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Post# 3637   11/7/2006 at 15:48 (4,340 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        

I had two different vac shops tell me today that replacement parts for "old" (pre-Aerus) Electrolux machines are no longer avaiable to them wholesale.

True, or do I just need to find a better shop?

Post# 3639 , Reply# 1   11/7/2006 at 15:56 (4,340 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Somehow I doubt that. I got a motor for a Lux Silverado from DESCO about six months ago.

Post# 3660 , Reply# 2   11/7/2006 at 20:41 (4,340 days old) by rexairman ()        

As a long time vac shop owner let me clarify a couple of things here. Electrolux (now Aerus) even when they were a healthy operation (as opposed to their present teetering on the edge of extinction) were for many years the last holdout among major manufacturers, who refused to sell their parts to vac shops or the wholesalers serving our industry. The good thing about this is that many good aftermarket suppliers make acceptable replacement parts for Electrolux, and this hasn't changed. However they are primarily limited to items such as bags, hoses, brush rolls, motor assemblies, and the like. Housing parts and the like have always been difficult to get, and this has gotten worse. Aerus/Electrolux closed their factory at Bristol, VA, although it continues as a warehousing facility. Their manufacturing is done for them by Eureka (a subsidiary of the European AB Electrolux, which bought back the rights to use their own name in the US and Canada from the buyers of Electrolux from Sara Lee, hence their need to pick a new name, specifically Aerus). My Eureka rep's business card reads "Electrolux Home Care Products," and when I buy Eureka/Sanitaire products, I make out the check to "Electrolux Home Care Products." This rep has informed me that if Aerus goes under, which everyone in the industry feels is inevitable, it will revert over to AB Electrolux, and that they have no intention of continuing the Aerus (formerly Electrolux) product line, or parts for them.

Post# 3661 , Reply# 3   11/7/2006 at 20:47 (4,340 days old) by rexairman ()        

P.S. to my last post.
Shortly after Joe Urso, et al, purchased Electrolux from Sara Lee for $55 million and immediately sold the rights to the Electrolux name to the Swedish AB Electrolux, who years before had been Electrolux's parent, and who continued to call themselves Electrolux everywhere in the world except the US and Canada, for $50 million, thus owning the company for $5 million, he did briefly make genuine Electrolux parts available to the vac shops thru one wholesaler, Star For Parts. This was helpful for the short time it lasted, although Star is the least reputable of all parts wholesalers. (Ask me about the time I ended up in court with them for altering my check, and the judge's condemnation of that action.)

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