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Post# 318311   3/14/2015 at 15:59 (2,136 days old) by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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In my opinion these are the best sweepers Bissell ever made! I was delighted to find this one new in box on Ebay!

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Post# 318324 , Reply# 1   3/14/2015 at 16:34 (2,136 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Seems I had cousins with one once. They threw it out I think years ago sadly. Their vacuum is a Rainbow D4. I distinctly remember the design on top of that sweeper though.

Post# 318356 , Reply# 2   3/14/2015 at 22:40 (2,136 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Very nice! My Grandma had a Bissell "Grand Rapids" sweeper, probably from the 1930s. It was the only floor cleaner of hers that she'd let me play with when we visited. The brush housing was dark greenish-gray with an ornate gold emblem across the top of it.

She had a pink G.E. Swivel Top and also a G.E. hand vac. I was afraid of the hand vac because it would shoot sparks when the metal nozzle hit the metal grate of their in-floor heater vent.

She had a Kirby once upon a time that I never saw. I used to see a can of Kirby Moth Crystals sitting on a table in their den and my Grandpa had a gray Kirby cord with the large round end that he used as an extension cord. I asked Grandma one day what happened to the Kirby she used to have. She said she never did like it because it was too heavy and noisy so she gave it to the church where Grandpa was the pastor. My next thought was trying to devise a plan to get us over to that church so I could look for that Kirby!

I have a carpet sweeper now that I really love and it's quite rare. It was also an eBay find, and is practically new. I am pretty sure Bissell manufactured this sweeper for Electrolux as it is identical in appearance and function to some of the Bissell models and sounds just like them -- that merry "rorrrt-rorrrt" sound the brush roller makes.

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Post# 318357 , Reply# 3   3/14/2015 at 22:43 (2,136 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


P.S.: I also have a Bissell "Little Queen" child-sized carpet sweeper but it's missing the handle. Found it at a thrift shop many moons ago.

Post# 434990 , Reply# 4   11/14/2020 at 04:10 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I keep forgetting how absolutely huge these are. You think carpet sweeper and expect a little dinky thing. Every time I find one in the wild or pull my own out of storage I am like "wow this is huge".

Post# 434999 , Reply# 5   11/14/2020 at 09:54 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
While I've....

always been fascinated with these 'sweepers'....I consider them a stop gap measure;pull them out of the closet to touch up a carpet or clean some small, contained mess.

However, I have seen them in smaller vacation homes or apartments where there are only a few thrown rugs or whatever.....and they seem perfectly suited for that task.

I see them used in restaurants a lot....I can only imagine the mess inside sweeping up moist food droppings...yuck. A church I use has one and I've used it a few is indescribably filthy/dirty. I fixed it once, but they just misused it again. But before they get full or trashed, they can work quite well.

I'd sure like that Electrolux(or Bissell)...whatever it is!


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