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Lets settle it! What's your favorite early series Kirby?
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Post# 279198   5/3/2014 at 22:21 (2,257 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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If it's the Wireless Vacuette series then press like.

Post# 279199 , Reply# 1   5/3/2014 at 22:28 (2,257 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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If it's the Vaceutte Electric series then press like.

Post# 279201 , Reply# 2   5/3/2014 at 22:35 (2,257 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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If it's the C series then press like.

Post# 279203 , Reply# 3   5/3/2014 at 22:39 (2,257 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
is this a way to,

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Find out our favorite early Kirbys, or show off your lovely machines,Caleb....Tongue out

Post# 279204 , Reply# 4   5/3/2014 at 22:41 (2,257 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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If it's the 505 then press like.

Post# 279205 , Reply# 5   5/3/2014 at 22:49 (2,257 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        
Hey Alex,

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You broke up my line up! That's alright, but I, probably, like most are curious to know what is the most popular of the old black bags. Would be interesting to see.

Post# 279207 , Reply# 6   5/3/2014 at 22:53 (2,257 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
My favorite

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Is the Sanitronic VII.


Post# 279208 , Reply# 7   5/3/2014 at 22:53 (2,257 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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You've broken your own line-up by criticizing me for breaking your line-up. Wink





my vote goes for the 505 so far, though Wink.

Post# 279209 , Reply# 8   5/3/2014 at 22:56 (2,257 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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The Sani-7 did have a lovely bag! Unfortunately not exactly 'early Kirby'Smile.


Say Caleb, why not start a thread over everyone's favorite Kirby bag of all models?

Post# 279220 , Reply# 9   5/4/2014 at 00:39 (2,256 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        

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It's the earliest one I have.

Post# 279279 , Reply# 10   5/4/2014 at 15:58 (2,256 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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My favorite early Kirby? The Tradition with the locking headlight (1979-1980).


Post# 279336 , Reply# 11   5/4/2014 at 19:49 (2,256 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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It looks like you need to swing another Sani Em-tor cover on that beauty. I believe, I seen a blue one on eBay, if I'm not mistaking.


Post# 279339 , Reply# 12   5/4/2014 at 20:00 (2,256 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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You are right... this actually does have a replacement Sani Emtor, but I refuse to use other people's pix without their permission and consent.


Post# 279341 , Reply# 13   5/4/2014 at 21:03 (2,256 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Have you managed to find your dream-machine 1979 Kirby Tradition? Or are those the pictures of another one's machine?

Post# 279353 , Reply# 14   5/4/2014 at 23:15 (2,256 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I don't have one yet (I'm hoping to), so please forgive me over the picture stealing.


Post# 279367 , Reply# 15   5/5/2014 at 06:21 (2,255 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
picture theft,

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That's no problem, if we didn't have pictures of such machines we'd have pages of just descriptions, which isn't very fun!


If you need a 1979 Tradition picture-use mine from before restoration.I'll get back to you when I'm done with the restoration.

Post# 279638 , Reply# 16   5/7/2014 at 01:48 (2,253 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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This year's election has been canceled due to poor voter turnout. 244 views and 4 votes cast, Wow! Chief pollster declares voters' participation was abysmal, but still hopes to see a turnaround before making a messy fudgy on himself!

Post# 279953 , Reply# 17   5/10/2014 at 04:31 (2,250 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Favorite Early Series Kirby

Mine is and always will be my daily driver Kirby Model 561....

Post# 279993 , Reply# 18   5/10/2014 at 11:14 (2,250 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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Good choice, but that's still more middle-aged than geriatric. When I mean EARLY, I MEAN EARLY!

Post# 280064 , Reply# 19   5/10/2014 at 19:33 (2,250 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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My vote goes for the Kirby 519. Love the color scheme Kirby used on the vac, plus the fact that it's got only 1 it would probably clean slightly better than the Dual Sanitronic 50 & 80, since it's always running on high speed.


Post# 280094 , Reply# 20   5/11/2014 at 01:15 (2,249 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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I know this is supposed to be a thread solely devoted to the early, early black bag Kirby's, but I just have to show my favorite daily driver, and its the Eureka in the middle. I can honestly say I ride her like she only cost me two dollars, and I have never ever heard her complain, not nitpick once, and that's a pretty good track record!

Post# 280130 , Reply# 21   5/11/2014 at 12:16 (2,249 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Can I like all of them. Each one has some thing special about it's design and the evolution of the next model. Also what about the scott & fetzer sanitation systems?
They were after the vacuettes and before Jim Kirby put his name on what we now know as the Kirby Vacuum.

I would like to have one of each of the models. The wireless vacuette would be my favorite. Based on its motor less manual design. The latest in technology for its time.

Post# 281140 , Reply# 22   5/19/2014 at 22:25 (2,241 days old) by aspie62 (Land O Lakes)        

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I like the Tradition for it's beautiful blue color, and its place in Kirby history as the first to offer disposable bags.

Post# 281141 , Reply# 23   5/19/2014 at 22:28 (2,241 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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And, very briefly, a fool-proof headlight.


Post# 281149 , Reply# 24   5/20/2014 at 00:27 (2,240 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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Wicked Kirby should have kept that wonderful creature feature...Shame, shame on them! It looks like someone needs to give that company the evil eye, really bad.

Post# 289562 , Reply# 25   7/20/2014 at 12:50 (2,179 days old) by scarfacesw ()        
Tradition for sale

I have this tradition for sale if you're interested in getting one. The wireless next to it is not for sale.

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Post# 289570 , Reply# 26   7/20/2014 at 13:35 (2,179 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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I should hope not, and I don't blame you at all for hanging on to that fine looking Vacuette!

Post# 289735 , Reply# 27   7/21/2014 at 19:14 (2,178 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
kirby vacs

I have to say I like the classic 3 bag color, just my opinion I like red.I also like the heritage 2 legend 2 maroon color. does anyone know and have pics of the first scot and fetser to the last kirby sintria 2 cb123 I like your eureka daily driver its like mine they are good vacs. but I grew up in a eureka family this isnt my picture but identicle to my daily user.

Post# 289982 , Reply# 28   7/23/2014 at 19:43 (2,176 days old) by scarfacesw ()        
Kirby legend

Oh you like this one?? LOL.

Post# 290007 , Reply# 29   7/23/2014 at 21:12 (2,176 days old) by firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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I think the Classic Omega is the most elegant and beautiful Kirby of all time. I love all of my Kirbys, but the Omega is by far the top machine in my collection.

Post# 290030 , Reply# 30   7/23/2014 at 23:33 (2,176 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
i didn't know,

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The Legend II was an early Kirby! tongue-out

Post# 290096 , Reply# 31   7/24/2014 at 15:50 (2,175 days old) by kirbyds50 ()        

Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 with my wife's Dyson DC25, we have vacuum wars. Still, there's no denying which is the better vacuum! Sure, the Dyson is way more advanced and modern, but, it's not heavy metal tough like the Kirby. I highly doubt the Dyson will still be around in 50 years!

I also have a Sanitronic 7 pictured, but, these are all my favorites, the San 7, the Dual 50 and 80.

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Post# 290123 , Reply# 32   7/24/2014 at 22:00 (2,175 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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My favorite early 500 model would be the 560. The 560 and I have the same year of manufacture! LOL! This is one of the restorations I'm most proud of. She possesses all the sensibility and understated elegance of the 1950s.

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Post# 290134 , Reply# 33   7/24/2014 at 23:44 (2,175 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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But it's from 1960 tongue-out!


Don't worry, EurekaStar! The DeSoto I've fallen in love with has that 1950s class and elegance (and fuel efficiency!) And its from the 1961 model year!

Post# 290146 , Reply# 34   7/25/2014 at 00:45 (2,174 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Haha! Technically speaking, 1960 is the last year of the decade of he 50s. The new decade didn't begin until 1961.

Post# 290170 , Reply# 35   7/25/2014 at 08:49 (2,174 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
technically speaking,

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If my DreamSoto was for the 1961 model year, then it was on sale in 1960 (and should I wake up in 1960 tomorrow, I'll take a DeSoto,a Kirby, and a Montgomery Ward charge card with no limit!!tongue-out)

Fun fact-wards even sold HOUSES from their catalog back in the day!


Calem-I've got a question for you! WHY is there a Eureka RR belt on that 505s handle? Is it perhaps a hint at that lovely Eureka F&G?

Post# 290236 , Reply# 36   7/25/2014 at 18:15 (2,174 days old) by portapower ()        

Dyson-- nothing but cheap flimsy plastic headed to the junk yard in a couple of years.
Kirbys -- still going strong after more than 60 years.
Nuff said.

Post# 290281 , Reply# 37   7/26/2014 at 01:40 (2,173 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I just can't narrow it down to a favorite vintage Kirby----LIKE THEM ALL!!!Guess thts why I collect them.

Post# 290386 , Reply# 38   7/26/2014 at 20:35 (2,173 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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you got it all figured just won a brand new CAR!!!....NOT! Since you mentioned it, it does look like a Eureka belt, but it's just a Kirby half-knot. Portapower, I couldn't have said it any better. Bravo and well done!

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Post# 290413 , Reply# 39   7/26/2014 at 22:54 (2,173 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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That's a clever way to store those clip-less cords! As long as todays show was brought to you by DeSoto and Mr.Clean, I'm happy! tongue-out


I hope that new car is loaded to the bumper!

Post# 290453 , Reply# 40   7/27/2014 at 01:16 (2,172 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        
Thanks Alex!

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Wouldn't it be nice if they still made cars the way they used to...with chrome and steel. But they sacrifice the weight of the car and call it a more efficient engine. They say their more complex engineering has created fuel economy for the consumer - what a fantastic lie!

Post# 290455 , Reply# 41   7/27/2014 at 01:20 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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Why do you think I still have mine???

Post# 290467 , Reply# 42   7/27/2014 at 01:54 (2,172 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Because you have a brain, Mark!! tongue-out


Plastic and Facebook-touchscreen thingys were the radio went is all but standard now! Wouldn't it be grand to wake up tomorrow and see Plymouth Furys and DeSotos cruising the roads? As the song goes, 'if this is a dream, let be keep on dreaming'!!! I'd be pinching myself if they started making cars with tail-fins! Who cares about the weight? I'm betting 95% of people under 30 have never driven a land-barge! It just makes it more fun to get up to speed on the highway! Land-Sailing is a endangered sport! Cars (and if you've seen the new Samsung/Dysons, vacuums too) get uglier the further we progress into the 21st century. This is especially true with Buick. 'That's not a Buick' is absolutely right! All that bloated plastic isn't going to do the same as a crap-ton of American steel in an accident! I haven't seen chrome on a car since the 1970s, what a shame! Cars stopped Looking good in it, could you imagine a chrome-out Prius? No, of course not! You need tail-fins and a push-button transmission to go along with that! tongue-out

Post# 290469 , Reply# 43   7/27/2014 at 01:58 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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That Prius wouldn't be able to move for the weight..LOL...just give one cough & say why bother...being from Boca we (don't want to offend anyone) called them jew canoe or ghetto sled

Post# 290471 , Reply# 44   7/27/2014 at 02:01 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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Putting it all aside, every now & then a big car goes my neighborhood down the skreet someone gas a Buick 2 door something or's big, someone else has a thunderbird with the round windows, an mg is round the corner... Oh and the belair too.. Everyone is nice that has them except for the Buick guy..he's got something up his a$$ putting it politely

Post# 290475 , Reply# 45   7/27/2014 at 02:05 (2,172 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Florida is a hot-spot for old cars! There's two old Ford pickups, 2 Chevy novas, I think what is a thunderbird, and a ton of VW bugs in my area! Not to mention DeSoto-Land one street over from me!


Just realized, you're in Florida too! Hi neighbor!

Post# 290476 , Reply# 46   7/27/2014 at 02:06 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        
Oh forgot

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500-ds80 are my favs that's when life was so much less complicated

Post# 290478 , Reply# 47   7/27/2014 at 02:09 (2,172 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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I knew you would post while I was editing! tongue-out


They're my favourite too! From a time when you could come home and have dinner at the table, not the tv. From a time when you shoped at J.C Penney and not eBay, from a time when your car weighed as much as your house,I could go on!! tongue-out

Post# 290480 , Reply# 48   7/27/2014 at 02:12 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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Oh & you knew what car it was by how it sounded & looked.. Every car now looks the same..pity the person going blind or can't see well

Post# 290484 , Reply# 49   7/27/2014 at 02:18 (2,172 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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I'm still debating carrying around a counter for every time I see a prius,I usually see around 7 while out thrifting! It's always fun to turn your head and see a vintage beauty going down the road,I couldn't leave the window when a vintage Camaro ran out of gas across the street from me!


I have a feeling we'll be up all night at this rate, Mark! We're posting posts faster then you can change a Kirby belt!tongue-out

Post# 290486 , Reply# 50   7/27/2014 at 02:19 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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I know, I'm starting to flag & my iPad needs to be charged

Post# 290492 , Reply# 51   7/27/2014 at 02:27 (2,172 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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You and me both, %12 battery on my kindle and I'm still on a roll! tongue-out

Post# 290654 , Reply# 52   7/27/2014 at 22:48 (2,172 days old) by Jaker15 (Meridian, ID)        
Speaking of old cars...

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I've got a 1967 VW Beetle, and it's going to be my first car. When we first got it, it only had primer on the exterior, and was kind of plain-looking. After a new paint job and a chrome polishing, she looks as good as ever. Not to mention that a VW air-cooled engine will run FOREVER if it's maintained properly. It's a sexy car!

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Post# 290661 , Reply# 53   7/27/2014 at 23:07 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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I had to learn to drive on one of those..LOL I got stuck trying to go up a steep bridge, had to get everyone behind me to move so I could roll the car back down to get a running start up & over....oh what fond memories!!!

Post# 290662 , Reply# 54   7/27/2014 at 23:10 (2,172 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA )        

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Old cars & vacuums they go so well together!!! Especially when your using one to vacuum the car out!!!

Post# 290679 , Reply# 55   7/28/2014 at 08:16 (2,171 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
My favorite Kirby is the 560 or the 561

Recently, my aunt called me and said her friend had given her a Kirby that she didnít want. What she described to me over the phone sounded like her friend had given her a Classic III. This weekend I went over to her house to troubleshoot her computer and shampoo her dining room carpet. After I was finished helping her she said ďdonít forget the vacuum cleanerĒ. She made it clear that she didnít want the Kirby because it was too heavy for her to use. The Kirby was in her hall closet and she said that my five year cousin James had got to it first. I was surprised to find a 561 sitting in her closet. My cousin who may become a future vacuum collector had the attachment boxes open and the attachments lying on the floor. Iím relieved the Kirby turned out to be a 561 and not a Classic III as I already have two of those. It's funny that whoever converted it to an F&G bag system put a bag topper on it.

Post# 290799 , Reply# 56   7/28/2014 at 21:00 (2,171 days old) by SeboLady369 ()        

Mine is definitely the DS80. The color scheme is beautiful!

Post# 412163 , Reply# 57   7/28/2019 at 19:29 (345 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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I have one in two categories. Out of the ones I own, it would be my current oldest Kirby, the 508. Itís so stunning with its original bag and parts. Out of every Kirby in general, it would be the Model C.

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Post# 412166 , Reply# 58   7/28/2019 at 23:25 (345 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The model c bag is rare. The 508 bag is super rare too.
I'll do the same 505,508 d80 and tradition.
Dream machine janitronic 1974 super sweep.

Post# 412167 , Reply# 59   7/28/2019 at 23:28 (345 days old) by kirbybb (Ohio)        

After reading this thread I think I need to find a 560. Very cool color scheme there.

Post# 412170 , Reply# 60   7/28/2019 at 23:58 (345 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I have an all original 560 original bag.

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Post# 412187 , Reply# 61   7/29/2019 at 15:59 (344 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        
I need an original bag for my 561.

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I have a 561 Thatís original except the bag and nozzle bumper. The bag will really help bring back its former glory.

Post# 412188 , Reply# 62   7/29/2019 at 16:00 (344 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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Post# 412211 , Reply# 63   7/30/2019 at 00:51 (343 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'll trade you a 560 bag for a 508 bag.

Post# 412226 , Reply# 64   7/30/2019 at 14:48 (343 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Definitely the Heritage II

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Just the looks of them, the design and the colors is such a beauty. The sound of it is like music to my ears. And the performance is just wow for 4.5/5.5 amp motor that it uses. If I were to keep one Kirby, this would be it hands down. Especially growing up with my Grandparent's G4, I'd still rather take the Heritage II.

Post# 412286 , Reply# 65   8/2/2019 at 11:09 (340 days old) by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        
Beautiful Machines!

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Out of ones I don't have, i'd say the 508 and the early C with the brass badge pictured near the beginning of the thread.
Out of ones I have, either the 514 ( i have the original wheels) or the nearly all original 562. The metallic copper is gorgeous.

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Post# 412446 , Reply# 66   8/6/2019 at 10:23 (336 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
model C cover

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I"M unsure of my favorite 'early' model....Probably my Model C or 2 C.

My model C (earliest model version) is missing its brass nozzle cover. If anyone knows of one for sale, PLEASE, if you remember, to let me know! I want to finish its restoration ( yeah, still have to do a bag as well).


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