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Post# 221321   3/1/2013 at 16:38 (2,090 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Stopped at Goodwill the other day for a quick look and found this still sealed Kenmore Power mate sitting on the shelf for $5. Always a happy day when this stuff shows up.

Post# 221325 , Reply# 1   3/1/2013 at 16:49 (2,090 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

Congrats! Enjoy! :)

Post# 221336 , Reply# 2   3/1/2013 at 17:51 (2,090 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

A few yrs ago, I found a PowerMate Jr. NIB for only 50¢ a Salvation Army.Cool


Somewhere in my collection it still sits unopened & unused.


When were PowerMate Jrs, SideKicks & RainbowMates introduced?  Late 1980s?  Early 1990s?

Post# 221441 , Reply# 3   3/2/2013 at 09:22 (2,089 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
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Electrolux sidekick was first about late 80s.Had best(gear)belt as on PN.An early Elux idea was to also package for other canisters as Elux branches would service any vac while hoping repair customers would trade for Elux.There were 3 Sidekicks for this program-one for Eureka,Sears,etc-one with Hoover adapter and one with Filter Queen adapter.Second Discovery IIs could have a Sidekick adapted to go with standard atts that included unit with plug and switch at bottom of handle and strap cord for hose.Later Discovery III and others had built in plug and electric hose and storage caddy.Elux was soon selling SK with most vacs and adding to other brands was forgotten.

Post# 221443 , Reply# 4   3/2/2013 at 10:27 (2,089 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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It looks like that is an early Powermate Jr, and just like the Sidekick on the Electrolux. We have a 1999 Whispertone canister with a similar PM Jr, but it did not have the reset button on it. There was also another PM Jr that had the same innards but the cover was more rounded and had rounded release button.

When the Powermate Jr first came out, they were not included with the canisters, but were listed separately in the catalog at $50. I believe later they started bundling with canisters, and some even came in matching colors such as blue or red (but most I saw were the gray).

I found that the Powermate Jrs on the Kenmore tended to bog down easily when they touched the surface (upholstery etc). I haven't tried the new Pet Powermate that my Progressive has yet.

Post# 221534 , Reply# 5   3/2/2013 at 17:29 (2,089 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

The earlier PowerMate Jr. like the one pictured with the reset button has a gear driven belt, similar to the Electrolux Sidekick, the later model without the reset button has a rubber belt on it. The rubber belt model seems a bit quieter but the brushroll also slips on pressure, the cog driven belt model is a bit louder but the brush does not slow down or stop under pressure. I use a Power mate Jr. on my VacuFlo 766 central vacuum on the end of my Hayden Super Hose, it works great on my stairs.

Post# 221540 , Reply# 6   3/2/2013 at 18:21 (2,089 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

I have a green one as well. It seems to match my neighbors dark green Whispertone

Post# 221581 , Reply# 7   3/2/2013 at 23:25 (2,088 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Was there a Montgomery Wards or JC Penney version of the PowerMate Jr?

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