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The beautiful Tri-Star/Compact models
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Post# 396001   8/2/2018 at 10:56 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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At the last vacuum cleaner collectors convention, one of my friends was so kind as to give me a burgundy, 1982 Tri-Star. This was the first model called a Tri-Star. Vacuum cleaner shops were selling the blue "Compact " brand. Door to door salesman had the burgundy Tri-Star with its two speed motor and polished aluminum lid, handle, and switch kick. It was gorgeous when they pulled it out of the box.

Along the way, the machine I was given had the motor replaced with a single speed motor. I replaced the single speed motor with the correct two speed motor, put a new premotor filter and cloth HEPA bag in. A little Kitchen Jubilee wax and the Tri-Star is gorgeous once again. Thank you to Robert C. from Quincy, Illinois for this wonderful machine. I will keep it at home and it will be used in rotation with my other vacuums.

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Post# 396004 , Reply# 1   8/2/2018 at 11:10 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        
The Compact C-7

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This particular machine came from the collection of Fr. Bruce. It came to me "all the way from Memphis". I love this particular machine, with its unique blue hose, and unique attachments. It is in virtually unused condition, and it is a machine I will cherish forever

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Post# 396006 , Reply# 2   8/2/2018 at 11:39 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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At the Interstate Engineering factory around 1966/1967. Making the floor tools.

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Post# 396007 , Reply# 3   8/2/2018 at 11:41 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Your "Compact" is as new as tomorrow.

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Post# 396008 , Reply# 4   8/2/2018 at 11:43 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Post# 396009 , Reply# 5   8/2/2018 at 11:44 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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1984. The last machine to ever be called a "compact". Sold by independent dealers through their stores.

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Post# 396010 , Reply# 6   8/2/2018 at 11:46 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The 1964 model C 6. Stunning machine.

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Post# 396011 , Reply# 7   8/2/2018 at 11:48 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The model C-1. The very first. 1948. He now lives with Hans in North Carolina.

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Post# 396015 , Reply# 8   8/2/2018 at 12:48 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Are some of my very favorite machines, My Mothers first cousin had a C-6 when I was a kid and I was always fascinated by it, I have been using mine this week at the new house.

Post# 396025 , Reply# 9   8/2/2018 at 15:24 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Thanks for the memories! I loved that carpet disc, played with it all the time, back in the box after, or was that box for the polisher? maybe both?

Post# 396030 , Reply# 10   8/2/2018 at 16:03 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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My Compact C9 got it on ebay 4 years ago love it complete whit new hosr new envirocare bag new cloth bag motor filter and power head fully rebuilt a cleaning beats

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Post# 396047 , Reply# 11   8/2/2018 at 19:30 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Forgive my ignorance, but where did the name "Compact" come from? They don't strike me as particularly small.

Post# 396049 , Reply# 12   8/2/2018 at 19:41 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Oh but they ARE

When compared to the big tank type cleaners being made in the 40s with runners,

Post# 396090 , Reply# 13   8/3/2018 at 00:21 by dartman (Portland OR)        

Mom just gave me the aftermarket Anthony James C9 Compact and I've been working it over and put a new motor and belt in it as they were both toast. It now runs and cleans as nice as I remembered from when I was a teenager. I have a thread about it here.
They are very simple machines that just work well and are easy and cheap to fix. I also just loved the weird shape and look they have.

Post# 396337 , Reply# 14   8/6/2018 at 17:50 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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You cant beat Compact Tristar for cleaning performance i sure love mine picture above in blue it just keeps on going and going not much out cleans it.

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