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Post# 402174   12/8/2018 at 10:10 (192 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Happy to share 2 brand new additions. Kirby ComVac 1300. Sitting packaged for over 35 years. Iím happy to give them a home!

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Post# 402176 , Reply# 1   12/8/2018 at 10:22 (192 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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That is a find indeed. How did you come across such a rare find.
I believe it has d80 motor with sanatronic 7 one speed coil.
It's hard to find the vacuums let alone NIB.

Post# 402185 , Reply# 2   12/8/2018 at 13:06 (192 days old) by jmathes1991 (Bourbonnais IL)        

Would love to buy one from you!! Could you email me!!!

Post# 402188 , Reply# 3   12/8/2018 at 14:15 (192 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Those are like the blue M&M

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Even when i worked for a Kirby distributor, I rarely saw one.
Great find.

Post# 402196 , Reply# 4   12/8/2018 at 16:51 (192 days old) by hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Iím not sure if I want to sell the second one just yet. Iíve only had them a few hours... one is going on display and the other is staying in the box. If I do decide to sell one, Iíll certainly let you all know.

Post# 402225 , Reply# 5   12/9/2018 at 12:44 (191 days old) by jmathes1991 (Bourbonnais IL)        

Oh haha sorry I totally miss read that! I thought you were trying to find them a new home, haha sorry about that! Super awesome find!!!

Post# 402281 , Reply# 6   12/10/2018 at 11:39 (190 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I have no idea how you did it, but kudos to you for finding these!

The rarest things here may actually be the original paper bags, owners manuals, and boxes.

Post# 402318 , Reply# 7   12/10/2018 at 19:13 (189 days old) by hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Both boxes are in excellent condition. The owners manuals are actually quite thin... Very basic operating instructions and registration cards. Iíve saved the bags, as I think they are very special, and I donít expect Iíll run across more anytime soon.

Itís been a blast to use (the other one is staying packed away for now). They certainly have greater capability than the 50 & 80 models, honestly, they are quite impressive.

I still am trying to register in my head that they are mine now, lol.

Post# 402321 , Reply# 8   12/10/2018 at 19:40 (189 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I found an American Lincoln for sale thanks to a007kirbyman bill. I offered $100 it's on its way. Comvac are nice. I want a janitronic. I'll never find a comvac I'd settle for a 13" heritage nozzle.
You have a knack for finding museum piece vacuums. Kudos to you and your connections.

Post# 402337 , Reply# 9   12/10/2018 at 20:40 (189 days old) by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Congratulations on the American Lincoln! Those are super cool! Send pictures when you get it!

Donít say never! For the longest time it was a pipe dream Iíd ever even see a ComVac.

Which AL did you buy? Do you have any pics of it to show? Weíd love to see it!

Post# 402339 , Reply# 10   12/10/2018 at 20:44 (189 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I bought American flag one. I'm thinking it came out close to heritage release.

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Post# 402345 , Reply# 11   12/10/2018 at 21:23 (189 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Awesome! Yes, this last version of the Super-Sweep was produced from 1982 to 1984, the same period the COMVAC series was out.

Prior to 1982, the rear wheels were single narrows and the front wheels double narrows (like the 516/Dual Sanitronic 80 wheels, only in black).


Post# 402351 , Reply# 12   12/10/2018 at 21:48 (189 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Thanks for the info. I'm looking in archive most info is posted by yourself.

Post# 402357 , Reply# 13   12/10/2018 at 22:22 (189 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I too am trying to find old binder service manuals related not only to this but also those for the COMVAC 1300 and 1600 series.


Post# 402483 , Reply# 14   12/12/2018 at 21:22 (187 days old) by hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Have another member on here who I am sending a copy of this manual to.mif you are interested, let me know.

Post# 402534 , Reply# 15   12/13/2018 at 19:31 (186 days old) by hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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Thatís a super cool machine! When do you think you will take delivery on it? Iíd love to see more pics of it. Iíve never seen one of those in person. Best I can get is Internet pictures. Once you get it, you can show it from many different angles. Does it take the F&G bags - my ComVacs do. Iím interested in seeing more. Congratulations!

Post# 402536 , Reply# 16   12/13/2018 at 21:12 (186 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I've never seen in person either. It's coming from south Carolina. I'm thinking mid next week. He probably paid close to $60 for shipping. With fees and everything he didn't make much.
FedEx ground isn't the fastest this time of year.
I know it takes f&g bags. I noticed you have a Kirby f@g which would be the same mine would take. I'm not sure on Kirby f&g bags but I'm sure it has been discontinued and there pushing there f type bags.
It's not new in the box but it's rare. It's made in same time period as yours but you but it has 18 inch brush roll.
It's sort of tradition style as yours is heritage style. I will post pics. I wish it was sooner but thanks for sharing yours. It is cool to see special vacuums.

Post# 402588 , Reply# 17   12/14/2018 at 17:43 (185 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

Many A/L or Com Vac's came with a re-useable F&G style bag. Heavy fabric--heavier that a Kirby outer bag that had a slide-off top. Mine did, but what little I used it, I put an F&G bag in it! Take care to not loose the front plug! They often get loose with the years.
The first Janitronic I used back in the early 80's nozzle did come off and I could use Sanitronic tools and hose. I used it cleaning banks branches in Portland, Or!

Post# 402591 , Reply# 18   12/14/2018 at 18:12 (185 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Yes. I knew the original 1967-68 Janitronic actually did have a removable nozzle. But the nozzle attachment lock was different than on the usual Kirby.


Post# 402890 , Reply# 19   12/20/2018 at 20:36 by Hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        

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With as many vacs as I have in my collection (still nowhere close to what many of you all have) I must say that Iím hugely impressed with the ComVacs and have been using one of them as my daily driver. They just work so wonderfully. I really need to tone it down though, as I know I wonít be able to find new brushrolls for them without some heavy searching... but damn these machines are a pleasure!

Post# 402935 , Reply# 20   12/21/2018 at 23:15 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I just did a post it dissspeared.
I got American Lincoln all fixed. It is a beast. I put led light on it and I got hose clamps holding f&g in place.
I came across another rare commercial vacuum.
It's a 1972-1974 janitronic super sweep. It's not in immaculate condition. I going to have to fix scuffs and re adoninize it again. I doesnt have original bag either. They are shipping after New year.

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Post# 402940 , Reply# 21   12/22/2018 at 03:07 by hmc1981 (St. Augustine, Florida)        
Very cool!

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That will come out perfect! Iíve seen pictures of what you can do, this machine is certainly going to the right person! Heading out of town in just a few moments, so have to keep it short. Iíll message more later on.

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