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Post# 213265   1/9/2013 at 12:45 (2,139 days old) by hooverman3000 ()        

acquired a Silver King Vacuum Cleaner today!! :) was wondering what you guys thought it was worth. Thanks
ohh has all the attachments too

Post# 213291 , Reply# 1   1/9/2013 at 15:11 (2,139 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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I've seen a Silver King, but don't know much about it. Why not post a few pictures, and tell us about it.



Post# 213296 , Reply# 2   1/9/2013 at 15:38 (2,139 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        
Anything like Fair Fax?

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This looks like the same idea as a Fair Fax, which is Canadian, is Silver King the American version?

I have a Fair Fax, strange machine, but a good one. However, I have just the vacuum cleaner, not the wet/dry gear, nor as a polisher.

Post# 213304 , Reply# 3   1/9/2013 at 16:07 (2,139 days old) by hooverman3000 ()        

i dont know much about it myself was hopeing someone would know will post more pics though.

Post# 213306 , Reply# 4   1/9/2013 at 16:07 (2,139 days old) by hooverman3000 ()        

more pics

Post# 213308 , Reply# 5   1/9/2013 at 16:08 (2,139 days old) by hooverman3000 ()        

more pics

Post# 213338 , Reply# 6   1/9/2013 at 17:15 (2,139 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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Looks like it was givn quite a workout!

My feeling is that it was a vacuum cleaner used in a school, or other public place. No doubt it's been through a lot. I'd love to see some pictures after the clean up. Certainly can use a new handle. Did you get an instruction book?

I think Silver King was an industrial machine. I lived in the western suburbs of Illinois, but don't know where Lyons is.

I also love the Elecrtolux B- 8, looks like the one that went with the model G.

As I said, Enjoy!


Post# 213340 , Reply# 7   1/9/2013 at 17:20 (2,139 days old) by squarehandle ()        
Lyons, IL

Does it say Lyons, IL on it??? Neat!!!

Post# 213342 , Reply# 8   1/9/2013 at 17:24 (2,139 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
i have one

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In that condition i don't think it's worth much. They seem to sell on Ebay well enough, the more recent ones doing better. Mine has a lousy power team so i think it will be my next bench vac. Link shows one curently selling for $50 plus shipping on ebay.

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Post# 213369 , Reply# 9   1/9/2013 at 19:14 (2,139 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Silver King..

Thompson and sons inc, They made a zillion different versions as well as the Silver Knight Swivel Top, Tania is the absolute expert on these.

Post# 381416 , Reply# 10   11/16/2017 at 04:57 (367 days old) by Timborow (Georgia)        
Silver King

Can these be used for water pick up too?

Post# 381421 , Reply# 11   11/16/2017 at 08:11 (367 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Yes they have the option to pick up water

Post# 381434 , Reply# 12   11/16/2017 at 11:59 (367 days old) by Timborow (Georgia)        

Is there anything special I need to know about how to use it to pick up water? Does it work like a Shop Vac?

Post# 381436 , Reply# 13   11/16/2017 at 13:01 (367 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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You should definitely know that these do not have a float shutoff like a Shop Vac, so if you suck up too much water, it will suck into the motor. And these use a thru-foo motor unlike the later models that are bypass cooled (vacuuming air never touches upper part of motor, uses separate cooling fan and vents on machine), personally, that combined with the woven hose, I would not recommend using this machine for wet pickup, and I wouldn't personally use any of my vintage Silver King machines for it either. In an emergency if it was all I had, I might, but I have more things I'd feel comfortable using before that, including newer models of Silver King.

Post# 381514 , Reply# 14   11/18/2017 at 03:57 (365 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Didn't the SK vacuums include a ball valve and non-electric hose for wet pickup?much like a Fairfax.

Post# 381521 , Reply# 15   11/18/2017 at 04:41 (365 days old) by Timborow (Georgia)        
My Silver King

I got it for $13 at a Thrift Store. It only has the vinyl hose and upholstery tool. The handle on the top is missing. I am assuming it broke off at some point. It runs very strong and quiet. It needs a good spa treatment, but will make a good garage vac. I am assuming that standard attachments will fit this?

Iíll try to get some pics.


Post# 381553 , Reply# 16   11/18/2017 at 10:29 (365 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I've heard of, but never seen the ball valve, Tania apparently has one. But no, it wasn't a standard thing, and I've not even seen it in the manual. Also, you use the electric hose for wet pickup, with the way the hoses are made, there's no real danger of the water getting to the wiring.

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