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Pictures of a NIB Eureka 6980 from @ 1998-2000
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Post# 401581   11/28/2018 at 13:07 (202 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi All - So here are the pictures of my NIB Eureka Bagless Canister vacuum model 6980-A...
This is the vacuum that ties back to my thread about the eBay shipping disaster...
So glad to have it, even without the carton - Enjoy the pictures and let me know if there are any questions...
Would love to know when this one was made - Any ideas from the Serial # ?

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Post# 401593 , Reply# 1   11/28/2018 at 16:49 (202 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The owners manual has a copyright date of 2001 so I would guess late 90s to 2001.


Post# 401595 , Reply# 2   11/28/2018 at 17:21 (202 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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That's so cool to see unused in 2018 ! Love that color on it.

Post# 401603 , Reply# 3   11/28/2018 at 17:43 (202 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The deluxe upholstery nozzle you got with this cleaner is a classic Eureka Williams design. The design debuted way back in 1959 with the Eureka MobileAire canister vacuum!!!

Such a cool piece of Eureka history you have there!!!

Post# 401607 , Reply# 4   11/28/2018 at 19:22 (201 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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All I managed to dig up was this brief article from a magazine that mentions this model. Couldn't find any articles specifically focused on this model.
May 21, 2001

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Two WhirlWind Mighty Mite bagless canisters, one featuring HEPA filtration, are beginning to ship from Eureka.

The company also said several other models have earned the Good Housekeeping Institute's Seal of Approval.

The two straight-suction vacuum cleaners are the company's first compacts in this bagless series. The WhirlWind cyclonic lineup already covers several uprights, a full-sized canister and a stick vac. Earlier this year, the company introduced its lightest-weight upright and two others with larger, more convenient dust cups.

Both compacts were promoted as versatile -- useful for cleaning carpeting, bare floors, stairs and above-floor sites -- and easy to store.

The basic compact is model 3690. Features are said to include a 12-amp motor, a 20-foot cord, a deluxe floor brush, on-board tools and a blower port. The casing is translucent tangerine; the suggested retail price is $159.99.

Sealed HEPA filtration is offered on the 3695. This machine is rated at 10 amps, with the 20-foot cord, deluxe floor brush and on-board tools. It comes in a translucent greenish-pear hue with a suggested retail of $199.99.

These compacts follow by a few months Eureka's introduction of four Boss models: an Ultra Boss Mighty Mite, a Boss Power Plus upright with HEPA filtration and two Boss Power uprights.

The Good Housekeeping Institute seal was awarded to several models virtually across Eureka's product spectrum. Among its benefits, the seal gives users an additional warranty year.

Certified vacuum cleaners include the entire Eureka Limited Edition line. WhirlWind models are the original machines, the recent Big Cup units and the 6980 canister. Oxygen has three cited models, the 6994, 6997 and 6999.

Post# 401614 , Reply# 5   11/28/2018 at 21:18 (201 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I remember Sears sold a Kenmore badged version of that, I guess after the Fantom Lightning version was discontinued. So I'd say early 2000s too.

I seem to also recall seeing one in a JCPenney catalog from that time, I'll have to check and see on that.

Post# 401628 , Reply# 6   11/29/2018 at 08:46 (201 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri Ozarks)        

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I sold tons of that model 6980 brand new in my Vacuum Shop. I always told people they were like a bagless Model G.

Before you use it, obtain a hepa disposable bag from any brand of cleaner. Cut the Hepa bag open so it lays flat. Remove the foam pre-motor filter from your new 6980, and use it as a template to cut out filters of that exact size from the HEPA bag. Place the HEPA cut-out filter into the filter case, then place the foam filter. The idea is that any dirt that leaks from the foam filter will be trapped by the HEPA cloth, and not enter the motor.

You'll be surprised at how much dust leaks through the foam and is caught on the 'made to fit' filter. Make sure the white 'made to fit' filter is closest to the motor when reinstalling the cyclonic chamber.

Also, you attachment clip can ALSO fit on the handle of the cleaner, so your tools do not have to ride on the wand. Make sure the crevice tool points towards the rear of the machine.

Post# 401632 , Reply# 7   11/29/2018 at 12:15 (201 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi Tom...

It's funny - I remember someone saying that it looked like a Model G would if was made then (98-2000), and I think it was you that had originally said it back on the old "VACWEB.COM" forum - ( How is that for a blast from the past !!!)
I don't think I will use it, at least not right away - I am going to try to get another dirt bin from the UK where they are still sold - I don't want this one scratched up - I will take your advise for sure on the HEPA bag to protect the motor from dirt passing the foam filter -
It was so cool to find one new - I am sad about the box being ruined, but better to have the vacuum without the carton, then no vacuum at all !!!

Post# 401686 , Reply# 8   11/29/2018 at 22:33 (200 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Oh my Gosh!

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This was the vacuum of my childhood, besides our Rainbow SE. My late mother loved this machine so much. Would you ever consider selling it? I would be very interested.

Post# 401699 , Reply# 9   11/30/2018 at 12:31 (200 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Arizona)        

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I've never used one before but it definitely looks like a neat vacuum. I heard they've made a Sanitaire version of this before but I haven't seen one yet. Overall, I do like the looks of the Kenmore version the best.

Post# 401714 , Reply# 10   11/30/2018 at 18:20 (199 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

WOW Dan,

What a beautiful Eureka Vacuum!! I Love the translucent body and the color is beautiful!

I Love unusual and hard to find or rare vacuums and I also like colorful vacuums like this one.

Thank you for sharing and sorry to hear your original box didnít survive the shipment.


Post# 401760 , Reply# 11   12/1/2018 at 17:39 (199 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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HI Michael - Since I just finally found one, I most likely would not sell it in the very near future, but I promise to keep you in mind if I ever decide to sell it to anyone...

Post# 401761 , Reply# 12   12/1/2018 at 17:59 (198 days old) by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

I have the Kenmore version but it hasnít been used in years, itís a good vac though.

Post# 401762 , Reply# 13   12/1/2018 at 18:17 (198 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Would love to see the original European Electrolux version.
Does anyone in Europe have a picture? Or even a link to a TV advertisement on YouTube?

One of the best features of the North American version is that great Eureka Express power nozzle. Donít think it came with a power nozzle in Europe.

Post# 401763 , Reply# 14   12/1/2018 at 18:26 (198 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Found an unboxing clip from our friend Ibaisaic Sensotronic in the UK!!!!

Click on the link:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 401768 , Reply# 15   12/1/2018 at 19:30 (198 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Aunt Sylvia let me play with hers right before she got it from another collector.
I remember servicing them back in the day with the Sanitaire name on them.

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