Thread Number: 39143  /  Tag: Recent Vacuum Cleaners from past 20 years
Does anyone know about Mr Obscurity a.k.a The Eureka Uno?
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Post# 415267   10/24/2019 at 00:14 (284 days old) by RoyalFan103 (Seattle,Washington)        

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When I was 6, I started searching up images of vacuums. I came across an odd looking Eureka Altima. I don't remember how I found out the name, though. Anyways, does anyone know about this vac. Seems like Mr Big Optima would be a very rare vacuum. Here's some pictures of it too. including a comparison between an Optima and an Uno.

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Post# 415271 , Reply# 1   10/24/2019 at 01:56 (284 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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I have never heard of this vacuum, but I do have an Optima. People might have passed over it because the Optima did the same thing for cheaper so why would you pay more.

Post# 415287 , Reply# 2   10/24/2019 at 09:42 (283 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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I remember when that machine was new at Wal-Mart. They used the round handle as a way of saying the machine was ergonomically designed. I remember they had some kind of hang tag on the loop handle stating it was easier to push and steer.

Post# 415293 , Reply# 3   10/24/2019 at 12:53 (283 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@RoyalFan103 Not really obscure these were very popular when I was about 20 working in the industry. They were pretty poor constructed like most Eureka's products of that time.
like most cheap vacuums they're hard to find because they've all been disposed of.
It would be interesting to have an example new in the box or lightly used.

Post# 415312 , Reply# 4   10/25/2019 at 00:39 (283 days old) by RoyalFan103 (Seattle,Washington)        

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I think these were just Altimas with an optima handle slapped on them. I'm assuming these came out the same year the Altima came out too. I also think this was a slightly upgraded version of The Optima since some models came with spin dusters like the Altimas and Whirlwind Litespeeds did.

Post# 415335 , Reply# 5   10/26/2019 at 20:57 (281 days old) by EurekaFanSquid (California Carmicheal)        

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I have seen alot of these things before, to me its not the rarest thing i would ever see, these were like a optima and altima's baby.

Post# 415375 , Reply# 6   10/28/2019 at 09:33 (279 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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...just another bagless plasticrap vac. The filters clogged up and people threw them away, just like they've been programmed to do. More landfill fodder.

Post# 415380 , Reply# 7   10/28/2019 at 13:02 (279 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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If they are such 'plasticrap' then how come they can pull this much dirt and gunk out of the carpet? My Altima cleans better and grooms better than a Dyson, and that is a fact. Plus (if it is sitting in there right), you can make the feather duster spin around and go absolutely mental, which is really funny!

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Post# 415397 , Reply# 8   10/28/2019 at 22:03 (279 days old) by EurekaFanSquid (California Carmicheal)        
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Love him or hate him, he's spittin' straight fax.

Post# 415398 , Reply# 9   10/28/2019 at 22:35 (279 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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lol thanks EurekaFanSquid

But yeah. I kind of grew up with Eurekas, so I do have a liking to their brand (and no I'm not a fanboy - I love all vacuums! I have several Kirbys as well as a Miele too)

I think the first vacuum I remember using was the old Eureka ESP we had for cleaning the basement. I remember the smell still when the motor blew up naturally - it had a noxious rubber smell and burned carpet.

Then upstairs we had a Eureka World Vac - which I think was also a "The Boss" model? I remember being kind of afraid of it because it was so huge and loud.

Then we had a Optima for the camping trailer we bought brand new at Walmart - still have it to this day.

Now I use a Eureka Brushroll clean with Suction Seal I bought new in 2017 but it's from 2016. It was only supposed to be temporary but it became a daily driver vacuum and I used it heavily in 2017 to clean the house floor to ceiling. Also still running good. Needs a new belt though I think.

But yeah for people that are not as affluent in the bank account, Eurekas do a very good job at cleaning house - bagless or bagged. When you take care of them and maintain them properly, they will not let you down. I just picked two vacuums from the trash back in the spring - a bissell and a dirt devil. One was thrown out because someone used it to vacuum dryer lint out of the dryer and clogged it up, the other had a broken belt and someone left it sit outside in the elements for the entire year - but it's otherwise brand spanking new. The bristles stick out past the soleplate and the tools have never been touched. Just super easy fixes. They both function perfectly, and were my first garbage picked vacuums in 9 years! :o

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