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Post# 249055   9/4/2013 at 13:12 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        

Presenting the 1963 GEM, Made in Canada for the Cyclo Floor Machine Co, Newark new Jersey.

Post# 249056 , Reply# 1   9/4/2013 at 13:15 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        

Fairly standard for the Canadian machines i have seen, this was one of the brands Ruth Hollander used to sell, Tom got it from her and I got it from him years ago.when he got it i believe it was brand new.

Post# 249057 , Reply# 2   9/4/2013 at 13:26 (2,361 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Handsome machine

Post# 249062 , Reply# 3   9/4/2013 at 13:58 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        
It is

Basically the same as a new Water Matic.

Post# 249083 , Reply# 4   9/4/2013 at 15:41 (2,361 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

Hmmm... Never seen one of those - or a Water-Matic in person. Kinda like a Fairfax or a Silver King internally, no?

Post# 249095 , Reply# 5   9/4/2013 at 18:38 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        

The deflector spins the air instead of deflecting it downward, so it does not plug up as quickly as a Silver King .

Post# 249119 , Reply# 6   9/4/2013 at 20:19 (2,361 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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The filter paper isn't the same as a Silver King or Fairfax. It's actually a crinkled paper, similar to Air-Way bag material. The only thing I didn't like was how tightly the hose and wands fit together. But it's a really good and well made vacuum. And proof that there were 'bagless' vacuums before Dyson came along.

Post# 249121 , Reply# 7   9/4/2013 at 20:21 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        
Re Wands..

I got another similar machine and those wands fit much better, I think they messed up a little at the factory on the others.

Post# 249124 , Reply# 8   9/4/2013 at 20:25 (2,361 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Watermatic, Gem, Switson, Valliant, Eaonia, Some Viking, Regina, Master Craft, Fairbanks Morse and quite a few others were initially made by Switson Industries then General Signal Appliances that took over Switson. All from Welland Ontario

Post# 249126 , Reply# 9   9/4/2013 at 20:59 (2,361 days old) by kenkart ()        
I Knew

You would know who built it, Doug, thanks, these were great machines in my estimation.

Post# 249143 , Reply# 10   9/5/2013 at 04:14 (2,360 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I thought Fairfaxes used bags.

Post# 249188 , Reply# 11   9/5/2013 at 13:23 (2,360 days old) by kenkart ()        
Re Fairfax..

The first ones used a flat filter , bags were optional.

Post# 413255 , Reply# 12   8/31/2019 at 03:21 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Hans

What is the model number on that machine?


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