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Post# 202840   10/6/2012 at 01:21 (2,735 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Hey guys! Here's my latest thrift store find. An Aerus Lux Classic for $20! very gently used. Still had the plastic over the logos. It's my first Lux with a vinyl hose. Like it alot! Anybody know when this model would have been sold? I am guessing early 2000's.?

Post# 202856 , Reply# 1   10/6/2012 at 11:42 (2,734 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Lux Classic

Possibly a bit later?This was part of transition from Electrolux to Lux to Aerus.--Great buy!--In many ways I consider this the best of the modern Elux.When compared to the Renne-Guardian you have less bulk,less weight,no troublesome power nozzle elbow,and uses the 2 extra wands and real Elux atts.You still have 4 ply bag,after filter,gear belt and more.Did you get attachments?If so this would go from great buy to a steal.

Post# 202857 , Reply# 2   10/6/2012 at 11:54 (2,734 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Great find for $20!


Post# 202858 , Reply# 3   10/6/2012 at 11:57 (2,734 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Jimmy, I agree about the weight of this vac, so easy to carry & maneuver. This is my first Lux with a vinyl hose & it's soo user friendly! I didn't get any attachments with it sadly. I am on the lookout though. Would this have had grey plastic wands, dusting brush & crevice tool??

Post# 202860 , Reply# 4   10/6/2012 at 12:12 (2,734 days old) by Sanifan ()        


This model seems very similar in appearance to the Ultralux 80th Anniversary model I have. There are some differences: the labeling of course, and the Ultralux has a lighted status panel where the big rectangular silver sticker is.

I do love mine. It is a fine cleaner and a real pleasure to use. The lighter weight of the plastic models is great, IMO.

In the Ultralux, there was some discussion about the motor (single stage, can't remember the maker). There was some talk about reliability issues.

I'm not sure if they switched to a different motor in your machine or not.

Great find for $20! Incidentally, that's how much I got my Ultralux for. I think you will enjoy yours a lot.

Post# 202907 , Reply# 5   10/6/2012 at 18:23 (2,734 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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What a great find!  Congratulations!

Post# 202925 , Reply# 6   10/6/2012 at 22:19 (2,734 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
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The same attachements that come with the Aerus Lux Classic, which would be the combo tool, crevous tool, old style wands and power nozzle. I had a SR6500 and I hated the new style wands and power nozzle. I asked if I could buy the old style for the SR6500. He talked with Electrolux and they said yes, but never sell the new style wands for the Classic series....not sure why.....
With that said, it was over 10 years ago that Electrolux said this and I know from the Aerus website, that they all have the same air watts, amps, motor etc. Not sure they did back then, which may be the reason.....

Bud Mattingly

Post# 202930 , Reply# 7   10/6/2012 at 23:19 (2,734 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Always love to see Lux products here. Great vac for it's time and very ruggedly built like all Electrolux/Aerus products. WELL worth far more than $20 in my opinion. Less weight for a vacuum is always a good thing, but this machine would be regarded as obsolete by today's high end standards in which Aerus competes. I like those style wands but nobody wants to fool with hooking up wires anymore. And I, like most, prefer the convenience of snap together direct connect wands that can still be seperated. This power nozzle is non-steerable also, which almost all other high end vacs have. It has very basic features, which cannot compete with most other high end vacs. It has no suction adjustment, no HEPA filtration, and it's not exactly sealed well. It's a very good vac and should last many decades if cared for decently, but it's price is too high at $1,000. Perhaps $700-800 would be more fair for a well built vac with it's lesser features and a 10 year warranty. Another factor harming it is that the design is getting dated. This body style is nearly 25 years old and just like Electrolux in the 1960's, it had best move on or be considered an ancient relic of the past.

Post# 202934 , Reply# 8   10/7/2012 at 01:15 (2,734 days old) by goadie12 ()        

This vacuum was actually sold in the mid 2000s they sold them when the AERUS machines were that baby blue this was their economy line and when the changed the machines to white and grey that machine falowed suite. So Iam guessing this vacuum in about five or so years old thanks. Zach

Post# 203025 , Reply# 9   10/8/2012 at 10:02 (2,732 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Lux Classic

BriGuy-It would have had the combo dust/upholstery and short crevice tool that would store on filter cover.Also 2 wands(plastic or aluminium depepending on time & model)and floor tool(could be floor only or rug/floor).---Electromatic,The wands are direct connect.With the extra 2 wands the only time you would disconnect power nozzle cord would be to add 2 wands to power nozzle wands for reaching high ceiling corners or to use power nozzle as a 'large' Sidekick at end of hose for stairs,vans,etc.There is also a suntion control valve at hose end(with no troublesome electronics).I agree on pricing and feel that if this was sold at a 'Sears' price of maybe $399 they couldn't build them fast enough.

Post# 203090 , Reply# 10   10/8/2012 at 16:37 (2,732 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Rugsucker, I see you are from the Tri-city area. I was born and raised near Grundy, Va. until I moved to N.C. It's my understanding that it's only direct connect where the handle plugs into the top wand, am I wrong? I see a cord bypassing the bottom wand from the power nozzle. Most other high end vacs have abandoned the pig tail cords. I fear that makes it look outdated. When I say suction control, I meant 2 speed motor or higher, I never felt that valve did much to control it. I prefer having the suction controls on the machine to avoid damage if handle is dropped. If people are gonna pay more, they need to feel they are getting more. It doesn't have to be electronic, but most people seem to like push button controls. Most straight suction Miele's now have a six speed dial. I feel Aerus either needs to add a couple features or reduce it's price a little, but I do think it's a good machine. Do you feel that if Aerus went as low as Sears they would risk thier high-end stature? They tried it long ago with the Lux Model T and it damaged thier reputation. Would it be a repeat?

Post# 203191 , Reply# 11   10/9/2012 at 09:51 (2,731 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

I have been to Grundy and Hurley when I was door to door with Elux.There was an office in VanSant at one time next to river.Haven't been since the town was moved out of flood plain.How far in NC are you? I love NC but never seem to get farther than Asheville or Hickory. The direct connect is at top of wand only but can also be easily swiveled for under beds by stepping on release at elbo and turning wand.(Trivia-Sears was first with direct & Leywt,but with low voltage.)Looking outdated is not a bad thing as I feel most dependable vacs will look like something your grandmother would recognise.(The modern,pretty Sears direct telescopic wand can be a nightmare of quality & price.)Meile is one of the best examples of modern Quality but as some have noticed there is a confusing variety of models,hoses,Standard atts,optional atts,turbo nozzles,eletric nozzles,etc.The model T was at a time when other companies had drop down models such as the AirWay 85,GE Swivel top with no whheels,basic Sears,etc.The T was a 'stovepipe with a motor in it'type but was still good for customer on budget.It also became an Elux for the salesman who was afraid to show deluxe models at higher price and Elux is said to have lost money on each one.As to "Aerus Reputation" to put it bluntly I don't feel they have one.I welcome anyone to test this theory by talking to 20 random people with no particular knowledge of vacs.Around April 86 when the Discovery II was introduced there were many times that upright Disc was around $299 and a quality LE type canister was around $399.At that time Electrolux had more new branches,more salespeople earning good money and winning prizes and MORE sales.The Discovery was sold faster than they could make them on preferrential orders to be delivered when next shipment came in!

Post# 203313 , Reply# 12   10/9/2012 at 22:10 (2,731 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Really??? You've been to HURLEY??? Small world after all. My Grandma's sister lived over there. I live near Hickory! Taylorsville area is where I am. And yeah, I remember that Electrolux outlet right across from Tookland Pentacostal Church. I stopped in there one time and asked about a machine in the window and talked to him about interest charges and also about how to sell them. I considered selling them one time. It's gone now, but building is still there. I went to Grundy a month or two ago. EVERYTHING has changed. Route 460 is being widened all the way thru and will bypass around the mountain everything starting at the Comfort Inn through the new town. The new town is basically done. All the leavees and flood gates are operational. Walmart is open, along with the other row of stores down the front. Two new buildings are going up now, with more new stores. The town I knew is gone. How long ago did you sell them? Was it in the 60's? Cuz if it was you might've sold my Mom and Grandma thier Model L's. As to the Classic's elbow, I did not know it would swivel in that manner. Thanks for that new info. I would disagree (respectfully LOL) about looking outdated. In the 1960's, people were poking fun at Electrolux's and thier sales were in decline. If you don't look "modern" to Americans, they think the machine is not as good. The Classic doesn't look too bad though, maybe they should throw some of the Ultra's silver paint on top. As to Aerus' reputation, the greedy corporate leader sold the name and in the words of my local Aerus dealer "really hurt us and now he regrets it like crazy." They are still selling machines though, and it is the same company and same know-how and now they have to go forward. One thing Aerus does that many high end companies don't is they refuse to sell a straight suction machine. You always get a power nozzle standard. I loved Electrolux and HATED to see them change the name but I do want Aerus to live on and succeed cuz it is Electrolux in all but name. Whew my fingers are tired! LOL Good to chat with ya, maybe one day I could buy a good Lux from you!

Post# 203381 , Reply# 13   10/10/2012 at 12:27 (2,730 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

I sold DTD in Olympia days and then was in Elux offices as service mgr till Marquise.I happen have an interest and collection of architechture/house plan books.One thing I remember of Hurley was after going down mountain someone with a small store had built what would have been one of the finest houses seen in 70s plan books behind it.There was also a house on main hiway just south of Grundy that was one of finest from 30s plan book.It was 2 story and had a rolled edge on roof in style of British thatch roof.I recall the Elux secretary walked across street to use fax machine at church.I believe at one time Taylorsville had vac store owned by older DTD salesman who had sold Kirby & AirWay.I've never been there and with passing years he may be gone.As to outdated products do you ever wonder if others could update in the manner of VW Beetle?You see it and know what it is,what it does,who had older one and that it is updated and styled for modern times!As for aerus the vacs are still fine but without the sales force and most branch locations gone.What we here now,over & over,is"I was in Sears(or Lowes) and got a new Electrolux just like the great ones my mother and grandmother had.And it not very old and won't work right."

Post# 203434 , Reply# 14   10/10/2012 at 23:03 (2,730 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Rugsucker, you are right about fine homes in Buchanan. Coal mining made a lot of it's citizens very rich. At one time, in the distant past, Buchanan had more millionaires than any other county in the state. There are many beautiful homes in Buchanan at Cowtown (Grundy), Slate Creek (Grundy), and many more on the Eastern end of the county. Regarding the Beetle and updated style - yes! That's exactly what I was trying to get at. Aerus should retain the "tank" style and even the same rough shape, but just give it some modern tweaks. I like the new white/gray/silver style better than I have seen in a while though. I loved the charcoal gray Epic 6500SR. That's my favorite modern Lux. I do think more metal or perhaps some new stand out colors or some such would help. I don't think they should go the route of copying Dyson, but maybe take on a "fancier" look similar to Sebo. You are so right about the foolishness of Aerus' leader in selling the name. It wasn't to avoid "confusion," it was for money. He did NOT have to sell it to them. Electrolux didn't own the name in connection with Lux. A Swedish man started Lux and only over time did "electro" get stuck on it after he let Electrolux manufacture it FOR HIM. Now it's more confusing than ever and Aerus has that headwind to work against. However, I did know a guy who sold them one summer and he knew all about Aerus being the true Electrolux. It will take decades to get recognition. That Aerus salesman told me point blank that (I believe Urso) nearly destroyed the company out of greed. Electrolux Sweden dangled money and he took the bait and nearly sank one of the greatest legendary vac companies in the world. How sad is that?

Post# 328910 , Reply# 15   7/9/2015 at 17:04 (1,728 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I just bought the 90th Anniversary Legacy with old style hose & wands & like it a lot because the 'classic' Legacy reminds me of the Epic 6000SR; which is a Legacy with Classic tools

Post# 329887 , Reply# 16   7/22/2015 at 21:11 (1,715 days old) by DJub85 (Virginia)        

How did you end up with this configuration? Did the dealer swap out the Classic tools with your Legacy tools? I'm kind of jealous. Although, troublesome as they are rumored to be, I love the swivel action of the neck on the plastic wand PNs.

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