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Post# 203113   10/8/2012 at 18:48 (2,829 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

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Here is my two.

Post# 203120 , Reply# 1   10/8/2012 at 20:36 (2,829 days old) by vacuumfreak (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)        

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I love the way you painted your Compact! I will post a picture of my DXL tomorrow :-)

Daniel :-)

Post# 203125 , Reply# 2   10/8/2012 at 20:40 (2,829 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

i really want an all original c7. if anyone is selling one i would love to out bid everyone else that wants it on ebay.

Post# 203128 , Reply# 3   10/8/2012 at 21:03 (2,829 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
The "pigs"

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The CXL is definitely the better of the two

Post# 203131 , Reply# 4   10/8/2012 at 21:20 (2,829 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Here are my compacts I just Love the colours they came in thanks.Zach

Post# 203138 , Reply# 5   10/8/2012 at 22:18 (2,829 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Here's my 50th Anniversary edition.  I have 4 Tristar/Compacts in all.  I get some photos of them all and post later. 

Post# 203464 , Reply# 6   10/11/2012 at 11:59 (2,826 days old) by sanifan ()        

Hi, Tyler.

Nice idea for a thread!

Quick question about your vacs: I notice you have a Eureka PN, the Power II.

I have one that is similar (it's a black "Ironsides" model), and it a great Vibragroomer II brushroll in it. I have one problem, though. It's that the Eureka PN won't fit properly onto my Trisar wands. The locking button is at the wrong height.

How did you get around this problem? I think the Eureka PN's are great, but I need some advice about mating it to the Tristar. Any thoughts?

Your blue one is very unique, by the way.


Post# 203478 , Reply# 7   10/11/2012 at 15:30 (2,826 days old) by vacuumfreak (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)        

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So I completely forgot to post a picture of my Tristar! D: Well here it is :-)

Daniel :-)

Post# 203522 , Reply# 8   10/12/2012 at 06:57 (2,825 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

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That PN is off of a Eureka-made Wards canister and what i did was tape the end of the original tristar wands to make it into a friction fit but now the wand doesn't rotate in the neck

Post# 204427 , Reply# 9   10/22/2012 at 14:23 (2,815 days old) by Floor-A-Matic (somewhere)        

I just bought a TriStar EXL from eBay. I'll post more pics when it arrives.

Post# 204792 , Reply# 10   10/25/2012 at 19:09 (2,812 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
HEPA motor filter

Will it fit the EXL or MG Series TriStar?

If this one doesn't fit the MG Series motor, is there a HEPA motor filter that will fit those models?

Post# 204795 , Reply# 11   10/25/2012 at 19:31 (2,812 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

Will a tristar hose fit on a compact???

Post# 204816 , Reply# 12   10/26/2012 at 00:30 (2,811 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
"Will a tristar hose fit on a compact???"

If it's the CXL/DXL/EX-20 style hose, yes it'll fit the Compact.

If the hose is from EXL/MG Series & CS (A-101) then it won't fit the old Compact

Post# 204823 , Reply# 13   10/26/2012 at 07:07 (2,811 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

Does it come in black or just white??? And what do you think were to happen if I spray paint it. I guess the white or black start color doesn't matter but I am going to make a super compact with a wessel werk power nozzle and a compact vacuum. Going to repaint it all the original greenish color. If anyone knows what color that is or if you have some,

Post# 205182 , Reply# 14   10/28/2012 at 23:45 (2,808 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Will a Ametek 2-stage motor fit the EXL, MG & CS Series TriStar? I want my EXL to have equal power like my 1985 CXL. This is my first experience with the newer TriStar vacs; I had no idea that they're not as powerful as the CXL (other than what EXL/MG Series users posted on the forum)

Post# 205439 , Reply# 15   10/31/2012 at 00:22 (2,806 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

The green Compact C6 was sea green color.

U can purchase the mini wand from AirStorm; they cost only $10.

Post# 205482 , Reply# 16   10/31/2012 at 18:29 (2,806 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

My favorite canister ever!

I grew up around Compacts. Grandpa had 3. Still uses 2 of them. I have one of them now.

Here are my 3 beauties. From left to right- C6 Electra (grandpas), New- never used C8 (courtesy of Gansky1), and my Tristar CXL

Post# 205572 , Reply# 17   11/1/2012 at 15:46 (2,805 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

Awesome machines everyone. Great post

Post# 205663 , Reply# 18   11/2/2012 at 19:05 (2,804 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I want to improve the EXL's performance, so will the CXL motor fit the EXL or MG Series?

btw, I'm ENJOYING my EXL more than I thought. I like how the direct connect wands connect into the hose; I can even use the MiniStar on the wand, so I can vacuum my car & other tight areas more comfortably.

Post# 206239 , Reply# 19   11/9/2012 at 02:08 (2,797 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
my tristar

this is my hardly used tristar its up for sale as it just sits in the wardrobe doing nothin and i have to clear a few vacs out coz we have run out of space

Post# 206240 , Reply# 20   11/9/2012 at 02:10 (2,797 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
my tristar

another pic

Post# 206311 , Reply# 21   11/9/2012 at 17:24 (2,797 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Here's my 1985 CXL 2-speed

Post# 206319 , Reply# 22   11/9/2012 at 18:39 (2,797 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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While I love the vacuum cleaners, I realy liked seeing that golden retriever! I'm very fond of this breed. Tell me more about this dog.

I also have a golden retriever, she is 8 years old, and named Felecia Dulcinea.

Alex Taber
club co-founder.

Post# 206325 , Reply# 23   11/9/2012 at 21:48 (2,797 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
My Golden

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My Golden's name is Odie.  He's actually a rescue dog that I've had for almost two years.  Like all Goldens, Odie is sweet and gentle, and he loves to be petted and just hang out.  I had a Lab/Shepherd mix that died in December 2010 at the age of 12.  He was a great dog too.  After he died, I'd been thinking about getting a Golden puppy but didn't want to spend the money.  Then one day, out of the clear blue, a friend called and said he knew someone who had a Golden that he needed to get rid of or the dog was going to the pound.  Seems that he was getting out of the yard and the owner's pregnant wife didn't want to fool with him.  So I took him and have never had a problem with him (except that he loves to catch birds and bring them into the house!).  We did change his name just slightly too.  My son started calling him "Odie Mac".  It seems appropriate since everyone in Texas has a double name! 

Post# 206334 , Reply# 24   11/10/2012 at 02:33 (2,796 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Well, Golden Retrievers are great dogs....My ex Craig had a male golden retriever named Hearstley. But the main problem with Golden's is they are HUGE attention hounds!! And they demand it CONSTANTLY! They literally think that you were put on the earth to serve & pamper them 24/7.

And then there's also the massive amounts of long pet hair they leave around the house. My ex Craig had a Dyson DC07 Animal at the time, & once a month he had to take scissors & cut mounds of hair off the brushroll. I eventually sold him a 1990's Kenmore canister with the Beater-Bar PowerMate, which thankfully picked up LOTS of pet hair the Dyson missed, & didn't have the same problem with hair wrapping around the brushroll.

So, just be prepared to have an attention-hound on your hands if you get a Golden Retriever....


Post# 206404 , Reply# 25   11/10/2012 at 21:48 (2,796 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

The ONE thing I don't like about the CXL electrified hose is that it DOESN'T swivel at the handle end; & there is NO suction control relief vent for vacing delicate surfaces.

Post# 206767 , Reply# 26   11/15/2012 at 14:51 (2,791 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
The 3 TriStars

Left to right:

1. 1964 Compact C6 23rd Anniversary
2. 1985 TriStar CXL 2-speed
3. TriStar EXL

#s 1 & 3 are eBay finds; #2 my parents bought new.

Post# 209638 , Reply# 27   12/12/2012 at 00:59 (2,764 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Why is my TriStar always losing suction power? Could it be the type of dirt being vacuumed?

Are the micro-lined bags worth the $ or should I go for the single-ply bags? I read the post that said the sand & grit wears out the micro-line layer of the bag; is this true?

I have allergies & am thinking about the micro-lined bags.

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Post# 209686 , Reply# 28   12/12/2012 at 09:39 (2,764 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        

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I've used DVC which are single ply and envirocare which are microlined as you know i would definitely stick with the micro lined it seems like a lot less fine dust gets through them compared to the single ply i have seen the micro liner wear out on one occasion in which i was cleaning apartment hallways...what a mess there was a massive amount of sand that ate through the liner of it where the dirt would hit it on entering the bag.

The type of dirt you are picking up can make a world of different in retaining your airflow i've found the tristar style machines to have some of the best airflow retention though.

Post# 209742 , Reply# 29   12/12/2012 at 21:49 (2,764 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Also, if you ocasionally turn the microlined bag (and the outer cloth bag if you want) 180 degrees, after it starts to fill up, you will get improved suction.

Be sure to WASH the outter filter bag ocasionally also.
Swish it around in some hot sudzy water several times, rinse and wring out as best as possible, and let drip dry outside in the warm sun, if possible. Hang in out to dry on a clothesline would be perfect.

Also wash out the motor dome filter the same way, just let dry on a towel.

The TriStar/Compact after filters are a must, if you are into filtering as much as possible.

Having all new, fresh filters on a TriStar/Compact is like a walk in the park on breezy fresh warm spring day!,,just nothing else quite like it!

Post# 209763 , Reply# 30   12/13/2012 at 02:14 (2,763 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

Been a while since I had the compact out for a spin.
Should give it a whirl...think I have a C5 from Charles.

Hope everyone is OK
Been a while since I've visited

Post# 211038 , Reply# 31   12/23/2012 at 21:45 (2,753 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I just got a TriStar DXL with a Model #2-51 PN (no hose, wand or other tools; it also had a crevice tool & tool holder)

The vacuum motor makes a loud rumble noise during start & stop cycles, but runs smooth after it starts until I turn it off; should I rebuild the motor or get a new one?

Post# 211044 , Reply# 32   12/23/2012 at 22:12 (2,753 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Erik....if it is making a rumbling noise when starting & stopping, that sounds to me like the motor has dry bearings. If it's something you are experienced in & can do yourself, by all means rebuild the motor.

HOWEVER, if not, & you would require a repair shop to rebuild it for you, don't bother. Assuming your TriStar has it's original motor that is being rebuilt, it would have only 1/2 it's life left. The original carbon brushes should be fairly worn out by now, so a new set of brushes will be required soon for the second half of it's life....most Ametek double-stage motors will last between 30 to 40 years on 2 sets of brushes. Considering a new motor will run between $75-$100 depending where you buy it from, & to have the motor professionally rebuilt will cost about $40-$50 dollars, depending on which shop you take it to, don't bother. The slight extra cost will get you a brand new motor with double the life expectancy left on the original motor.


Post# 239465 , Reply# 33   7/9/2013 at 10:19 (2,555 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I found a MG1 TriStar! It was my recent curbside find; viciously abused before I got it. The previous owner ran it without the paper or cloth bag & filled the bag chamber with dirt; the dirt was also backed up halfway into the hose. The PN also had hair wrapped on the brush roller.

Post# 239486 , Reply# 34   7/9/2013 at 12:59 (2,555 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I just bought a Compact C2

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from  It's supposed to be delivered next Friday.  Can't wait, as it will be my first Compact.  These are pictures of it from the auction site:

Post# 239487 , Reply# 35   7/9/2013 at 13:00 (2,555 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
The other side

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Of the Compact.

Post# 409407 , Reply# 36   5/13/2019 at 17:41 (421 days old) by moderneezer (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada)        

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It seems to me that one of my aunts used to have one of the green models.

And do the vintage models actually perform better than the more recent models?

And are the central vacuum powerheads (like the Sweep'n Groom and the ones from Wessel Werk and Lindhaus) really compatible with the Compact's and the old Tristar's without an adaptor?

Post# 409412 , Reply# 37   5/13/2019 at 20:04 (421 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I have a c8 and a c9. I have a Wessell werk 360 and it works with it. It can be used with no adaptor. I bought an adapter for $14. It with compact truly clean very well. I recommend adaptor and Wessell werk. The compact original power nozzle is good Chevron brush b maybe b- but Wessell werk is a+.

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Post# 409414 , Reply# 38   5/13/2019 at 20:17 (421 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        
Compact C9

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My rebuilt refurbish Compact electra c9 .New hose filter bags cloth and paper and alao a new paint and new cord also the manual my built like a thank vac.

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