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Post# 390144   4/8/2018 at 14:35 (193 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Saw this at Goodwill for $3, left it there.

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Post# 390146 , Reply# 1   4/8/2018 at 14:43 (193 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

If you’re talking about the Dial A Matic. $3 is an amazing deal!

Post# 390147 , Reply# 2   4/8/2018 at 15:17 (193 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
I just couldn't do it...

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I just got home from a nearby Goodwill store and I came very close to walking out with two vacuum cleaners: a Kirby G5 in decent shape and a Royal Everlast 8200 upright for $19 each. Both were in nice shape although the G5 needed some polishing.

I'm not that much of a Royal aficionado and shakeout bags just aren't my thing, so as pretty as it was, it was pretty easy to decide to let that one go but the G5 took some serious internal dialogue to bring myself to get in the car and drive away. In the end, it came down to the fact that I just have too darn many vacuums for the space I live in and four of them are Kirbys. I especially couldn't justify it after spending over $130, including shipping, for a Sentria less than two months ago. I even argued with myself that it would be cheaper to buy that G5 than it would be to replace the clicking tech drive in my G5 frankenkirby. I even let my inner six-year-old argue that my existing G5 could become the parts machine for the others. Yeah, right. I've seen how well that's worked out in the past. One of two things is going to happen over the next day or two. I'm either going to regret this decision and beat myself up over it or I'm not going to think about it anymore.

Post# 390148 , Reply# 3   4/8/2018 at 15:32 (193 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I would have grabbed both! I love the transparent red Windtunnel, very beautiful! And I love that Hoover!

Post# 390149 , Reply# 4   4/8/2018 at 15:33 (193 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I do believe that Windtunnel is the top of the line model, loaded, all options.

Post# 390178 , Reply# 5   4/9/2018 at 06:52 (192 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this applies so well to the seemingly ordinary photo of two lonely old Hoover uprights waiting for adoption at a Goodwill shop. These two cleaners represent a major critical chapter in the evolution of the vacuum cleaner: the DAM the start of that chapter and the WT represents the pinnacle of progression and improvement of the first - with the all important design sale to Panasonic somewhere in between.

We cleanerphiles need to have this photo framed and hanging in all our homes! 😊

Post# 390191 , Reply# 6   4/9/2018 at 13:30 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I never thought of it until you

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pointed it out. Yes, together, it IS the representation of massive advancement in the vacuum world.

Post# 390207 , Reply# 7   4/9/2018 at 15:23 (192 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Leave anything like this..Someone will want it.

Post# 390218 , Reply# 8   4/9/2018 at 16:32 (192 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        
@ eurekaprince

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I thought this photo I took was a good one, that shows the ionnovation in Hoover's vacuum cleaners. They are the two "bookends" in my collection, the newest and the oldest. :)

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Post# 390229 , Reply# 9   4/9/2018 at 19:48 (192 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I have that exact Dial-A-Matic, bought at Goodwill for $7.99, for the very reason stated above -- the handle is still tight, not cracked or wobbly as they so often are.


It's one of the ones I had in my most recent Giveaway, but no one who came by seemed to want it. It's still here.


"In other news," I did give away about two dozen machines and some misc. attachments. I'd like to have seen it all go, but what did go did make a good dent in my surplus inventory.

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Post# 390250 , Reply# 10   4/10/2018 at 07:50 (191 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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If it was a Hoover 102, 103, 105 or 541 I would have grabbed it.

Post# 390254 , Reply# 11   4/10/2018 at 10:20 (191 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
They're gone...

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I went back yesterday and not surprisingly, both machines were gone. I was actually more relieved than disappointed because I can now stop worrying about them. I hope whoever bought them enjoys them.

I just have to get my addictive personality under control...

Post# 390488 , Reply# 12   4/14/2018 at 17:53 (187 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Found a Hoover Constellation 86 today for $7

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