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Post# 232920   5/16/2013 at 19:14 (1,979 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

Goodwill grab & I did run over grab it & run!!!


Works great
Getting some bags & belt.

Looks like a nice machine.
Wondering if any one has experience with it.

I'm thinking of adding it to my top line.

Its a newer model listing for about $700

Quite a nice find

Post# 232931 , Reply# 1   5/16/2013 at 23:03 (1,979 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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It's a current model. The first digits of the serial number betray its age. I think it's a good vacuum, very well made, with one of the best motors ever put into a clean-air upright. Use only Genuine HEPA cloth type B bags in it. Tacony is phasing out production of this model, although the sister version (the Simplicity 7850) is still in high demand.

Post# 232947 , Reply# 2   5/17/2013 at 03:33 (1,979 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

Just ordered 6 bags.
They are genuine riccar C 15
Glad its a good machine
Got to be on top of comps with modern vacs most of them chinese junk

Its ser # 9A0096542 12 Amps

Thanks 4 the info

Post# 232950 , Reply# 3   5/17/2013 at 06:38 (1,979 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Made fourth quarter of 2009. Very nice machine.

Post# 233006 , Reply# 4   5/17/2013 at 13:46 (1,978 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

Thanks has all tools good brushroll & overall v g shape

Bag was a full riccar c 15...bit on the stinky side so I'd like to wash the hose if I can try to detach it from the vac.

Heavy machine///Yeah

Inside bag compartment was pretty clean.

Can't wait to use it some more but made another bag fit by taping the old insersion cardboard so I'll wait til I get the genuine bags.

Post# 233014 , Reply# 5   5/17/2013 at 14:22 (1,978 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Camelot... congrats!  I just had my first experience with a Tacony vacuum (mine is a very similar Simplicity...  Riccar and Simplicty are the same, Tacony is the parent company, but you may already know that)...  I too have made bags out of other bags because I've just gotten a new machine and couldn't wait to play with them... I also use the original collar on the new bag, but use super glue to attach it.  It's always worked well and allowed me to play with the vacuum before the real bags could be ordered/sent.  


If you look about 15 threads down, you'll see my thread called Simplicty 7 Series... you can see how similar our machines are.  Mine might be a little higher end because it has the loop style handle, and doesn't require a screw driver to remove the bottom plate and has the automatically adjusting wheels, but still yours is a great vacuum with metal where it matters and great power.  I wonder if yours has two fans?  


About the bags...  Mine was dirty when I got it and in really bad shape, but whoever owned it before me used genuine Simplicity paper B bags and there wasn't once speck of dust in the bag chamber.  I didn't have any Simplicity bags, so I used a Kenmore/Panasonic bag that fit perfectly, and after a week, there is dust right on the inside of the bag door directly where the hole is.  So, that speaks to the quality of even the paper bags... though I'm sure the HEPA bags will last longer and maintain airflow longer.  My bag check light just came on this morning, so I put a new Kenmore bag in it (still waiting on the correct bags, should be here any day)...  I thought I'd notice a huge difference in the suction with a full versus new bag...  I didn't.  I could barely tell any difference at all, so that really shows how well it maintains airflow even with a full bag.  It was easier to push with a full bag (and that will only be magnified when the correct belt arrives)... it seemed to pull itself forward more, almost like a direct drive or self propelled vacuum.  


So glad you got all the attachments with yours.  


If you get bored, I made a video about mine that I'll link below and you can see how similar our two machines are...  I'm completely in love with it...  Our one week anniversary is tomorrow and I plan to make it a mud pie to celebrate :o)  LOL





I vacuumed my small apartment with mine... toward the end, the light came on, so I changed the bag and vacuumed again.  Look at all the dirt it got up with a new bag.  And that is just what I could shake out of the bag.. mostly sand.  Keep in mind it's a small 1 bedroom apartment with thin flat carpet that dirt doesn't sink into very well and that I vacuum every day, usually more than once a day.  



Post# 233015 , Reply# 6   5/17/2013 at 14:27 (1,978 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        
By the way

I had to wash the hose on mine too because it smelled like a dog...  take the bag off and insert a flat bladed screwdriver in the "bag hole" and just gently pry one of the "tabs" up just a little... use your other hand to pull the hose straight out on the the back of the machine.  It is easy, but be careful not to break it when prying the tab.  Took me about 5 seconds and you should have seen the color of the water when I washed the hose.  

Post# 233020 , Reply# 7   5/17/2013 at 14:41 (1,978 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

I found a Riccar a while ago
One of the gray hotel or some sort one but it had a problem with some plastic part breaking I could not fix
Can't remember what.

Yours is nifty too but I'm happy to have grabbed this at $18 with senior discount.


I always clean those hoses in all my finds but am concerned that soemthing will break.

I found the speca to the 8955

2 suction fans & real bristle brush....that you know is highend

Durability Features
- "Turbo Chamber" Brush Roll Tray
- Chrome Steel Handle with Cushion Grip
- Commercial All Metal Agitator
- Chrome Steel Bottom Plate
- "Wear Guard" Replaceable Pivot System
Convenience Features
- Carpet/Floor Selector Switch
- On-Board Cleaning Deals
- 5-to-1 On-Board Hose
- Automatic Carpet Height Adjustment
- Electric Full Bag Monitor Light
- Molded-in Carrying Handle
Filtration Features
- Advanced Plus Pleated Post Filter
- Charcoal Secondary Filter
- Clean-Air By-Pass Motor Design
- 6-Stage Filtration
Performance Features
- 2-Stage Motor
- Suction Control Dial
- All Steel, 12 Amp DuraTech Motor
- Replaceable Agitator Brush Strips
- "Motor Guard" Thermal Switch
- Dust Bag Support/Filter Guard
- 2-Ply Antimicrobial/Electrostatic Bag
- Attachment Hose Quick-Connect Port
- 10-Quart Capacity Dust Bag
Miscellaneous Features
- 33' Power Cord Length
- 2-Wire Power Cord
- 5 Year Household/1 Year Commercial Use Warranty
- 14 1/2" Vacuum Width
- Soft Vinyl Furniture Guard
- Full Width Xenon Headlight
- Platinum Service Plan
- Color: Black
- Weight: 17.6 lbs (without cord)


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Post# 233054 , Reply# 8   5/17/2013 at 20:28 (1,978 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

item 261213924438
8955 for $140 ends in 3 hrs
handle realease doesn't work?

i didn't know the handle released

OK with long hose but shipping is $55 even to me & we are both in California

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Post# 233064 , Reply# 9   5/17/2013 at 22:19 (1,978 days old) by vacuumman206 ()        
nice 8955

I picked up an 8925 for a small doctor's office that was looking for a new vacuum. I am afraid to say I felt like I was simply looking at an expensive panasonic. The hose length was not what I expected for a stretch, the wand knocks out of place easily, and the belt is rather awkward to change, with the user having to remove this little baffle and then mess with the rod that controls the brush on/off. Not to mention for that model, they put this ridiculously thick 40' cord on it but did not put larger cord hooks on it to accommodate such a monstrous cord. After making the purchase of the machine and testing it out myself for a few days before delivering it, I was somewhat embarrassed to have raved to them about the quality and power this Riccar would have when it arrived; but I came to the conclusion after purchase that it was nothing like I expected, and falls short of my approval. They however, couldn't be happier with it, compared to what they were using before which was a very old widepath sanitaire with very worn out bristles, a hard to empty shake-out bag, and a bottom plate that always fell off.
Moral of the story: I am suprised at how much crap(word used in general) is made by Panasonic, or is modeled after their products. To me it is a rip off to spend $800 on a Riccar when a Panasonic I have that cost $70 new sounds the same, has the same suction, takes the same bags and belts, and overall performs the same. The only upgrade I see on the Riccar is a beefier cord, and metal bottom plate and brushroll and the option to use their expensive bags.

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