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Post# 406608   3/12/2019 at 23:37 (391 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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This is the newest vacuum I have gotten recently that I have not gotten to posting yet until now. Back on 2/19/2019 I went to Goodwill as a birthday present to myself and went on a little shopping trip. Sadly, they did not have a whole mess of vacuums to pick from like I expected them to, and this Hoover was all they had for vacuums in the entire store! It was 50% off day that day as well, so it was $11.99 originally, and I got it for just $5.99!

In my last 2 years of collecting, I have never seen anything like it before either on Vacuumland or passing through on eBay. I can hardly find any info about it other than a couple of YouTube videos about it, I wonder if it's a rare vacuum? I seem to have found the instruction booklet as a PDF and it says 2007 as the copyright date. I could have sworn it was newer based on the condition of the bag and the Hoover logo.

I bought it because I liked how it looks, and it reminds me of a distant cousin of the Oreck. I was amazed at how similar in shape, style, and features that it is to the Oreck! The little advertising sticker was left on the vacuum, and I was shocked when I read it to see them openly trashing Oreck on the label! I wonder if that is why this vacuum didn't seem to last long? Too much competition?

I like it overall, it is a simple no-frills vacuum, and seems to be good for commercial use with its soft bristles and low floor height. I don;t have it handy right now but I believe the wheels are rubber or have rubber tread on them, so as not to scratch floors too.

It is in fairly good condition, just some scuffs and scrapes here and there, but nothing all that bad! The motor sounds healthy too for a Goodwill-market vacuum, but it could do with some much needed TLC just because the vacuum is so old now. I do know that all it needs is a belt for certain, the rest is just cosmetic. Oh, and the other reason is the little pull tab is broken off of the zipper, so you have to wedge your finger into the zipper slides and just push it along by hand to unzip it. Hoping to get time and a place to do a full restoration on it!

The following photo was taken on 2/21/2019 12:02am

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Post# 406609 , Reply# 1   3/12/2019 at 23:40 (391 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Here is a photo from 2/19/2019 7:59pm of when I brought it home and it was sitting in my kitchen before I took it downstairs. I think the previous owner must have been a cat owner - or had cats that walked around and rubbed on the bag - because my cat would not leave it alone! He kept smelling it like crazy (it came with a complimentary free bag of dirt lol)

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Post# 406610 , Reply# 2   3/12/2019 at 23:53 (391 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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I took a test video of it too, but will upload later. Just my luck that YouTube's uploading server dies the one day in 3 months I want to upload a video!

Post# 406612 , Reply# 3   3/13/2019 at 01:10 (391 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Alright got the video up finally. I had no idea the belt was broken when I filmed this, but the motor sounds pretty good, so it's a good sign it won't need much work. Just some good cleaning and oiling. At least the light bulb works, lol

Post# 406824 , Reply# 4   3/17/2019 at 16:11 (386 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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I also forgot to mention that this vacuum is HEAVY. It weighs about 2 or 3 times as much as an Oreck, but that's a good thing. It has a nice solid feel to it, you never feel like you're gonna break it in half. I haven't noticed any creaking or squeaky sounds either like a lot of vacuums of this type have. It feels well built and it must have a huge motor for them to have to bulge out the hood like they did.

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