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Various vacuums (Kirby/Hoover) and attachments
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Post# 388430   3/18/2018 at 12:33 (214 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

Hello Vacuumland, long time no see. I'm sure some of you remember me as one of the younger members of this community. That was back then...I'm nearly 18 now and have essentially moved on from the world of vacuum cleaners and other home appliances. Despite essentially leaving this community about three or four years ago, I never got around to pawning off my collection for a variety of reasons...until now. So let's take a look at what I have. Please excuse the astronomical file sizes and my camera's mind-of-its-own focusing ability. Clearer photos of everything, and brief demonstration videos of the working machines, can be provided upon request.



First up is a Kirby Tradition. This is a late 1979 model, with remnants of the original headlight safety switch (although it has been converted back to the CIII style, as most Traditions have been.) It comes with a complete set of basic attachments, two hoses, and a semi complete Handi-Butler that will need some attention - more on that later.


You'll notice on this and the other two Kirby machines I have for sale that there are various black marks on the units. This is an unintentional side effect of 13-year-old me not knowing the first thing about polishing aluminum. I used the Tradition's Handi-Butler and the 1979 vintage polishing sticks to do my work, and what happened was the compound decided to leave those residual marks all over the place. They can be removed with some careful scrubbing, but due to various circumstances I lack the time and ambition to do so.


About the Handi-Butler...a long time ago I decided, for whatever reason, that the presumably-original belt on the HB needed replacement. However, I did not realize that the HB seems to want its own type of belt, rather than the same type of belts that the floor nozzle uses. As such, trying to stretch the regular belt over the HB's belt lifter would result in it invariably popping off, throwing the belt lifter out of alignment each time. As such, it's no longer usable - the belt lifter collides with the motor shaft. The HB kit itself has three out of four rubber feet, three sanding pads, the rubber spinning wheel, the drill, the well-worn buffing wheels, and the well-worn polishing sticks. I also have blades for the jigsaw (in that little envelope) but not the jigsaw itself.


This unit is equipped with a gray plastic fan and a genuine Kirby replacement shakeout bag...I installed that back when they made matching bags for the older machines instead of just offering a generic black one. It came to me (from a fellow Vacuumlander many years ago) with what appeared to be an aftermarket replacement shakeout bag, which was not in the best of shape and is long gone by now.


Two hoses will be included: the first is what probably came with the machine when it was new. It's a bit stiff, and the metal end could use a polishing, but it's there nonetheless. The second hose is a later Kirby replacement, which is much lighter and more flexible in addition to being usable with other older Kirby machines despite its obvious Tradition blue color.


Next we have a Classic 1CR. This is a late 1971 model. Unfortunately I don't have any attachments for this one. However, using the Tradition's second hose (which has pieces to trigger all pre-G series types of safety switch) I can confirm that it indeed does work, headlight aside.


The biggest flaw with this one are random green marks all over the place. This is another side effect of my stupidity - stowing the 1CR among packing peanuts in a hot attic for a few summers. I guess the heat made the packing peanuts decide to transfer their material over to the various pieces of the 1CR. Like the black polishing marks, they too can come off with determined scrubbing.


The bag is frayed in a couple of spots, although it is original. The zipper even works, although not particularly smoothly, and all the teeth are accounted for.


Rounding out the Kirby machines is a much newer one: a Diamond Edition. This is a late 2003 model (towards the beginning of DE production.) I don't have any attachments aside from the floor nozzle, although the G5 shampoo system I also have available will fit if you don't mind the look of mismatched components. There's really not much to say about this one. It works just fine and is in decent overall condition, I guess.


And for a change of pace, how about a Hoover? This next one is a model 115, circa 1957 if a date stamp on the bottom is to be believed. If I'm not mistaken this is more or less an Americanized version of a European Hoover Junior. The cord isn't original, and I don't think the bag is either. But it works.


Rounding out the working vacuums is this little thing. A Dirt Devil hand vac from the mid 90s. It's nothing special really but I figured I'd offer it. In very good cosmetic condition; and if making a ton of noise and vibration while offering only modest cleaning ability was what Dirt Devil wanted this device to do, then this machine would meet or exceed their standards. Comes with a little hose and crevice tool, and a spare disposable bag.


Bonus: Not a vacuum, but a carpet sweeper. Branded as a Maid of Honor "Custom-Bilt" unit.



First up is a bit of surprise: a Kirby D50, or what's left of it. This unit is sadly in quite poor condition - it had likely spent a good chunk of its life in a wet basement before spending several rainy days outside waiting for the garbage truck. This unit does not show any signs of life - pushing the power button does nothing. It has the nozzle (sans brushroll), the sani emptor, and part of the handle.


Next is a Hoover Concept Two. This has all the 80s high-tech features: power drive, electronic speed control, and of course a built-in hand vac. Both the upright and hand vac are in rather poor shape as you can no doubt see. They might work fine for all I know, but the power cord seems to have vanished so I can't say for certain. As such, I'm assuming they don't work.



I have a mostly complete Super Renovation Group from an 81-82 Heritage model. Includes a poorly-xeroxed instruction booklet. As mentioned above there's also the G5 equivalent, which should work on G5, G6, Ultimate G, and Diamond Edition models as far as I know. (It definitely won't fit G3 or G4 models, and I doubt it'd work on the Sentria/Avalir either.) And I have a bunch of miscellaneous attachments. Most of which are 90s Hoover fare, but there are a couple standouts, like the wands from a D50, the medium brush from a Classic III, or a metal brush from an old Rexair. Willing to sell either indiviudally or as a lot.



I honestly don't know what to charge for this stuff. All reasonable offers will be considered. As for shipping, you pay for it of course. I can calculate shipping costs upon request. Unfortunately I'll probably only be able to do Lower 48 shipping - the packages will probably be too big/heavy for international shipment. If you'd rather come and pick up whatever it is you want to buy, be my guest. I live in the US, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I may be able to meet you somewhere if it'd save you some gas money and travel time.



You can send me a message here on Vacuumland, or to the email listed on my profile. Be advised that I'm a busy individual as of late, so it may be a day or two before I can respond to you. Thank you in advance for being patient.


More pictures coming soon. Again, feel free to request a few more - just be sure to tell me what exactly you'd like to see more of.

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