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My Hoover Self-Propelled WindTunnel Supreme
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Post# 210511   12/19/2012 at 13:21 (2,661 days old) by SanitaireBoy97 ()        

My first Hoover in my collection. I had gotten this today from a friend, and very happy to be the owner of this Hoover.

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Post# 210529 , Reply# 1   12/19/2012 at 17:28 (2,661 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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The first Hoover is always exciting! I'm sure there will be many more coming your way; Hoovers have a tendency to collect themselves!

Post# 210530 , Reply# 2   12/19/2012 at 17:45 (2,661 days old) by GUARDSMAN69 ()        

JUDGING FROM THE PHOTO THAT UNIT NEEDS MAJOR SURGERY....BELTS...A REAR HOUSING BODY ASSEMBLY...KNOBS....BRUSH SHUT OFF CONTROL ACTUATOR....IF I GOT THAT IN HERE LIKE THAT IT WOULD BE AN 80.00REPAIR EASY...BUT ITS FUN TO TINKER WITH

Post# 210535 , Reply# 3   12/19/2012 at 20:10 (2,660 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

Congrats! Enjoy! :)


Post# 210536 , Reply# 4   12/19/2012 at 20:13 (2,660 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

This Hoover has the world famous Hoover cleaning action: It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans! The Hoover Cleaner Makes Rugs Last Longer!


Post# 210544 , Reply# 5   12/19/2012 at 20:43 (2,660 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

These have been a very popular seller for me in the refurb market. They have very good suction. They made the U series for over 10 years, and now the UH version which is very, very similar. For a design like that to have been kept going for so long says something for it. As a plastic consumer product, that is.

Post# 210551 , Reply# 6   12/19/2012 at 21:18 (2,660 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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For close to 10 years , this model (under various names like Ultra and Anniversary and Turbopower) has been THE top-rated upright by Consumer Reports. Though heavy and comparatively noisy, it is one of the few tested uprights which offer excellent deep carpet cleaning, bare floor cleaning and strong airflow through the hose for above the floor cleaning. The only other uprights which come close to these test results are more expensive Mieles and the Kirby Sentria.

In real use, this self-propelled Hoover is fantastic for cleaning acres of wall-to-wall carpeting. Slide the bare floor adjuster and it's great for picking up large debris and dust bunnies on bare floors. Using this to clean above the floor surfaces is not the greatest. Though the suction is impressive, you can really only use the dusting brush and short hose for spot dusting of table surfaces and waist-level chairs and sofas. The lack of a suction control valve on the hose forces you to fight the hose to stretch it out to use far from the main unit. And the cheap plastic upholstery nozzle can easily damage delicate fabrics and stitching and draperies.

But beyond the shortcomings in tool-use, this is an amazing design for a carpet cleaner that has set the standard for about 10 years! Enjoy your toy!


Post# 210552 , Reply# 7   12/19/2012 at 21:23 (2,660 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

This WindTunnel uses the Elite/Legacy/TurboLite style agitator. The TurboLite makes this claim. Here is a VL thread on the TurboLite:

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Post# 210557 , Reply# 8   12/19/2012 at 22:15 (2,660 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

Consumer Reports rated this vacuum excellent in deep cleaning medium pile nylon plush carpeting/excellent in cleaning hard floors/excellent in suction/excellent in filtration/fair in noise. The Kirby Diamond Edition/Sentria received the same ratings in Consumer Reports.

Post# 210640 , Reply# 9   12/20/2012 at 14:29 (2,660 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

You should try a Hoover Dial A Matic bagged self propelled upright on for size. I had a 1976 U6039-030 Dial A Matic bagged self propelled upright from 2003-2009.

Post# 210644 , Reply# 10   12/20/2012 at 15:28 (2,660 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

You can get the 16 foot accessory hose for this if you want it. In fact, it came as part of a package deal on some models. The accessory hose actually replaces the original shorter hose. If you want a really long one, there are ways to secure the accessory hose onto the existing short hose.

Post# 210676 , Reply# 11   12/20/2012 at 19:04 (2,659 days old) by SanitaireBoy97 ()        

Where could I find such a hose like that?

Post# 210677 , Reply# 12   12/20/2012 at 19:07 (2,659 days old) by SanitaireBoy97 ()        

Where could I find such a hose like that?




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