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Post# 381915   11/28/2017 at 22:17 (322 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I remember growing up my parents had a canister vacuum that was yellowish 4 wheels hose came out the front. The top half of vacuum popped off to change the bag. I think was late 70's early 80's Kenmore. It clogged easy suction was horrible.
I have 10 plus kirbys from a 510 up to sentria. I have 2 riccars a 8950 and a vibrance. I was wondering if if anyone had suggestions on cannisters.
I read about riccar canisters with electronic hose. They sound nice but I'm looking for something I might find at a thrift store or something like that for under $100
I appreciate any suggestions or help.

Post# 381923 , Reply# 1   11/28/2017 at 23:49 (322 days old) by dartman (Portland OR)        

Royals with a good power head work great and can be found cheap occasionally. I bought a 4650 for 25 bucks with a power cord issue in the hose. It worked fine in blower mode as that bypassed all the variable speed things. I found another good used hose on eBay. I also have a 413 powertank. I found the 4650 on Craigslist and it came with a bunch of bags too.

Post# 381928 , Reply# 2   11/29/2017 at 07:52 (321 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Because of their relative age, I like the Elux Diamond J. Still new enough to find pristine models. Depending on what part of the country you live in, they easily go for under $100.......and they were like $1,300 new. I've restored over a dozen of them. In use, they are a cleaning tour de force....noisier though than the older Elux vacs. The whooooosh is gone. 







Post# 381932 , Reply# 3   11/29/2017 at 10:42 (321 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Any Electrolux Canister!

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I'll expand on what Kevin said and would recommend any Electrolux canister made in the last 40 or 50 years (1205, Super J, Olympia, Silverado, Diamond J, etc.) that have the contacts for electrified hoses built into the connector. They can often be found very expensively, either on eBay or at thrift shops and are thus a whole bunch of vacuum cleaner for the money. They're also very easy to work on. About a year ago, I snatched up a Diamond J with a generic third party hose, wand and PN5, all in great shape, at a local Goodwill for the princely sum of $10. Definitely the deal of the year for me.

Post# 381943 , Reply# 4   11/29/2017 at 14:07 (321 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Electrolux/Lux canisters all the way (not the current electrolux models sold new, but the older models from the 60s forward to the 2000s). They are robust machines and can be had for cheap at thrift stores (lucky us) since people dump them in favor of the cheap plastivacs you can get at any big box store. Suckers! :)

Post# 381971 , Reply# 5   11/30/2017 at 15:21 (320 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'm interested in your listing "Vintage Electrolux Vacuum" on KSL. Is it still available?
Is this Silverado everyone is talking about.

Post# 381977 , Reply# 6   11/30/2017 at 16:47 (320 days old) by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Lesinutah -

No. That is the Electrolux XXX or "30", which is older than you probably want.

Post# 382022 , Reply# 7   12/1/2017 at 10:25 (319 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

If you're interested in Electrolux.....pick a model range. For me it's the G through the Diamond J......can't go wrong with any of those models in between and parts are everywhere, albeit used. The big Debby Downer in Electrolux canisters are the hoses. Used to be aftermarket hoses were great, now they are mostly Chinese junk unless you buy from Aerus @$100+. 


The Super J was also a tour de force, although hard to find a good used example.....because of their robustness, they were used HARD. But that big motor also went into the Olympia One and Silverado. 





Post# 382036 , Reply# 8   12/1/2017 at 13:42 (319 days old) by josh (Forest Park, IL & Spring Grove, IL)        

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Another brand to keep your eyes open for is Compact, or as they are more recently called, TriStar. Great machines, powerful, and easy to service. You can find them occasionally in garage sales and resale shops. I have one I only paid $10 for, and another I got for about $12.

I also agree wholeheartedly with the recommendations for a metal Electrolux. They truly are great machines.

Post# 382409 , Reply# 9   12/9/2017 at 15:39 (311 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I myself love old Hoovers and Eurekas best. Eureka B bag style Rotomatic canisters have power nozzles with VGII brush rolls and clean great with lots of power.

Hoover Dimension 1000 and Celebrity canisters are also extremely powerful and wonderful cleaners.

I'm not a big fan of Electrolux. I have found that in use many of the Lux units flip over on their side and skid around the house rather than roll on wheels. I also feel that bags are small and attachments/ carpet grooming are just ehhh. Electrolux canisters are solidly built though.

Post# 382446 , Reply# 10   12/10/2017 at 09:09 (310 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Depends on how you maneuver your Elux canisters. The G will flip over if it gets caught sideways on something and you pull hard. But it happened once to me and so you learn. The models after the G are much more stable that way. Don't know what you mean about floor attachments; the PN 4's and onward are excellent cleaners and the other floor attachments are extremely well made/functional.


I like a Hoover Convertible as a novelty on carpets. Never used an Eureka canister although I might say the same about it as you do Elux if I did. Elux always showed well in dirt cleaning tests throughout the yrs, especially with the Super J onward. A lot of opinions are completely subjective about ease of cleaning and actual use.



Post# 382480 , Reply# 11   12/10/2017 at 23:05 (310 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Kevin wrote: The G will flip over if it gets caught sideways on something and you pull hard. But it happened once to me and so you learn. The models after the G are much more stable that way.

I reply: Yes, the G and ones like it have a higher center of gravity and the wheels have a narrower track, which make the machine very susceptible to tipping. This was a definite improvement with the 1205 and newer canisters. I haven't had much of an issue with mine tipping over. Come to think of it, I don't recall my grandparents' LX with the skids having much of a tipping problem, either.

Post# 382505 , Reply# 12   12/11/2017 at 12:22 (309 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

  Lol...I've never flipped anything over after the G. Not saying it's not possible, but come flip a 1205 over more than once and you're being somewhat Neanderthal.


The G's were like elegant ladies and should be treated as such.



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