Thread Number: 36438  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Kirby Classic 3 safety switch
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Post# 390511   4/15/2018 at 08:24 (243 days old) by Karl (Illinois)        

I just bought a Kirby Classic 3 that works great but the plastic piece on the hose is broke, so I can use the hose attachment. Is there a way to remove the safety switch? Or just buy a new hose? Also the bag attachment has been upgraded to a bag, I think I want the original one back. Any thoughts would be great, thanks.

Post# 390516 , Reply# 1   4/15/2018 at 10:55 (243 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Your best bet would be to find a replacement red hose (223676S) and a speed switch (134380).


Post# 390521 , Reply# 2   4/15/2018 at 11:37 (243 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

Karl, are you sure the leg of the hose is broken, on the Classic III the part that pushes the speed switch down is actually one of the legs that hod the hose onto the machine. You sort of have to put the plastic legs on the bar and slightly rotate the coupler to the right to depress the switch as you are locking the locking nut that holds it on the machine. Good luck. Do Not try to by pass the switch, it is a multi speed switch and if you cross the wrong wires you will burn out the motor.

Post# 390527 , Reply# 3   4/15/2018 at 16:19 (243 days old) by Karl (Illinois)        

Yes, I'm sure it's broken. The right leg is broke off. So I guess I'll look for a new hose.

Ben, why should I get a new switch? Thanks for the information guys.

Post# 390528 , Reply# 4   4/15/2018 at 16:33 (243 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I made the other suggestion in case that was the problem with your Classic III rather than with your hose.

Here's a decent-looking hose for your machine:


Post# 390530 , Reply# 5   4/15/2018 at 16:58 (243 days old) by Karl (Illinois)        

Thank you

Post# 390532 , Reply# 6   4/15/2018 at 17:44 (243 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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No problems!


Post# 390534 , Reply# 7   4/15/2018 at 18:04 (243 days old) by Karl (Illinois)        

I bought the hose, thanks

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Post# 390535 , Reply# 8   4/15/2018 at 18:11 (243 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I noticed that! Good luck!


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