Thread Number: 36373  /  Tag: Recent Vacuum Cleaners from past 20 years
My 1st Riccar!!!!!!
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Post# 389946   4/6/2018 at 12:02 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hey guys, itís been a little while I talked but wait till see this. Yesterday I went to a local goodwill store and went straight to the housewares and several vacuums, including 2 riccar vacuums. This one I have, a teal American Contempo and a white Vibrance. I tooked the 2 riccars to the front and tested them out, the vibrance worked good but there was no belt or broken and the cleaning head didnít lower all the way down like normal so I skip to that, and when I tested the American Contempo it worked great and brushroll works and it was all in great shape! So I got the Contempo and clean it a bit and tested it out and it was great. I heard Riccar vacuums are great machines and I can see why, and Iím sure theyíre luxury vacuums of course. Enjoy!

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Post# 389947 , Reply# 1   4/6/2018 at 12:03 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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It also has a cloth filter bag! Anybody know what type bag is this like what letter?

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Post# 389948 , Reply# 2   4/6/2018 at 12:08 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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It also comes with the fast task tools, but itís missing the crevice tool and the only problem with the wand is the twist n lock part is broken so maybe someone has a spare or where can I get one, but I can also use the deluxe attachment set I got 2 months ago too!

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Post# 389949 , Reply# 3   4/6/2018 at 12:12 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Gotta love the all metal brushroll! Brush strips are kinda stiff!

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Post# 389950 , Reply# 4   4/6/2018 at 12:13 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Anybody know when these were made?

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Post# 389951 , Reply# 5   4/6/2018 at 12:14 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Love the way it lowers to clean carpets! With the wheels on the back itís similar to Panasonic vacuums.

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Post# 389955 , Reply# 6   4/6/2018 at 13:40 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Made in the fourth quarter of 2004

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These are excellent vacuums. The sister model to this Riccar 4812 is the Simplicity 6570. They are both the same vacuums but the only differences besides the name, the looks, and the color is that the Simplicity has a looped handle and the Simplicity uses spring loaded wheels with wheels on the nozzle just like what the Hoover Dial-A-Matics have used. The Riccar only has wheels on the body of the vacuum just like what Panasonic and other competitive brands have used before as well. The Simplicity was a better option because it doesn't really float the carpets compare to the Riccar, especially if you are vacuuming under the bed with it, but I still prefer the wheels on the Riccar better than the Simplicity.

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Post# 389983 , Reply# 7   4/6/2018 at 16:08 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Type "A" Riccar bags. You can also get a hepa filter cartridge for the exhaust (fits at bottom of door) for perfectly clean exhaust air.

Hepa filter part number is RVPF. A Riccar dealer should always carry bags and filters for that machine.

Your brush strips look to be in great shape.

Post# 389985 , Reply# 8   4/6/2018 at 16:35 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Bravo these are probably some of the best Riccar/simplicity models made in terms of reliability.
Definitely the models that they've made their name off of at least.
Many improvements over the Panasonic design.

Post# 390010 , Reply# 9   4/6/2018 at 21:54 by bryan1980 (Texas)        
Great find

I've been wanting something like that here lately, but I don't know if my wife will let me in the house with another vacuum!

I've heard that the Tacony vacs in general have stiff brush strips, so much so that there are certain types of carpet you wouldn't want to use them on.

Post# 390075 , Reply# 10   4/7/2018 at 17:46 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I found a riccar 8955 at thrift store. I then bought a vibrance from classifieds for $20.
When i got vibrance i noticed 8955 was missing bottom metal plate covers belt and height adjustment. I got the plate and runs great. The vibrance ran perfectly. I used for 2 months. A coworker whos vacuum went out i gave her vibrance since it ran great.
My 8955 was missing all attachments soni bought same deluxe attachment set you have.
My only issue is height adjustment gets stuck between carpet and floor. But the motor is strong the deluxe hose is im guessing 10 feet long. I used my kirby Zipp brush with riccar and it had almost as much suction as my sentria.
I know riccar is simplicitys higher end model.
There is a company named fuller brush company. They areblow end. Riccar premium line simplicity basic line and fuller is entry level. Its same vacuum some parts are not as nice as other. I believe cirrus is also tacony or tti. I think its similar to fuller brush vacuums.
I may be wrong on riccar being hihh end. Its just what I have gathered.
There is a new riccar 12 amp vacuum out i recently seen someone off here do a video on showing about it. The brush roll has a sensor and stops when it stops moving.
Ive attached link to video.
Tacony is a very good brand. If i couldn't have kirby or royal riccar would be my next choice.


Post# 390077 , Reply# 11   4/7/2018 at 18:05 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The video before is a bag change. I found the video i mentioned. I think it the riccar suoerlite 10p. The video is by hanks vacuums. I know he posts on here maybe hes reading this. I dont know his name on vacuum land but he makes good vacuum videos and adds good insight.


Post# 390093 , Reply# 12   4/7/2018 at 21:31 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Riccar isn't higher quality to Simplicity, they both sell the same type of vacuums. The Riccar R10P for example is the exactly the same thing as the Simplicity S10P with no differences in quality or performance. Also Cirrus isn't owned by Tacony, they are owned by ESSCO.

Post# 390105 , Reply# 13   4/7/2018 at 23:59 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I know riccar and simplicity sale same tgpe of vacuums there made by tacony. Thats why i said i could be wrong i wasnt sure.
Thanks for pointing it out where i was wrong.
Did you want to add insigbt or experience. Or you just fact checking posts. I said i could be wrong. You can calm down trying to bring insight.

Post# 390106 , Reply# 14   4/8/2018 at 00:04 by Hank (Cali)        

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Les yep thatís me. Hanks vacuums is my yt vacuum related channel. Also have Hanks small engine repair which is my main channel. Good to see someone else on here likes my videos!

Post# 390107 , Reply# 15   4/8/2018 at 00:16 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I like how you are not biased on videos. You give good and bad on all videos. Most people doing videos are brand homers.
Thanks for videos. Nice to put name to videos.

Post# 390132 , Reply# 16   4/8/2018 at 11:23 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
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Mostly through my own experience, sometimes I would need to check on some posts just to be sure if I'm correct or not but that rarely happens. To be quite honest here, I love discussing about Tacony vacuums. I even love to help out with other members here if they were not sure about Tacony vacuums and I'm glad that I was able to help you out. I was blown away I first used some Simplicity uprights (6370 and 7350) when I was a kid and I started to learn more about them since the mid 2000's. For years now I've studied them through websites, brochures, part diagrams, and even vacuum stores. I even kept some of these old brochures from work since I also work at a Simplicity dealer.

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Post# 390143 , Reply# 17   4/8/2018 at 14:15 by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Panasonic man

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Im pretty sure i know the vacuum shop you work at. I probably even talked to you before. Im just pointed out that i wasn't sure. Corrections followed by own experience comes across more polite to me. Im not saying im the most polite or correct.
Last night i bought a supralite RSL4 off ebay. It works just has a loud noise when turned on.
On bottom by brush roll looks like it ran. Over purple pinata or crayon.
Ive only seen beat up simplicity vacuums for sale. Riccar was stroke of luck. The riccar my wife prefers as its lighter than sentria.

The vacuum shop is in orem UT im referring too.

Post# 390152 , Reply# 18   4/8/2018 at 16:25 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Yes that is correct, it probably was possible that I've spoken to you before. Although sometimes I work at the Provo location but most of the time I'm at the Orem location. Not too long ago we opened a store in Spanish Fork but recently we just closed the store in Holladay since no one goes there anymore. I'm actually taking the summer off because it's much slower in the summer time and I've already accepted an offer elsewhere.

Post# 390397 , Reply# 19   4/12/2018 at 11:39 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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2 days ago, after I vacuumed my mom's room with the Riccar, I was trying to turn off the vacuum but somehow it didnít want to turn off and the switch didnít want to flip, I had to unplug it to turn it off. I know itís hard to explain but maybe someone had this problem before and maybe help me fix the switch.

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Post# 390482 , Reply# 20   4/14/2018 at 14:04 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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This happened on a vacuum i aquired for free. It was a Hoover wind tunnel anniversary edition. I believe the plastic royal is its sister machine. Anyways the person gave it away because it wouldn't shut off. I picked it up as a challenge.
I took a shop vac blew off excess dirt and used isopropyl alcohol wiping it down. I cleaned whole bag portion. I toik brush roller serviced it. Wiped evefything down. I don't know if there is a sensor in brush roll areacthat makes it not shut off. I basically cleaned up entire vacuum. It took maybe 15 minutes. I put a new bag and belt plugged in and it was fine. So i think sensor could be a isdue.. If cleaning doesn't fix.
I would unplug use rubber handled screw driver in case power has built up charge. Take off switch make sure no wires are loose. If no then check power cord. If not then use on a different outlet. That should narrow it down. I believe it's a sensor by brush or with hepa filter not sending to shut off.

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