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Post# 387527   3/8/2018 at 16:54 (225 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

It's still three months away, but already getting excited about the vacuum collectors convention at the museum in St. James Missouri, June 14, 15, and 16. This will be my third one, hopefully we will have a good turn out. For those who are coming, are you going to bring anything? I plan on bringing several of my water vacs, the Quantum if Tom does not have one by then, the Hyla GST, the Ritello and the Roboclean which I am hoping to receive tomorrow! Perhaps we can have a cleaning comparison with all of the water vacs, that would be awesome. It's like vacuum paradise for those few days. I've invited a distributor for the Hyla and Vivenso as well since those water vacs are not as well known as the Rainbow, the Vivenso is an awesome machine.

Post# 387542 , Reply# 1   3/8/2018 at 22:54 (224 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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If I was able to go I'd bring my Air-Way, oldest vac I have.

Post# 387550 , Reply# 2   3/9/2018 at 00:02 (224 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Missouri mainly branson is museum capital of us if not world.
I'd love to be close to all those museums. I wonder if people load u hauls to bring vacuums or how it works.
What does convention have reps from main distributors of vacuums bring models for people to try. Im guessing it's at tti museum. If anyone could fill me in it would be appreciated.

Post# 387570 , Reply# 3   3/9/2018 at 10:43 (224 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The Vacuum Cleaner Museum is located at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9-5. Admission is free.

The Vacuum Collectors Convention this year is June 14, 15, and 16. Since the Vacuum Museum has over 600 vacuums in its collection, most people only bring one special cleaner to show everyone.

We have TWO themes this year. One is the Water Vacuum displays. In addition to Mike's awesome collection of water vacs, we have all the rest. Delphin, Sirene, Big Power, etc.

Our other theme this year is Stan Kann's collection. The Vacuum Museum was recently given Stan Kann's entire collection for display. We have special tags on the machines that were Stan's. If you don't know who Stan Kann was, look him up on Youtube. Every collector should know his name, he was the grandfather of the vacuum collecting hobby.

It's always a great time at the Conventions each year. Good food, good friends, and lots of humor are the trade-marks. The convention has no fee to join a club and no 'fee' to be paid by convention-goers.

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Post# 387589 , Reply# 4   3/9/2018 at 14:42 (224 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
stan's collection

How many vacuums did Stan actually have, canisters, uprights, or both? I know we did some things with the water vacs last year but we can expand on that this year. I should get my Roboclean today, so excited.

Post# 387709 , Reply# 5   3/10/2018 at 14:09 (223 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Stan Kann had almost 100 vacuums. After he died, some unsavory types of people took a few of his machines (like his Kenmore Bugeye and Singer R1), but the vast majority are still here. His Hoover 425 with the Silver Jubilee bag is stunning, as is his Aunt Cora's MINT Hoover 541. He had a few canisters, to clean the cloth bags with, but the majority were pre-world-war-II uprights. I'm so lucky to be able to display his beautiful collection to the world.

Post# 390962 , Reply# 6   4/24/2018 at 11:03 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Who is attending

My first trip to the museum last year was a BLAST. I'm leaning towards taking another trip this year. My wish list is finding a decent Airway 55a, nice connie, and maybe a Shark. Scratch that. No Shark.

Post# 390968 , Reply# 7   4/24/2018 at 13:59 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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It was great meeting you at last years Vacuum Collectors Convention. I never know a total count on the people coming. I meet collectors throughout the year who come to the Vacuum Museum (they don't know about this website nor do they know about the old VCCC). Like with you last year, there are always new smiling faces to meet and begin friendships.

As always, the convention is FREE. I can't begin to think about charging anyone a convention "fee".

The photo is from a few years ago. It was taken at the end of the Convention of our Kirby enthusiasts standing with their favorite Kirbys.

The theme this year is Water Filtration Vacs, Mike is bringing a Ritello, Hyla, Quantum, and Vivenso. I have all the Rainbows, the Ocean Blue and the mighty Delphin, along with the Sirena.

Also, Stan Kann's collection will be on display along with watching some of his appearances on various tv shows (we'll watch that during the cocktail party at my home on Saturday evening).

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Post# 391018 , Reply# 8   4/25/2018 at 10:50 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
I see David Watters there!!

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Water filtration vacuums. Now we’re talking! Next year central vacs?? LOL!

Post# 391152 , Reply# 9   4/27/2018 at 14:05 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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It's in St. James this year? I thought it was in Washington or Oregon!

Post# 391155 , Reply# 10   4/27/2018 at 15:23 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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It's in St. James every year. At the Vacuum Cleaner Museum. This is the convention with NO registration fees and NO membership fees. Where there are over 600 vintage vacuums to explore and clean with. You should join us, we have the full collection of Kirbys, including this year, the Avalir 2 brought to us by our own Adam Mercer (the ultimate Kirby fan). Want to run a model 1C? Come on to the Vacuum Collectors Convention.

The picture is Adam Mercer with the model 1C in the 1930's room of the Vacuum Museum at last years Convention.

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Post# 391194 , Reply# 11   4/28/2018 at 07:32 by Westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Heading to St. James, Mo!

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I will be attending the vacuum gathering again this year! Had, a wonderful time last year seeing old friends, and meeting new ones! Tom, a wonderful host!!

Post# 391206 , Reply# 12   4/28/2018 at 12:27 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
water vacs

Actually I was planning on bringing the Ritello, Quantum, Hyla and Roboclean, I think Tom already has a Vivenso. A central vacuum theme at some point could be interesting, if you have several power units like I do, bringing a few of those could be interesting. I use all of my central vac units free standing, no pipes, just connect the hose to the in-take and you have a very powerful, super duper canister cleaner, and I am a canister only person, for those who love uprights, that's fine, it's personal preference but an upright will never match the flexibility and versatility of a canister cleaner.

Post# 391212 , Reply# 13   4/28/2018 at 15:14 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Should I bring my chrome BigPower?

Post# 391215 , Reply# 14   4/28/2018 at 15:43 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Oh Reggie:
Please do. I don't think anyone has seen a chrome Big Power. Thank God they use a separator now. The "old" Big Power was a horrible mess, kind of like some of the gurls we know.

Post# 391280 , Reply# 15   4/29/2018 at 17:58 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
"kind of like some of the gurls we know."


Tom: That reminds me that it's already been over 10 years since my first online dialogue with you. I think it's high time I try to make my way over to the museum.

Post# 391355 , Reply# 16   4/30/2018 at 22:45 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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So there are no fees to attend? Neat!

Post# 391374 , Reply# 17   5/1/2018 at 10:06 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Nope. No fees to attend.

It works out well for everyone. No schlepping of machines from home (unless it's so rare no one has ever seen one). The Vacuum Museum has over 600 vintage machines already.

Lunch is always at a local buffet restaurant. That way, everyone gets fresh food without overloading the kitchen, or a waitress.

Dinner is normally at a restaurant that can accommodate our large group easily, like a Colton's Steakhouse.

I encourage people to get the best deals on a room - Super 8 in Rolla, MO has great deals. The Greenstay in St. James, MO (the town the Museum is located in) also has great deals.

It's the last day of the Convention that's most fun. There is a store room full of vintage cleaners and parts, we go through them and find out what people need. Attachments, hoses, bags, etc.

On that Saturday evening, at my home, we'll have a cocktail party with appetizers provided. It here that Mike will show his never before seen Water Filtration vacuums, like the Ritello and Quantum.

Always a great time to meet fellow collectors from all over the country. Come, join us. No fees at all. You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about Vacuum Cleaners.

Post# 391390 , Reply# 18   5/1/2018 at 14:03 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

Tania and I are working out arrangements to be there. It will my first convention at the museum. I think Tania was there before.

We had so much fun with you and Donnie when Duane, Tania and I were there in September. I love all the vacuums I brought home.

With Ken Wagman there it will be like, "old home week", from days gone by. Will keep you posted on our arrival plans.

Charlie W.

Post# 391392 , Reply# 19   5/1/2018 at 14:45 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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That's awesome Charlie:
It will be great to see you and Tania. Can't wait to show you Clay Floyd's Air-Way Sanitizor Mark V as well as the All-Chrome model 88. Tania will love it.

Post# 391617 , Reply# 20   5/6/2018 at 23:49 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Clay Floyd’s Rexair Model C

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Since the theme of this year‘s convention at the vacuum cleaner museum is Water Filtration vacuums, I will be very proud to show everyone the late Clay Floyd’s 1952 Rexair. It is complete with every optional accessory. Included is the original Kaiser hose, the optional four quart water basin, as well as the optional carpet sweeper accessory. The upper curved wand and the middle straight wand were attached to the carpet sweeper to form the handle. The carpet sweeper was for when you did not wish to fill and empty your machine. This machine won a blue ribbon in 2004 at an old VCCC meeting.

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Post# 391651 , Reply# 21   5/7/2018 at 20:22 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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The sweeper head on that Rexair looks so much like Bissell's old manual sweeper vacuums, kind of a funny coincidence!

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Post# 391791 , Reply# 22   5/10/2018 at 14:50 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
I'm in

Looking forward to another trip to the museum. Had a great time last year.

Post# 391844 , Reply# 23   5/11/2018 at 13:56 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

I am still planning on attending the Convention. How does one get info on start times ect. I know the convention is June 14, 15 and 16. Is the convention all day on the 16th? Just trying to plan accordingly. I plan on getting in a little early on the 14th and stop by the museum that I could spend days at. :-) Just wondering more about the 16th.

Thanks and looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends!

Best, Richard.

Post# 391854 , Reply# 24   5/11/2018 at 16:50 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I believe the 16th is all day stuff, if I remember correctly Sunday (17th) is usually the day everyone leaves. Im driving out there on the 10th and spending a few extra days just for fun.

Post# 391858 , Reply# 25   5/11/2018 at 16:54 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The 16th is Saturday. We start at 9:00 (each day), but Saturday is the day we go through the store room. Most everyone has something (bags, belts, parts, hoses) they are looking for.

The 14th is the day everyone arrives, so it's a fun day at the Museum without structure. People ask questions, turn on vacuums, and look through the old advertisements, instruction books, etc.

The 15th is very special. I'm going to give a detailed Museum tour with each vacuum in the Museum taken off the shelves, and we'll give in-depth details about the history of each cleaner. Also, Stan Kann's collection will be displayed and discussed.

Looking forward to seeing old friends as well as new ones.

Post# 391892 , Reply# 26   5/12/2018 at 12:56 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
can't wait

It should be an awesome convention for sure. I'm sure many who are coming have never seen a Vivenso, Hyla, Quantum, Ritello or Roboclean. When water filtration machines are mentioned, most think of Rainbow or Sirena which are also good machines. That tour on Friday sounds awesome, of course I've seen a lot of the machines before but I never get tired of going through them again. I'm trying to think of what I would be interested in from the store room. Probably hard floor tools since my apartment has a lot of hard floors. And of course I'm always interested in buying more canisters anyone wants to sell. This will be my third convention, really excited. And I think I may be brave enough to try the zapper although I think I will bring some rubber gloves just in case, lol.

Post# 391909 , Reply# 27   5/12/2018 at 22:52 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Thanks Tom, Mike and everyone. I will probably plan on leaving the evening of the 16th as I will need to get back. Tom, I am really excited to go through all of the machines in detail. So much to learn! VERY EXCITING!!! I would love to get my hands on a Dail a Matic in really good condition if anyone is selling machines. Have been looking for one for quite some time now. But if not, so excited to be attending!

Post# 391977 , Reply# 28   5/15/2018 at 10:02 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I wanted to be able to have everyone attending the convention to go home with more real knowledge about cleaners than they arrive with. The Conventions at the Museum are all about learning.

Being able to put everything into its proper time slot is awesome.

I really wanted the folks who attend this year to be able to try and use machines they don't regularly get to see, like the Hoover Senior from 1910 or the Torrington from 1918. How all the Air-Way cleaners evolved (50 years ahead of their time) and the history of Water Filtration vacuums. As well as the Lewyt "Zapper" models that killed people by shocking them. The "Décor Vac" which is an ottoman with a vacuum built in. We'll talk about Backward Revolving Brushes used on a number of uprights in the 1930's. You'll also learn about the lawsuits (Hoover VS Air-Way, Air-Way VS Hoover, Filter Queen VS Lewyt, etc). As always, everyone will have a chance to use these special machines, so you go home with KNOWLEDGE.

While the conventions are fun, and exciting to attend, it's what you LEARN that's the important part. The friendships that you make will last decades. Many of my best friendships with fellow collectors have lasted decades.

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Post# 392173 , Reply# 29   5/21/2018 at 14:35 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
less than a month away, so excited

Only a few weeks away now, can't wait. While traveling to collectors' houses was nice last year, I think I'm looking forward to the grand tour this year even more, even though I've seen lots of the vacuums, there's too much to take in all in one day. I think my favorite rooms are the 1950's since that decade brought us lots of awesome canisters, and the 1970's when there were lots of new power nozzle ccannisters. I'm sure the 1960's room has lots of canisters too but the 1950's seems to really be the decade when the canisters were popular.

Post# 392242 , Reply# 30   5/23/2018 at 10:05 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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You're right. The 50's were the 'canister' decade. My goal this year is to take each machine in the Museum off the shelf, talk about it, and let everyone use each one. I sure hope people film it on their phones for posterity. All the vacuums fit into the puzzle, and I would love each person attending the convention to leave knowing the history of the vacuum cleaner.

Stan Kann's collection is a sight to behold. As are the unique machines from the late Mike Hay's collection. The "zapper" Lewyts (both models) are all together in one place, as is the non 'zapper' model. The gorgeous Apex Strato-Cleaner is a one of a kind machine. So much to take in.

Besides, where will the assembled collectors ever get to see ALL the water-vacuums with separators displayed at the same time? Ever seen a Delphin, Ritello, or Quantum? What about a RoboClean or Big Power? For someone who loves water vacuums, this year will be the BEST.

Post# 392244 , Reply# 31   5/23/2018 at 10:33 by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        

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Looking forward to it! It looks like I might actually be able to go for at least part of, if not all, this year!

Post# 392727 , Reply# 32   6/2/2018 at 22:09 by bnorris938 (Indiana)        

I am really looking forward to this. It will be my first time at the museum as well as my first time attending a convention. I’m bringing my partner along and we hope to attend all the events. Can’t wait to meet fellow collectors and revel in everything at the museum.

Post# 392731 , Reply# 33   6/3/2018 at 00:11 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I really wish

I could come.

Post# 392757 , Reply# 34   6/3/2018 at 18:20 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Donald has About convinced me to come,

I dread the drive,, but I have done it several times before, the first time in, 1996 I drove a 34 year old 62 Plymouth Fury!!!

Post# 392763 , Reply# 35   6/3/2018 at 20:18 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

With air conditioning...please! We want you comfortable and safe from heat stress! It really sounds like this year has the makings of an “old home week” style reunion of collectors. Can’t wait to see the pics!

Post# 392764 , Reply# 36   6/3/2018 at 20:35 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Oh yesThe Mercury has COLD climate control AC!

Im NOT burning up in this weather!

Post# 392787 , Reply# 37   6/4/2018 at 09:14 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Han's It would be great to get a chance to see you again. It's been since 2006 or 07 since we met and I never forgot what a kind person you are as well as Donald. That was my first convention in St. Louis.

Shaylee, Maverick, and I will be coming up on Friday night too see everyone and have a few laughs, then I am flying out on Sunday to Portland Or. to see many vacuum friends over in that part of the country.

Post# 392847 , Reply# 38   6/5/2018 at 10:02 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Hans and the Convention

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Spoke to Hans last night on the phone, and I believe we'll see him for this convention. I'm MOST SURE he will bring a car full of treasures for everyone. He's like the candyman in that way (LOL).

Can't wait to see everyone. Stan Kann's vacuums are virtually all on display. Will be so nice to share Stan stories with everyone.

Rolla, Missouri has an award winning Pie Shop (A Slice of Pie), and I plan on buying a few so the convention folks can enjoy of piece of delicious pie along with their coffee after dinner on Friday evening.

Post# 392852 , Reply# 39   6/5/2018 at 10:17 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

Is there any plan for Thursday afternoon / evening?

Post# 392862 , Reply# 40   6/5/2018 at 14:51 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Hi Todd:
It will be wonderful to see you again.

Thursday is the day people arrive. We are having the swap meet, at my home, on Thursday evening, after dinner. I would like all the vacuums that people are bringing to show off, sell, or give away to be brought to my home as opposed to the Museum.

As you know, Rolla, Missouri is a college town with lots of places to eat (but sadly for some people, no White Castles). There's a very famous Rolla restaurant (The Tater Patch) that's been open 50 years, has an awesome and very fast kitchen and delicious food that won't break the budget. We'll probably eat there, before heading to my home for a slice of pie and the swap meet on Thursday evening.

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Post# 392896 , Reply# 41   6/6/2018 at 13:08 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Oh Hans, I haven’t seen you in years, I really hope you bite the bullet and drive out! You know we all hope you do make it!

Post# 392897 , Reply# 42   6/6/2018 at 13:10 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I’m driving out on Sunday, staying with Adam for a few days and pestering him and Evan at the Vac Shack, hopefully go along on a central vac call or two too!

Post# 392921 , Reply# 43   6/6/2018 at 18:17 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Famous Rolla restaurants

You MUST mean the Waffle House!!! I'm attracted to them like a moth to a flame.

Post# 392925 , Reply# 44   6/6/2018 at 20:51 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
anyone bringing any canisters?

If anyone is bringing any canister machines to sell, I would be interested, I love canisters, you all can have the uprights, I brought back 3 machines my first convention and 4 machines my second one, we'll see what this year reveals. I also plan on bringing several water vac machines.

Post# 392939 , Reply# 45   6/7/2018 at 09:21 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Hey Todd:

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So happy you're joining us again this year. We're probably not going to visit the Waffle House, as I'd love for people who are coming to be able to eat at restaurants they don't have 'at home'. I'm planning on asking Hans to cook WITH me for breakfast on Sunday morning for those who are still here. His buttermilk biscuits are to die for. I prefer home cooking, especially Southern home cooking - to any restaurant there is.

Post# 392946 , Reply# 46   6/7/2018 at 12:50 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Hey Tom...Do you have any Adluh Flour???

I will bring a bag if you don't so I can make biscuits..

Post# 392957 , Reply# 47   6/7/2018 at 15:25 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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No I don't. They don't sell it in MO. I used to have my friend Logan Hall, send me Virginia's Best flour, but haven't in a while.

I think it will be fantastic to have a nice, big home made breakfast for all the vacuum collectors on Sunday Morning before they head off to their homes. And we can serve it all in vintage electric skillets like the Toastmaster I got from you a few months ago.

Can't wait to see everyone in a week.

Post# 392968 , Reply# 48   6/7/2018 at 19:40 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I will bring some flour,

I cant make biscuits without a good soft winter wheat flour.

Post# 393078 , Reply# 49   6/10/2018 at 18:03 by bnorris938 (Indiana)        
The Tater Patch looks great! Anyone try the “rowdy cricket”?

We are leaving on Thursday morning and hope to get there by early afternoon. We’re staying at the Hampton Inn. My partner travels for work and gets discounts at Hilton properties. Hopefully it’s not too far from everyone.

I hadn’t thought about bringing any vacuums along. I’m trying to think of any I have that would be of interest. I have a couple of clear vacuums that I assume were some sort of promotional items or displays for vacuum centers. One has a separate switch for just the headlight which sort of makes it a “lamp” if you will. Beyond that, I wouldn’t know where to begin.

Can’t wait for Thursday to get here!

Post# 393086 , Reply# 50   6/10/2018 at 21:58 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Tom, Looking forward to finally meeting you and everyone else that will be attending! I have read so many posts and it will be great to put a name with a face! I plan on arriving early afternoon. Over the moon excited!

Best! Richard.

Post# 393087 , Reply# 51   6/10/2018 at 22:11 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Im bringing

A car and trunk full to get rid of...lots of oddities!

Post# 393098 , Reply# 52   6/11/2018 at 09:53 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
packing my vacuums tonight

Going to pack the hoses and power nozzles for the water vacs I am bringing tonight. Since the Hyla and Roboclean use the same power nozzle, the Wessel Werk EBK340, I'm going to take a slight shortcut. I'm going to bring an adapter to convert the Hyla hose end from 35 MM to 32 MM and we can just use the Roboclean's wand and nozzle with the Hyla since the plug will also fit. That's one less wand and nozzle to carry. Actually the Quantum uses the same power nozzle as well but the plug is the United States mini plug instead of the European one. The only machine I am bringing that uses a different power nozzle is the Ritello which uses the Wessel Werk EBK360. I think Tom has the other water vacs, I think we will have all of them this year, at least the separator ones which are the only ones worth having. The Vivenso is another awesome machine and Tom has that one. The Vivenso and Hyla have very unique separators. The Ritello and Roboclean have cord winders, that's something Rexair should add to the Rainbow, and the Quantum has a detachable cord, will have to remember to bring that.
Hans, are you bringing any canisters or just uprights?
So excited, can't wait for later this week.

Post# 393109 , Reply# 53   6/11/2018 at 17:32 by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

If someone wants to pay the shipping, I will gladly donate my H2O Turbo water filtration vac to be used as a prize. (Boy, what a prize)

Post# 393117 , Reply# 54   6/12/2018 at 00:24 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Taking shortcuts with with power nozzle is such a terrible thing to do! I feel so cheated of the fullest experience! But seriously I always feel weird using the wrong PN on a machine.

Post# 393134 , Reply# 55   6/12/2018 at 10:04 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
I'm the opposite

I'm actually the opposite, I enjoy pairing up machines with other power nozzles, the Sebo ET2 on an Electrolux 1205, the Centec CT10 on my Riccar Prima, or how about the Riccar power nozzle with the Sirena, lots of possibilities.
The nozzles for the Hyla and Roboclean are identical other than the neck size, so to carry them both is redundant. I'm actually bringing another version of this nozzle for the Quantum. It would al be interesting to pair these water vacs with the Volt.

Post# 393135 , Reply# 56   6/12/2018 at 10:58 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Thank you again for bringing your Water Filtration vacuums with you. The Ritello is going to be AWESOME. I've never seen one before. The Quantum is on facebook almost every day, so I'm very excited to see one.

We'll demonstrate them to the Vacuum Cleaner Collectors Group on Saturday evening, at the reception at my home.

The late Clay Floyd had saved all the newsletters (which were beautiful, color magazines four times a year) from when the old VCCC was still in existence. It will be fun to share them so everyone can see what the VCCC used to look like and all the wonderful people who used to belong to it.

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Post# 393143 , Reply# 57   6/12/2018 at 12:52 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
love the Quantum

I think the Quantum is awesome, I also like the Ritello although, at least by touch, it doesn't feel like it's made as well as some of the other machines, but we'll see what everyone thinks.
I actually think the Quantum does a better job of getting the dirt down in to the water than the rainbow, it holds more water and creates more of a storm effect than the Rainbow. Tom, you should pull out your Vivenso too, I'm sure everyone would love to see how its unique separator throws the water around.
I am actually going to bring one other thing, the Rug Rat turbo brush. It will be interesting to attach that to the vacuums in the museum and see how fast they can spin it. There is one machine in particular I really want to try this with, the Sunbeam Dual Deluxe. I always feel like a kid at Christmas with this convention.

Post# 393159 , Reply# 58   6/12/2018 at 20:00 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I remember that picture well!!

That was 1996, when I drove my 62 Plymouth Fury from Lenoir out there, You and I had just finished emptying all sorts of vacuum bags onto your living room carpet for our cleaning contest!!LOL

Post# 393160 , Reply# 59   6/12/2018 at 20:03 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
That was the same trip

When Clay made all manner of fun of the new Thermax and Mike Pletcher got that Lewyt Electronc working and it shocked hell out of Craig Long!!LOL I can hear Clay now,,: Who invented this damnable Rube Goldberg Contraption!"

Post# 393162 , Reply# 60   6/12/2018 at 21:18 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
all set

Ok, all set to go, I will be arriving tomorrow, I had said that I didn't think the Ritello was made as well as the other water filtration machines and unfortunately while putting it together I was proven right. When attempting to put the machine in to the dolly, the latch broke, I was able to get it back in but it no longer springs back when you press it and therefore does not hold the machine in place, I do still have the spring so I'm hoping someone can give me a hand in repairing it while I am there, assuming it's fixable.

Post# 393172 , Reply# 61   6/13/2018 at 09:00 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I'll he happy to take a look at it Mike. Saturday is the demonstration for all of our friends of the water filtration vacuums. ChicagoMike (here on VL) has made T-Shirts commemorating the convention. He's an awesome friend.

We are showing the:
Ocean Blue
Big Power
Pro Aqua

I would show the Thermax, but it doesn't have a separator and it's a monstrosity.

Post# 393178 , Reply# 62   6/13/2018 at 15:08 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Post# 393187 , Reply# 63   6/13/2018 at 19:09 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
you forgot one

You forgot the Roboclean, that makes 11 total, probably the most water vacuums we have had in one place.
Made it to the Rolla hotel and am trying to cool the place off in here, it's a bit warm, I think it's going to be an awesome convention for sure. Can't wait to run each of the water vacs, and the tour on Friday sounds awesome, I'm going to use a digital recorder to record that, definitely something worth saving, will be nice to see other vacuum collectors again as well, this is definitely one of the things I look forward to each year now.

Post# 393255 , Reply# 64   6/15/2018 at 15:12 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        

Having a great time! Amazing how Tom has never ending vacuum history stories. Never boring.

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Post# 393291 , Reply# 65   6/16/2018 at 01:22 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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So far this has been an extremely fun time. Here I am tired as can be but can’t sleep from all the excitement! Oh I can’t believe I went 5 years missing out! But this one has been as fun as ever. It’s been fun meetin new people, people I’ve known for years but met for the first time, and seeing everyone that I haven’t seen in years, some more years than others... Made out well I the central vacuum department as well, crossed a few wants off the list, one a rather large one that I consider extremely rare, this one in particular being two of a kind... No pictures of this until Monday, and it’ll be following a video of it retracting a hide a hose, which it should do well...

Post# 393292 , Reply# 66   6/16/2018 at 01:58 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I USED to have two Thermax machines that came from a Kirby trade in pile.USELESS machines as a vacuum cleaner.Pitiful airmovement.Their power nozzles didn't work.The machine was designed to be an upholstery cleaning machine more than a vacuum cleaner.I sold both to the old Vacuum cleaner Hospital for their parts.And these things were VERY heavy and awkward.The body was the clean solution tank.then there was the recovery tank that was to be used like a Rainbow or other wet filter vacuum.You needed a RR carpuller to move the machine-because of the weight the hose coupler at the machine side broke.Glad they are gone-can see why they were traded in!!!

Post# 393317 , Reply# 67   6/16/2018 at 12:05 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
If you had been to Toms in 96

When Clay trashed that Thermax you would have still been laughing!!! We all screamed! I miss him so bad, a sense of humor that was unreal!

Post# 393362 , Reply# 68   6/16/2018 at 22:44 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
convention was awesome

The convention was great, just got home, it was a blast. Enjoyed seeing everyone again and meeting some new people too. I didnt come back with anything new this year, everyone seemed to be selling uprights and I'm a canister person but I have some ideas for a couple new machines that I may get, I hope everyone enjoyed seeing the water vacs. Too bad we couldn't get any of the zappers to work but maybe next year.

Post# 393366 , Reply# 69   6/17/2018 at 00:20 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Is there a video of Clay destroying that Thermax?Would LOVE to see it!!Hopefully someone filmed it!Did he use the "WHAM!!!,SLAM!!!,BAM,Gadget"(claw hammer)? or did he use golf clubs?,Baseball bat?

Post# 393420 , Reply# 70   6/17/2018 at 22:59 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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What a week, made it home safe with my goodies (central vacs!!!) and I’m pooped. I had such a good time! Everyone was wonderful and I’m thankful to them all for making it so easy to have a fun time. I’m never going 5 years between conventions again! Hell if I had the money I’d be going to Spokane next weekend! Shocking as it may seem, very little of it is actually about the vacuums, it really is just about seeing your friends. I have friends that I met in 2004, now knowing these people for half of my life now, it’s been a crazy ride but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Post# 393446 , Reply# 71   6/18/2018 at 00:10 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
All Clay used

Was his voice!!LOL, Clay had a way with words like no other..Clay used the most proper English, he sounded like a Professor, and said the most outrageous funny things, which made whatever he was telling hilarious.

Post# 393474 , Reply# 72   6/18/2018 at 10:32 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Water Vacs?

Let's see some of those pics, please!

Post# 393477 , Reply# 73   6/18/2018 at 15:08 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Well.....I attended my first convention and I am still reflecting on how much fun I had and more importantly how much I learned. Everyone was so welcoming and there was not one ounce of drama! Really nice group of kind people all sharing their knowledge! And then there was Tom.....sigh.....the ULTIMATE HOST throughout the convention! Tom's vast knowledge and expertise is truly a gift to be around. There was not a question that Tom could not answer. Again just learned so much! Tom also gracously opened up his home to us all as well which was just so nice. If you could not make it this year, I urg you to do so next! You will spend time with a great group as well as learn so much! Han's, I have heard so much about you! I hope your back is doing better and look forward to meeting you in the future!

Post# 393479 , Reply# 74   6/18/2018 at 15:24 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
central vacs next year

I like the idea of having a central vacuum theme next year, if we do, I already know what I am bringing, three central vac units that are designed to be connected directly without pipes, and all of my power nozzles, I actually brought all of the power nozzles in 2017 but didnt' really get a chance to try them all at the museum, people were really impressed with the Sebo power nozzle though, that's a great nozzle for sure.

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