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Post# 402520   12/13/2018 at 14:30 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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We have a Kirby dealership not far from where I live. Called the shop and asked about some vintage machines and the owner called me back last night. Really nice guy that has been in the business since the DS50 was new. Told me to come down to his shop and look at what he has and pick out what I want. I got a DS50, DS80 both in good running condition and an Omega that was freshly rebuilt. Also bought a Classic III, but it was in need of servicing, so theyíre going to replace everything that needs to be for $25 and told me to pick it up Monday. Very happy with what I got...and he has plenty more that Iím for sure going to go back and get. He even has a Tradition with the headlight switch and a Wireless Vacuette.

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Post# 402524 , Reply# 1   12/13/2018 at 14:56 (193 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Ponder,TX)        

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sounds like a friendly guy. if his service charges are that cheap you probably got a good deal on the machines too. most shop owners know only collectors like the vintage machines and was probably happy to get rid of them and make a happy buck too.

Post# 402529 , Reply# 2   12/13/2018 at 18:20 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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A very friendly guy. He said the exact same thing. They usually only deal with G3 and newer models, but he was happy to sell me some old machines. He had one with a switch in the handle that I may be going back for on Monday.

Post# 402530 , Reply# 3   12/13/2018 at 18:25 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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DS 80 is getting the spa treatment at the moment.

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Post# 402531 , Reply# 4   12/13/2018 at 18:41 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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Post# 402532 , Reply# 5   12/13/2018 at 18:56 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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Post# 402537 , Reply# 6   12/13/2018 at 21:19 (193 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Nice collection of vacuums in my opinion the 3 best suction carpet cleaning vacuums Kirby's ever made.
I noticed everyone who has spa treatment look a hell of a lot better before than my d80s. I have really rare d80 parts. The bodies of the vacuums get deep clean before I sand and polish them.
Im saying your vacuum is in good shape and been maintained. The d80 is Kirby's best deep cleaner. The d50 is basically same vacuum motor wise. It just wears tan instead of ovacado.

Post# 402540 , Reply# 7   12/13/2018 at 21:49 (193 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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Thank you. Yes, much agreed. The Omega has always been my favorite and I have around 5 of them, but never can help but buy another one lol. The DS80, I have been looking for for a few years and no luck in finding one. The DS50 I really didnít plan to find, it wasnít one on my list to look for, but he had a bunch of them, so I had to have it as well. Theyíre not worth a fortune or anything, but Iím happy to have them. These machines deserve to continue can future generations enjoy them if we donít save them first?

Post# 402562 , Reply# 8   12/14/2018 at 11:10 (193 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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that first photo doesn't look to have a DS50 in it....I see a Sanitronic VII . unless that vacuum has been modified ( no headlight cover light, different belt lifter....which would indicate a different motor ( same as all the 500 series basicallY)

Post# 402593 , Reply# 9   12/14/2018 at 18:29 (192 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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He is right I noticed the pic last night it's either a 562 or a sanatronic 7. The hood is missing the Kirby logo and the belt lifter would be different. I noticed after I posted but was to tired to mention.

Post# 402612 , Reply# 10   12/14/2018 at 23:33 (192 days old) by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        
Sorry guys

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That shows how much I know. Guess I didnít look at it well enough.

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