replace the back cover since the bottom cord hook is broken.

Post# 186899 , Reply# 6   6/23/2012 at 14:04 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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My aunt's dad gave me this Lewyt big wheel. I really have no interest in it so it will probably just sit. It doesn't have any of the attachments or hose.

Post# 186901 , Reply# 7   6/23/2012 at 14:05 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I got the Dirt Devil Upright at a garage sale for $5. It was just clogged. And the Tri Star came from a thrift store for $10. Unfortunately the motor will need replaced, but I do have a spare to do so.

Post# 186902 , Reply# 8   6/23/2012 at 14:06 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Another situation where I couldn't leave something behind. This was at a yard sale for $3. It is actually in decent condition and does work, so I'll probably clean it up and sell it on Craigslist.

Post# 186903 , Reply# 9   6/23/2012 at 14:07 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I have one of these Orecks already that is need of parts, which is why I bought this for $10 at Goodwill. Hopefully soon I will build a nice one, as this is my favorite model that Oreck offered.

Post# 186905 , Reply# 10   6/23/2012 at 14:10 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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My aunt's dad also gave me this, which was TRASHED when I got it. Absolutely terrible. But I have always wanted a Generation 3 so I spend days working on it. The entire brushroll head was stuffed to the extreme with dirt. But it cleaned up very nice. I just need to get some Goo-B-Gone for a mark from some tape that is on the handle.

Post# 186913 , Reply# 11   6/23/2012 at 15:15 (2,847 days old) by director12 ()        

You're lucky to find another 90's model Dirt Devil. And I like Self-Propelled Windtunnels as well.

Post# 186916 , Reply# 12   6/23/2012 at 16:05 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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This is the other Power Tank that I got. I found this at a thrift store for $3. This one also works with no problems. I'm currently using the power nozzle from one of my blue ones because this one didn't come with it. So if there is anyone out there that might have an extra red Classic power nozzle laying around, please let me know!

Post# 186917 , Reply# 13   6/23/2012 at 16:07 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I got this Dyson DC18 from a vacuum store for free. He told me he just didn't want feel like fixing it. The power nozzle wouldn't come on. I took it apart and pulled the power nozzle motor out and it started to slowly come on. Now, it fully works and I really enjoy using it. This has been my 'dream' Dyson ever since it was first introduced. I've cleaned it up a lot since I took the picture.

Post# 186918 , Reply# 14   6/23/2012 at 16:08 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I found this Kirby at a yard sale for $5. I forgot what model it is, but it was factory rebuilt in the 70s. It has a good motor, so I'll probably swap it out with my Sanitronic 7 motor. It also came with the floor buffer and the box for it.

Post# 186919 , Reply# 15   6/23/2012 at 16:09 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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My cousin's boyfriend gave me this Hoover Mach 5. It just needed cleaned and a needed a new belt. This is actually a really good vacuum. It's a good deep cleaner and has a decent amount of suction.

Post# 186920 , Reply# 16   6/23/2012 at 16:11 (2,847 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Finally, one of my favorite vacuums in my collection now, a Hoover PowerMAX. I have the blue model but it is not nearly as nice as this. I was at a vacuum store and the guy gave this to me. It needed a brushroll, and I happened to have a spare. The picture just doesn't do it justice, this is in amazing condition.

Post# 186926 , Reply# 17   6/23/2012 at 17:53 (2,847 days old) by Trebor ()        
A member of this Forum...

Aeolian Dave is into Lewyt big wheels, Big Time...

Post# 186937 , Reply# 18   6/23/2012 at 21:24 (2,847 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I love the look of that white Eureka!

Post# 186949 , Reply# 19   6/23/2012 at 23:10 (2,846 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Wow what a nice bunch of vacuums and all very good prices congrats. Zach

Post# 187037 , Reply# 20   6/24/2012 at 21:12 (2,846 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Chase, WOW.... you are "blessed" when it comes to finding vacuums. I've been missing your posts, but it was certainly worth the wait LOL

I've always liked the self-propelled bagless... the way they look anyway... I know they lose power fast and are a mess to clean. If you found one with all the attachments, and no broken cord hooks or adjustment sliders, you got a rare find indeed.

I like the eureka upright, hoover power max, and dyson as well... and to think you got the dyson for free! Those still go for about 2 or 3 hundred dollars on c/l here.

Did you hand polish the G5? It looks really good. Again, wow!

Post# 187043 , Reply# 21   6/24/2012 at 22:05 (2,845 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I just never have any time to keep up with posting! Anyway, I never gave any thought to the bagless self propelled Windtunnels, but I am really liking this! I thought that it would lose airflow fast, but the filter actually stays relatively clean during use, and I love being able to see what I pick up with it! My parents even asked if I could leave it upstairs for them to use because they liked how well it cleaned! But you're absolutely right about being a mess to empty. It's something that I'm willing to deal with though because the performance basically makes up for it. When I got it the cord was wrapped around the handle, so I thought oh great, the cord hook is busted. But they were both actually still intact!

Dysons go for a lot on Craigslist around here too, but this is actually the second one I've gotten for free! My dad's friend gave me that DC25 a few months ago that might as well have been brand new. I just have luck with Dysons!

I did hand polish my G5. I do with all of my vacuums. I plan on getting a polishing pad for my bench grinder one of these days, but I just haven't gotten around to doing it.

Post# 187149 , Reply# 22   6/25/2012 at 17:41 (2,845 days old) by director12 ()        

I have a Powerforce Turbo, and it smells damp due to the filters being damp and the thing smelling like dog mess. My Windtunnel is used upstairs, so no big deal.

Post# 187150 , Reply# 23   6/25/2012 at 17:53 (2,845 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have both the bagged and bagless windtunnels and prefer the bagless. The bags just clog up to fast,to get the best out of the machine you have to change the bag when its quater full. That's just a waste I prefer to empty the container and wash the filter after each use on the bagless one.

The dc18 is my favourite dyson I have a few I like its retro looks I have a grey and blue one that is my favourite


Post# 187160 , Reply# 24   6/25/2012 at 18:57 (2,845 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

Interesting variety.The blue/white Eureka was once very common.yours must be the best surviver.You might want to take a second look at the Lewyt.These were nice and an important 50s vac.

Post# 187170 , Reply# 25   6/25/2012 at 21:29 (2,845 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Nice finds. I notice in the background of the PowerMax, there's a Kenmore guacamole canister. I remember when Kmart sold those a few years back. Where did you find that one and the 70s avocado canister?

Post# 187174 , Reply# 26   6/25/2012 at 22:02 (2,844 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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My dad's friend gave me the newer one and I got the avocado one from the 70s from a flea market.

Post# 187226 , Reply# 27   6/26/2012 at 11:20 (2,844 days old) by andy-lux ()        

I have an Electrolux industrial very similar to the eureka. Very nice

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