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Post# 201858   9/26/2012 at 14:25 (2,751 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

OK, here's a thread for Hoover Windtunnel vacuums! Post your pictures of them (NO stock photos please), ramble on about them, or post Windtunnel ads if you have any.

It doesn't matter if the vacuum in your photo was made in 1999 or 2009, so long as the vacuum actually has Windtunnel Technology and it is your photo!

Post# 201859 , Reply# 1   9/26/2012 at 14:33 (2,751 days old) by director12 ()        

Well I have the Self-Propelled Anniversary model. The bag door will not stay shut today. I'm taking a break from Windtunnels and Hoovers.

Post# 201926 , Reply# 2   9/26/2012 at 21:49 (2,750 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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The older ones are well designed. I have a Windtunnel Deluxe that has become one of my main use vacuums, along with the Riccar 8900 and the Hoover Power Drive.


Post# 201933 , Reply# 3   9/26/2012 at 22:16 (2,750 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Hoover Windtunnel Bagless U5700-RM. Yes, apparently this machine was purchased as a Genuine Hoover Remanufactured machine! Got this from a yard sale. It was sitting at the curb stating Free or for parts. So I got home. Needed a fair amount of work. I do have the turbo nozzle for it, but I think the turbo nozzle actually works better on some of my other vacs. The suction is good on this Windtunnel but not as strong as some other Windtunnels. It is missing the tool cover, which I find the tools stay on nice and snug anyway, I'm probably not going to waste money on the door.

Post# 201934 , Reply# 4   9/26/2012 at 22:18 (2,750 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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I have a 2006 self propelled bagged windtunnel, it gets a lot of use and the suction is absolutely fantastic! It needs new belts though, I think it still has the originals. I got it at goodwill in 2010 and I think I paid like $10 for it. It was filthy, the bag was packed, and all the attachments are there, but both extension wands are broken on the ends. After a good cleaning, it is one of my favorite vacuums.

Post# 201938 , Reply# 5   9/26/2012 at 22:24 (2,750 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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This picture is primarily to show the Windtunnel Supreme U5458-8910. For some reason I don't have any solo pics of this individual machine yet. This was purchased at a yard sale, it is in great cosmetic condition. The agitator brush was a disaster when I got, so much hair, I couldn't even see the white of the agitator brushes!!

The agitator was replaced with the yellow bristles, wooden bodied CWP brush. The machine runs smooth, has terrific suction but to be quite honest, I don't think it performs as well as some of the older models like the U5445 burgundy Windtunnel Supreme. I think I'm going to blame the CWP brush roll for this!! I just don't think the brush roll performs as well as the genuine Hoover. I find the handle a little bulky too! Overall a good machine but not one of my favorites. I'd rather use my Hoover Power Drive or definitely a power nozzle canister!

Please note that the picture was taken prior to the restoration. Although there is still no attachment door. I don't like using attachments with this machine because the stretch hose gives no room and the machine falls over too easily, therefore I will most like not use the attachment caddy on this machine too often and bother getting a door!

Post# 201941 , Reply# 6   9/26/2012 at 22:32 (2,750 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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My parents now have this, however I picked it out and purchased it and its still within the family. Hoover Windtunnel Plus S3639 canister. Love it!! I sold our Kenmore Progressive 25513 and replaced it with this!! So much better cleaning, easier to use, sounds better, just love it!! I even really like the Windtunnel Turbo hand tool!!

I know this line of canisters was semi cheaply made with leaky canister units, poor filters, stiff cord which over stressed the cord reels, and lousy power nozzle wheel axles, however for the price and performance I love them!! The hose is quite durable, and very flexible. The attachments are FANTASTIC, love the rubber fingers on the upholstery nozzle. The bare floor tool, does a great job, if it was horsehair it would do even better. The bristle layout is spot on! So much better than the terrible bare floor brush design that Kenmore/ Panasonic has used forever! I've had tremendous results in my cleaning business with this style machine whether its a PowerMax or Windtunnel and the Turbo Power 5000 S3577, Futura style is good.

Post# 201958 , Reply# 7   9/27/2012 at 01:08 (2,750 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

In the secondary market that I sell into, one of my most successful products is the Hoover Windtunnel bagged, self-propelled (U6400) series. They have excellent suction, for their price point they are reasonably rugged, they are fairly easy and economical to repair, people like the optional self-propulsion feature, bags are inexpensive and widely available. They offer buyers an option in a pantheon of new machines where few bagged upright vacuum cleaners are currently found.

From the standpoint of refurbing, the bagged SP Windtunnels are less problematic than the bagless. The latter have a diverter valve mechanism in the floor nozzle that is more commonly broken and expensive to repair.

The most commonly broken part in the Windtunnel bagged SP upright is the actuator arm for the controls on the SP feature. 90% of the machines I work on have this part broken. And if it looks intact, take a second, closer look, because it's likely to be cracked where it's difficult to see. Part is cheap and fairly easy to replace w/o removing the drive from the nozzle frame.

Some customers buy the less fancy non-SP bagged Windtunnel, preferring its net lighter weight to the SP model. Usually this involves women or stair issues. The non-SP Windtunnel has the same impressive suction that the SP has.

The Windtunnel name signifies a patented design in the area of the floor nozzle, so any Hoover upright (or canister w/ Windtunnel floor nozzle unit) that incorporates this design can rightly be called by the name. That includes some of the newer, Chinese-made machines. Of these, I've worked on some of the different UH-70000 series models but without much conviction. As refurbed, second-hand mdse., they sell reasonably well but I believe only because they "look newer." If you demonstrate and explain technical differences, some buyers will be receptive, others will still go strictly by appearance. And that conundrum describes selling consumer goods in a nutshell.

Post# 202003 , Reply# 8   9/27/2012 at 14:38 (2,750 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

Hmm, cool. But durango159, how come your vacuum's power cables are just strewn over the top hook and not neatly wound up like mine? ;o)

Post# 202007 , Reply# 9   9/27/2012 at 15:09 (2,750 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        
Ramble on?

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So i'm supposed to ramble on about my Windtunnel? That's nice.

Post# 202071 , Reply# 10   9/27/2012 at 21:50 (2,749 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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I just realized my YouTube link din't work. Here's my maroon windtunnel.


Post# 202131 , Reply# 11   9/28/2012 at 14:00 (2,749 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

Well, you can talk about it is what I meant by ramble on. It's similar to the "elites,elites,elites" thread, only for Windtunnels though

Post# 202249 , Reply# 12   9/29/2012 at 09:18 (2,748 days old) by director12 ()        

That's right.

Post# 202334 , Reply# 13   9/30/2012 at 00:53 (2,747 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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NConvert: These pictures of my Windtunnels were taken over a month ago, when I acquired them that day from a yard sale. Both machines needed lots of work. Since then, both machines were thorougly washed, recieved new filters, new belts, new agitators, new lower cord hork for bagless edition. Motors have been checked, machines tested, cords are neatly wound right now, Only not really complete are attachment sets with covers which I don't plan on using either of these machines much for that purpose so I probably won't bother too much gettin those parts, just use other vacuums for attachment usage.

Post# 202362 , Reply# 14   9/30/2012 at 12:42 (2,747 days old) by vacuumman206 ()        
windtunnel canister

I absolutely love my windtunnel bagged canister. bought it off craigslist for $15 I believe a while back. suprisingly, I wanted to get it because I heard the powernozzles are very good, and wanted to try it out on my rainbow, not knowing it has that funky 3-prong plug. It needed a belt, and didn't come with any attachments. and the attachment door and rewind pedal cover are still missing. I took the whole thing apart and cleaned it, and had to redo the end of the pn cord because the wire for the headlight was cut from wear. but man was I suprised at how quiet the main unit is, and how the pn pulls itself around. love the speed control too. I'm not a canister person, but I would have no problem using that one as a daily driver.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO vacuumman206's LINK

Post# 202366 , Reply# 15   9/30/2012 at 13:20 (2,747 days old) by StarryBlues4u (Charlotte, NC)        
My Windtunnel

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Bought it from goodwill. only $20.00

Post# 202627 , Reply# 16   10/3/2012 at 14:10 (2,744 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

Anyone else have any more pics to share?

Post# 202629 , Reply# 17   10/3/2012 at 14:26 (2,744 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Some from South Africa 

Post# 202664 , Reply# 18   10/3/2012 at 15:48 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Hi Gareth.

Myself and Rob also have a South African Windtunnel in the form of model U5433 Windtunnel 1300 (I think this model also appears in your photo above).

It now lives with us in the UK...

Post# 202665 , Reply# 19   10/3/2012 at 15:49 (2,744 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Ratings sticker...

Post# 202673 , Reply# 20   10/3/2012 at 17:25 (2,744 days old) by director12 ()        

That one was made in September of 2000.

Post# 202683 , Reply# 21   10/3/2012 at 20:02 (2,744 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I love my Hoover Tempo Widepath upright which has the WindTunnel suction channels in the brush cavity. It's a powerful deep carpet cleaner and very easy to use. I got the original version that came with a headlight and bag change indicator (the newer versions don't have this) Though the on-board tools and short hose are rather useless for anything other than spot cleaning of hard to get at spaces, it is a fantastic carpet cleaner and very good value for the money - only CAD$120 at Home Depot here in Toronto! Great Suck for the Buck! :-)

Post# 202712 , Reply# 22   10/4/2012 at 00:34 (2,743 days old) by briguy (Wichita, Kansas)        
Hoover Windtunnel 2

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I just acquired a free Windtunnel 2 bagless.The large orange/white model with electronic height control knob. When I have a chance to clean it up & play with it I will post a pic.

Post# 202723 , Reply# 23   10/4/2012 at 09:58 (2,743 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have a self propelled one to that i Just got from the states.


How did you end up with a SA model ?

Post# 202752 , Reply# 24   10/4/2012 at 19:17 (2,743 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
I had a 5400,

Which I have passed on to my daughter. Still going strong, Panasonic
upright attachment set, with tapered end piece to insert into the short hose of the Windtunnel.
Then you have an awesome cannister like suction and convience. Especially when you buy a new or a used floor brush for hard floors, under beds, and furniture. Also
great for cleaning the car especially with a tubo nozzle, Great on Carpeted steps too.
For me all the fun of a Kirby, but with a Hoover Windtunnel and less hassel. Liter weight too.


Post# 202766 , Reply# 25   10/4/2012 at 22:07 (2,742 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        
i found

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my windtunnel t pet rewind in the trash bc the hose was clogged up and the had the wand stuffed inside and they replaced it with a bissell lift off so i took it and it workd good all i need to do to it is order the tools for it and it will be brand new

Post# 202781 , Reply# 26   10/5/2012 at 00:02 (2,742 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Isn't it a sin

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when people just 'throw away' these machines? They must have tons of $$$ to waste. Imagine how many cleaners end up in the trash senselessly.

Post# 202784 , Reply# 27   10/5/2012 at 02:20 (2,742 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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they were older people they minght have not known how to take the hose off like i found a legacy it looks brand new in the trash they people how owned the house father past away and he was a hoarder and they were cleaning out the house and one night i took a walk and i seen a vacuum and i go and i look and its a boxed legacy and i take it home and took it all apart and cleaned it up and the brush was a mess and i put a new bag in it and it works good

Post# 202938 , Reply# 28   10/7/2012 at 07:16 (2,740 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        
Before this thread goes off the active list...

Anyone else have more pics or comments?

Post# 235569 , Reply# 29   6/7/2013 at 14:10 (2,497 days old) by Joejoe83 ()        
Hoover Windtunnel U5301-9RM

Hey guys I recently purchased this Hoover windtunnel U5301-9RM at a yard sale. Doess anyone know how old tis model is? Thanks

Post# 235580 , Reply# 30   6/7/2013 at 15:31 (2,497 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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I believe the age is based on the 1st 4 digits of the serial number. For example, my Hoover Power Drive's serial number starts with 0797, so the vacuum would have been made in July 1997, or 7/97.

Post# 236023 , Reply# 31   6/10/2013 at 15:13 (2,494 days old) by TheHooverMan (United States )        
My hoover Vacuums

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Most are windtunnels

Post# 236026 , Reply# 32   6/10/2013 at 15:28 (2,494 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I MUST get all of mine together for a family photo

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This latest one was bought new...for only $20.00 plus free shipping. It's the "Anniversary" model. I thought before I got this that they only made it in blue. I was wrong. It's as heavy as the Convertibles, though. So much for 'plastic'...only cheaper, not actually lighter in most cases. I'll post a pic later.

Post# 236995 , Reply# 33   6/18/2013 at 15:23 (2,486 days old) by TheHooverMan (United States )        
Remember This Gothaveahoove

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Post# 237022 , Reply# 34   6/18/2013 at 21:35 (2,485 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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just picked up a bagless self propelled out of the trash the cord was off i just took a one off my empower since i never liked it but everything works but all it needs is a new arm since it doesn't go forward but goes back fine

Post# 237028 , Reply# 35   6/18/2013 at 23:17 (2,485 days old) by TheHooverMan (United States )        

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does it have dirt finder and what color is it
is it the bue one

Post# 237032 , Reply# 36   6/19/2013 at 01:09 (2,485 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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yes it does and its the blue model and the hand tool doesn't work but i got the one from my empower in a storage bin somewhere

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