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Dating a Vacuflo Central Vacuum Unit
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Post# 417109   12/10/2019 at 16:22 (295 days old) by mmcphee (Lisbon Falls, Maine)        

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I have a Vacuflo Model 26 central vacuum unit and I would like to know what year it was made. Does anyone know how to determine it from the serial number?

Post# 417114 , Reply# 1   12/10/2019 at 17:42 (295 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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One way of finding dates is to look in the motor compartment.  There us usually a sticker on the motor telling the model no. and date of manufacture.  If it's the original motor that would be  a good evidence.  There may be other labels in the motor compartment with info on it.


If you have a picture you can share, we may know, just by looking at it when it was made.

Post# 417122 , Reply# 2   12/10/2019 at 21:04 (294 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

That's probably your best bet! I also tried finding out about serial numbers, etc from Vacuflo and was told they don't keep very good records. Kind of a surprise, being a major manufacturer! Greg

Post# 417335 , Reply# 3   12/17/2019 at 06:30 (288 days old) by centralvacs1928 (Oak Brook, IL)        

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Unfortunately Vacuflo serial numbers are cryptic and pretty much have meaning only to HP themselves.

As Greg said, on the motor (which for this purpose is hopefully the original one) will be a code stamped in green (later) or black (earlier) ink. Sometimes there is a letter at the end. But the last two digits before the letter are the year of manufacture.

Also, you could unscrew one of your wall inlets and look on the back of it, as Vacuflo used to stamp those with a manufacture date.

Or, you could post a few pictures of your machine here and get a pretty close estimate of date. The earliest (early 1960s) Model 26s were hammertone blue. Then in the late 60s they were cream colored with blue trim and still had the old fifties style "Vacu-Flo" logo.
Sometimes in the seventies they became tan with a brown bucket and a red and gold logo near the top of the machine. The last design of the 26 was in the late 1980s, same colors (tan and brown) but with a brown logo that said "VACUFLO First in Central Cleaning Systems". They made the 26 all the way up to around 1992.

That unit (though not the most powerful by today's standards) is a TANK! As long as the installation isn't too big, and it's on a dedicated circuit, you should be very happy with the performance. An excellent work of engineering, which is why Vacuflo kept it as their go-to machine for 90+ percent of installations over the three decades it was manufactured.

Post# 417354 , Reply# 4   12/17/2019 at 22:27 (287 days old) by cbimmer (USA)        

I guess my Vacuflo unit is a tramp. It came home with me without any dating at all. But maybe try dinner and drinks.

...Sorry 😄

Post# 417369 , Reply# 5   12/18/2019 at 15:10 (287 days old) by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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If you have pictures we can maybe provide more info.

Besides, if it's a tramp with "a record" we might recognize him/it.

Maybe you don't want this bad apple hangin' around.

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