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Post# 434797   11/10/2020 at 22:01 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Do you guys have an OCD about finding attachments for your vacuums? I really prefer to have the attachments for all of my vacuums, in the correct color and in the correct storage spots if it has them.

For a lot of newer machines that are less than 30 years old, and some older ones depending on the brand, finding attachments is not that hard. Often the same attachments are still in production so are easy to order. Especially since most these days only come in gray, black or similar colors.

With older ones, especially when the attachments came in different colors in different years, it gets harder to find attachments in the correct color.

For example, I have a Hoover Slimline that was missing the crevice tool and furniture tool. I finally got some recently off eBay. Still not the correct color, but close enough and it's nice to have the two holding spots finally filled instead of looking at empty holes every time I open it.

Then I just got a mint green Hoover Celebrity. It came with no tools. I know I'll never find a complete set of mint green tools most likely without buying one with the attachments still with it. I did see a mint floor brush last month on eBay. I'm about to either try to find a full set of period white tools from an upright tool set and live with them being white (haven't even had any luck with that yet). Or, I'll just get a modern light gray set of Portapower attachments. (At least they'll fit and light gray won't clash too bad with the mint I don't think).

Anyway it still bothers me to have machines with incomplete or missing tool sets. It also drives me nuts when vacuums come in thrift stores with all the attachments yet they inevitably get picked off and go missing as time goes by. If someone tried to buy one attachment from me, I'd tell them to go back and get the whole machine.

Also, has anyone had luck finding attachments in thrift stores? None of the ones here have any bins of attachments for sale. Bags yes, but strangely I never see attachments, and can't recall seeing any in the past either.





Post# 434798 , Reply# 1   11/10/2020 at 22:11 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        

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Back in the day, most of the large thrift shops had huge bins full of attachments. You're right, you don't see that anymore. Orphaned attachments just get chucked out.


Post# 434801 , Reply# 2   11/10/2020 at 22:19 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
It's sad.....

but true. The bins and boxes full of old attachments are mostly gone now.

Sometimes you see them at thrift stores or even in antique booths.

Everything comes up on eBay at one time or another.....but you'll pay for that convenience. I have to admit though, if it were not for eBay, most old stuff would just wind up in the landfill. For decades, people would find old junk and their friends/family would clamor,"Put it on eBay!"......and so they did.

Kevin


Post# 434802 , Reply# 3   11/10/2020 at 22:35 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, I, too,

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prefer things to match.
On my last trip to North Canton, I got a box full of Hoover attachments, vintage and non.
Is there something you're looking to find?
Perhaps I might have one.


Post# 434823 , Reply# 4   11/11/2020 at 13:31 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Indeed, I feel a twinge of discomfort when I see the wrong attachments stored or used with "foreign" cleaners!!!

My mini obsession gets a little crazy when I see Eureka attachments stored incorrectly on vintage Eurekas and Tool Pak attachment caddies!!! All Eureka dusting brushes must be facing forward on the canisters, and if not, I develop insomnia!!! 😁


Post# 434825 , Reply# 5   11/11/2020 at 14:15 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
Depends......

on how you look at it and your budget. If you're collecting old vacs, why not get everything period correct? But on the other hand, if you're a cost conscious collector, you're not going to spend $$$ to match original attachments to original vacs.

Elux hoses are a great example. The good vinyl replacements last a very long time depending on how you use and store them. The old woven ones....they're lucky to still be above the ground of the landfills.

Kevin


Post# 434836 , Reply# 6   11/11/2020 at 17:20 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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It's a quest!

Post# 434837 , Reply# 7   11/11/2020 at 17:49 by detroitdirtbag (Bottom of the Bag)        

I have a nice teal floor tool for sale, it was so nice I bought it, but then I wanted one in cream color.

Post# 434838 , Reply# 8   11/11/2020 at 18:57 by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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It's crazy how many people lose their attachments and ow people will mismatch for whatever reason. Anytime I think about buying a vacuum on ebay or Craigslist the first thing I do it make sure all the attachments are included and the same for the model. I then check the cord and hose.

Post# 434847 , Reply# 9   11/11/2020 at 21:45 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yeah, it's nice when a vacuum comes with all of its attachments, but many times they're missing a few.

It's also a little odd to me how many vacuums on eBay sometimes have attachments for other models with them. Like I see Hoovers with the original attachments but there will be extra dusting brushes or upholstery tools from another model with them or different color, etc.

Makes you wonder how people ended up with the extra attachments. Did they have more than one Hoover? Did they buy extras at a vacuum shop? Etc.


Post# 434853 , Reply# 10   11/12/2020 at 08:33 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
Yeah.....

I've bought used vacs and gotten extra attachments that never went with it. I figured they had other similar vacs and got confused or just threw them it. Hard to say.

And yeah....where did the missing attachments go? People lose stuff when they move, especially smaller items....they're the most at risk. Sometimes they lend attachments to friends and family and they never get them back etc.

I liken it to the Owners Manuals that come in cars. Over 60% of the time when you buy a used car the Owners Manual will be missing. I've pondered over this phenomena for decades. Do previous owners take them as a keepsake....do they peddle them on eBay....is there some giant, secret warehouse somewhere that stockpiles Owners Manuals?

Kevin


Post# 434859 , Reply# 11   11/12/2020 at 10:40 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
A lot of times, when I buy cleaners at thrift stores, etc

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there will be a bunch of tools that don't go with the cleaner. I put the 'strays' in a box. When I host minimeets, I'll put them out for others to take. Or, I'll bring them to the conventions. Amazing how they add up.

Post# 434862 , Reply# 12   11/12/2020 at 10:51 by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        

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How about with Kirby attachments in the caddy? I always put them in the same order every time. People always just stuff the attachments everywhere else on it, but I go by this order:

Ext. Tube Upholstery tool Crevice tool Dusting brush Ext. Tube

Multi-Surface Nz. Wall/Ceiling Brush
Hose


Post# 434875 , Reply# 13   11/12/2020 at 13:38 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
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What gets me is how little care thrift store staff take to keep a vacuum together. I've seen a vacuum with all or most of its attachments fall apart over a week or two if it's not bought right away. Attachments and other removable components eventually get scattered all over the store as employees, and maybe even some well meaning customers, pick pieces up off the floor and just put them randomly on a shelf. One brand of vacuum that seems to get preferential treatment in this respect is Kirby. The Goodwill near my house will use what seems like a couple of miles of cling wrap to mummify a Kirby with an accessory kit together. Of course, I've also seen other thrift shops that just sell the accessory kit separately. Again, individual tools just seem to get up and walk away over time if the kit isn't sold right away. The time to buy something like that is truly when you first see it.

While I do try to use the "right" brand of accessories with my vacuums, I'm less concerned with model colors. A while back, I bought a Kirby Heritage Convenience Group kit that was missing a few tools, most of which I was able to fill in with some random navy blue Tradition tools. I completed cobbling this set together by purchasing a Classic Omega tool kit because it was cheaper than trying to source the extra long wand by itself but I haven't had the heart to consolidate the best of the two kits and get rid of the surplus, despite not having a Classic Omega or a Tradition. And when I got my Legend II last year, I got a matching red hose for it but not any other tools because I had such a surplus of Kirby tools that it seemed redundant to acquire any more, even if none of them are red. By the same reasoning, I have not sought to acquire any tools for my Heritage II Legend.

That said, I have also not been above bastardizing things when necessity arises. I have a little Eureka canister that came to me with only a powered hose and rather than sink any additional funds into it, I modified the tip of the hose handle to accept an Electrolux wand and power nozzle, which worked great and kept me from buying anything else for it, other than a small supply of bags.


Post# 434903 , Reply# 14   11/12/2020 at 21:44 by fan-of-fans (USA)        
Manuals

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As for automobile owner's manuals, I wonder if they just get put in the house somewhere and forgotten about when the car is sold/traded? I like to take mine out of the car sometimes to learn about certain features or things I might not know about the vehicle.

I noticed we had manuals for things we no longer owned. Usually I try to be careful to keep everything together when selling/donating.

Last time we had a garage sale, I looked through our manual stash and made a mental note of the things for sale that we had the manuals for. As the items sold, I went back and grabbed the manual as the customer was paying and gave it to them. Might as well give it to the buyer instead of throwing it away, and the customers were all pleasantly surprised.

I even put the manuals out with things we throw away.

When I collect vintage fans I also really enjoy having the booklets and hang tags for models I have. I've been fortunate to get a few originals. Other times I print them out from the internet.


Post# 434908 , Reply# 15   11/12/2020 at 23:53 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

"As for automobile owner's manuals, I wonder if they just get put in the house somewhere and forgotten about when the car is sold/traded?"

I like that....think it's a very plausible theory. I always keep mine in the car/truck....even if I bring them inside, I return them back.

I keep all literature that comes with whatever gizmo I buy. When I had my farm auction, I had literature and Owner's Manuals for everything....I think that helped with prices.

I have a file cabinet still full of original purchase stuff. I don't know what to do with it all....I can't bring myself to throw it all away. Sometimes I go through it all and it's like decades and decades of my life unfolding. Heck, I found the orignal OM for my Diamond J I bought back around '85! I've got stuff going back to the 70's.

Kevin



Post# 434909 , Reply# 16   11/13/2020 at 01:09 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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ha, I can Identify with the matching tools obsession! I once bought a 2nd FQ just to get the tools mine was missing!! haha. I have to have all the matching tools for each of my Kirby's tool....its overkill for sure as I have so many....but....I just....want them all....to match its a sickness

Post# 434925 , Reply# 17   11/13/2020 at 10:04 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Tools and manuals

Some people keep the attachments they like from a vacuum when it gets replaced and then gets used with subsequent vacuums. This leads to mismatched stuff. Often attachments get lost in couches, under rarely moved furniture or thrown away by people cleaning out in a hurry and not realizing it’s some tt info that is current or good. A woman in my office for example, when it was time to change desk/cubicle locations she would dump her entire drawers into a trash can and go to the new desk and and go to the supply closet and get everything new, stapler, note pads, pens, highlighters, tape rolls, tape dispensers, etc even though she had perfectly good stuff at the old desk she could have just taken with her. Terrible waste of company money and very lazy.

Car owners manuals often get out in the house and people trade cars often on impulse and don’t bother to be diligent about returning its parts to the cars. Even the spare sets of keys which in this day and age are quite pricey to replace since most are now just remotes or remote key combination devices. Then on a future clean out they are found and thrown away because the car is long gone.

Owners manuals should be kept in the car though because if you are on the road and suddenly need to jump start or change a tire the manual needs to be consulted spontaneously and if stuffed somewhere in someone’s house is useless at a time of need.

Most manuals for products though at this point can be found on line.

I’ve noticed a lot of people that have had an Electrolux canister have kept the combination dusting brush upholstery tool because they like it so much and often even the accessory wands and combination rug and floor tools don’t end up going along with the vacuum, unsure if they are being kept or misplaced somewhere else in the house or just get thrown away.

I was fortunate to find an Aerus Lux Legacy at a Habitat for humanity store with all attachments and even an extra, a combination rug and floor tool as well and 47 genuine bags and the entire thing was rarely used. To me, finding this with everything included and in such great condition was a gold mine and so I had to have it as it was a mere $27 for it all! They were trying to sell the bags separately for $5 and the vac for $22 so I bought both.

A few months before I came across an Aerus Lux Classic at a goodwill, just the vac, hose and power nozzle with its wand, no other accessories that came with it. I bought it anyway foe my brother and fit it with the missing accessories to make it a complete machine.

Jon


Post# 434932 , Reply# 18   11/13/2020 at 11:15 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Jon wrote:
Car owners manuals often get out in the house and people trade cars often on impulse and don’t bother to be diligent about returning its parts to the cars. Even the spare sets of keys which in this day and age are quite pricey to replace since most are now just remotes or remote key combination devices. Then on a future clean out they are found and thrown away because the car is long gone.

I reply:
I have two owners manuals from previous cars. One was a duplicate, which I saw no reason to leave with the car, and the other I kept for somewhat sentimental reasons when I donated the car to my local public radio station.

As for remotes, most of the used cars I've bought in recent years have, at most, had only one remote, if any at all. There's enough of a market for second-hand remotes that they often get sold off separately. Pairing a remote to a car is often a pretty easy task although some cars do require the use of a scan tool.


Post# 434955 , Reply# 19   11/13/2020 at 17:43 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
I think....

that's probably accurate;the car OM's wind up in the house when the car is sold. A neighbor ruined my parked Olds and so when the insurance paid me for the car, I kept the OM and some other stuff I bought for the car. It was going to be crushed anyway most likely.

In another hobby, stereo hifi stuff....for the longest time when you bought something, you got a reprint(often poorly done) of the original OM. The seller kept the original like it was custom to do so. That just drove me crazy, here I paid all that money and he kept the original OM. Then HiFi Engine online got to be so big, you could find about any electronic OM or SM for free. And there were services where you could get reprints in color with pull out schematics just like the original etc.

I always sold my vacs and other stuff with the original OM's if I had them. The original OM's belong with the item....not for bilking out a few dollars more making poor copies of them for eBay sales.

Kevin


Post# 434958 , Reply# 20   11/13/2020 at 18:12 by detroitdirtbag (Bottom of the Bag)        

Some how I wind up with crevasse tools from other vacs, is it crevasse or cre-vas? Maybe I got a CT fetish. 😂
When I sell a car, if the guy gets me down in price, he gets hose, one car I kept the nice wheels and tires, the jam one drove off with steel rims and snow times. Lol. I just sold a vehicle, i got asking price, the guy got everything.


Post# 434965 , Reply# 21   11/13/2020 at 20:05 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
It is crevice here in the US

The proper spelling is CREVICE in the United States. Since you asked. I have seen it spelled crevase perhaps in England or Canada. Also seen it crevasse, perhaps French?

I end up with crevice tools from all sorts of brands too. I do keep the ones that fit my Electrolux‘s even though they aren’t genuine Electrolux ones. Some use them a lot, others, rarely. My Mom very rarely uses the crevice tool or the combination dusting brush/upholstery tool for her Electrolux’s. Mostly these tools just sit on the shelf in her closet eternally!

When I find a vac on the trash I often keep the tools if the vac is dead or not of interest or too expensive to repair, especially if the tools are 1 1/4” universal. Sometimes I’ll find another vac that works but needs tools and if I have a supply of ones that fit then voila, the vac is now useful with a full set of attachments.

I have a little LG made Kenmore yellow and gray canister, it came with nothing but the hose and a crevice tool. I fitted it with a nice upholstery tool and dusting brush from an old Kenmore canister that I found dead on the trash, also it has no wands or floor tool, I fitted it with a telescopic wand I had gotten somewhere and lastly an Electrolux combination rug and floor tool And now I have a very nice little powerful canister with some very nice attachments.

I like the Aerus/Electrolux combination dusting brush and upholstery tools as well for fitting with any vacuum That doesn’t have attachments...the one unit solves the two missing tools in one and works with any vac that uses the standard 1 1/4” hose/wand system. I have managed to find quite a few for free or a few bucks at estate sales/garage sales etc so I grab them when I see them inexpensively and definitely when free as they can be pricey, around $15 a piece used on eBay.

Jon


Post# 434974 , Reply# 22   11/13/2020 at 22:57 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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You are right tools on eBay can be expensive, especially vintage tools for Hoover, Eureka, etc. But sometimes it's easiest to find them on there.

Has anyone noticed with older canister vacuums found at thrift store, garage sales, etc, that often the only tool still with the machine is the crevice tool? When I found my Hoover Constellation it only had its crevice tool. It was very dirty and looked like it had been left out for years in a garage or other dusty place.

My guess is it was used out in the shed or garage to vacuum out cars, so they just used the crevice tool for that. Many of those videos I see on YouTube of vacuuming cars, they only use the crevice tool, no upholstery tool or dusting brush. Which to me doesn't make sense! Use the right tool for the right job. Or does that require too much thought? LOL

I think these days people often don't bother using the vacuum attachments much, or if they do just use the end of the hose. People these days seem to think a vacuum is just meant to clean the floor. Hence, no carpets, no need for a vacuum cleaner.

And yes, it drives me nuts when I see vacuums come into a thrift store with attachments and then they go missing. I saw a Kenmore Intuition come into a local thrift store - with all its attachments in the right spot. A few months later they were all gone! I later found the turbo tool sitting in a bin. No idea what happened. My guess is someone saw the tools on the machine and thought Oh I could use this or that tool. Whoever got it later could have had all the tools if they got it a few weeks earlier.

My Electrolux was similar - had all its tools but I didn't buy it at first. By the time I did, floor brush and extra wand set had gone missing.


Post# 434994 , Reply# 23   11/14/2020 at 08:47 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
My guess....

is that it's always about convenience. People, the majority of, just don't like to fiddle with various attachments that much. The tool caddies and/or how you vacuum and carry all those tools around at the same time has always been an issue too....with various designed caddies or attachment 'boxes'.

I've watched male and females vacuum spaces my whole life and they may use one or two attachments at most on the average. People on the other hand that collect vacs tend to use more or all of them. We appreciate the various designs and also their shortcomings.

I love my retro Connie....but with one of the attachments, the round horsehair duster, they designed the middle hole too small and so while vacuuming, that hole tends to close up. We certainly see a lot of folly in poorly designed attachments along with some tried & true designs.

Before I started collecting, the Hoover upright I had in college had the conversion tool you slid in the bottom with a hose and some attachments. I tried it a few times and found the suction woefully lacking and so never used it again. Then I got into Electrolux tanks and never looked back.

Kevin


Post# 434997 , Reply# 24   11/14/2020 at 09:22 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Real1shep wrote:
The tool caddies and/or how you vacuum and carry all those tools around at the same time has always been an issue too....with various designed caddies or attachment 'boxes'.

I reply:
Yes, this is the one reason my Electrolux Discovery Plus has languished in the barn for almost five years. Its onboard tool storage makes it so ungainly to use that it's almost unusable. Honestly, if I had it to do over again, I would have taken the tool brackets off the machine instead of cobbling together a set of tools for it. It wasn't until a year or two later when I rescued a Discovery II from the curb that I came to truly appreciate just how good the Electrolux uprights are.

I think this is a problem with onboard tool storage in general. People start jettisoning the tools they never use to lighten their load and those tools eventually find their way to the bottom of the closet and eventually the trash. For that reason, I much prefer the plastic tool caddies that Kirby and Electrolux used to offer with their uprights. They keep everything orderly and accessible. All in all, I think Electrolux really got it right when it came to including the essentials—tools that people would actually use and not a bunch of frivolous stuff that makes for a cool demo but in the real world will never be used.


Post# 435004 , Reply# 25   11/14/2020 at 10:43 by fan-of-fans (USA)        
Retro Constellation

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The attachments on the retro Connie are interesting. I'm told they have the Hoover logo on them, but they seem to have been made by a third party. They look nearly identical to the fit all tools on eBay. In fact you can buy the whole set of three small tools that look identical and the holder for about $10.

The hard floor brush on those can be bought on eBay for about $12. Kenmore used the same tool with their TOL uprights. Which was kind of odd they'd include one, since the TOL models usually had a clutch or separate brushroll motor anyway.

Usually that tool and its wand are missing, since they didn't fit on board the machine like the other tools.

The Kirby attachment caddies are kind of neat. They harken back to the time when uprights and canisters would include cardboard carrying caddies. I expect most people rarely use the Kirby attachments, given it takes extra steps to remove the nozzle and put the hose on. Often times I see them in thrifts with no tools, but sometimes they have everything.


Post# 435039 , Reply# 26   11/15/2020 at 08:11 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
Hmmmm.....

"The attachments on the retro Connie are interesting. I'm told they have the Hoover logo on them, but they seem to have been made by a third party. They look nearly identical to the fit all tools on eBay. In fact you can buy the whole set of three small tools that look identical and the holder for about $10."

I only have issue with that round duster. If you look at the Elux round duster design and then the Hoover, you know why there is an issue.

I bought an extra floor head because I like it so much and use it with my Elux vacs too. It has notched bristles in the leading edge so dirt doesn't build up there, like pet hair, when you move it forward. Elux did the same thing eventually, but Aerus wants $48 for theirs. My ex has the Aerus for $48 and it's not impressive for that money.

That extra floor brush I bought for the Connie was more like $18. I haven't really looked for the Hoover logo on the retro Connie tools....but it was NIB, so I know they were original. The extra floor brush looked identical to the original.

Tool caddy carries three attachments;round duster, crevice tool and smaller floor/upholstery brush. The round duster is a waste of time due to the inside diameter of the tool.

I'm guessing that $10 set you found is probably a knock-off. A third party/contractor might have made the original set, but it's quality compared to other vac sets of that period.

Kevin


Post# 435047 , Reply# 27   11/15/2020 at 10:31 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I did not like storing the 3 small tools on my stainless steel retro Constellation. They stuck out too much and would scratch my walls and furniture every time the cleaner would go sailing into them. Those black tools must be coming out of one factory in China because they are all over the place on different vacs. They are the same three small tools you get with each Numatic Henry vac.

I also did not care for the dusting brush: the bristles were not soft and though they are meant to look like the old “horse hair” brushes we used to get on Kenmores and Eurekas, they are not nearly as soft.


Post# 435065 , Reply# 28   11/15/2020 at 16:24 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That's disappoining the bristles are not soft. I bought what I assume to be a generic round dusting brush on eBay to go with a Bissell Plus I have that was missing. It has horsehair bristles and I was pleased with how soft they are.

I have a TOL red Kenmore Progressive canister I got about 8 years ago and it was noted as having horsehair bristles on its dusting brush as well as floor brush but they literally feel about as stiff as my toothbrush! I also ordered another brush for it recently from one of the newer Elite models, because its smaller. Bristles on that are much fuller and also horsehair, but not much softer either. Very disappointing. They are not like the 80s/90s gray dusting brush horsehair bristles were. They really need to improve on whatever material they are using. At least you can still get those as replacements, but they won't fit my Progressive with its weird hose end.


Post# 435082 , Reply# 29   11/15/2020 at 20:17 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
I think they.....

can't make the horsehair soft again or the process is lost....or maybe it's even material available to them now etc. In any event, that horsehair duster is too stiff.

I have many Elux horsehair dusters, so it's no problem. I certainly wouldn't pay for another Hoover horsehair duster....lol.

Kevin


Post# 435085 , Reply# 30   11/15/2020 at 21:49 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
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Aerus changed the bristles on the hard floor tools to plastic from horsehair but they are multicolored to look like horsehair. No fond of this change. The dusting brush is still genuine horsehair thank goodness.

I think those of us who really enjoy vacuuming And really doing a good job of cleaning all the dirt everywhere end up enjoying using all the tools, especially the ones we like!

Always bugged me that Electrolux never thoroughly addressed crevice tool storage on board the canister until the late 80s and even then it was an easily breakable clip on crevice tool clip mounted to the handle of the main unit. I am fortunate to have one on my Marquise and am very careful to slide the crevice tool off, not lift, otherwise the clip will break right off! Even the current design on the Aerus Lux Classic is easily broken unless you slide the crevice tool towards the back and don’t lift. I do like the Epic/Lux legacy canister top design the best though for on board storage...addresses both properly in a design that works and doesn’t break. But still no storage for the floor brush or the sidekick.

I decided to buy and use an Electrolux/Aerus upright Tool caddy With my Electrolux model F tank because I need the machine portable to take with me to remodeling jobs and it keeps everything stored neatly together and ready to carry. Everything goes in the caddy except the canister...even a few spare bags...I can carry the entire vac with one hand if needed, but usually I do it with two, canister in one hand, caddy in the other. I rarely use a power nozzle with the vac but do sometimes and that gets carried separately and I have a blue pn-1 retrofitted with a long pn cord from a first gen pn-1 so I can just tote along the pn head itself and use it with the plain metal wands and don’t have to have an electric wand or electric hose. It works in a jiffy but the long pn cord gets kind of annoying with no clips to hold it on the wands or hose.

I just decided to get a centralux wall mount tool caddy to store my attachments for my daily driver Marquise in, in the hall closet...but not sure the sidekick will fit, I think it was designed for a sidekick ll which is slightly smaller. I decided to get it anyway since I have a Lux Legacy also and everything will surely fit in it with that machine should I decide to use that as the daily driver.


Post# 435199 , Reply# 31   11/18/2020 at 21:01 by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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I've had good luck finding genuine Compact/TriStar tools (crevice, dusting & upholstery) in clear/glitter (even the upholstery tool grille) & white.
Unfortunately they weren't available in turquoise

I also found 'greige' Aerus/Electrolux combo tools & crevice tool for my 2100, which happens to b my daily driver lately

I have 3 spare sets of teal Electrolux combo tools & crevice tool (1205-era)

However I haven't bothered looking for the above-floor hose & tools for my Eureka ESP bcuz I use it ONLY for vacing carpet


Post# 435200 , Reply# 32   11/18/2020 at 21:26 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yeah, I'm the same way with my Eureka Boss F&G. I was just thinking about this when I used it last weekend. I haven't had any interest in getting a set of tools for it, as for me it's a carpet vacuum only, and I don't really think about using an attachment converter with it. If I had a more vintage upright I'd probably get a tool set though just to have.

I have only one upright in my collection that I use regularly that has onboard tools and I don't use those much either. And I never really have for any of my mom's either, I prefer using a canister for that kind of cleaning. The only time I do use them is if I just happen to notice a small area like a baseboard or piece of furniture that needs dusting while I'm vacuuming the carpet.

That's probably because I find the hoses on them too short and springy. My mom's previous Kenmore Quick Clean bagless upright had a habit of falling over on top of me when I tried to use the hose on it.

My Kenmore Progressive upright is less prone to that, but I still think the best upright hose setup is a really long hose.





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