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Post# 406789   3/16/2019 at 21:14 (385 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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...within the darkness of the furnace room lies a treasure.  Long forgotten, hidden in dust, it awaits discovery.  It's origin is a mystery, yet it waits...



Recently, I purchased some vacuums for my parish.  They have a mix of flooring (and a lot of commercial carpet), but the church was built with "theater" floors which make canisters want to roll down hill.  So, I got two commercial Royals and a PortaPower.  Well, I found that the janitor had put the bag assembly on backwards on one and went to fix it.  I got to looking around the furnace room (where they are kept) and discovered a Tristar CS in very good shape, with the tag!  It is covered in dust and I pulled it from it's hiding space for the picture.  It looks barely used, probably because of the floor issue.  It smells of mildew, but the cloth bag and foam filter are pretty clean.  It is missing the tools, but has the hose, wands, and power nozzle.  I took it home to clean and I'll see if they want to keep it.  It hasn't been touched in years and I have no idea how we got it.  There are no Tristar dealers in Oregon as far as I know.  At least nowhere near me. 


Oh, and they also had a ton of spare Oreck XL bags and the parish hasn't had Orecks in YEARS.

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Post# 406822 , Reply# 1   3/17/2019 at 15:06 (384 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Neat score!

Post# 406826 , Reply# 2   3/17/2019 at 17:03 (384 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        
At home

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I have the CS home and am going to clean everything.  First, the Mighty Mite will dust it off and then it is getting a good wipe down with some cleaner.  Inside the bag compartment is very clean.  The exhaust filter looks like it has captured a lot of carbon dust.  I suspect it is the original one that came with the machine.  The foam disk and the cloth bag are going to be thoroughly washed.  I'll probably order a new foam filter at least, maybe the bag too if I can't get the smell out.  I'm also going to order a full set of attachments.

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Post# 406834 , Reply# 3   3/17/2019 at 20:00 (384 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Great find! Looks like a good cleanup may have that as good as new!
I do like exploring the dark corners of old buildings to see what was forgotten or buried with other stuff. Exploring around in old churches is even a more unique feeling. We explored many an old cathedrals in Europe long ago - very fascinating and spooky at the same time.
Ah, Tillamook - I can almost taste the cheese and milk! I had been through there quite a few times on vacation trips. I plan to move to Oregon in a few years when I retire. Enjoy it out there!

Post# 406838 , Reply# 4   3/17/2019 at 21:28 (384 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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Good as new!  Minus a few scuffs at least!  The mildew smell had not gotten into the motor, so that's great!  The upright lock mechanism on the power head is in much better shape than mine actually!  It locks firmly but mine is pretty sloppy.  Basically, mine hardly has a lock.  Maybe a new neck would fix that...  Anyhoo, she runs strong and I let the motor run a while to get hot in case any moisture was sitting inside.  Extra tools and the holder are on the way!  Now, let's see if the parish will let me keep it...

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Post# 406892 , Reply# 5   3/18/2019 at 19:48 (383 days old) by Superocd (PNW US)        

The furnace room of my childhood church had two Lennox Pulse furnaces. It was always cool to hear them running when walking down the hall to Sunday school.

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