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Post# 272112   3/16/2014 at 14:41 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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Never saw one of these before and it does not show up in the archives. This one is on Ebay used for $600 plus shipping. $1700 msrp (see link)


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Post# 272125 , Reply# 1   3/16/2014 at 14:51 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Another pic

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Power head made in Germany aparently. No doubt a familiar make but i'm not up on the Euro stuff.

Post# 272133 , Reply# 2   3/16/2014 at 14:55 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
The STC-400

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Post# 272135 , Reply# 3   3/16/2014 at 14:59 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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Post# 272154 , Reply# 4   3/16/2014 at 17:07 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
SU-14 Upright

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They have been around since the 30's and offer a full line of vacs.
This model (at link below) looks to be a Tacony product.


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Post# 272157 , Reply# 5   3/16/2014 at 17:27 (2,645 days old) by Loganvac (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)        

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Very nice piece.

Post# 272159 , Reply# 6   3/16/2014 at 17:49 (2,645 days old) by jade_angel (Denver, CO)        

The ST-400 really *does* look like a rebadged Numatic, right down to the cord reel and switches, and those uprights do look like Simplicity 6-series equivalents. Still, that makes them quality products, I'd say.

The ST-450, on the other hand, is an interesting design - never seen anything like it.

BTW, that power nozzle appears to be a Wessel Werk EBK340, same one shipped with the Silver King and a few others.


Post# 272164 , Reply# 7   3/16/2014 at 19:25 (2,645 days old) by piano_god (British Columbia, Canada)        

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The machine in the picture is a rebadged Centaur SL-3 canister equipped with a Plastiflex direct connect hose setup along with a Wessel Werk EBK 340. As Eric mentioned, the other "Sterilaire" machines appear to be rebadged Numatic machines.

As for Centaur, they're a commercial vacuum and floor equipment manufacturer in Markham, Ontario.


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Post# 272180 , Reply# 8   3/16/2014 at 20:12 (2,645 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Centaur!

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Alrighty then, how do they perform? Their website says they have the biggest Hepa filters out there. To bad the Canadian dollar took off otherwise these could sell here in the States for far less.
Great vacs live on in the Commercial space no doubt. Smart move for this company to repupose them for home use.


Post# 272202 , Reply# 9   3/16/2014 at 23:39 (2,645 days old) by piano_god (British Columbia, Canada)        

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Centaur manufactures extremely rugged, heavy duty machines. It's difficult to find a commercial machine today that is better constructed than a Centaur. Now that I see it being sold as a residential machine, it should survive well under abusive conditions...

The only negative I see with the "SterilAire" is its listed price... An SL-3 configured with the Plastiflex setup and Wessel Werk EBK 340 should sell closer to $899, not $1695.

Price aside, the SL-3 recently was upgraded from the Ametek Lamb 116311 to the 115923, so the most modern variant is more powerful.

I personally own two Centaurs, an SL-2 (predecessor to the SL-3) and an SL-6. So I can vouch for their quality!


Post# 272440 , Reply# 10   3/18/2014 at 18:48 (2,643 days old) by kirbykid63 (Wilmington Delaware)        
I would like to see one work

This looks like my kind of machine,simple design and powerfull two stage motor.

Post# 272711 , Reply# 11   3/20/2014 at 16:44 (2,641 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Question, does the steralaire  combination tool fit on most 1 1/4 inch vacuum fittings? If so I want that tool. Will for sure recommend these vacuums for my friends.


Post# 272782 , Reply# 12   3/20/2014 at 22:16 (2,641 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
piano_god,

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those are fantasic machines! How completly unexpected and cool looking. I'm telling you i am flabergasted these are not better known and loved among collectors. Being pretty rare if not completely unknown in the US market may have something to do with it of course. The Sterileaire variation may help but i'd rather have a colorful Centaur like yours.
I might start looking online for a used one near my where my friends live in British Columbia and have them send it to me...may take a while, but that's okay. Of course we may be able to work a trade out for one of my machines, what might you be looking for?
So glad you posted, this is a real find for me.


Post# 272788 , Reply# 13   3/20/2014 at 22:31 (2,641 days old) by ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I really like the looks of that machine, I suspect I'll keep an eye out for one used for a lowish price.

Post# 272814 , Reply# 14   3/21/2014 at 02:39 (2,641 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Never heard of this brand before-in looking at the website link-appear to be very nice premium quality machines.You would think this is a DTD brand-the site doesn't show any dealers-looks like you order directly from them.The central vac they show appears to be one of the Tacony ones.

Post# 442045 , Reply# 15   5/21/2021 at 06:45 by compuvac (Kekistan)        

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Again replying to a old thread.

The ST-300 and ST-350 are rebadged Numatic "castle top" style machines.

The STC-400 appears to be a rebadged Kerstar Prima

And as said before the ST-450 is a Canadian Centaur machine



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Post# 442057 , Reply# 16   5/21/2021 at 09:42 by dysonman1 (the county)        

I have 2 SterilAire machines in my collection. One is a rebadged Cadillac 2 speed tank machine from the late 1940's and one is a rebadged Eureka swivel top from the 800 series (the first ones).




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