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Post# 206804   11/16/2012 at 00:36 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Over the past 2 weeks you all may have noticed I've been lax in my posts and responses. Well I've been away in South Carolina watching over Grandmom while Mom and Dad were out of town. Since last January, Mom, Dad and Grandmom have consolidated 3 houses into one in a new move towards warmer weather in a more wide open space ranch house that is wheelchair and walker friendly. With that move came their Hoovers. Well its been about a year so it was time during my visit to do a cleaning, check up and servicing for all, along with utilizing all of the machines for a thorough house cleaning and rug shampooing.

So enjoy and follow along with me as I show the prides and joys of these wonderful cleaning machines that I've had the privilege of growing up with. Using, cleaning and 2 were mine personally for a while.

First here's me shampooing the guest room in my dirty junky clothes. Yes I'm a little wet still on my shirt from cleaning bathrooms prior to shampooing. This is also how you'd pose while shampooing when the camera snaps when you have a 6 brush 14" wide cleaning path, 12 Amp motor, full gallon tank, dual headlights, automatic tool conversion, bare floor squeegee, air turbine hand tool, upholstery nozzle, 31' foot, 8' hose powerful deep cleaning Hoover Steamvac Widepath F6030-900 sucking down and scrubbing into your rugs!!

Post# 206805 , Reply# 1   11/16/2012 at 00:38 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover Steamvac Widepath F6030-900

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Dual Headlights, wonderful Navy Blue color and scrubbing brushes. It is really is hard to get better than this!!

Post# 206806 , Reply# 2   11/16/2012 at 00:41 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Full Size F6030-900

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This shampooer was purchased in late 2003 and has done an excellent job cleaning our rugs over the years!! No parts have ever broken or needed replacing.

Those words can't be said for the Bissell Big Green Powerbrush 1680 which this unit replaced and may not have lasted as long!!

Post# 206807 , Reply# 3   11/16/2012 at 00:45 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
HOLY POWER NOZZLES BATMAN!!!! What is the world coming to??

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Left to right. Hoover Windtunnel Plus S3639, Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3608, Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3607, Hoover PowerMax Runabout S3614, Hoover TurboPower 5000 S3577.

The Windtunnel power nozzle uses belt 38528-036 and the others use Hoover Genuine belt 38528-011.

Please only use Genuine Hoover belts with proper model number for your power nozzles. They will work MUCH BETTER AND LAST LONGER AND SOUND BETTER.

I just love the PURRR of all of these!!

Post# 206808 , Reply# 4   11/16/2012 at 00:50 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
We're cleaned and serviced!! YAY!!

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Our brushes are clean, our agitator bearings are clean and greased, our motors look and sound great!!

Oh but wait, Rob used all of us to clean this big house which he has personally never had the opportunity to vacuunm before so we found lots of dirt!! We helped him prepare the carpets for a thorough carpet shampooing so we also explored some foreign territories underneath night tables and under furnishings that we don't usually have the opportunity to groom.

Behold---2 days following this photo all power heads had agitators washed again and cavities wiped out for the second time this week. All power nozzles are pronounced clean again!!

Post# 206809 , Reply# 5   11/16/2012 at 00:53 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Where's our suction units. Oh there you all are!!

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From left to right. Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3607, Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3608, Hoover Dimension 1000 S3277, Hoover PowerMax Runabout S3614, Hoover Windtunnel Plus S3639

Post# 206810 , Reply# 6   11/16/2012 at 01:05 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover Dimension 1000 S3277

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Suction unit Hoover Dimension 1000 S3277 purchased around 1986. The Quadraflex Powermatic for this died years ago. Cord reel spring is broken, tool door is missing a large fragment and front swivel wheel is missing otherwise this suction unit works flawlessly. It is mostly kept in the attic as a backup. As you can see my parents have plenty of other machines to choose from for their single story ranch house. All of which are lighter weight than these magnificently built heavy duty machines.

Power nozzle is off of a Hoover TurboPower 5000 S3577 canister. This particular model Hoover Turbo Power 5000 S3577 would have been based off and virtually the same machine as a Futura Supreme S3569 navy blue canister. The Turbo Powers however were primarily service dealer only and also Sears and Strawbridges had them. They carried a 2 year warranty. Machine was purchased in May 1998. Suction has been parted out to repair other units after its cord reel broke around 2005. It was the least powerful of the machines so it became a back up/ parts donater. However, don't be fooled by my description. Despite not being as powerful as its cousins in the PowerMax division these were still kick Butt machines. In my opinion they outcleaned the Eureka World Vac 6865 which in 1996 Consumer Reports rated the World Vac as "Excellent" for carpet deep cleaning and the Futuras and PowerMax were rated "Very Good" for carpet deep cleaning.

The 2 prong cord on this power nozzle makes it flexible enough to be used on any of the 5 canisters pictured above.

Post# 206811 , Reply# 7   11/16/2012 at 01:10 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover Windtunnel Plus S3639

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This is one, that all of you watching my posts have seen before. It's the same machine just a fresh closer up photo.

This Hoover Windtunnel Plus S3639 was purchased by me to replace my parents 3 year old red Kenmore Progressive 25513 which I sold. The Kenmore wasn't doing the job and had been to Sears Service department 2x in 3 years before being sold. It also spent about 8 months in storage during that time, as it didn't take long once we got the Kenmore to realize we didn't like it compared to our other Hoovers.

The Hoover S3639 Windtunnel Pluw WAYYY outcleans the Progressive in my mind. The Kenmore had nicer rubber coated wheels though.

Post# 206812 , Reply# 8   11/16/2012 at 01:15 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover PowerMax Runabout S3614

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This Hoover was a Kmart exclusive but also became available at many Hoover Sales & Service centers. To my knowledge with exception of the PowerMax Ultra series which had a variable speed motor, this was the only PowerMax canister at the time with on/off switch for agitator and belt view window. The PowerMax Deluxe models did not have those features.

This machine was purchased in 2001. The tool door is not original, it is from a Hoover Windtunnel air turbine hand tool canister. Sadly this machine has seen lots of abuse from former house cleaners. It works and cleans great, but the nozzle connection has a lot of play and the power nozzle runs a little louder than the others.

Post# 206813 , Reply# 9   11/16/2012 at 01:21 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3607

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This Hoover was purchased by me for my college apartment in October 2001. Since that time it some how ended up with my sister and her X-Fiance used to clean under their leaking dishwasher before the new one arrived. He killed the motor and now the motor from the Turbo Power 5000 canister is in here.

I took the power nozzle from this back with me to PA, since technically its mine. I left my parents the suction unit since its their S3577 motor in it. Attachment door is missing. Years ago a college roomate damaged the original hose. So I replaced it with an upgrade hose that has the on/off switch for agitator on the handle.

The predecessor model to this S3610 did have an on/off switch for agitator and was the same color Deep wine.

Post# 206814 , Reply# 10   11/16/2012 at 01:25 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3608

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This machine was purchased in 2004. Notice it has the see through style bag lid just like the blue Hoover Windtunnel S3639 or brother blue PowerMax Deluxe S3606--which I hope to find some day.

Notice the difference in power nozzle stickers compared to the previous PowerMax Deluxe S3607. Also this machine has an accordian on the power nozzle cord where it exits the power head in-order to reduce the chance of fraying at that site.

This machine is used the most by my parents. I just installed new carbon motor brushes for the suction unit this past week.

Post# 206815 , Reply# 11   11/16/2012 at 01:26 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
We're ready for work!!

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Oh what a wonderful sight!!

Hope you all enjoyed!!

Post# 206820 , Reply# 12   11/16/2012 at 03:02 (2,700 days old) by ryan1994jeep (Georgia)        

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Wow that's quite a collection of Hoover canister's! I have a green PowerMax Supreme 850 which my Aunt bought from Service Merchandise in 1993, and the blue brother to your PowerMax Deluxe S3606 model which I got at Goodwill for $14.99. I think there great cleaners and the power nozzle's really groom the carpet.

Post# 206829 , Reply# 13   11/16/2012 at 07:18 (2,700 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Very nice!  I would love to acquire one of those pre-Chinese Hoover canisters someday.  I once had a Celebrity with a Quadraflex power nozzle, but gave it away when I moved last year.  I could kick myself for that too!  It was a great vacuum (although it didn't filter well). 

Post# 206833 , Reply# 14   11/16/2012 at 08:56 (2,700 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Lovely Hoovers Rob!

Best thing about these canisters = Hoover's great little bare floor brush with the single brush strip down the middle stores right on board all of them!

Worst thing about them = suction relief valve is on the wand. For those models without an electronic motor speed adjustment, you are forced to use one of the wands if you want to have a way to reduce suction on furniture and other above the floor items....what was Hoover thinking? Couldn't the suction relief have been placed in the hose handle like Eureka had done?

I am also curious about the off-side wand connection to some of the power nozzles - any comments on whether this made the nozzle awkward to use?

Great photo spread, Rob - well done. :-)

EP Brian

Post# 206854 , Reply# 15   11/16/2012 at 13:47 (2,700 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I love using these power nozzles. I notice no problems with the connection being off to the far side and not in the middle. I received an explanation one time of why they did that, something about aerodynamics.

Ryan1994Jeep. The Red PowerMax Deluxe canister above with see through bag lid is model S3608. The Blue PowerMax Deluxe canister with see through lid as you describe would be S3606. These were available up to around 2005. Both of these models have the revised sticker on power nozzle plate from previous Hoover PowerMax canisters. Both would have 9.3Amp motors, no belt view window no on/off switch for agitator.

A dark navy blue Hoover PowerMax could PowerMax Supreme would be S3603 or S3611. However those machines would be 1997 area. Both models would have covered tool storage, storage/ carrying hook on lower chrome wand for attaching to canister, just as seen on Windtunnel canisters. They would also hoave: micro post motor filter, agitator on/off switch in hose handle, belt view windows, 9.8 Amp motors and Hoovers Cleaning Effectiveness Per Amp ratings of 12.0. The Supreme model S3611 which was really more of an emerald green I believe would have on/off switch for entire unit in hose handle along with variable speed electronic motor control.

The previous PowerMaxs with number prefixes: 850 etc. I know nothing about and really need a history lesson on this era. I would be about 10 years old during that time period and knew nothing about what was on the market from any company yet had interest!!

Post# 206861 , Reply# 16   11/16/2012 at 15:37 (2,700 days old) by Diabeticdoode (Tulsa, Ok)        

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So nice! Hoover canisters are awesome.

Post# 206865 , Reply# 17   11/16/2012 at 16:57 (2,700 days old) by raycarter (Taylor, Michigan)        
Love your Dimension 1000

I also have that same model, S3277, for which i not only have the original power nozzle, but also a dark blue Powermax nozzle which coordinates very well with the canister's dark blue trim.

Here is a photo of mine, with the original power nozzle.

Post# 206870 , Reply# 18   11/16/2012 at 20:14 (2,699 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

Very nice machines Rob! :)

Post# 206872 , Reply# 19   11/16/2012 at 20:16 (2,699 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

By the way, Please find a Quadraflex PN for your Dimension 1000. The PowerMax PN does not look right or go with this fine canister.

Post# 206875 , Reply# 20   11/16/2012 at 21:44 (2,699 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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That Dimension 1000 is at my parents house. Its an old vac used as a spare on occasion or cleaning the attic. The Futura head actually works well on it. This last weekend I also found another Hoover Dimension 1000 same exact model with matching power head. It does need some work but once I start on it, I'll be sure to take photos. I'm very excited about it!!

Post# 206876 , Reply# 21   11/16/2012 at 21:47 (2,699 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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RayCarter-- I would love to see your blue Hoover PowerMax power nozzle. Feel free to post a photo here!! I'm curious if its off a central vac, S3606 PowerMax Deluxe, S3603 PowerMax or other that I'm not thinking of right now. I'm also guessing you must have rewired it to fit the Dimension as my PowerMax heads are a 3 prong plug. The Futura style nozzles as seen on the Dimension are 2 prong.

Post# 206916 , Reply# 22   11/17/2012 at 15:49 (2,699 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Rob! Again, nice equipment!

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Is one of those the one that John Gregory serviced during your last visit? I KNOW you love your powerheads. I have a few, but, nothing like your collection. I think I have 4, 2 are the same.
You certainly are thorough with you follow-up cleaning of those machines. You know you want a nice, clean cavity. Surely, they WILL last indefinetely.
So, now, you're steaming in wet clothes? Are you planning a wet T-shirt contest?
Go right ahead.
Hope to see you here during the holiday meet. I'll have to use a quadraflex HOOVER now. I guess you've inspired me.

Post# 206918 , Reply# 23   11/17/2012 at 15:57 (2,699 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        

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My mom bought a hoover steam vac similar to yours in 2001 at a best buy. We still have it and I bet it's better than any new steam vacs. It was made in the usa too!!!

Post# 206922 , Reply# 24   11/17/2012 at 16:08 (2,699 days old) by guardsman69 ()        

oh yes john i had a ball servicing robs unit when he was was so clean .....well kept...and the suction was amazing .....especially when i showed rob how hoover would decrease the sution in the tool lid by not blocking the cutouts with the metal clips on the bag door in non windtunnel models of that canister....when i increased robs suction he could not believe the difference....i achieved increasing the suction by blocking his holes with foil tape...thus achieving the s3639 suction levels.....rob was quite pleased with the results

Post# 206923 , Reply# 25   11/17/2012 at 16:12 (2,699 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Who wouldn't be?

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After all............ It IS a HOOVER, made in Ohio!

Post# 206931 , Reply# 26   11/17/2012 at 17:32 (2,699 days old) by director12 ()        

I gotta admit, there was also the Tempo canisters.

Post# 206975 , Reply# 27   11/18/2012 at 02:21 (2,698 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Director12, I don't have any Tempo canisters. Sorry!! :(

John Long and John Gregory, None of the machines in this photo have been to Pittston or Dunmoore. These are all in Myrtle Beach, SC at my parents house. Though I wish they were with me of course!! Now the one I have was in Pittston is the PowerMax Supreme S3530. It is the same Deep Wine Burgundy red color of the PowerMax Deluxe S3607 but a lesser featured machine. I've posted a pic just to refresh your memories.

John Gregory I was thrilled and quite shocked at your foil tape method to increase suction I never would have guessed at that. Now you should know that I bought some foil tape of my own at Home Depot and I installed it on all 3 of those PowerMax canisters above while servicing the units in South Carolina. So my parents may notice a difference next time they're cleaning :)

I do hope to come to the next Mini Meet, you'll have to let me know when that is. I've had my eyes glued to eBay, Craigslist and friends for a Hoover Celebrity Elite IV power head for that Celebrity which Joel thinks he has running much better now. He has found a Quadraflex head from a Hoover Dimension 1000 which I gave approval for, but I've still got my eyes peeled for the Celebrity one!!

I also did just get myself a Hoover Dimension 1000 S3277-040 in North Carolina for $10. The winder works, the tool door is intact, the suction unit sounds great. The quadraflex powermatic is there and original but the unit was run with the brush not installed properly so it needs some welding on the housing to get so that the agitator will stay seated in the housing on the belt side with the belt on. Without the belt installed it is fine and will stay seated with light tension. Of course running this way did destroy the agitator brushes so I somehow I need to find some old stock brushes somewhere!!!

Post# 206977 , Reply# 28   11/18/2012 at 02:23 (2,698 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I just bought this magazine advertisement off of eBay. I will find this power nozzle!!! If anyone has one I'M INTERESTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 207001 , Reply# 29   11/18/2012 at 06:26 (2,698 days old) by director12 ()        

Hey Rob, aren't you going to get a Youtube account sometime soon (just asking)? I'd love to see videos of your vacuums in action.

Post# 207094 , Reply# 30   11/19/2012 at 02:30 (2,697 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Gotta Love

those Hoover Constellations both old and new....

Post# 207235 , Reply# 31   11/20/2012 at 16:08 (2,696 days old) by director12 ()        

Well the new one is a novelty item.

Post# 207242 , Reply# 32   11/20/2012 at 18:24 (2,696 days old) by singingrainbow (Texas)        
Hoover canisters.

Hoover canisters are wonderful! I have a black hoover dimmension 1000 electronic, straight suction non floating celebrity and two spirits, one with a pn port, bag indicator and cord winder and the other is a basic model. The dimmension is a beast of a machine and pulls quite a bit of dirt out of carpets, but it is not the most convinient to use, however the spirit with the pn is perfect! It is light, powerful, and versitle. I got it recently at a mini meet and I love it! It did not have the pn when I got it but I just use the pn from the dimmension, I use it with a straight suction hose for the cars to. I would love to find a powermax canister sometime, they look nice!


Post# 207275 , Reply# 33   11/20/2012 at 23:20 (2,695 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Yes Hoover canisters are wonderful. I'm grown up with them so I don't find the raised locking knob inconvenient to use at all like some people who grew up on Kenmores, etc. They're power is not overwhelming but they're easy to use and do a great job cleaning. The Hoover Dimensions were a power house. The suction on that is very hard to compete with from any manufacture. Though the machine itself is a heavy suction unit to carry around. The headlight equipped Quadraflex PowerMatics were great. Powerful, quiet, attractive looking, easy foot pedal on/off for agitator and wonderful swivel neck. If you didn;t have to pull the cord through the hole to service it and there was an accordian on it and also a stronger handle release with button, this power head would be almost perfect. If only Hoover didn't discontinue their brush strips for this, now its kind of a tough call whether its worth collecting one or not. Very sad.

The PowerMax machines aren't perfect but for their price, they're excellent cleaners, lightweight and easy to use. I love the attachments, they're essentially perfect!!

Post# 207324 , Reply# 34   11/21/2012 at 14:35 (2,695 days old) by director12 ()        

There's also the Hoover Portapower canister.

Post# 208225 , Reply# 35   11/30/2012 at 13:56 (2,686 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I have to agree with you on the Hoover Canisters or rather the power nozzles. Hoover and Eureka designed some of the best power nozzles. The big fifteen inch Hoover Quardaflex is my favorite in terms of cleaning ability. Hoover should have designed the plastic housing better as I've had some broken power nozzles in the past. Hoover and Eureka’s agitation and grooming ability far exceed the Electrolux power nozzles I’ve used. Electrolux has some other strong points and I do enjoy Electrolux or I wouldn’t be collecting them.

The older style Hoover wall and floor brush is my favorite attachment. It’s prefect for cleaning walls and ceilings and it won’t scratch them. The brushes are full and thick and do an excellent job!

I’m cleaning houses and doing some yard work for senior citizens on the weekends. Helping senior’s makes a great little side job and I get to vacuum, so I’m really happy about that!

Post# 239083 , Reply# 36   7/5/2013 at 21:45 (2,468 days old) by director12 ()        

How come no one updated yet?

Post# 239122 , Reply# 37   7/6/2013 at 09:34 (2,468 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
Thanks for sharing, Rob!

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Good to see you again.

Post# 259523 , Reply# 38   12/14/2013 at 21:08 (2,306 days old) by director12 ()        

Eventually Hoover will revive their old canisters someday.

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