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Pictorial thread of Hoover UK's Turbo models (turbopower etc)
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Post# 201699   9/25/2012 at 12:58 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Right oh - first off - there appears to be a bit of a discrepency in the dating system of the forums.
Stated on the forum pages is the year 1980, which is used to stipulate vintage or modern, but on creating a thread the age thing is stipulated as being 20 years from now, so going back to only 1992.
As most people would define Turbopowers and their brothers and sisters as being 'modern plastic', in comparison to Juniors and Seniors, I think purple is the best place for this thread, despite the oldest machines being from 1983 - nearly 30 years ago!

Here goes an attempt at a pictorial history of the original Hoover Turbopower's, Turbolite's, Turbomaster's, Turbopower2, Turbopower1000 and Turbopower3's. Going to take a fair few nights to cover the lot and there are some machines that I just dont have a photo of, so any help with these mystery machines would be greatly appreciated.

Been meaning to do a thread like this for a while and Alex's enquiry thread has given me the kickstart I need to do it.

Having thought about it, it is easier to deal with models based on model number, rather than year of introduction, but I will reference the year and series where possible.

I have some questions along the way as well, so hopefully some of your guys will be able to give me some answers.

Having accumulated a fair old collection of Turbo's over the last five years with Rob (Turbomaster1984), most of the photos will be three quarter portrait shots of our machines, interspersed with official images from brochures and photos of other collectors machines who luckily have some of the machines that we dont own yet. In anticipation of using these latter photographs, many thanks to their owners.
Feel free to add your own too as we go along.

Here goes!





Post# 201700 , Reply# 1   9/25/2012 at 13:02 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1050 Turbopower

Ironically the lowest model Turbopower is right from the end of the original Turbopowers production run and was one of the last if not THE last non-junior or Total System model produced.

Very plain Jane, this machine had the air freshner blanked off and didn't have a lower chord hook - basically it turned on and off and that was your lot!


Post# 201701 , Reply# 2   9/25/2012 at 13:04 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1050 ratings sticker

boasting the Candy serial numbering system, I have no idea how to accurately date this machine, though it does have something to do with week of production allegedly!

Post# 201702 , Reply# 3   9/25/2012 at 13:06 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1060 Turbopower (Total System)

With the U1050 as the standard, model U1060 was the deluxe version boasting its set of on board tools.
Apart from that it was again a Plain Jane model...


Post# 201703 , Reply# 4   9/25/2012 at 13:07 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1060 Turbopower (Total System) ratings sticker

Candy serial number again!

Post# 201704 , Reply# 5   9/25/2012 at 13:07 (2,745 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

What a marvellous idea for a topic! If I could just add, this blue U1050 turbopower was not quite the last like it, as Hoover did one in the same red as the very basic red total system cleaner. It was to all intents the same cleaner as the total system, except of course there were no on-board tools and the handle was red and not slate. This was about 1998, and our local Co-Operative store ran them for around 70.

Post# 201705 , Reply# 6   9/25/2012 at 13:08 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Nearly forgot!

U1050 was in Venus Blue
&
U1060 was in Stellar Red


Post# 201706 , Reply# 7   9/25/2012 at 13:09 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

Thats what I am after - never knew that snippet of info. Maybe someone will be able to clarify which machine it was, or we might stumble across it later in the thread.

Fingers crossed.
Paul


Post# 201707 , Reply# 8   9/25/2012 at 13:14 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1100 Turbopower Junior - the original

Circa 1983...

...and the first Turbopower Junior is released onto the market.

Decked out in Pale Mink and Mink, this machine formed the bottom of the original range.
This machine had to have handle modifications, as the original proved not upto the job and would snap after use. The original handle style can be seen in the first picture of this thread, with mine and Rob's machine below boasting the later beefier style...


Post# 201708 , Reply# 9   9/25/2012 at 13:16 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1100 Turbopower Junior - the original

Here is the ratings sticker of our machine, showing it to be a later machine from 1985...

Post# 201709 , Reply# 10   9/25/2012 at 13:19 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1102 Turbopower Junior - from the leccy board!

With the new models, the Electricity Board commissioned its own exclusive version, in the form of the U1102.

This machine was decked out in White Sand and Mocha Brown, though this colour tends to 'go off' over the years.
This one isnt too bad, though should be a tad lighter...


Post# 201710 , Reply# 11   9/25/2012 at 13:19 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1102 Turbopower Junior - from the leccy board!

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201711 , Reply# 12   9/25/2012 at 13:22 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1220 - the 2nd series Turbo Junior

As this is in model order, the next machine is the Junior model from the 2nd generation 1986 series lineup.

Black Tulip Shadow & Grey...


Post# 201713 , Reply# 13   9/25/2012 at 13:25 (2,745 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Paul, did you know that with the earliest Junior, with the problematic handle grip, was a plug & socket connection in the middle of the metal handle? Hoover soon changed this to a continuous length of flex which had to be pushed inside the handle when assembling. The Turbopower cleaners underwent some major design and production changes from 1983 until 1986.

Post# 201714 , Reply# 14   9/25/2012 at 13:26 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1220 - the 2nd series Turbo Junior

ratings sticker...


Ooooh - just noticed that this machine is 1985! I mentioned in another thread about a U2332 in existence being dated 1985 and wondering whether they were produced and stored for release in 1986!
Methinks that the better part of five months worth of production would be a lot of cleaners to store.

Perhaps we can state that the 2nd Generation of Turbopowers was released for sale in 1985 and not 1986!


Post# 201715 , Reply# 15   9/25/2012 at 13:29 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

Never knew about it being a plug and socket connection! We have one of the original handle setups in storage, sans the cleaner it was originally fitted to. Never paid much attention to it, so will have to try find it and have a look.

Have just been informed that we do have (we think) the final red Turbopower you mentioned from 1998. Will take a while to get to it though, as its a high numbered model!

Paul


Post# 201716 , Reply# 16   9/25/2012 at 13:32 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1220 - the 2nd series Turbo Junior - later hood style!

Somewhere along the production run, the arrangement of the decals on the hoods of U1220 was modified, with the following results.

This machine is dated October 1985, so the original arrangement didnt last that long!


Post# 201717 , Reply# 17   9/25/2012 at 13:34 (2,745 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello Paul. When the Turbopower first went into production, the Juniors had a 2-part handle which was completely separate from each other. It literally plugged together. This involved many parts, such as the plug and socket, the leads, not to mention assembly time which of course cost money. I don't know if Hoover dispensed with the plug & socket before, during, or after the handgrip was redesigned. I once saw an Electricity Board Turbopower Junior with the original handgrip too. I notice yours is the older style in that colour as it has no air freshener but does have the newer handle grip.

Post# 201718 , Reply# 18   9/25/2012 at 13:35 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1222 Turbopower Junior

Continuing to cater for the leccy board, the original U1102 was replaced with this model - the 1st version U1222, repeating the White Sand and Mocha Brown colour scheme, but also boasting the air freshener arrangement at the top of the bag...

Post# 201719 , Reply# 19   9/25/2012 at 13:36 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1222 Turbopower Junior - ratings sticker

I am including the ratings sticker photos for electrical details purposes...

Post# 201720 , Reply# 20   9/25/2012 at 13:39 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1222 Turbopower Junior - the 2nd version

Soon after introduction of the U1222, the Electricity Board decided that its Hoover exclusive corporate colours would be changed to Carmargue Grey and Charcoal grey, with the following results...

I think the word 'bland' best describes it!


Post# 201721 , Reply# 21   9/25/2012 at 13:40 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1222 Turbopower Junior - the 2nd version

ratings sticker, showing this was right from the end of U1222 production in 1989...

Post# 201722 , Reply# 22   9/25/2012 at 13:43 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1284 Sprite

a deviation from the standard Turbopower hood style came in the form of the U1284 Sprite, from circa 1989.

Not the prettiest cleaner, in my opinion, quite what the point of it was is lost of me. Was it cheaper than the Turbopower Junior?

With thanks to the photograph owner...


Post# 201723 , Reply# 23   9/25/2012 at 13:43 (2,745 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Paul sorry to interupt you again, but are you quite sure the U1222 stopped in 1989, as I am sure other Board exclusive cleaners in this colour did continue into the 1990's.

Post# 201724 , Reply# 24   9/25/2012 at 13:49 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1290 - the first photographless model!

This was effectively a model U1220, in Black Tulip Shadow and Grey, sold in a box that also contained a complimentary set of tools.

This version was introduced in 1989 and smacks of being a way of disposing of the older colour scheme model in a simple way whilst being able to charge a non-discounted proce, due to the presence of tools! Might be wrong, but thats my theory, especially when you consider that two other 'new' models were released alongside the U1290, again boxed with complimentary tools and which were a re-model-numbered U2332 and U2336's!

Any official photos of the U1290 gratefully received.

Paul


Post# 201726 , Reply# 25   9/25/2012 at 13:51 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.
Re U1222 production - its an assumption, based on the fact that the other machines from that series were discontinued at that time. Production of U1222 could have continued, but I havent anything to prove either way.

Paul


Post# 201727 , Reply# 26   9/25/2012 at 13:52 (2,745 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Thank you for that. With regards to the model U2190 and respective hardbag cleaners with tools included, do you know if the cleaner was stamped with U2190 or was it just the packaging?

Post# 201728 , Reply# 27   9/25/2012 at 13:53 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1294 Turbopower Junior - 3rd Generation

replacing the U1220 was model U1294, in Ramsey Silver & Deep Ramsey Silver (where do they get the names from?).

With thanks to the Roger for the photos...



Post# 201729 , Reply# 28   9/25/2012 at 13:55 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

Dont know if it was just the box or the cleaner stamped with U1290, but the next model could give a hint to the answer, for they did the boxed tools thing with their new core junior model!


Post# 201731 , Reply# 29   9/25/2012 at 13:59 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1296 Turbopower Junior - with tools

This was essentially a U1294, but with a box of tools enclosed with the cleaner. A very plain box, this cleaner is dated right from the start of 3rd Generation production, but was never advertised in any brochures that I have seen.

This particular cleaner has been powered up less than five times in its life!

Missing from the photo is the baseplate tool thingy-me-jig converter...


Post# 201732 , Reply# 30   9/25/2012 at 14:01 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1296 Turbopower Junior - with tools

the back of a Junior Turbopower...

Post# 201733 , Reply# 31   9/25/2012 at 14:01 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1296 Turbopower Junior - with tools

Rather clean and unused...

Post# 201735 , Reply# 32   9/25/2012 at 14:03 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1296 Turbopower Junior - with tools

underneath...

Post# 201736 , Reply# 33   9/25/2012 at 14:04 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1296 Turbopower Junior - with tools

ratings sticker...

Post# 201737 , Reply# 34   9/25/2012 at 14:07 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1400 - Turbopower Junior Mystery model!

This is a model for which very little information exists.

All I know is that it was in York Grey and Carmargue Grey - with the latter colour being involved, could this have been an Electricity Board exclusive replacement for the U1222?

Any info gratefully received.
Paul


Post# 201738 , Reply# 35   9/25/2012 at 14:18 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1412 Junior

U1412 Junior was the replacement for the U1284 Sprite and took its place at the bottom of the range, underneath the Turbopower Juniors which at 410watts, beat the Sprite and U1412's 400watts.

Colour was Chambertin Blue and Deep Chambertin Blue.

The photos below are of a machine I have bought and which is currently in the safe custody of another collector friend of ours - vacbear58...


Post# 201739 , Reply# 36   9/25/2012 at 14:20 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1284 Sprite - nearly forgot!

the Sprites colour scheme was Brecon Blue and Deep Brecon Blue.

Paul


Post# 201740 , Reply# 37   9/25/2012 at 14:23 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1426 Junior - first version

Chambertin Blue and from circa 1992 - not quite the last Junior Turbopower, but getting there!

Post# 201741 , Reply# 38   9/25/2012 at 14:25 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1426 Junior - first version

ratings sticker...

Post# 201742 , Reply# 39   9/25/2012 at 14:26 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1426 Junior - 2nd version

restyled and I am sure its a different shade of blue, but have no official title for it, here is the second later version of U1426...

Post# 201743 , Reply# 40   9/25/2012 at 14:28 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1426 Junior - 2nd version

ratings sticker, in Candy style...

Post# 201744 , Reply# 41   9/25/2012 at 14:30 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1436 - Turbopower Junior Mystery model!

Model U1436 is an elusive model, for which I have never found a photograph.

All I know is that this machine is coloured in 'Aubergine' and judging from the hard bag model they did in Aubergine, it will be a very dark and glossy purple Junior.

Any photos or memories?


Post# 201746 , Reply# 42   9/25/2012 at 14:33 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1650 Junior - the Final Turbopower Junior!

Here we reach the last of the Turbopower Juniors, in the form of Model Ui650 in a very fetching dark red colour (dont know the official title of its colour - anyone know it?).

This machine was kindly gifted to us by Chestermike...


Post# 201747 , Reply# 43   9/25/2012 at 14:36 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U1650 Junior - the Final Turbopower Junior!

This final Junior was given a kick up the backside by Hoover and boasted the most powerful motor ever fitted to a Turbopower Junior and possibly ever fitted to a Turbopower of the original style!

Through the fading it reads 650watts...


Post# 201748 , Reply# 44   9/25/2012 at 14:39 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Well!

Those are all the softbag Turbopowers that I know of. If anyone knows of others, then do say as it will be good what else to look out for.

The only other softbag Turbo's were the two Turbolites (well one model really), but these are numbered fairly high model number wise, so will come later on the thread.

Will make a start on Hardbags next!....but thats for tomorrow

Cheers
Paul


Post# 201749 , Reply# 45   9/25/2012 at 14:42 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

p.s before I go, just though would add this photo, in the form of an Australian 'Breeze', showing how our Juiniors could have had 'on-board tools' had Hoover offered this machine in the UK.

With thanks to the photograph owner - if you view the thread, what is the model number of your Breeze?


Post# 201750 , Reply# 46   9/25/2012 at 14:43 (2,745 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Whats coming next!

...

Post# 201755 , Reply# 47   9/25/2012 at 14:56 (2,745 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh)        
Turbopowerpaul,

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I had a Turbo power junior same colour scheme as featured in reply 38 but the hood design was the same shape as reply 20 but with no headlight. I gave this to my sister when I bought a DC01 ( the breast cancer research model in silver and pale blue ), a decision I regretted pretty much straight away. My sister still maintains it was the best vacuum she ever had even though the handle did break on it. Thanks you for this wonderful thread, my interest has really been sparked by the photo in reply 46, I have never seen turbopowers like the two to the left of the photo, the one on the far left reminds me of a hotpoint swallow for some reason!

Post# 201768 , Reply# 48   9/25/2012 at 17:37 (2,744 days old) by ryry_87 ()        
U1284 Sprite...

That pic is of my Sprite taken in about 2006! completely forgot I had that, was a smashing little vac that. We saved it from the tip and the bag was absolutely stuffed with sand. it cleaned up ok though. Can't remember for the life of me what ever happened to it.

Anyway, heres my contribution, again thanks to the owner of the pic, can't remember who it belongs to but its an odd one, i've never seen another


Post# 201803 , Reply# 49   9/26/2012 at 05:27 (2,744 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Turbopowerpaul

 

Those prototypes in your last photo, are they actual prototypes or did you do some great photoshoping? I collect prototypes and Have a turbopower prototype from SA 

Gareth 


Post# 201806 , Reply# 50   9/26/2012 at 06:22 (2,744 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Junior & TP Junior

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Hi Paul

Thanks for a great thread - I really do have to applaud the work you put into creating it.

The 1412 Junior is indeed safe and sound and I was sure, from memory, that the handle assembly was different - looks like they were using up parts from the Sprite for I cannot see aby other reason why it should be different.

I am also here to say that the U1650 is an absolutly brilliant cleaner, I dont have any experience of the previous models and I picked up my U1650 for the vast sum of 1.20 - yes, less that the price of a loaf a bread. Even at 650watts the suction is terrific and it grooms the carpet as well as ANY other cleaner I have used.

Al




Post# 201831 , Reply# 51   9/26/2012 at 13:19 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Paul.
Thats the problem with Turbopowers - so many of the blooming things and once you get away from the core ranges, finding information about them is difficult. Gets even harder towards the end of production, as obviously they became a kind of niche model that Hoover probably want that interested in and so publicity got rarer and rarer.

Hi Paul continued & Gareth
The two weird Turbopowers pictured, alongside the more normal example, are I am assuming prototypes. The picture is a screen grab from the TV and I think it was the BBC programme about Hoover's free flights fiasco. Interestting to see how the design evolved from the prototypes to the finished article.

Hi Ryan.
I remember the time that unusual red Turbopower first came on the scene. I think it was mentioned that it was a U2408, though it doesnt resemble the U2408 that I know of. If its owner is reading this, any chance of reconfirming your machines identity?
Am still working through the Electrolux history - your page scan has come in very useful. When I feel more happy with it, I will send you a copy to proof read for me!
Be interesting to see your protitype example Gareth - does it resemble any of the two shown above?

Hi Al.
With 650watts to play with, the U1650 is certainly an increase over the original 410 that the U1100 had to play with. Our U1650 is a bit unwell and will require some tinkering when its next out of storage.

Thanks for the comments guys.
Paul


Post# 201832 , Reply# 52   9/26/2012 at 13:20 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

correction - 400watts of the original U1100! not 410.

Post# 201833 , Reply# 53   9/26/2012 at 13:24 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2194 Turbopower

Here we go then with the lowest numbered hard bag turbopwer, in the form of the 1983 series U2194.

Colour scheme for this machine was Rich Burgandy and Deep Burgandy...


Post# 201834 , Reply# 54   9/26/2012 at 13:25 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2194 Turbopower

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201835 , Reply# 55   9/26/2012 at 13:27 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2196 Turbopower - for the Leccy Board

Here is the Electricity Board exclusive example, in the form of the U2196 in White Sand and Mocha Brown and complete with Autoflex!

Post# 201837 , Reply# 56   9/26/2012 at 13:29 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2198 Turbopower Autoflex

Here is the top of the range model from the 1983 series - the U2198 in Regal Blue and Deep Regal Blue, complete with Autoflex...

Post# 201838 , Reply# 57   9/26/2012 at 13:30 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2198 Turbopower Autoflex

Rather a fetching shade of Blue...

Post# 201839 , Reply# 58   9/26/2012 at 13:31 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2198 Turbopower Autoflex

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201840 , Reply# 59   9/26/2012 at 13:35 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2332 Turbopower

Here is the 1985 replacement for the U2194 - the U2332, in the famous Wedgewood Green and Deep Wedgewood Green that many people have fond memories of...

Post# 201841 , Reply# 60   9/26/2012 at 13:37 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2332 Turbopower

the back of the machine, showing the lower chord hook arrangement that was to be a weakness in the design...

Post# 201842 , Reply# 61   9/26/2012 at 13:38 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2332 Turbopower

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201843 , Reply# 62   9/26/2012 at 13:40 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2334 Turbopower Autoflex - for the Leccy Board

Here is the replacement for the original U2196, in the form of the original version of U2334 that carried over the White Sand and Mocha Brown colour scheme...

Post# 201844 , Reply# 63   9/26/2012 at 13:41 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2334 Turbopower Autoflex - for the Leccy Board

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201845 , Reply# 64   9/26/2012 at 13:43 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2334 Turbopower Autoflex - the 2nd version

When the Electricity Board changed its corporate cleaner colour, the U2334 was changed to carry it. Here is the 2nd version U2334 in Carmargue Grey and Charcoal Grey...

Post# 201846 , Reply# 65   9/26/2012 at 13:44 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2334 Turbopower Autoflex - the 2nd version

Ratings sticker...

Post# 201847 , Reply# 66   9/26/2012 at 13:50 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2336 Turbopower Autoflex - the Glass Turbopower

Here we have the top of the 1985 introduced range, in the form of the infamous U2336 in Lacquer Red and Deep Lacquer Red.

Infamous as a consequence of this particular model becoming renowned for snapping and cracking to pieces as you used it. Indeed, because of this unfortunate fragility they are one of the rarer models from the core ranges of Hoover Turbopowers and to find one in good condition, or in any condition for the matter, is a rare thing.

Its fragility is a shame, beacuse it is a very attractive colour scheme indeed....


Post# 201849 , Reply# 67   9/26/2012 at 13:52 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2336 Turbopower Autoflex - the Glass Turbopower

A lovely bright and glossy red...

Post# 201850 , Reply# 68   9/26/2012 at 13:53 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2336 Turbopower Autoflex - the Glass Turbopower

Ratings sticker, showing this machine to be from the end of U2336 production......kind of!

Post# 201852 , Reply# 69   9/26/2012 at 13:56 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2336 Turbopower Autoflex - the Glass Turbopower

Just to show the back of an Autoflex example...

Post# 201853 , Reply# 70   9/26/2012 at 14:01 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Through to 1989

The models covered tonight bring us through to the start of 1989 and from now on the first series of Turbopowers begin to get a bit more complicated, with exclusive models being produced in ever greater models.

Will progress further tomorrow.
Paul


Post# 201904 , Reply# 71   9/26/2012 at 19:53 (2,743 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Turbopowerpaul = check the EBAY listing I posted regarding the Hoover Turbopower with the cord rewind.

Post# 201631, Reply# 55 9/25/2012 at 2:09am by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK)


CLICK HERE TO GO TO sebo_fan's LINK on eBay


Post# 201959 , Reply# 72   9/27/2012 at 01:50 (2,743 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Prototypes 

 

Wow I would lve to get my hands on those, They have probably been destroyed though


Post# 202112 , Reply# 73   9/28/2012 at 13:18 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Ryan

Thanks for the link. I think thats a very nice condition U2334.


Hi Gareth.
I doubt too, what with all the upheaval that Hoover has gone through over the last 20 years, that those prototypes exist anymore. Pretty sure that they will have been shredded donkeys years ago.
Unfortunately history goes out of the window, when a firm is taken over or goes bust - in the UK we have seen it with Hoover, Hotpoint and Servis.
On the laundry side of things - Hoover had to be told of their washing machine collection, in great danger of destruction and abandonned in one of their derelict factories, by members of Discuss O Mat! We are told that themachines have now been moved - fingers crossed that we havent been spun a yarn.
It is widely rumoured that when Indesit took over Hotpoint, its heritage collection went in a skip!
Servis used to have a heritage collection of machines, but their location is now lost in the mists of time. Probably skipped years ago.

Its all a bit depressing. Its upto us guys to do the preserving and I dont think we do a bad job of it either. All power to us all.

Paul


Post# 202113 , Reply# 74   9/28/2012 at 13:22 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2406 - a bit of a mystery machine

From now on things get a bit rocky with the Turbopowers, as model numbers spread far and wide through the numbering range, with handfuls of exclusive models randomly plonked within it.


U2406 was decked out in Pale Carmargue Blue and Deep Carmargue Blue.

A while back a collector had this machine listed on ebay, in a rather weird shade of blue, which was described as a U2408.

Was it a U2406, or indeed one of the handful of colour variations that were given the model number U2408?



Post# 202114 , Reply# 75   9/28/2012 at 13:25 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2408 one of three versions!

No picture of this one, but a certain collector with nice collection of vintage Argos catalogues might be able to oblige! hint hint :-)

I dont know the order but, after the possible blue version above, there was also a version in Black Tulip Shadow and Gloss Black.


Post# 202115 , Reply# 76   9/28/2012 at 13:27 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2408 one of three versions!

Here is one of the proved examples of U2408, branded as Turbopower Plus and in White Sand and Ramsay Slate....

Post# 202116 , Reply# 77   9/28/2012 at 13:29 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2408 one of three versions!

This is a rather clean and hardly used example, with a handle so stiff that I havent been able to take a photo of the ratings sticker.

As with with the Tulip Black U2408, this was an Argos exclusive..


Post# 202117 , Reply# 78   9/28/2012 at 13:31 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2408 possibly another version

Ryan, earlier in the thread, posted a photo of a red version mystery Turbopower Plus.
Remembering the discussion at the time, it was stated that this too was a model U2408 and was dated from 1990!
Arghhhhh the irritation of reusing model numbers....


Post# 202118 , Reply# 79   9/28/2012 at 13:32 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2534 - another mystery model

I know nothing of this model :-(

Post# 202119 , Reply# 80   9/28/2012 at 13:36 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2560 Turbopower

Here is one of the situations where Hoover took an existing cleaner, enclosed a box of tools for free in the cleaners box and gave it a new model number.

Obviously no different in any way shape or form to the U2332 in Wedgewood Green and Deep Wedgewood Green, here is the U2560....


Post# 202120 , Reply# 81   9/28/2012 at 13:37 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2560 Turbopower

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202121 , Reply# 82   9/28/2012 at 13:40 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2562 Turbopower - pointless model number two!

This was another free box of tools equipped machine, a version of the U2336 Glass Turbopower, in Laquer Red and Deep Laquer Red.

No photos of one of these, as they have probably all smashed and cracked out of existence.

Forgot to mention that all these free box of tools enclosed models, were introduced in 1989.


Post# 202122 , Reply# 83   9/28/2012 at 13:44 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2566 Turbopower - 3rd series core range

This was the basic hardbox model of the new 1989 series of Turbopowers, replacing the Wedgewood Green U2332.

This model came in a rather fetching colour scheme of Ramsey Rose and Deep Ramsey Rose.

This model is also a bit glass-ish!


Post# 202123 , Reply# 84   9/28/2012 at 13:45 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2566 Turbopower - 3rd series core range

Ratings sticker - we are now boosted to 450watts, over 410watts of previous machines...

Post# 202124 , Reply# 85   9/28/2012 at 13:48 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2568 Turbopower Plus Autoflex

This model replaced the U2336 in the range of cleaners and was the next model up from the U2566 in the 1989 range.

Colour scheme was Ramsey Slate and Deep Ramsey Slate...


Post# 202126 , Reply# 86   9/28/2012 at 13:50 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2570 Turboboost

Here we have the U2570 in Lilac Slate and Lilac Slate Shadow, produced in late 1988 exclusively for Currys...

Post# 202127 , Reply# 87   9/28/2012 at 13:53 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2570 Turboboost

I think I am write in saying that this was a 400watts default model, from which you could get 410watts by holding the switch in its upper third posistion.

The switch had to be held manually in position to get the 'boost' and would fall back to off, when released.

Something like that anyway...


Post# 202128 , Reply# 88   9/28/2012 at 13:55 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2572 - pointless model number three!

No sooner had the new 1989 series been introduced, then Hoover did their new model because it has free tools trick.

U2572 was the free tools version of the basic U2566. No photos, but it was identical to the U2566.


Post# 202129 , Reply# 89   9/28/2012 at 13:56 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2574 - pointless model number four!

This was the free tools version of the autoflex equipped U2568.

Again no photo, but was identical to U2568.


Post# 202130 , Reply# 90   9/28/2012 at 14:00 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2602 Turbopower Total System

Here we have the U2602 - Hoovers 1st Total System Turbopower.

A very long production run sees many of this version surviving through to this day and the version which seems to turn up on ebay with the most frequency.

Colour scheme was Lilac Slate and Lilac Slate Shadow and belos is the early hood version....


Post# 202132 , Reply# 91   9/28/2012 at 14:01 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2602 Turbopower Total System

ratings sticker...

Post# 202133 , Reply# 92   9/28/2012 at 14:02 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2602 Turbopower Total System

showing how the hose enters the hood and base of the cleaner...

Post# 202134 , Reply# 93   9/28/2012 at 14:03 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2602 Turbopower Total System

'with cleaning tools attached'...

Post# 202135 , Reply# 94   9/28/2012 at 14:04 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2602 Turbopower Total System

cleaning tools strapped to the back, this was the 3rd of 4 Turbopower models that formed the new core range of 1989..

Post# 202136 , Reply# 95   9/28/2012 at 14:08 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2604 Turbopower Total System Plus Autoflex

the 4th and top of the range Turbopower was model U2604, coloured in Cotswold Beige and Deep Cotswold Beige.

A very fetching colour offset by light brown and pink detailing....


Post# 202137 , Reply# 96   9/28/2012 at 14:10 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2604 Turbopower Total System Plus Autoflex

tool set...

Post# 202138 , Reply# 97   9/28/2012 at 14:10 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2604 Turbopower Total System Plus Autoflex

...

Post# 202139 , Reply# 98   9/28/2012 at 14:11 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2604 Turbopower Total System Plus Autoflex

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202141 , Reply# 99   9/28/2012 at 14:14 (2,742 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Later version of the U2602 picture here. The difference being the font used on the logo and the moving of the on/off switch from the back of the handle to the top of the box. This one dates from December 1994, making it one of the last of the run


Post# 202142 , Reply# 100   9/28/2012 at 14:15 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2634 Turbopower Plus

This was a Co-Op exclusive model, produced in a rather uninspiring colour scheme of Light Pewter and Carmargue Grey - a very bland cleaner that doesn't age very well.

Also this is another glass Turbopower, with a tendency for cracking - push it around and you can hear it splintering!


Post# 202143 , Reply# 101   9/28/2012 at 14:16 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2634 Turbopower Plus

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202145 , Reply# 102   9/28/2012 at 14:18 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
ooops - back to U2602!

Hi Chris.

Thanks for posting your pic of the later U2602. In the process of posting photos, despite mentioning the two hood styles, I completely forgot to post a photo of it!

Thanks for catching me and posting your image.

Cheers
Paul


Post# 202147 , Reply# 103   9/28/2012 at 14:19 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2636 - mystery model.

All I know about this machine is that it was styled in Deep Burgandy.

Post# 202148 , Reply# 104   9/28/2012 at 14:21 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2638 Mystery model

another mystery model, styled in York Grey and Carmargue Grey.

The picture below is of a machine on ebay a couple of years back - it MIGHT and MIGHT ONLY be a U2638! Anyone buy this machine and able to confirm its identity?


Post# 202149 , Reply# 105   9/28/2012 at 14:24 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Through to 1991

Tonights photos and models bring us through to the year 1991, when the original Turbopowers were given their final overhaul as core range machines, rather than end of production run budget range versions and exclusives.

Will detail the remaining models tomorrow night.

Paul


Post# 202150 , Reply# 106   9/28/2012 at 14:34 (2,742 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
Loving this thread Paul...

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Thanks sooo much for all the info, can I ask what is the think stuffed underneath your U2602 in reply 94? What is it for?


Post# 202153 , Reply# 107   9/28/2012 at 15:06 (2,742 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Alex

Glad you are enjoying the thread and hope it will provide a useful reource for the future.

Re the object stuffed under the back of the U2602 - its a small jar that was used to get the cleaner to stand up straighter. As with many a turbopower and master, our U2602 suffers from trunion wear, with a consequential rather drunken lean were the support not to be there. Trunion lean isn't very photogenic :-)

Paul


Post# 202273 , Reply# 108   9/29/2012 at 13:56 (2,741 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

I found that the reason the TP1 leans backwards so much is that the screw retaining the support on the handle relase pedal side comes loose and works itself out. Take the hood off and retighten the screws, and the lean is made much better. At least, this is what was happening on my U2332 model. Pity the brushroll tends to make such a racket - were they all prone to brushroll bearing wear and vibration?

My only TP1 model, getting hard to find them on Ebay local to me now:


Post# 202275 , Reply# 109   9/29/2012 at 14:12 (2,741 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The leaning. Several reasons. As said by madabouthoovers, the screw coming loose is one problem. Screwing it back in solves the issue for the short term, but I always used to fit a thicker, longer screw, such as one from the handle bail of a Hoover Junior. Tighten it until it pierces the other side of the chassis and it won't come loose again.

Another problem. The nylon bush which sits onto the hardbag (its the part which the foot pedal latches) rides against the chassis, causing both the chassis and bush to wear down. The bush is easily replaced, but if the worn chassis is in otherwise good order it is not worth the bother of changing it just to make the body sit up more firmly.

The hardbag itself can split on the under side, making it less rigid and a bit saggy. Also if one of the protrusions on the chassis which holds the wheel is split this will allow the hardbag to lean backwards.


Post# 202284 , Reply# 110   9/29/2012 at 14:44 (2,741 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

The nylon bush is a common problem Is should expect in most vacs that use the same design, the constant movement of the handle back and forth creates the friction that wears the bush down. A bit of spray grease on the bush applied on a periodic basis should help prevent this type of wear. As for the chassis or housings splitting, there's not a lot you can do here except try to repair it with superglue or other epoxy resin, or replace the cracked parts - difficult to obtain now though on such an old plastivac.
I may try your solution though on the bush support screws, longer ones would certainly help. Am loathed to use superglue or araldite to glue them in permanently in case I ever need to remove them again.

Benny, on the subject of the brushrolls, I beleive the old Senior range were supposed to be fitted with a king of H clip beween the chassis and the brushroll to stop vibration rattle - are the TP1 models which use the same type of roller bearings supposed to have these H clips fitted as well? my brushroll makes a terrible racket when pulling the cleaner backwards, but stops when pushing forwards. There is wear in the bearings, but the brushroll seems to spin round reaonably quietly when standing idle and the motor running. There is not a H clip fitted between the end of the brushroll and the chassis. My Ranger doesnt have one either, but I've seen them on Ebay and wonder which models should have one fitted.


Post# 202285 , Reply# 111   9/29/2012 at 14:48 (2,741 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

This is what I mean - what is this part supposed to be for:



Post# 202286 , Reply# 112   9/29/2012 at 14:49 (2,741 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

From poor memory, I am not sure that the H springs were a genuine Hoover part. I think they were made by A.N.Other to solve the problem of worn metal chassis.

The noise you describe on your cleaner sounds like it is not coming from the brush roller, but from the motor. Try using the cleaner with the belt off. The Turbopower cleaners had this quirk where a vibration on the backward stroke would be present and made the headlight lens shake. I never did get to the bottom of it.


Post# 202290 , Reply# 113   9/29/2012 at 15:50 (2,741 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

Ah, the headlight lens - I already superglued that to stop it vibrating, thats an old classic problem that I had with a TP1 years ago when I had one from new. The wheel glamour cap on my TP1 is another area of rattle as well, but we already discussed the missing washers on the wheel inner side being the initial cause of this problem, but despite adding a nice large washer, the glamour cap still vibrates, funnily enough, moreso on the backwards stroke. The problem is I am a bit of a perfectionist with my cleaners and like them to work as they would from the factory brand new, sadly I think my TP1 is never going to be as new again, and I must put up with its annoying vibrations and rattles. I will buy some new brushroll bearings though as these still seem to be available, and my Ranger needs them as well. Lets see if new brushroll bearings help with the noise. The motor bearings in my TP1 are fine, I checked them when I had the cleaner apart for full cleaning and inspection when I first acquired it.

Post# 202340 , Reply# 114   9/30/2012 at 02:37 (2,740 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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madabouthoovers

 

Fit a new fan, even the slightest deformation would cause a rattle, We used to get in allot of them with vibrations, it was either the fan or the brush roll, anything that spins at speed needs to be balanced and the brush roll is also prone to rattle. A new brush roll and fan should solve your issues, Try the fan first though

Gareth  


Post# 202356 , Reply# 115   9/30/2012 at 08:42 (2,740 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

The fan may be a possibility - we can still get them here, I've just checked - how do they come off, do I need any special tools? Its easy to forget with the TP1 that they were dirty fan models, as the TP2,1000, and TP3 were all clean fan. Will have to check the fan again more carefully for damage, could even be dirt build up on the blades that are causing an imbalance?

Post# 202383 , Reply# 116   9/30/2012 at 14:32 (2,740 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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They unscrew and are reverce threaded. When fitting the new one becarfull not to over tighten and strip the thread

, you just need to hold the belt shaft tight , you would just need a screwdriver to pry the spring clips off that hold the fan housing together.


Post# 202628 , Reply# 117   10/3/2012 at 14:19 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Thanks for the tips on trunion repairs - always useful to know and will have to experiment with one of our machines.

Thanks again for the comments.
Paul


Post# 202630 , Reply# 118   10/3/2012 at 14:28 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The year is 1991....

and the final full range of original turbopowers are introduced, with an all new version...........which didnt actually work that well:-(


Model U2662 Turbopower Freedom was introduced as a bagless derivitive of the standard total system machine, in a colour scheme known as Rich Burgandy Metallic...


Post# 202631 , Reply# 119   10/3/2012 at 14:30 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2662 Turbopower Freedom

The bag was replaced by a filtration system, contained in the upper part of the front panel, with a dust collecting box in the lower part...

Post# 202636 , Reply# 120   10/3/2012 at 14:45 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2662 Turbopower Freedom

as can be seen in the above picture and the one below, the system wasnt actually that good at retaining dust, with a proportion of dust sucked in by the cleaner, escaping through the filter and back into the atmosphere - hence the nice layer of sust on the grilles in front of the filter.

The filters were fiddly to fit and any inaccuracies in the fitting would produce gaps, with consequential leakage of dust.

The Permabag system will be covered in greater detail, when we reach the Turbomasters!


Post# 202637 , Reply# 121   10/3/2012 at 14:46 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2662 Turbopower Freedom

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202639 , Reply# 122   10/3/2012 at 14:52 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2716 Turbopower Boost

The next model number was actually the mid range machine in the 1991 series, boasting the ability to bosst the power of the machine.

The colour was Stellar White, which unfortuantely goes to cream over time....


Post# 202640 , Reply# 123   10/3/2012 at 14:54 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2716 Turbopower Boost

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202642 , Reply# 124   10/3/2012 at 14:56 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2718 Turbopower Boost

with Autoflex!

This was the next model up and was the machine that sold beneath the top of the range Freedom U2662...


Post# 202643 , Reply# 125   10/3/2012 at 14:58 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2718 Turbopower Boost Autoflex

Deep Ocean Blue Metallic...

Post# 202644 , Reply# 126   10/3/2012 at 14:59 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2718 Turbopower Boost Autoflex

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202645 , Reply# 127   10/3/2012 at 15:05 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2724 Turbopower

Next was the budget machines, starting with the primitive U2724 and its 450watts of power, rather than the U2716/U2718's 575watts.

The colour scheme was Stellar Red...


Post# 202646 , Reply# 128   10/3/2012 at 15:07 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2798 Turbopower

Big jump in model numbers (for some reason) takes us upto the Total System version of the U2724.
Colour scheme was Stellar Red and Dijon Grey.

Apologies for the spine down the middle of the photo...


Post# 202647 , Reply# 129   10/3/2012 at 15:10 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Back to U2602 briefly

Just a note again on this model:
the U2602 Total System was still in production and appeared in the brochures alongside the 1991 series of models and remained on sale into the mid 90's.


Post# 202648 , Reply# 130   10/3/2012 at 15:13 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2806 Turbopower version1

This model replaced the U2724 in the mid 1990s and, in its Venus Blue and Dijon Grey version, was the last modification to the CORE range of models....

Post# 202649 , Reply# 131   10/3/2012 at 15:14 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2806 Turbopower version1

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202650 , Reply# 132   10/3/2012 at 15:17 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2806 Turbopower version2

In Stellar Red and Dijon Grey, this was the Mail order only version of model U2806 and came with a complimentary box of tools.
The machine below is virtually as new and came in its original box...


Post# 202651 , Reply# 133   10/3/2012 at 15:18 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2806 Turbopower version2

Ratings sticker in the Candy style...

Post# 202652 , Reply# 134   10/3/2012 at 15:20 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2864 - mystery model

I dont have a photo of this model and know little of it, other than that it appeared in Stellar White and Dijon Grey.

Post# 202653 , Reply# 135   10/3/2012 at 15:23 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2866 Turbopower (Total System)

In Venus Blue and Dijon Grey, I am fairly sure that this was an Argos exclusive model...

Post# 202654 , Reply# 136   10/3/2012 at 15:25 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2866 Turbopower (Total System)

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202655 , Reply# 137   10/3/2012 at 15:27 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2872 Turbopower (Total System)

In unusual Aubergine and Dijon Grey, I have an inkling that this was another exclusive model, but sold through which outlet is a mystery...

Post# 202656 , Reply# 138   10/3/2012 at 15:29 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2872 Turbopower (Total System)

Deep glossy finish...

Post# 202658 , Reply# 139   10/3/2012 at 15:30 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U2872 Turbopower (Total System)

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202659 , Reply# 140   10/3/2012 at 15:34 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
UB070 Turbopower Plus

This model was one of two Turbopower 1's that adoped the new model numbering scheme.

Dont know much about it, other than what you can see in the photograph, with thanks to the photographs owner...


Post# 202661 , Reply# 141   10/3/2012 at 15:39 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
UB088 Turbopower Plus

As with the UB070, other than what you can see, I dont know much about this model.

This is the last Turbopower 1 model to be covered in this thread, though other versions and models were sold elsewhere in the world - I wont be dealing with those:-)...


Post# 202662 , Reply# 142   10/3/2012 at 15:40 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
UB088 Turbopower Plus

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202663 , Reply# 143   10/3/2012 at 15:43 (2,737 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

That, as far as I know, is all the Turbo1 models that were sold in the UK. If anyone knows different or can add details of others, then please do. It will be interesting to know if there were!

New models to cover from tomorrow, starting with the Turbolite.

Cheers
Paul


Post# 202734 , Reply# 144   10/4/2012 at 16:15 (2,736 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The Turbopower Littlewoods Exclusive. Don't know much about this one sadly - sorry for the lack of info.


Post# 202735 , Reply# 145   10/4/2012 at 16:18 (2,736 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The U2408 from 1989. Exclusive to Argos, as far as I can tell


Post# 202736 , Reply# 146   10/4/2012 at 16:22 (2,735 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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A mystery model from Argos 93. U2864 perhaps?


Post# 203045 , Reply# 147   10/8/2012 at 14:31 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Chris.

Thanks for the pictures you have posted.

Re: the black machine - the colour would associate that machine with being a version of U2408, which is officially described as being Black Tulip shadow and Gloss Black. There being no other black turbopowers listed, I would assume its this model.
Maybe model U2408 was THE exclusive model, with the Black version being produced for Littlewoods and the other two versions (the matt blue/grey and later white) being produced for Argos. Its a theory anyway.

I think I agree with you re: your photo of the white Turbopower. Its colouring and date would definitely make it being a U2864 a distinct possibility.

Fingers crosed we shall be able to confirm them all one day.

Thanks again.
Paul


Post# 203046 , Reply# 148   10/8/2012 at 14:34 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The very budget cleaner!

A new model was introduced, sitting beneath the Turbopower Juniors in the overall range.

Continuing the 'turbo' theme, these models were christened the Turbolite.

The standard model was model U4527...


Post# 203047 , Reply# 149   10/8/2012 at 14:36 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The very budget cleaner! U4527

from the back - a very simple and basic design...

Post# 203048 , Reply# 150   10/8/2012 at 14:37 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The very budget cleaner! U4527

Underneath...

Post# 203049 , Reply# 151   10/8/2012 at 14:38 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The very budget cleaner! U4527

Ratings sticker - 400watts...

Post# 203050 , Reply# 152   10/8/2012 at 14:40 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
The very budget cleaner! with tools - U4529

The 'other' Turbolite was model U4529.

This model was identical to the U4527, appearing in the same colours of Oyster White and Midnight Grey, but was sold complete with a boxed set of tools...


Post# 203054 , Reply# 153   10/8/2012 at 14:56 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
TOP OF THE RANGE! - Turbomaster

The 'turbo' replacement for the Hoover Ranger appeared in 1987, the new models being christened Turbomaster.

The range was developed over the period 1987 to 1988 to comprise:

1x soft bag basic model
1x hard bag basic model
1x hard bag model with variable speed control
1x hard bag model with on board tools
1x hard bag model with on board tools + variable speed control
&
1x exclusive model with on board tools for the electricity board

The 1987 original range comprised of the first three variants, with the three Total Systems coming on the scene in 1988.

The year 1991 saw the final variant introduced, in the form of the Freedom model.

Here we go!




Post# 203055 , Reply# 154   10/8/2012 at 15:03 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U4362 Turbomaster (soft bag)

The basic machine was the soft bag model U4362, appearing in Classic Blue Grey and Classic Blue Grey Shadow.

All Turbomasters were maximum 575 watts.

Recognise this machine Ryan? :-)


Post# 203056 , Reply# 155   10/8/2012 at 15:05 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U4362 Turbomaster (soft bag)

The air freshener control on the soft bag...

Post# 203057 , Reply# 156   10/8/2012 at 15:07 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U4362 (soft bag)

ratings sticker...

Post# 203058 , Reply# 157   10/8/2012 at 15:13 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5078 Turbomaster (hard bag)

The next model up (U5078) boasted the hard bag case arrangement and appeared in, despite what the photos appear to show, the same colour as the soft bag U4362 - Classic Blue Grey and Classic Blue Grey Shadow...

Post# 203059 , Reply# 158   10/8/2012 at 15:15 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5078 Turbomaster (hard bag)

A seperate toolkit was available for the early Turbomasters, the tool conversion slot being clearly seen in this photo...

Post# 203060 , Reply# 159   10/8/2012 at 15:17 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5078 Turbomaster (hard bag)

Push down the back of this slot revealed the toolkit socket...

Post# 203061 , Reply# 160   10/8/2012 at 15:18 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5078 Turbomaster (hard bag)

into which your plugged the toolkit converter...

Post# 203062 , Reply# 161   10/8/2012 at 15:20 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5078 Turbomaster (hard bag)

Ratings sticker.

p.s recognise this U5078 Richie? :-)


Post# 203063 , Reply# 162   10/8/2012 at 15:24 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5080 Turbomaster Electronic

The top of the 1987 range of Turbomasters was the U5080 Electronic, with its variable power slide and autoflex.

This model appeared in Cotswold Beige and Cotswold Beige Shadow.

p.s our machine has had a replacement black bag door attached - if anyone has a nice non yellowed front door, with the Royal crest etc, then please drp me a message!


Post# 203064 , Reply# 163   10/8/2012 at 15:25 (2,732 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

I saw a terrible situation comedy only recently, featuring an Asian family, and they had a Turbolite in their hallway. Paul, you didn't mention cordwinders on the Turbomaster. Also, and I do realise this is not the right message, I spotted a deep red Hoover Turbopower 2, 700 watt, on ebay. Do you have that model? I know you talked about it.

Post# 203065 , Reply# 164   10/8/2012 at 15:26 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5080 Turbomaster Electronic

back of the cleaner showing the clean finish, thanks to the autoflex arrangement...

Post# 203067 , Reply# 165   10/8/2012 at 15:33 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5080 Turbomaster Electronic

Ratings sticker

Post# 203068 , Reply# 166   10/8/2012 at 15:35 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5080 Turbomaster Electronic

with tools U4932...

Post# 203069 , Reply# 167   10/8/2012 at 15:36 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5080 Turbomaster Electronic

The tool kit components...

Post# 203070 , Reply# 168   10/8/2012 at 15:39 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5094 Turbomaster Total System

1988 saw the Turbomaster Total Systems arrive, with the standard core range model being the U5094, in Lilac Slate and Lilac Slate Shadow...

Post# 203071 , Reply# 169   10/8/2012 at 15:44 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5094 Turbomaster Total System

With its on board tools on the back of the cleaner...and the trademark turbo lean...

Post# 203072 , Reply# 170   10/8/2012 at 15:45 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5094 Turbomaster Total System

ratings sticker...

Post# 203073 , Reply# 171   10/8/2012 at 15:47 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

ta da!

Post# 203075 , Reply# 172   10/8/2012 at 15:51 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

Just out the box!

Post# 203076 , Reply# 173   10/8/2012 at 15:53 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

As with the elctronic U5080, the top of the range U5096 appeared in Cotswold Beige and Cotswold Beige Shadow...

Post# 203077 , Reply# 174   10/8/2012 at 15:54 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

Variable speed slide and autoflex of the U5080, plus its on board tool kit...

Post# 203078 , Reply# 175   10/8/2012 at 15:56 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

...

Post# 203079 , Reply# 176   10/8/2012 at 15:57 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5096 Turbomaster Total System Electronic

Ratings sticker...

Post# 203080 , Reply# 177   10/8/2012 at 16:01 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5120 Turbomaster Total System - for the leccy board

The final machine of the orignal production run of domestic! Turbomasters was the model U5120, which was produced for the Electricity Board shops....

Post# 203081 , Reply# 178   10/8/2012 at 16:02 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5120 Turbomaster Total System - for the leccy board

in Carmargue Grey and Charcoal Grey...

Post# 203082 , Reply# 179   10/8/2012 at 16:03 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5120 Turbomaster Total System - for the leccy board

Ratings sticker...

Post# 203083 , Reply# 180   10/8/2012 at 16:09 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
& a finally for tonight ....

a quick detour into the work of the Commercial division of Hoover.

With the predecessor Senior having had Commercial versions, the new top of the Range Turbomaster was also adapted to have a Commercial spin off model - in the form of the C1314.

Derived from the U5094, the only major difference (that I can remember) was that it boasted a longer cable over the domestic cleaner, to assist the cleaning of offices and schools.

Havent the foggiest idea as to what the official name of the colour scheme is...


Post# 203084 , Reply# 181   10/8/2012 at 16:11 (2,732 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The roller brush was also termed 'Quadroflex' which I understood was more suited to a commercial carpet. The main colour was identical to that of the domestic electronic cleaner. The rear of bag unit and handle and so one was much darker.

Post# 203085 , Reply# 182   10/8/2012 at 16:12 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Thats all for tonight

Tomorrow I will deal with the final model in the history of the original series of 'Turbo' models from Hoover, in the form of the troublesome Hoover U5132 Freedom!

Cheers
Paul


Post# 203086 , Reply# 183   10/8/2012 at 16:18 (2,732 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

Autoflex - whilst I was dealing with the U5080, right about the time you posted your nudge about the chord rewind, I remembered about the autoflex function on the U5080 and U5096. Perfect timing! :-)

Regards the Turbo2 in deep red - I managed to pick up one of these machines late last year, though it still requires a clean up. Thinking about it, myself and Rob will (weather permitting) have to go upto storage, so I will try and dig it out, give it a clean and get some photos of it for this thread.

Thanks for viewing and any snippets of info or corrections - just pop em down and post them.

Cheers
paul



Post# 203087 , Reply# 184   10/8/2012 at 16:23 (2,731 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
C1314 Commercial

see what you mean Benny about the colour.

So the colour is, at the very least, Cotswold Beige and then a kind of Bambi Brown colour! lol.
Its a smart combination and thanks for the info about the Quadroflex beater bar. I have the leaflet for the C1314, but its deep in the wardrobe. I will dig it out tomorrow, photograph it and post it.

Paul



Post# 203177 , Reply# 185   10/9/2012 at 04:54 (2,731 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Paul, this is such an excellent thread! Many thanks for all the info provided and the pics.

 

The U5096 is one of my favourites. When my parents split up in 97, my Dad bought one of these second hand, so I have very fond memories of it. Unfortunately, when he moved in with his then girlfriend in 99, he left it behind in his old flat in favour of her grey Turbo 2 Autosense. Foolish man!

 

I have some very fond memories behind a lot of these cleaners - some of which I haven't seen in 15 years. The basic red TP U2724 was certainly a blast from the past. A friend of mine from school who lived in a block of flats up the road from us had one of these, but I've not seen one since. I don't suppose they were particularly popular, not being much cheaper than the U2798 and, of course, on-board tools being "the thing to have" of the day.

 

Again, big thank you for your effort with this thread - it's fantastic that we have resources and references like this preserved online to turn to when we need them


Post# 203178 , Reply# 186   10/9/2012 at 04:57 (2,731 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
Quadroflex

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On the subject of the Quadroflex brushroll, wasn't this the brushroll that was present on the Turbolite and US Elite cleaners? I wonder why Hoover decided to include this on the Commercial TM.


Post# 203204 , Reply# 187   10/9/2012 at 12:48 (2,731 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

They used this roller as Hoover claimed it worked better on commercial carpeting.

Post# 203273 , Reply# 188   10/9/2012 at 17:44 (2,730 days old) by Rolls_rapide (-)        

I thought that the Commercial model still used the Activator, despite the "Quadraflex" legend. (Think of the Commercial 'Conquest' models: they had the activator fitted as standard).

And I have a sneaky feeling that the American version of the Turbomaster had the same "Quadraflex" legend with the Activator fitted.


Post# 203274 , Reply# 189   10/9/2012 at 17:52 (2,730 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Well I must confess I only ever did see one in person and did not see the roller. I am repeating what Hoover said about it in their literature. I did wonder if the roller was in fact the same.

Post# 203548 , Reply# 190   10/12/2012 at 12:46 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

1991 saw the introduction of the final installment of the Turbomaster story, in the form of the flawed Freedom model U5132...

Post# 203549 , Reply# 191   10/12/2012 at 13:16 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Same bag arrangement as the Turbopower Freedom U2662, with the clean filter slide lever.

Colour scheme is Ramsey Slate Grey...


Post# 203551 , Reply# 192   10/12/2012 at 13:25 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

ratings sticker

Post# 203552 , Reply# 193   10/12/2012 at 13:30 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Whats inside?

Usual story of dust up the tube and into the box, with air passing through the filter and back into the atmosphere, with dust falling into the dust box at the bottom.

Success of the system depends on the filter a? being good at waht it does and b) always being fitted and seated properly within its fitting.

Any gaps and the syetm will fail to operate properly, with dust escaping back into the atmosphere...


Post# 203553 , Reply# 194   10/12/2012 at 13:34 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Ingredients of a U5132 - front to back:

the cardboard mesh filter
which fits into the plastic frame (the component on the left)
which clips into the upper front of the bag box (the component on the right)
which clips to the main bag box body
which then fastens to the cleaner....


Post# 203554 , Reply# 195   10/12/2012 at 13:42 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

With the saga of the Freedom cleaners proving embarrassing for Hoover, with complaints being received of cleaners sucking up dust and then spitting it back out again, Hoover developed a conversion kit for the U5132.

All this did was dispense with the permabag system and convert your U5132 into essentially a U5096, but without the autoflex.

The result was the machine below, which is the only converted U5132 I have ever seen and which was purchased from a Head of department from Hoover a couple of years ago.

The story I have previously heard is that the conversion kit comprised of a plain black door, rather than a colour co-ordinated door which the cleaner below boasts.

Soooo, whether the cleaner below is a non-standard prototype-ish conversion - I dont know? ....


Post# 203555 , Reply# 196   10/12/2012 at 13:46 (2,728 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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sorry to interrupt the broadcast

paul see my message sent on fb ta xxx


Post# 203556 , Reply# 197   10/12/2012 at 13:46 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

The two versions...

Post# 203557 , Reply# 198   10/12/2012 at 13:53 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Compare and contrast...

Post# 203558 , Reply# 199   10/12/2012 at 13:57 (2,728 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The bag door available as a conversion pack was indeed a different colour from the rest of the cleaner, at least the ones I saw were. I have never seen the likes of your cleaner before, Paul. Perhaps they started out in grey and Hoover found it uneconomical to use this colour. I rated Hoover 10 out of 10 for bare-faced cheek when it came to their idea of a suitable modification for the problems the Freedom suffered. People worked hard and paid good money for a cleaner which had a specific feature, and indeed paid a good deal more for it than the standard Turbomaster bagged cleaner. To have it converted to paper bags was disgusting I thought. The very least Hoover could have done was carry out the conversion and then refund an amount of money equal to the price difference between the U5094 and the U5132.

Post# 203559 , Reply# 200   10/12/2012 at 13:57 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Compare and contrast further...

Post# 203562 , Reply# 201   10/12/2012 at 14:08 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny
The impression that myself and Rob both got was that the conversion that we acquired was a bit one-offish. It will be interesting to see whather anyone has seen a colour co-ordintaed conversion elsewhere, or whether they were all a generic replacement black.

Totally agree with your sentiments re:converted Freedoms. To pay the extra for a flawed machine - a) I would have been generally miffed .... then b) annoyed to have my cleaner modified to place it somewhere between the top of the standard range and the next model down ..... and finally c) livid not to recieve the difference in the form of a refund.

They really got their fingers burnt with the Freedoms and its perhaps surprising that they have surfaced, particularly the Turbopower Feedom, with a fair regularity on ebay.

Paul


Post# 203564 , Reply# 202   10/12/2012 at 14:13 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Certainly the conversion was simpler, as far as use and number of components were concerned...

Post# 203565 , Reply# 203   10/12/2012 at 14:16 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
U5132 Turbomaster Freedom

Close up of the Freedoms original trade...

Post# 203566 , Reply# 204   10/12/2012 at 14:18 (2,728 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Yes, the Turbopower convertion would have been much more difficult. As well as the T plate needing to be changed to one with hinges, there was the new bag door, and, if my memory is correct, the screw holes for the duct in the back of the bag door were in the wrong place to accomodate the standard Turbopower duct. Exactly how Hoover convereted the Turbopower models, I am not sure.

Post# 203567 , Reply# 205   10/12/2012 at 14:23 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Thats your lot for the moment!

The Turbo2's, 1000's and 3's will have to wait till another thread, as I need a bit more time to process photos of them and, by the time thats completed, this thread will have fallen off the bottom of the forum.

Hopefully this thread and its photos will provide a useful resource for people and, whilst the thread is still live, if anyone finds or sees photos of mystery machines then please add them.

Cheers
Paul


Post# 203568 , Reply# 206   10/12/2012 at 14:30 (2,728 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Benny.

I meant to ask that question - whether you or anyone knew of Turbopower freedom conversions?

The black generic blank replacement doors were intended for the entire range then and werent part of a Freedom conversion kit?

Paul


Post# 203572 , Reply# 207   10/12/2012 at 14:43 (2,728 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Hello Paul. I had very little to do with either Freedom cleaner as few ever came my way for repair. The one which stands out is a Turbopower Freedom which came in for a new rear bag unit as the original had snapped. I used to stock these in black, but I am sure there was a problem with the screws which held the duct in place being in a different position from the normal Turbopower. I see you have one of these cleaners and I wondered if you were able to look and see?

As it was, I am sure I had to order the exact bag unit for my customer as she was still using her cleaner bagless. I cannot tell you what Hoover's answer was to remedy the Turbopower Freedom problem with dust leakage.

Thinking about the bag unit, if I am right about the screw positions, this meant yet another moulding was in existence. As it was, there were two variations of the black bag housing, one for standard cleaners and one for autoflex which had an additional screw hole. Quite why Hoover fitted all the other mouldings needed for the autoflex corwinder to all bag units and yet not include the screw hole to secure the winder cover is something of a mystery. As well as these, there was a bag housing with the on/off switch hole in the place where the flex winder button would have been, and another where the on/off switch hole was in the place where teh bag full lamp would have been. All of these have been shown in your photographs, albeit in the original colours.

Hoover sold refurbishment kits for Turbopower machines, which consisted of bag housing front & back, handle, unprinted motor hood, plus a handful of other parts. The idea was that a broken machine could be brought back to life, or else a whole new machine built using an existing chassis & motor and whatever other parts were not included in the pack. Black became the obvious choice for major spares, because as your photographs show, there were a good deal of colours made!


Post# 233693 , Reply# 208   5/23/2013 at 09:24 (2,505 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Turbopower U2662 Freedom

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I once fitted a paper bag conversion kit to a U2662 Turbopower Freedom. From memory, it included changing the bag door, back box and lower cover plate.

Post# 233865 , Reply# 209   5/24/2013 at 13:47 (2,504 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
my tubo freedom

i love my turbopower freedom despite its flaws but i have to say in my house it does seem to work quite well i did use it for a while with the tplate, bag door, and fill tube off a u2332 but i didnt screw the fill tube in place because of the positioning of the screwholes also the bag door would sometimes pop open i have a video of it somewhere ill try and put it on but in the meantime here my turbo freedom as it should be

CLICK HERE TO GO TO uksausage's LINK


Post# 254192 , Reply# 210   10/27/2013 at 17:06 (2,347 days old) by RootCyclone (East Midlands,UK.)        

My Turbopower Junior U1426 that I got today :D (27/10/13)

Post# 254474 , Reply# 211   10/29/2013 at 08:30 (2,346 days old) by Adamthemieleman (North Yorkshire )        

I remember as a kid a purple hoover brochure with the turbopowers. They were great cleaners, it's sad to see the junk that they now associate their name with

Post# 262869 , Reply# 212   1/11/2014 at 17:18 (2,271 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        
U1436

Hi Paul.

Epic thread!

From U1436

Have some U1436 pictures.

From U1436

From U1436

From U1436

Next to my U1220

From U1436

Did you have a spreadsheet of all these too? Sure I've seen screenshots of one. I use this thread as a ticksheet sometimes, gets addictive!

Take care

Sam


Post# 342771 , Reply# 213   2/3/2016 at 13:12 (1,519 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Another mystery machine has popped up - found on eBay and bought by Steve over on The Broom Cupboard.

This one is a U2792, dated November 1991. I can't find any info about it in the catalogues or brochures, but I suspect this may have been a higher end non-Total System that sat between the entry level hardbag U2724 and the entry total system U2798.


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Post# 342902 , Reply# 214   2/5/2016 at 16:20 (1,516 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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A non Total Ststem, urgh no.

Post# 342904 , Reply# 215   2/5/2016 at 16:37 (1,516 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Ya know Alex, I had a moment earlier on where I thought "maybe I was being too harsh, maybe I was over reacting, maybe I should get over it". And I unblocked you.

And in 6 words, you've reminded me exactly why I blocked you in the first place. I mean, here is a thread that has taken a long time to put together, not to mention the YEARS of collecting it's taken to get this information together. And we're clearly still finding new information about different models, which is amazing for 20+ year old vacuums.

And what do you have to say? No "this is great, thank you" or "what a great resource for us all!" Oh no. You butt in with your stinking, thoughtless attitude and completely live up to your Negative Nancy nickname.

*BLOCK*

Arsehole.


Post# 342906 , Reply# 216   2/5/2016 at 17:05 (1,516 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Chris, I am sorry you can't get a long with me anymore. Ovbiously you can't handle my facetious attitude, well that is just who I am and have always been, you did find it funny at one time.

I don't know what happened.

Alex.


Post# 342910 , Reply# 217   2/5/2016 at 17:40 (1,516 days old) by Vintagerepairer (England)        

You gentlemen have nick names?

Post# 342911 , Reply# 218   2/5/2016 at 18:05 (1,516 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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I don't refer to anyone with anything but their name. :)

Post# 342914 , Reply# 219   2/5/2016 at 18:21 (1,516 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I can't take the credit for that one I'm afraid Benny, the name "Negative Nancy" was coined by another collector at a meet up and it kind of stuck...can't imagine why.

Post# 342927 , Reply# 220   2/5/2016 at 19:15 (1,516 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Nice to know, I am worth talking about, be it in vein.

Post# 342966 , Reply# 221   2/6/2016 at 10:21 (1,516 days old) by rutger (England)        

Cool thread.

I can't look at images of Hoovers without thinking of my mum. Mum died unexpectedly in April last year & despite living in a tiny 1 bedroom bungalow, always had a few vacuum cleaners (just in case..).
Her favourites were always Hoovers from the big '60's Senior we had when I was a boy, through a succession of Turbo's right up to the new PurePower which she loved (but I frankly though was junk), I got for her a few month before her death.

Dave


Post# 342967 , Reply# 222   2/6/2016 at 10:51 (1,516 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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It's such a great thread, isn't it? Major well done to Paul and Rob for the years of collecting it's taken to get all this information together, this is such a great thread to refer back to for info. And yet, we're still finding machines that we never knew existed.

There's another one knocking about somewhere for the Turbopower 2, 3 and 1000's.


Post# 342990 , Reply# 223   2/6/2016 at 13:25 (1,516 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Very true Chris and the fact that from what I can see with all this info AND machines that sometimes pop up on auction sites, it is clear to me that this series and the Turbomasters were probably Hoover Europe's finest hours. I doubt there's as huge a following for the Purepower uprights compared to the TP1/TP2/TM series.

Hoover Europe should sit up and notice; clearly they could do with another well made bagged upright as good as the TP2/3 series.


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Post# 343025 , Reply# 227   2/6/2016 at 15:52 (1,515 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I agree Nar. Stick a HEPA filter, synthetic bag and a stretch hose on a TP2 and they could market that today.

Post# 343027 , Reply# 228   2/6/2016 at 16:21 (1,515 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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So, bring back the Turbopower 3 (basically) and shove a hepa filter on it with a synthetic bag?! It would never sell, too outdated and heavy, people want lightweigh these days. All be it if they made it to the same quality as the original series, it would be far superior to the Sebo X series. Did I just say that, oops, the match has been struck...

Post# 343028 , Reply# 229   2/6/2016 at 16:38 (1,515 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
Anyway, back on topic...

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Some more info on the mystery U2792. It was bought from a local, independent firm. I had previously suspected this was a higher end version of the U2724 from the core range, but it may be that this was an exclusive for independent retailers.

Post# 343029 , Reply# 230   2/6/2016 at 17:25 (1,515 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Maybe the match has been struck in your mind. If that's the case, bend over and fart into the flame, Alex.

The Riccar uprights in the U.S also sold as Truvox in the UK weigh far more than a Turbopower 2 or 3 series. They weigh 9.3kg

SEBO's uprights are hardly lightweight to lift and of course nothing as yet to come in to replace the Miele S7 - they're still on sale in the UK and they're hardly light.

So, after all these years of your continued posting threads of Hoover Turbopowers, Hoover TP2s, Hoover Elites - you really wouldn't want to see a new one pop up to replace the Purepower?


Post# 343030 , Reply# 231   2/6/2016 at 17:31 (1,515 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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I must admit its a lovely colour, that blue Turbopower. I've only ever seen the model without the headlight.

Post# 343031 , Reply# 232   2/6/2016 at 17:45 (1,515 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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That would be the U2408 Argos exclusive, Nar

Post# 343032 , Reply# 233   2/6/2016 at 17:50 (1,515 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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I think the Purepower should be retired, yes. It is still trotting along, they should bring out a more modern bagged upright, at lease we still have a bagged upright from Hoover.

Of course you will see continued threads concerning said cleaners, I am a Hoover collector.



Post# 343489 , Reply# 234   2/11/2016 at 09:56 (1,511 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

I'm glad that 'mystery' turbopower got saved!

Post# 343507 , Reply# 235   2/11/2016 at 13:25 (1,511 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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That "mystery" Turbopower is likey to be an argos exclusive that maybe was only available in the "superstores" at the time. It is deffinately from the 1991-1996 range

Post# 343527 , Reply# 236   2/11/2016 at 14:12 (1,511 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Me too, Sam! Even more impressive that Steve got the receipt for it. It's dated November 1991 and was bought from a local, independant shop. So it may be that it was an exclusive for indepedant retailers of the time.


Post# 362806 , Reply# 237   11/26/2016 at 12:11 (1,222 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Another exclusive Turbopower has been found. This is another of the unusual U2408 models, 1 of 4 known colour schemes. There were versions in white & blue exclusive to Argos, an unknown maroon model and this one in gloss black, exclusive to Littlewoods-Index.

This one is dated February 1990, making it exactly the same age as me


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