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Dirt Devil Broom Vac (the good one!)
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Post# 187828   7/1/2012 at 12:10 (2,828 days old) by 1947Electrolux ()        

So, I have owned 3 broom vacs. One I have had since the early 1990's which is out to get serviced, another one from the mid 1990's which is gone (I have no idea what happened to it!) and I have another coming in the mail. This was the only vac that picked up stuff that others would not! So what do you folks know about these? I dont know much about them!

Post# 187832 , Reply# 1   7/1/2012 at 14:00 (2,828 days old) by director12 ()        

It's a fun little item. Vacuumfreeke has one, and he enjoys it.

Post# 187838 , Reply# 2   7/1/2012 at 15:36 (2,828 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
love my 2 twin boys

hey there,
While you have more practical experience than I do (or will have more very soon, owning three of those), I can only add that it never occured to me that they came to the shelves in two different versions: The bag pattern is different and some versions have a 1-row roller brush, while the other has a 2-row brush. Other than that they are the same (in America there must have been a blue version of it, but it never made it to Europe.)

I love that little bugger to pieces (using it for a quick make-over or when I am not in the mood for dragging around bulky units.) Loud as hell like saying: "hey I am a MEAN little machine!" and it loves eating shoestrings lying around in the hallway (as you may know yourself). ;-)

A never-give-away favourite of mine.

Post# 189089 , Reply# 3   7/8/2012 at 23:52 (2,821 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        
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I recently found one at a thrift store. It's the first one I have had in my collection. Always wanted one when they were new when I was a kid. They also came in a dark blue Royal Pro Series line.

Post# 189098 , Reply# 4   7/9/2012 at 03:39 (2,821 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The UK model had an adjustable handle with different carpet types written next to each handle setting. I was never able to understand how the handle height affected carpet pile. Can anyone explain?

Post# 189101 , Reply# 5   7/9/2012 at 04:24 (2,821 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Perhaps there was a rod inside the handle so the lower it got the more it pushed on a mechanism at the wheels ?

Were these popular in the UK Benny ? I'd love to own one but can't find one anywhere!

Post# 189325 , Reply# 6   7/10/2012 at 00:54 (2,820 days old) by briguy (Wichita, Kansas)        
Adjustable Handle

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The American versions have the adjustable handle as well.

Post# 189334 , Reply# 7   7/10/2012 at 03:01 (2,820 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello. Do you happen to know why they had carpet types written against each setting of the handle? Because I could never see how it made any difference to the wheels.

Post# 189471 , Reply# 8   7/11/2012 at 07:23 (2,818 days old) by chuffle (Rural Pennsylvania)        
I have one...

...that I have been using for years, and two more that I picked up for less than $5.00 at local thrift shops, as spares. I have cheap, low-pile carpets and runners in the mud room that this vac works very well on, and it so easy to use for quick clean-ups, picking up whatever the dog and I drag in.

It seems that the handle length assists in keeping the nozzle on the various carpets on the back stroke. Sounds strange, but that is my take on the machine. I am sure that someone here would have far more knowledge than I do and could really explain how the handle height design works.


Post# 189479 , Reply# 9   7/11/2012 at 08:51 (2,818 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Jamie - see previous thread



Post# 189490 , Reply# 10   7/11/2012 at 10:45 (2,818 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yes, I've owned one of those and it almost set the house on fire, but what does it have to do with the Broomy ?

Post# 189560 , Reply# 11   7/11/2012 at 16:50 (2,818 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, to answer your question on whether they were popular in the UK, you could have read what I posted on that thread. Clearly you haven't picked up on it:


Dirt Devil U.S products didn't hang around for very long. The only appliance that stayed put was the hand held version/mains corded. All other upright products from the proper U.S company left as quickly as they came. Therefore their models like the Eclipse and Broomy are very rare. Another one that is rare is the "Room Mate," a kind of sweeper, but mains powered with a cassette located in the front floor head a bit like Miele's D'Art but without a paper bag.


Sadly ALBA PLC paid the end to Dirt Devil U.S products replacing the products that went before with Chinese made tat. This, sadly included the Chinese built Hoover Turbopower 2/3 based DD 6102 series. 

Post# 189666 , Reply# 12   7/12/2012 at 16:29 (2,817 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I bid on one on eBay yesterday

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There is a red one and a blue one on eBay right now.  I bid on the red one, and was outbid.  Gonna try one more time, but don't want to pay a fortune for it.

Post# 189672 , Reply# 13   7/12/2012 at 17:09 (2,817 days old) by Super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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These Broomys had no rod or hight adjuster,The buttons where to adjust the handle for
the user.These cleaners could also use paper bags.
I know this as i had to tear apart and clean out one.


Post# 189673 , Reply# 14   7/12/2012 at 17:18 (2,817 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Thanks for clarifying the position about the carpet height settings on the adjustable handle. This helped answer a very old puzzle!

Post# 189723 , Reply# 15   7/13/2012 at 01:40 (2,817 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

I do have one and I like it... it is loud and not the most powerful thing in the world, but it is surprisingly powerful for what it is. I think it is cute. I found 2 bags for it at a thrift shop for 99 cents.... I already had two packages, but I figured I couldn't go wrong for that price.... Hope you continue to enjoy yours!

Post# 189734 , Reply# 16   7/13/2012 at 04:15 (2,817 days old) by 1926700 ()        

ill show my pro series Broom vac...and the matching can vac..=)

Post# 189738 , Reply# 17   7/13/2012 at 06:12 (2,816 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Ooh I love the blue one! What's the main difference other than the colour? Why the tag "Pro" ?

Post# 189823 , Reply# 18   7/13/2012 at 17:40 (2,816 days old) by 1926700 ()        
to tell you the truth.....

the pro was sold through vac shops, and were suppose to be a little better made then the red version that was sold in department stores. but in the Broom vac i see no difference then the color. but i was told that the Pro Series Can Vac did have one difference. mine has the Powerhead plug, i was told that the Pro series PN had metal wands instead of plastic wands....

Post# 189880 , Reply# 19   7/14/2012 at 09:19 (2,815 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Oh right.. what about the fan in the upright? Both plastic or metal?

Post# 189905 , Reply# 20   7/14/2012 at 19:18 (2,815 days old) by 1926700 ()        
the fans were both

plastic. i would have hoped that that would have at least been different. but there is no difference in the broom vac, absolutely none but the color and probably the price. being sold through a vac shop instead of Wal-Mart, im shure it cost a bit more

Post# 189907 , Reply# 21   7/14/2012 at 19:40 (2,815 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

In the UK we had the Eclipse model too. One was black and one was red. If my memory is correct, there were other black Dirt Devil cleaners sold in the UK too. I seem to remember being told that the black cleaners had a 2 year warranty, unlike the standard 1 year on red models. The cleaners themselves seemed otherwise identical.

The UK Eclipse range was a strange one, as it was one of the few dirty fan vacuum cleaners to have such a high wattage motor and I know a good deal of them had problems with the fans and fan casings shattering. Towards the end of their shelf life they were about the only dirty fan cleaners on sale. Then strangely enough, for the last year or so that we had them, they became a clean fan machine.

Post# 189917 , Reply# 22   7/14/2012 at 21:31 (2,815 days old) by dwhdarren97 ()        
New Pro Series...

Seems to consist of the corded version of the Hoover Linx Stick vac, the same Dirt Devil Classic handheld bagless in blue, and the relabeled windtunnel with dirtfinder or as Royal calls it "cleanseeker". I am currently torn between buying the handheld, or the corded stick vac. On eBay both models are sold half msrp N.I.B.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO dwhdarren97's LINK

Post# 189919 , Reply# 23   7/14/2012 at 21:50 (2,815 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Broom Vac

I have the Same Red Model that Brian has pictured. Bought it new at a big box
store back in the early/mid 90's. Had an a one room apt for one year, with a 5x7 rug. Love that little vacuum. It will clean most short nap rugs very well, steps, and does a great job on hard floors too. Always regret that I did NOT order the attachments from Royal. When I had my older, 2 story house, with a Front porch. I had 2 rugs out there and wicker furniture with cushions. Would take it out there every weekend to clean up.
I have the Can Vac in Red that was in that line up. It org. had the power nozzle.
It died early on. So it went to the trash and again was something I was going to order new from Royal. Never did. It was loud.
If anyone is interested in the Can Vac, stright suction attachments. I'd sell it along with a Red hand Vac and a matching toy vac. I'm in a one bedroom apt. and am selling off the machines I don't use. Just shoot me an email and we can talk.

Post# 190152 , Reply# 24   7/16/2012 at 07:42 (2,813 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I won it.

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I won the broom Vac on eBay.. Auction number is 251104022740. Has anyone ever noticed that once you finally find something you've been looking for, they start coming out of the woodwork? I'd be willing to bet the next time I go thrifting, I'll find more. :-)

Post# 190190 , Reply# 25   7/16/2012 at 15:31 (2,813 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well today I had a friend over for tea and she is emigrating to the U.S She isn't taking anything with her, household appliance wise and has already passed her Dyson DC16 over to her mother who likes it. Anyway, she gave me a virtually new Dirt Devil (not the same as the U.S sadly) "Handy Cyclonic" mains corded hand vac. Having just used it, it is actually ok despite being Chinese made and typically with the motor under the handle, the main handle gets hot in just a couple of minutes.


However, what I do like about it is that the stretch hose out the back cuts the brush roll as soon as the hose is taken out. It also has a single roller wheel underneath that makes it easy to go along carpets or stairs. What a pity though that it doesn't have an extendable handle - this would make an excellent little "Junior," upright - it has an 8 metre length cord and a built in push out upholstery brush. Shame it doesn't have any other tools but I'm sure I can resolve that with spares.





Post# 190795 , Reply# 26   7/20/2012 at 22:29 (2,809 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have the owner's manual for this broomvac.

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It's still in it's little plastic bag. Don't ask why I have it, (don't have the machine, NEVER did). But, who needs/wants this booklet?

Post# 190796 , Reply# 27   7/20/2012 at 22:38 (2,809 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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actually john I got the machine from you about 3 yrs ago :P

Post# 264397 , Reply# 28   1/21/2014 at 17:46 (2,259 days old) by erik1981 ()        
Wanted!!! Dirt Devil Broom vac parts

Hi everyone I'm new to the site and was wondering if anyone has a broom vac for parts or a on/off switch?

Post# 266581 , Reply# 29   2/7/2014 at 11:43 (2,242 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Broom Vac

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A couple of things about the broom vacs. The motor in these is basically a powerhead unit adapted for the screw on belt shaft and were made by GS electric and sometimes Lamb. The same motor was used in the DD red/aqua/black/blue hand vacs from the mid 80's to the 2000's. The fan is unique to the Broom vac however with a more aggressive blade for better air flow.

The major weakness on these is the spring tension that keeps the handle upright. On the older models the black plastic tab got weak or sometimes broke causing the handle to not stay up on it's own. In the later years they added a metal internal spring to the assembly which got rid of that problem but introduced another. After time the metal spring tension was so great that it broke the actual motor housing right above it which caused the handle to flop and in many cases the guts of the housing to be exposed.

Post# 268883 , Reply# 30   2/21/2014 at 20:41 (2,228 days old) by ericaustin (Dallas, TX)        
Royal Pro Series

Picked this little gem up today at a thrift store for $7.99! Whole thing is in the dishwasher sans motor and electrical components now. Bag washed in the washer! I do need to find a new cord for it (end near the plug is taped up.)

Post# 268885 , Reply# 31   2/21/2014 at 20:41 (2,228 days old) by ericaustin (Dallas, TX)        
Pic 2


Post# 268886 , Reply# 32   2/21/2014 at 20:43 (2,228 days old) by ericaustin (Dallas, TX)        
Love the brush roll

4 rows of brushes

Post# 268990 , Reply# 33   2/22/2014 at 16:46 (2,227 days old) by ericaustin (Dallas, TX)        
All cleaned up!

All done! Now awaiting bags and belts to get here!

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