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Royal PowerCast 9100
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Post# 413518   9/7/2019 at 20:28 (304 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

Well, now I know first hand. I finally used my Royal this morning and MAN, it is a beast.

This is the unit I found at a local Thrift and snatched it up quickly for a reasonably low ticket price. Was cool when I got to the register it was on a sale.

I worked very hard on it plagued with the issue of rotting wheels. They were the consistency of a brick of cheese. I managed to replace them with some Kirby wheels which had the correct hole diameters (to fit the shafts). I used two Gen. wheels and a couple of red older model wheels.

This vac has the power but is beast to move around. May be the replacement wheels or not. It did a superb job on the carpet.

I already know that should anything major break on it, it would be retired to parts.

Thanks for reading.

Post# 413520 , Reply# 1   9/7/2019 at 20:37 (304 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I appreciate reading of your experience with I"ve wanted one and wondered how the 'usability' of it actually was. I want one due to the uniqueness and 'art' of the design...and will continue to hunt for one. I Hope yours doesn't 'fail' though....good job on the wheel conversion!!! Couldn't you have used the standard Royal wide wheels thought that come on all of their metal uprights??


Post# 413532 , Reply# 2   9/7/2019 at 22:33 (304 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I know another member rigged his up.
I also remember Blackheart had one and wasn't too fond of it.
Kelton I bet he could use royal wheels. Finding wide royal wheels is hard. Finding Kirby anything is super easy.
I do wish royal parts were mass produced like Kirby and easy to find. There wheels are so much better than Kirby wheels.
It's probably availability. I want wide wheels and chrome caps that royal put on high end models.

Post# 413575 , Reply# 3   9/8/2019 at 15:30 (303 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        
Howdy Kelton & Les

So I decided to use wheels I had and that already fit the shaft size. I suppose I could drill the holes larger on Royal Wheels and hope they work.

I chose what I had on hand and because the ones I chose had the hole size. Also I could not use Kirby Gen. wheels on the front because of the allowable clearance on the wheels shafts.

I do have a box of vintage vacuum cleaner wheels somewhere in the garage, perhaps I may have gotten a better fit.

I will look for that box and post pictures in case someone can identify them and maybe be a wheel someone has been looking to find.

Post# 413598 , Reply# 4   9/8/2019 at 22:31 (303 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'd keep what fits. Royal is ideal. If you go on eBay henryvacuum company if you message him you can get the wide royal wheels. I believe if you go to or similar sites you can find original wheels.
If you tell me model number and pic of the I'd ate I may be able to find on internet for you.

Post# 413599 , Reply# 5   9/8/2019 at 22:33 (303 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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so, are you saying that the Royal wheels on the uprights wouldn't fit this Royal Powercast? You'd have to drill them out to fit this vac? IF so, that seems very strange for royal to do that...different wheels and all

Post# 413603 , Reply# 6   9/8/2019 at 23:31 (303 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Maybe not

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The power cast is a much different upright than the royal metal vacs. It's closer to a plastic royal upright commercial vacuum.
I think royal has bearings in upright wheels.

Post# 418230 , Reply# 7   1/6/2020 at 20:48 (183 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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when you described the Power Cast as 'a beast', does that mean it was just heavy or cumbersome? Also, how loud is this vacuum? I really want one of these....LOVE the looks....the Art Deco styling. Found one new in box but too $$ and shipping high


Post# 418249 , Reply# 8   1/7/2020 at 04:27 (182 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Just that---TOO HEAVY and CUMBERSOME!!!This vacuum DOES NOT have self propel and NEEDS it!The paper bags are just TOO SMALL.Use LARGER Filtrete style ones.And the handles,cord wind are just TOO FRAGILE.Break easy.Otherwise its a good performing vacuum.And it REALLY draws close to 15A can trip your breakers when on-and you cannot have other appliances on the same circuit.The machine has separate brush motors and suction motors.

Post# 418561 , Reply# 9   1/12/2020 at 20:00 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@fantomfan57 Thanks for saving one of those dinosaurs they're very cool piece of vacuum history and a really good deep cleaner.

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