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Post# 413071   8/25/2019 at 09:12 by vacattack87 (Dallas, GA)        

Hey Everyone!!

I FINALLY got my hands on a Kenmore Power Mate from the 80s! I have wanted one of these for a very long time. Minus the vinyl on the hose, and the wands being stuck together, itís in great shape. It just needed a good scrub-down. I still have to open it up to deep-clean and grease the motor. The guy I bought it from barely used the power mate, so all I have to do to get it 100% functional is buy new wands, find the missing attachments, and find a new hose, or restore this one. I found the attachments/wands on EBAY and will purchase whenever the seller sends me an updated invoice for the lot. My main question is, does anyone have a spare hose they would be willing to part with, or is it possible to restore the original hose? If so, how difficult would that process be? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!



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Post# 413072 , Reply# 1   8/25/2019 at 09:19 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Wow! That one looks like it's in great shape other than the hose. I've seen people use heat shrink tubing to repair cracked hoses, but that one looks a little too gone for that.

I remember we used to have this same exact model when I was younger. It originally belonged to a family member but they had gotten a new vacuum and gave it to us. It had the manual and I remember 1987 was the date they had purchased it and I think they paid $249.99 or $279.99 for it, I don't remember exactly, it's been a long time.

They also had a brown straight-suction model they had given us as well. Unfortunately both are long gone.

Post# 413079 , Reply# 2   8/25/2019 at 17:31 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
These are great machines

Hi Michael, I've got an early 90's 4.5 EVPC model and it's the most used canister I own. They switched to a pistol type hose end control that allows you to turn on and off the power nozzle and the machine itself. The hoses tend to tear where the hose goes in to the handle, in time. While you're waiting for a better hose you can TRY going the duct tape route. I have to tell you that even if you are successful with getting it taped up, you lose a lot of flexibility, a lot.I only had that one spot to mend so it's worked for me. Keep in mind there is electricity going through the hose so inspect as you go! Also, the tape can pick up debris traveling through the hose, especially in large repaired areas of the hose. It's worth a try since the machines won't run without the hose hooked up. Wrap fairly tight with the tape and use a good quality tape, good luck!

Post# 413099 , Reply# 3   8/26/2019 at 11:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Those are great

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machines. That style of power head really digs deep into the carpet.

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Post# 413136 , Reply# 4   8/27/2019 at 13:23 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

That was my favorite era of Kenmore.

Post# 413148 , Reply# 5   8/27/2019 at 19:23 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

I have a few of these, two of which have been thoroughly cleaned and prep.ed for sale.

I read somewhere on here that these hoses tended to break down like that due to the recipe contained too much clay.

Thanks for sharing.

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