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Post# 2414   10/12/2006 at 02:55 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hey there everyone - I'd love to see a pic of the Hoover Model 961 - I haven't been able to indentify it in any of the pics I've seen on Stan Kann's collection. I know it's supposed to look like a large fact, any pictures/ads/info you have on the early commercial machines would be very interesting!

Also I've just taken some pics of the commercial machines in my collection, I'll post them here if anyone's interested?

Post# 2415 , Reply# 1   10/12/2006 at 04:13 (4,387 days old) by sudsman ()        
Yes Yes

Post them

Post# 2416 , Reply# 2   10/12/2006 at 05:39 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

900, 925, 960, 912 & 912A

Post# 2417 , Reply# 3   10/12/2006 at 05:40 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Another angle...

Post# 2419 , Reply# 4   10/12/2006 at 06:40 (4,387 days old) by swingette ()        

the 960 looks enchanting. i dont think we had a commercial equivalent for the us model 150.

Post# 2420 , Reply# 5   10/12/2006 at 06:47 (4,387 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Ive never quite figured

Why the 913 and 918 didnt have the protective metal grill over the Dirtfinder lamp- especially as they were UK made!


Post# 2421 , Reply# 6   10/12/2006 at 07:55 (4,387 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Headlight grills...

Were those the Hannibal Lechter models?

Post# 2422 , Reply# 7   10/12/2006 at 08:02 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Swingette: I'm glad you like the 960 - I can't actually see a single difference between this and the standard 160...except that the bag is suspended with a hook and spring, not the retractable strap (this is probably because it's a late example). The spring hook is also positioned higher up the handle to take the larger size bag, as with the earlier models...can that be the only commercial difference customers paid extra for: a larger bag?! The 900 and 925 certainly boast a much larger number of improvements over their domestic sisters.

And Seamus, my guess about the 912 grills (from a previous posting) is thus:

'I suppose it's due to safety laws in the UK - without the grid, and with the bulb removed, it would be possible to touch the live contact plate in the bulb socket quite easily, as with the 160/262. With the 612, it's possible to touch the field coils by inserting a finger through the front cooling duct...all very dangerous, of course!'

No pics of the 961, anyone? I see from my list 23,744 were made, so it's surprising it's so rare! I suppose lots got junked when the agitator models came along...

Post# 2423 , Reply# 8   10/12/2006 at 08:04 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

vac-o-matic - I've never yet heard tell of a 912 cooking the liver of a census taker with fava beans and a nice chianti, but who knows...who'd be around to say?!

Post# 2424 , Reply# 9   10/12/2006 at 08:27 (4,387 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

That makes sense- Ive noticed that on the 612 as well!!! Question for US ppl is the 61 the same???


Post# 2431 , Reply# 10   10/12/2006 at 13:48 (4,387 days old) by convertible68 ()        

Jack, great collection, I love that commercial equivalent of the 160 as well! Would the 961 be similar to the 972, except (I'm assuming this since you mentioned the 541) with the tufted brushroll?

Post# 2438 , Reply# 11   10/12/2006 at 15:48 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

I've heard the 961 described as being like a large 541, whereas the 972 looked like a large 700...I've seen several pics of Stan Kann's 972 taken by people at this year's convention...but as yet, I haven't seen any pics of the 961 - I would have thought that being so rare, other collectors would have been keen to capture it on film? I certainly would if I had the chance!!

Post# 2439 , Reply# 12   10/12/2006 at 16:34 (4,387 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
961 pics

Hey Jack, the next time I'm over at Stan's, I'll take a pic of the 961, and if I can figure how to post it, I will, or at least forward to you!

Post# 2440 , Reply# 13   10/12/2006 at 16:44 (4,387 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

vac-o-matic: Thanks very much, I'd really appreciate that if you get a chance! It's such a shame I'm in the UK - I'd love the opportunity to see Stan Kann's collection in person sometime! Ah well, maybe sometime in the future...

Post# 2442 , Reply# 14   10/12/2006 at 18:49 (4,387 days old) by sudsman ()        

KOOOOLLL wish you had a video see it clean Great post thanks for sharing

Post# 2452 , Reply# 15   10/13/2006 at 01:49 (4,386 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

sudsman - if you want I will do some videos of my cleaners in action...already on my website are videos of 2 of my cleaners - the 543 and the 700 if you're interested in those. The 700's sound is pretty accurate in the video, but the 543 sounds earsplitting (it's actually almost silent in use!)

Post# 2461 , Reply# 16   10/13/2006 at 04:19 (4,386 days old) by sudsman ()        
Thank you


Post# 2463 , Reply# 17   10/13/2006 at 04:21 (4,386 days old) by sudsman ()        

What is the link to your website would love to see Thanks

Post# 2464 , Reply# 18   10/13/2006 at 04:23 (4,386 days old) by sudsman ()        

Sorry never mind I found it here thanks

Post# 2484 , Reply# 19   10/13/2006 at 19:02 (4,386 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
See them clean...

That's cool, I'll do some videos when I get a chance...give me a week or so! Only annoying thing is, the room my computer and webcam are in no longer has carpet, we've just had laminate put down, so they'll probably sound really loud! Oh well...

Post# 2505 , Reply# 20   10/14/2006 at 20:11 (4,384 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
New find on eBay!

No clue if anyone needs any of these, but the bag tag says: "To Fit Hoover Commercial Model 91". So who knows.I suppose this is a newer model, but new as in 1950s. Who knows...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO vacuumkid3's LINK on eBay

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