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The Eureka Model E1860
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Post# 411298   7/8/2019 at 19:36 by Keither (California )        

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Post# 411301 , Reply# 1   7/8/2019 at 21:29 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Does this model have a pn you can add to it or straight suction only ?Its a nice find .

Post# 411303 , Reply# 2   7/8/2019 at 23:07 by Keither (California )        

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Hey thanks . No PN capability. Straight suction only.

Post# 411304 , Reply# 3   7/8/2019 at 23:08 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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What a beautiful Empress II FastVac, Keith!

I don’t know if the Carry-All Tool Caddy is original to this blue canister as it is in an avocado green colour that may have matched a later or earlier Empress II model.

The Empress II line up debuted a few years before the arrival of Eureka’s Roto Matic Power Nozzle, so it does not have an outlet to plug in an electrified hose.

The Empress II FastVac was from the groovy late 1960’s and it’s design has a few references to speedy sports cars: racing stripes, large mag wheels, and “radio buttons” on the dashboard to adjust the suction!

Love this era of Eureka vacs!

Post# 411306 , Reply# 4   7/8/2019 at 23:13 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

eurekaprince's profile picture looks like you have a redundant round dusting brush. You are missing Eureka’s “Groom-a-Pet” tool that had a ring of white plastic “fingers” to brush your cat or dog. This tool would have been stored where your second dusting brush is now.

Enjoy this classic addition to your Eureka collection, Keith!

Post# 411307 , Reply# 5   7/8/2019 at 23:18 by keither (California )        

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Brian thanks for the feedback! I love the machine and I've always wanted the Eureka tool caddy. I believe the history you provided on this is correct. Im okay without the groomer, but for the sake of having a complete set it would be nice to have. Good to hear from you Brian! I hope your doing well!

Post# 411309 , Reply# 6   7/9/2019 at 01:08 by robsmith1977 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)        
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And this model I take it was fortunate enough to come with the 12" floor and wall brush as apposed to the standard 9" that just isn't wide enough. Very excellent find, congratulations and enjoy!!

Post# 411315 , Reply# 7   7/9/2019 at 06:54 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Eureka had one of the best straight suction carpet tools in my opinion. The brush can also be adjusted to clean bare floors. Nice find!

Post# 411318 , Reply# 8   7/9/2019 at 08:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Rob? You're from Harrisburgh?

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That's not terribly far from me (Pittston) .I'm between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Perhaps you can visit?

Post# 411322 , Reply# 9   7/9/2019 at 09:38 by Luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Can someone clue me in to the model timeline?

That shade of blue looks to me like a 70’s color and I remember that the push button suction control did come later, along with the hinged lid. Earlier Empress models had a separate lid with the big black knob to lock the lid down. Was this one actually referred to as an “Empresses”, or is this the model that came afterwards?

Post# 411324 , Reply# 10   7/9/2019 at 10:25 by Keither (California )        

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The Empress II I believe was Model 1800. This model E1860 came afterward.

@ Rob : Yes the machine came with the 12in wide wall / floor brush.

Post# 411331 , Reply# 11   7/9/2019 at 16:34 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Another AMAZING vac!

I am mostly speechless but would add-
-Later versions would have power nozzle outlet.
-I have never seen a blue one.Scarce in any color.
-Didn't most have 5 suction push buttons?
-I may have pet groomer and original S bag package.I am back on EBay and trying to find items for my EBay seller.
-Powerful & deluxe vac with a great tool caddy (that would one of the last)!

Post# 411332 , Reply# 12   7/9/2019 at 16:56 by keither (California )        

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@ Jimmy

Hey thanks for the props Jimmy - Yes I'm missing the Pet groomer for the tool caddy set :-( Are you selling items on Ebay now , or is anemone selling items for you?

Post# 411335 , Reply# 13   7/9/2019 at 19:31 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I’m doing well, Keith - thank you for asking!

John - Eureka introduced a hinged canister lid on their Empress One machines - around 1967. Before that time, their “canned ham” MobilAire and Vibra-Beat canisters all had completely removable bag compartment covers that were secured with a top-side dial on the roof of the lid.

The first 1967 Empress came with an elegant white braided hose and a thin suitcase to hold all the tools. It also had a big “Vibra-Clean” rug nozzle.

This second generation Empress Two debuted around 1970 - see the link below for a print ad from an October 1970 edition of Good Housekeeping. I think the pale green Carry All Tool Caddy came with the top of the line Model 1880 you see in the advertisement. This deluxe version had the extra deluxe tools (Vibra-Beat nozzle, Groom-a-Pet Tool, square horse-hair dusting brush, 12 inch floor brush).

If I remember correctly, the model line up from basic to deluxe was 1820, 1840, 1860, 1880. 1880 had seven suction buttons, 1860 had three and the other two had none. I think the basic 1820 had no Cordaway cord reel either.

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Post# 411336 , Reply# 14   7/9/2019 at 19:40 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Sorry - 1880 had 6 suction buttons, 1860 had three.

Also, Eureka’s first hinged canister lid was introduced much earlier on the compact Princess canister from the early 1960’s.

Post# 411338 , Reply# 15   7/9/2019 at 20:51 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Im still looking

For a Sweet Sixteen Eureka from 70 or thereabouts.

Post# 411341 , Reply# 16   7/9/2019 at 22:03 by Luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Is this an Empress?

This is from a Derreck Fricke video on YouTube.

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Post# 411357 , Reply# 17   7/10/2019 at 06:35 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Yup - that’s the first Empress. I read somewhere on the internet that it actually debuted way back in 1965. So the Eureka “canned ham” canister timeline would be: 1959 = MobileAire/Vibra-Beat, 1965 = Empress, 1970 = Empress II FastVac. I imagine the boxy “Sweet Sixteen” canisters came out soon after the FastVac - maybe 1972 or 1971.

If I am not mistaken, the model numbers were: MobileAire/Vibra-Beat/Empress One = Series 1000, Empress II FastVac = Series 1800, Sweet Sixteens = Series 1600.

Post# 411358 , Reply# 18   7/10/2019 at 06:45 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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More accurately, the first Empress One was Model 1100. It came with an upgraded Vibra-Vac carpet nozzle that had a switch to adjust from “normal” carpet cleaning to stronger carpet cleaning - not quite sure what this little adjuster dial actually did! As Consumer Reports said at the time: the Vibra-Beat carpet nozzles were “much ado about nothing”!

Post# 411359 , Reply# 19   7/10/2019 at 08:37 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

I am working with local seller ISASCHU52 as I posted in super market.After I find,check,clean and describe items we then take pictures with him then doing all other as I find MORE from a near endless supply.
I think the adjuster dial moved suction to or away from beater strips to either clean "3 times faster" or stop the NOISE.

Post# 411360 , Reply# 20   7/10/2019 at 10:22 by Keither (California )        

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@ Brian : Thanks for the history on the Empress 🤙🏾 That vibra-beat tool is probably one of the worst attachments ever made for a vacuum cleaner. I tried it in hopes for a change of heart and it not only sounds awful, but it’s difficult to use . I will keep it for display purposes only 😬

Post# 411371 , Reply# 21   7/10/2019 at 17:45 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Jimmy - that’s a really funny way to describe the Vibra-Clean dial: either “clean 3 times faster” or “stop the noise”! 🤣

Post# 411372 , Reply# 22   7/10/2019 at 19:15 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Here's my Empress II


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Post# 411380 , Reply# 23   7/10/2019 at 21:43 by keither (California )        

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@ Gary : Gary thanks for adding your Empress II to this thread ! Your machine is absolutely gorgeous !!!

Post# 411401 , Reply# 24   7/11/2019 at 14:04 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have the early Empress

It has a unique motor like no other, Its upside down like a GE motor but was built by Lamb, its 2 speed and very powerful.

Post# 411423 , Reply# 25   7/11/2019 at 20:15 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Thanks Keith!

Post# 411427 , Reply# 26   7/11/2019 at 22:05 by keither (California )        

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@ Gary : Your welcome ! Hands down that has to be one of the best Empress II Vacs I've ever seen :-)

Post# 411436 , Reply# 27   7/12/2019 at 06:23 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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This Eureka reminds me of how much I prefer a foot-operated power pedal that is low to the ground on on the front of the cleaner. This location offers lots of benefits: easier to operate with your foot without losing your balance (the current Miele-style pedals on so many canisters cause me to lose my balance), easier to turn vac on and off while sitting on its end, and also you can’t accidentally confuse it for a cord rewind pedal.

The trend of putting a pair of almost identical pedals (power and cord rewind) on the top of the back of the canister is really annoying: they are too high off the ground causing some users to lose their balance while standing on one foot, they can be confused and I often hit the cord rewind pedal accidentally if I can’t clearly see the button label, and you have to feel your way to the correct button if you want to turn the vac off or on while it’s sitting on end. The latter issue is obviously solved with an electrified hose and power button on the hose handle, but that always complicates the design and makes the cleaner more prone to breakdowns.

Here’s a problem for Miele to solve in their next line-up of canisters!!! :-)

Post# 411440 , Reply# 28   7/12/2019 at 08:58 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"foot operated power pedal"

In the early 50s GE showed the housewife that the Swivel Top switch could be operated just by raising the toe of her high heel shoes.
Do we never learn anything from the past??

Post# 411449 , Reply# 29   7/12/2019 at 13:11 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Haha! Imagine an advertisement showing a 50’s housewife trying to balance on a high heeled shoe while attempting to turn off her Miele C3 or Hoover Dimension with the other foot! Come to think of it, most cylinder Electroluxes or GEs or Hoovers of the 1950’s had the power button on the very top of the cleaner body....requiring a high-heeled balancing act.

Post# 411458 , Reply# 30   7/12/2019 at 20:13 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I bought the Empress II on Ebay. The seller told me that it was kept in their family's vacation home and rarely ever used. Unfortunately the original cloth hose leaked like a sieve so I did replace it.


Post# 411459 , Reply# 31   7/12/2019 at 20:21 by keither (California )        

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Hi Gary

Thanks for sharing the history! Its in excellent condition! Did it come with the original box ?

Post# 411475 , Reply# 32   7/13/2019 at 12:40 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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No it did not come with the original box. The one thing I have noticed is that it does leak dust right where the hose meets the dust bag collar. I am using an original bag.


Post# 411476 , Reply# 33   7/13/2019 at 13:06 by Keither (California )        

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Hi Gary. What style bags do you use? I’ve used the Eureka Style B bags for my other Empress vacs but I received the original Eureka Style S bags with my E1860.

Post# 411482 , Reply# 34   7/13/2019 at 18:29 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I just checked and it is a style S bag made by Rubber Maid that is in the machine.


Post# 411483 , Reply# 35   7/13/2019 at 18:31 by Keither (California )        

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Gottcha Gary 🤙🏾✨✨✨🤙🏾

Post# 411484 , Reply# 36   7/13/2019 at 18:34 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Maybe the original Eureka style bags would work better.

Post# 411488 , Reply# 37   7/13/2019 at 19:53 by Keither (California )        

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Maybe 🤔 It might be better than the bag your currently using . Greg I was going to test the use of a hepa cloth bag for mine. A face book member who actually uses them for his Wards branded Empress made the suggestion, but I did not get around to trying them out. I will test them next week and let you know.

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