Thread Number: 36608  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
An Airway with a Eureka twist!
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Post# 391998   5/15/2018 at 21:13 by hooverkid (PA,USA)        

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So I was bouncing around the vintage vacuum section of ebay when I ran across a machine you don't see everyday. It was a turquoise Airway sanitizer 88 tank with the Eureka vibragroomer powernozzle! The listing said it worked well but that some attachments where missing. I only know of 3 or 4 of these vacuums in the group but are they as hard to come by as I think they are? Also,what is the best bag to get since all I can find is single ply generics?

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Post# 392001 , Reply# 1   5/16/2018 at 00:19 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Reuse an original bag collar and tuck it into the lower half of a Simplicity type F HEPA bag.

Post# 392008 , Reply# 2   5/16/2018 at 08:52 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Andy is 100% correct.

Post# 392009 , Reply# 3   5/16/2018 at 08:53 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Wait a sec. This is not the correct canister with this set up. It would have been the turquoise and white model...... hmmmmmm Could this be a later add on or are we all wrong on what we thought was the first?

Post# 392014 , Reply# 4   5/16/2018 at 10:54 by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
A curiosity question regarding the Eureka Power Nozzle on this Air-Way.
Does this use the standard Eureka motor to power the brush roll?
Did they leave the Eureka fan in it as working like Eureka's upright vacuums?
Thank you for looking,

Post# 392016 , Reply# 5   5/16/2018 at 12:22 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
The first ones with a power nozzle

Used a Hamilton Beach upright but they are so rare I have only seen the picture,

Post# 392018 , Reply# 6   5/16/2018 at 13:32 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Hans, Please post the pic if you have it.

I've been scouring the internet for years trying to find a pic of that Hamilton Beach power nozzle, or a frestanding Hamilton Beach upright from the late 60's I only found it once in person, years ago.

Post# 392025 , Reply# 7   5/16/2018 at 18:35 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Rare, yes!! Only thing rarer than the Eureka is the Hamilton Beach version. And mine came with the white middled machine, and thatís what I was under the impression it came with. I have two of the machines, one complete, original, and near perfect, and the more well loved one that this PN goes with. My Yellow and white PN lives at the vacuum museum with the matching tank that I did not have.

Post# 392027 , Reply# 8   5/16/2018 at 19:10 by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
Thanks, I got may question answered on Thread No. 23408.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 392055 , Reply# 9   5/17/2018 at 09:16 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The canister part was made a good ten years before the power nozzle. The pictured canister was the model 88, launched in 1958 and made for Air-Way by the Eureka Company. In 1962, Air-Way brought manufacturing back to their own factory, and the two tone Model 88 cleaners were launched. The matching canister to the Eureka-built power nozzle should be the Model 88 Mark II, made in 1972.

Post# 392059 , Reply# 10   5/17/2018 at 10:48 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Somewhere I have a picture

Of that old HB upright power nozzle, Don Clark gave us some literature at a VCCC convention years ago and that pic was in it, it was a odd thing because it used a curved standard AirWay wand setup, the machine looks very much like a GE U4

Post# 392067 , Reply# 11   5/17/2018 at 15:48 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I have that same photo. It's in all my air-way literature. I got when the old VCCC was still around. At the same Don Clark convention. They didn't use that HB upright long - probably only one year.

Post# 392073 , Reply# 12   5/17/2018 at 21:54 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I think thats right Tom

Don Clark said he switched to Eureka because they were so much easier to get, if I'm not mistaken HB moved manufacturing out of Racine and may even have quit making that machine, I sure would like to find one of the uprights, you know me always wanting something odd ball!..LOL

Post# 392080 , Reply# 13   5/18/2018 at 01:48 by hooverkid (PA,USA)        

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So is it common for the cord on the pn to be a regular wall plug as opposed to a 2 pin pn plug? If this is the common cord how would it have been connected to the Mark 2 canister? All the pictures I have seen of Mark 2s with the pn socket are more like standard 2 pin sockets so i would assume it would be two pin plug on the canister side and flat socket style on the pn side?

Post# 392083 , Reply# 14   5/18/2018 at 09:42 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Both Hamilton Beach as well as Eureka, would fit a two pin miniature male prong cord about 3 feet long to the motor of the nozzle. The Hamilton Beach nozzle as well as the turquoise Eureka nozzle, joined this cord to a cord that ran along the hose, and plugged (mini connections) into the side of the Air-Way.

The gold color Eureka nozzle and Air-Way used an electric hose.

This is a picture of my Gold Eureka/Air-Way Mark II from 1974.

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Post# 392084 , Reply# 15   5/18/2018 at 09:42 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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If I remember right on mine I want to say that from the tandam air Eureka power nozzle it is a regular wall plug and yes on the tank itself is a regular power nozzle 2 pin.

Tom, Hans,
I have seen the photo you speak of and I had a question about it. I know it's black and white and hard to tell but isn't the tank in that photo with the HB also the 1958 version? It just doesn't look 2 tone or crinkle finish. Plz correct me if I am wrong.

I really with I could see a better pic of the wand set up and would like to know the color of the HB nozzle. I have one that is just the motor base and would like to make an Airway nozzle out of it. Maybe with your help I can.

Post# 392085 , Reply# 16   5/18/2018 at 09:48 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Here it is!!!! Came right up in Google
Guys I think I might be wrong. It does look 2 tone but still smooth.

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Post# 392086 , Reply# 17   5/18/2018 at 10:39 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
That's the H.B. I remember seeing as an upright.

I saw it in a junk store about 38 years ago and I remember thinking it was really strange design. It had toggle switch on the handle like a Hoover, no cord wraps and the carpet height adjustment was underneath the motor unit with a large slotted screw attached to the rear wheels.

Post# 392087 , Reply# 18   5/18/2018 at 10:40 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

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Post# 392088 , Reply# 19   5/18/2018 at 11:07 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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That yellow and white PN was so lonely before it found a matching canister!

Post# 392092 , Reply# 20   5/18/2018 at 13:47 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
RE Hamilton Beach

See how it used standard curved wands!

Post# 392111 , Reply# 21   5/18/2018 at 23:32 by broomvac (N/A)        

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This thread has higher res versions of that same image.


Post# 392126 , Reply# 22   5/19/2018 at 11:52 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
would love to see these at the convention

Would love to see these air-way models at the vacuum convention in a couple of weeks, I guess these were the first tandem air canisters ever made and as many of you know, I absolutely love canister machines.

Post# 392171 , Reply# 23   5/21/2018 at 12:40 by hooverkid (PA,USA)        

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So I just got 4 wood pulp airway bags, 1 to use 3 to set back so I'll probably make a video later showing how it works! I do need both curved wands and have a post over on the super market section,if you have a set you'd be willing to sell it appreciate it!

Post# 392478 , Reply# 24   5/29/2018 at 09:40 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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ok I dug my HB upright unit out of the bag room because this thread has re-inspired to move forward with my making of the HB nozzle.

Does anyone know if it matched the Airway tank in color?
My upright is all off white with a brown bumper and no label or markings whatsoever. I will try and post some pics of it tonight.

Post# 392479 , Reply# 25   5/29/2018 at 10:13 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I cant WAIT

To see it!!!

Post# 392492 , Reply# 26   5/29/2018 at 15:52 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Yes please post tonight!

That HB upright by itself is a rarely seen piece of history.

Post# 392542 , Reply# 27   5/30/2018 at 21:06 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        
Ok folks here it is

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Very filthy but I will get her cleaned up. I found this in an old defunct vacuum store last year.

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Post# 392543 , Reply# 28   5/30/2018 at 21:10 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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The last 2 pics didn't really come out clear. The one picture has stamped on the bottom April 1974. Not sure if this was the manufacturer's date or service date.
The last picture says Clinton Industries a division of scovill model 471

Post# 392550 , Reply# 29   5/30/2018 at 23:38 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Bingo! Thatís it.

Just like the one I saw 38 years ago. Havenít seen one since.

Post# 392551 , Reply# 30   5/30/2018 at 23:41 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Its the first one I've ever seen.
Do you remember what color the one you saw was and what the bag looked like?

Post# 392561 , Reply# 31   5/31/2018 at 08:35 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Hamilton Beach

One of the very few pieces of literature I have seen is a color ad in a mid 60s Readers Digest.My copy would now be 'in a box somewhere'.But I should have at least half of the upright in the attic at the old shop that must be emptied/down sized.I recall the colors being cream/tan/brown with a rather plain vinyl bag.Who would like to be 3rd to visit and remove vacs??Yes,2 other collectors have made spring visits.Who will be next?!?
(There is also a RARE HB round canister that I have only seen in pictures.)

Post# 392564 , Reply# 32   5/31/2018 at 08:59 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Oh Jimmy,
I would love to come down at some point. Maybe sometime this early Fall after it cools down a bit I can gather a small group and come. Or just Shaylee and I. She has expressed interest to me about coming.

Would you happen to have the plate and brush roll for the HB upright?

Post# 392566 , Reply# 33   5/31/2018 at 09:06 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I found another variation of this HB in the archives (Chicagomike's pic)

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Post# 392567 , Reply# 34   5/31/2018 at 09:07 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Post# 392572 , Reply# 35   5/31/2018 at 10:12 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
The one I saw was tan

I just remember thinking to myself that it seemed like an odd looking machine. Thanks for posting pics!

Post# 392575 , Reply# 36   5/31/2018 at 11:52 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
There are still

Odd obscure machines out there to be found, the 1957 Air Way Clean More swiveltop canister that has been only seen in pictures,...The Kingston Germitron swivel top and on and on, these are the things I hunt!I eventually will find these and one of these HB uprights, there are bound to be more of them!

Post# 392580 , Reply# 37   5/31/2018 at 12:57 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Airway swivel top. Holy smokes!!!

Post# 392716 , Reply# 38   6/2/2018 at 21:06 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Looks kind of like a GE swivel top crossed with a Eureka..LOL

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