Thread Number: 36406  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
The "Cream" of 1982. With hints of hot fudge, and racing stripes!!
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Post# 390252   4/10/2018 at 09:33 by dirtmaster37 (Stay tuned to the DUMONT network...)        

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Hi, One wanted to share a recent gift of a machine had, had, and hoped someday to re-obtain. Received a phone call from a long time collector, and friend a few weeks back. "Hey! I have something here, that I think you'd want! Are you Interested??". Uh... YES PLEASE!!

So without a lot of yakking, which one is known to do.... Here is what we were discussing. Montgomery Wards Finest. From 1982.

So very happy to have one again. Won't be letting go of this one.


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Post# 390272 , Reply# 1   4/10/2018 at 15:58 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Sweet, looks just like one I gave to a friend 20 years ago

Post# 390273 , Reply# 2   4/10/2018 at 16:14 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

That's a sporty looking vacuum! I have the brandywine Eureka version, wanna trade? Just kidding, that one's just too special!

Post# 390275 , Reply# 3   4/10/2018 at 16:43 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Very cool! I love those wheels! They look like F1 wheels from the time.

Post# 390277 , Reply# 4   4/10/2018 at 17:06 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Very nice! What a great friend!

Post# 390296 , Reply# 5   4/10/2018 at 20:23 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Love those Eureka Empress II “FastVacs” with the “radio button” suction control!

Just a small, niggly, unimportant and yet friendly recommendation: turn the dusting brush to face forward (all other tools can face to the back) - all Eureka literature and ads show it that way.. :-)

Enjoy your new toy!

Post# 390299 , Reply# 6   4/10/2018 at 20:27 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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On second thought, Chad...never mind about the direction of the dusting brush! Looks like Wards asked Eureka to space out the nibs better so on this model’s Tool Pak - all tools have room to face to the rear!

As Rosanne Rosanna Dana once said: “Never mind...”. :-)

Post# 390318 , Reply# 7   4/11/2018 at 02:23 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Post# 390332 , Reply# 8   4/11/2018 at 09:35 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Congratulations on a sweet machine.

Post# 390585 , Reply# 9   4/17/2018 at 00:56 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Neat very nice cleaner and powerful too !

Post# 390589 , Reply# 10   4/17/2018 at 04:08 by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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Montgomery Ward when in business sold Eureka vacuums in that color during that time frame.





Post# 390592 , Reply# 11   4/17/2018 at 05:44 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
yeah, drool

I won't part with my '79-or'80 brandywine model 1279, or 1290 canned ham either.
I thought the canned hams were discontinued before the belt view power heads came out though. Maybe they kept them in production for Wards longer.

Post# 390595 , Reply# 12   4/17/2018 at 09:01 by dirtmaster37 (Stay tuned to the DUMONT network...)        
I thought the canned hams were discontinued..

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Thankfully I have most of the catalogs from Wards from 1968, then 1972 thru 1984-5 when the catalog went bye bye. The last time this machine was available was Fall and Winter 1982. In Spring Summer 1983, they went to the Ironsides (B Bag) machines, with the TOL Electronic in that funky burnt pumpkin orange called SPICE!! Wards was HUGE for Eureka, so I'm sure that they allowed them use of whatever (designs/parts) they wanted, for as long as it remained smart to do so.

In terms of keep-ability, this is my ONLY canned ham Eureka left from this vintage. I sold my first one years back in a moment of desperation. This being a gift, I can't DO that really, as it goes against a unwritten code I've heard of between collectors. SO this one will stay with me forever. If I want to rid of it, need to offer it back to the person who had it first. If no interest in take-back, then well... It may be up for grabs...LOL!!!

Unlikely tho.


Post# 390598 , Reply# 13   4/17/2018 at 09:18 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Wish I had kept mine ages ago, it had Power! If not original bags it would tear them open, guessing the power of my Silverado maybe, it clean great

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