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Post# 187829   7/1/2012 at 12:13 (2,838 days old) by 1947Electrolux ()        

I am in need of Jet Flo parts, I need a plastic piece for the bottom and some other odds and ends. Let me know if you have anything for the model. Also, I was wondering about the history of them as well.

Post# 189260 , Reply# 1   7/9/2012 at 17:33 (2,830 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Jet Flo canisters

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I don't have parts but can offer some info. Panasonic made jet flo uprights and canisters. Generally the canisters were semi hi end in that they had food pedal on/off agitator switch, and 4 speed push button selector. We had one which would have been purchased around 1992, I know that because it only lasted about 5 years and was replaced by a Hoover PowerMax S3603-040 canister vacuum in September 1997 which still runs strong.
Back to the Matsushita Panasonic, our model was $240 purchased in a vacuum store it stated Panasonic Jet Flo 240, model MC9527. It had a "gas pump" style handle with no controls on it, the chrome wands did not have any cord hooks, so you had to bend down to the floor to pick up the power head cord, plug it in and there was a fold down holder on the hose rectacle to keep the taut power head cord plugged in. The power nozzle was not your typical Cen-Tec systems design that they all have now. Not sure who made the powernozzle for the Jet Flos. It had a 14" metal agitator with 2 replaceable brush strips and suction duct which extended under belt protector for full suction across entire power nozzle. There was about 1.5" of bristle on the other side of the belt so the machine had agitator brush end to end, also a rubber squeegee located behind agitator cavity. Foot operated on/off agitator switch. 6' 360 degree rubber hose 4 onboard tools on back of machine each with a hole for the spring loaded grip to lock in. The upholstery tool was cheap with a bristle bar that broke loose easily. 4 power settings: Curtains, Upholstery, Rugs & Rugs w/ Full Power- suction overkill on Rugs w/ Full Power. The power nozzle would only turn on in one of the Rugs settings. The units were mostly tan with dark brown on bottom. Suction unit wheels were rubber coated, metal power nozzle base. Overall not a bad cleaner but the agitator was a little overpowered and definitely a stretch belt system that needed replaced quarterly, or atleast every 6 months, as Rugs w/ Full Power setting which my dad insisted us use dug power nozzle in deep and really slowed agitator. Electrostatic micron filtration, blower function and semi-large capacity Type C-3 bags, 12 System with full power and power head running.

At about 3 years old the very stiff on/off switch broke. It was a $50 repair which the shop said is quite common for these units. At 5 years old, I came home from school and found out that it had smoked up our basement that day. Our basement was my dad's doctors office so he had to cancel some morning patients. That was the end of the Panasonic Jet Flo. I tried servicing it once and it was a mess of wiring inside the suction unit, with a chincy piece of paper as protector around all the open exposed copper. I didn't even bother it looked too awful a copper setup to fathom, but I was about 14 at the time too, so definitely not an electrician or anything. It had a lot of trouble with the power settings. When you pushed it for one, it was supposed to release another, often it wouldn't and then it would blow a breaker.
I know of one model of these, I believe Panasonice Jet Flo MC9540 with a reversible agitator. The brushroll would actually change direction depending on which way you pushed the unit, interesting technology, never used one myself to see a cleaning difference from it. There are some Youtube videos by various users of Panasonic Jet Flo canisters.


Post# 189273 , Reply# 2   7/9/2012 at 17:46 (2,830 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Jet Flo Uprights

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I remember servicing one Jet Flo upright for a friend, don't remember the model number. 14" dual brushed agitator with Panasonics common single brush bristle tuft on the opposite end of the belt with no suction duct extending over-- I'm not a fan of that cleaning style. The unit was a pulley system, not self propelled but it had 2 belts for the brushroll. My memory is vague on it but I think it had an on/off for the brushroll and a 2 motor system. It was a "Clean air" design hard case bagged vacuum. Could've just been too old but it did not do a very good job cleaning his plush carpets. A Hoover Caddy Vac Runabout did much better.

I worked in a mall restaurant and our Panasonic Ultra Pro commercial vacuum broke, so for a while I actually got permission and would go around to various stores in the mall borrowing their vacuums. Many actually had Commercial Panasonic uprights can't remember the model name of them if they were Jet Flo's or something else and of course eBay doesn't have any used Panasonic commercial uprights right now but I was unimpressed with all of them. Not one cleaned our low pile carpet well. The 4 best vacuums I encountered from my borrowing were:
1. Dirt Devil Impulse- green-- loud, very hard to push but man you could vacuum prints on that carpet all day long!! Never saw that carpet look so good.
2. Hoover Windtunnel canister S3630- I actually borrowed this from Sears, it was one of their display units for sale- Hahahh, later had a conflict with one of their sales associates as she didn't like that another sales associate gave me permission to borrow it. It did clean though- nice vacuum prints, the front wheels on the power head squeaked obnoxiously though.
3. Hoover FloorMax- no this is not a polisher, same sounding motor to a Decade 800 this dirtcup style commercial Hoover upright was a favorite of mine to use, I borrowed this one often.
4. Electrolux Prolux. Now Aerus, this then Electrolux was two motors and cleaned well.

Well I hope my posts on the Jet Flos were helpful. Let us know what your model Jet Flo is- canister or upright and give us a picture! Thanks

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