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Kirby Classic III Upright Vacuum For Sale
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Post# 434176   10/25/2020 at 13:59 by sirlollipopman (los angeles, ca)        

Kirby Classic III Upright Vacuum
Working condition
As found
Appears to be complete and all original
Open to all offers and shipping terms

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Post# 434200 , Reply# 1   10/25/2020 at 17:56 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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This will be easier to ship. First, unclip the bag from the handle, and the cord from the motor(unplugs from the back). Then remove the pin that holds the handle to the motor, and remove the handle with the cord on the hooks. Then, unscrew and remove the bolt in the top cord hook. It will loosen the grip of the handle, so it should pull right out with the hook removed. The cord will be loose, so rubber band it together to hold it, and add it on top of the vacuum in the box.

Depending on the size of box, you may want to remove the head, which is done by twisting the belt lifter counter clockwise until it stops, and twisting the nozzle latch(under the headlight cap) the same direction. Removing the emptor shouldn't need to be done for it to fit in most cases. When you pack the motor unit, take extra care that the front cap won't get damaged.

To make sure the axle doesn't break, click the height adjuster to the lowest level.

As for packing material, no tape on the actual vacuum, it will most likely leave residue. Bubble wrap, lots of newspaper, cardboard in small doses, anything will work as long as the vacuum is protected on all sides. I would ziploc the small bits and screws so they don't get lost.

I'm sure other members have their own techniques, this is just my 2 cents.

Post# 434206 , Reply# 2   10/25/2020 at 18:24 by sirlollipopman (los angeles, ca)        

thanks bunches
what’s a good price?

Post# 434209 , Reply# 3   10/25/2020 at 19:35 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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I would need to know a little bit more about it. The scuff plate is chipped, belt lifter label is coming off, aluminum is corroded, and the brush roll appears to have mold on it. Compared to a nice one on youtube, does it sound good? Is the fan metal or plastic? If its plastic, is it grey or white? That will affect the value.

Post# 434254 , Reply# 4   10/26/2020 at 20:52 by sirlollipopman (los angeles, ca)        

metal fan
sounds similar to the youtuber to me
all packed and ready to ship too

Post# 434258 , Reply# 5   10/26/2020 at 21:13 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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$30-$35 in that condition then.
I am not interested as I have a Classic III already, but I know some other collectors would like one.
^I am sure that price will be debated if any other collectors see this, but its the most I would pay if I wanted it.

Post# 434263 , Reply# 6   10/26/2020 at 23:23 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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You have a nice vacuum. Order a scuff plate was and clean the vacuum. Polish it. The fan doesn't really affect the value that much. Id want an amodel fan. It's more efficient. The larger nozzle the metal fan doesn't have the same pitch to it.
If you cleaned it up you could get a descent sum. The bags are never in good shape and so is the handle.

Post# 434274 , Reply# 7   10/27/2020 at 08:20 by sirlollipopman (los angeles, ca)        
parts or polish!?!

looks like the cord alond should fetch $25 according to ebay's "sold" listings. I'm thinking I should part this one out,

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Post# 434309 , Reply# 8   10/28/2020 at 00:39 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Look at the cords for sale. Then look at the number of cords sold.
The classic 3 is a very popular model. You would recoup your money.

Post# 434347 , Reply# 9   10/29/2020 at 12:09 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Another option to consider is to restore it, then sell it.

Disassemble it all, wash everything but electrical stuff (dry brush and wipe those) polish all the metal, replace the bearings, belt, and anything else that is bad or worn, and then sell it local or even here.

I did this with a good working Heritage that I could not even get $30-$40 for.
After resto I got $160 (needed only bearings, belt and fan). Classics are more popular and attractive so you might get even more.

While that may not be a huge amount of cash, you can have fun doing the work, and get someone a clean, classy classic like-new vacuum in the end! Plus you rid yourself of the whole machine, not having parts hanging around and going to the hassle of shipping little stuff.

Post# 434351 , Reply# 10   10/29/2020 at 16:08 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Do not part vacuums out. It's dumb to do for one thing, you are destroying fully functional vacuums for another thing, and for another thing you will be sitting on the pile of parts for 10 to 20 years. Nobody is going to rush on eBay to buy each and every little part. Power cords rot and get brittle with age and poor storage so that's the only reason why that sells.

Based on sold listings, $60-$70 is what it sells for in good condition. If it is in great condition and polished and complete with its toolkit, you are looking upwards of $150.

The recent Classic III's that sold and sold with their kit were $250, $224, and $180, $183, $140.

Post# 434370 , Reply# 11   10/29/2020 at 22:59 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Seller doesn't restore vacuum's. He gets used items and resales them. He won't be doing anything other than taking the best offer.

Post# 434397 , Reply# 12   10/30/2020 at 22:44 by sirlollipopman (los angeles, ca)        
The savior

of these classic works of art does not restore them. the savior of these works of art collects them and seeks to place them in the loving hands of those who cherish, adore and restore them.

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