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Hoover model 28
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Post# 434947   11/13/2020 at 14:27 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

Browsing a peddlers mall, when I walked past a booth with this model 28. Is it worth $50. It turns on (I was surprised how quiet it is). The cloud of dust it made, looked like Pigpen from Snoopy. Would I be better off finding one in nicer condition?

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Post# 434948 , Reply# 1   11/13/2020 at 14:40 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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Omg thats in great shape, especially for a Peddler's mall. Has a replaced cord but everything else seems to be original. I'll let another member quote a price, as I have never owned a 28 and would probably pay more than that for one in that shape.

Post# 434950 , Reply# 2   11/13/2020 at 14:48 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'd say it's in very good shape

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for it's age. After a nice cleanup, it should look great.

Post# 434962 , Reply# 3   11/13/2020 at 19:21 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Seventy-five-year-old vacuum cleaners don't turn up much any more, in any condition. All this one appears to need is a day at the spa and an original (or, at least, brown) cord.

Post# 435005 , Reply# 4   11/14/2020 at 11:03 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

Do these have an inner disposable bag? Or is it just the outer cloth bag? With the dust cloud, I assume the outer bag has moth holes. Are replacement outer bags readily available? Belts? Brushroll? The headlight didnít work. Iíve read the lenses were notorious for breaking. Is there a way to change the light without breaking the lens? Should I be concerned about the pile of dirt that was under the base after I turned it off? I assume the cord was replaced in the 70s/80s by the repair shopís sticker under the base. I Googled and found no results. Either the shop was in another city, or long out of business. The color of the cord is the least of my worries. I just hate to buy it, if it needs everything replaced to be an everyday vacuum. Iíd be going on a quest to find a hose & attachments. Perhaps I will call and ask if they allow vendors to take less on items.

Post# 435006 , Reply# 5   11/14/2020 at 11:22 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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No inner bag, its a shakeout. Bags with the inner conversion aren't too hard to find, but ruin part of the value and usually the look of the vacuum. It takes Eureka F&G belts. It takes brush strips that screw into the roller. It prolly has lots of dirt backed up in the roller plate or bag making it leak. As for the light, I have no idea. You may have to take the hood off to replace it.

Post# 435008 , Reply# 6   11/14/2020 at 12:26 by BetaM64 (Pennsylvania, USA)        

The Hoover 28 has a shakeout bag, but I designed a tool that allows you to use a type C (or F&G) bag in your 28 while keeping its original look/value. Eureka RD belts will fit the 28, as well as any '20s or '30s machine.

Regarding the brush strips, you can try to rebristle them yourself with horse hair, or you can try to find NOS strips on eBay by typing in the model number of the brush strip (not the vacuum). Both strips will be different; there is one large, and one smaller one.


Post# 435012 , Reply# 7   11/14/2020 at 14:24 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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The fact it still has its plastic lens makes it worth the $60 alone there. If you buy it, swap the bulb with an LED bulb before using it in order to save the lens from being destroyed.

I would not use this vacuum as an every day vacuum. It's great as a collector's vacuum and a runabout, but I wouldn't use it daily.

I just paid $60 for two Model 28 bases on eBay with no cord, bag, or handles on either.

Post# 435028 , Reply# 8   11/14/2020 at 22:04 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

So I was able to get the seller down to $30. Before I put it in my car, I unscrewed the bag and dumped it in the parking lot. To say it was full would be an understatement. When I got home, I tried it out on my living room rug. I only ran it less than a minute. But it seemed to do alright. I washed the bag in the sink repeatedly. After the 6th time the water was no longer black. I replaced the belt with a spare RD I had. Iíve decided itís something I will have and will replace this here and replace that there. One day it will be like new, but itís not going to be today.

Post# 435033 , Reply# 9   11/15/2020 at 01:04 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Enjoy it.

Post# 435058 , Reply# 10   11/15/2020 at 12:59 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

Iíve taken it apart and started cleaning it. The scuff marks on the hood came right off with a magic eraser. Would it be recommended that I take it to a vacuum shop and have the wiring replaced? I noticed last night it does have a strong electrical smell.

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Post# 435061 , Reply# 11   11/15/2020 at 14:01 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Wow those windings are dusty! I'd definitely make sure to blow those out with some compressed air or an air compressor.

The electrical smell could possibly be from the carbon brushes? Like an ozone smell? I'd make sure to check those out too, they may likely need replacement due to the age of the cleaner, if they never have been changed.

Post# 435066 , Reply# 12   11/15/2020 at 16:25 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Post# 435070 , Reply# 13   11/15/2020 at 17:21 by vacuumlad1650 (Coal City, IL)        

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Moat Ace Hqrdware stores have the correct carbon brushes, just bring an old one in for size reference.

If the wiring is not brittle, it should be perfectly safe

Post# 435072 , Reply# 14   11/15/2020 at 17:27 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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The wires pictured look fine. Those types of wires usually last a long time. Usually. It's more the cord and maybe the wire going to the switch you'd need to worry about. Still, if you plan on using this machine, the motor and all the wiring should be looked over by someone with a good eye for that thing. Make sure bearings are well lubricated and carbon brushes are free and have plenty of life left.

Post# 435074 , Reply# 15   11/15/2020 at 17:39 by vacuumlad1650 (Coal City, IL)        

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If you take it to a vac shop, make sure they are well versed in older machines. Depending on where in KY you are, we have a member who works on machines down there. I will direct him to this thread

Post# 435075 , Reply# 16   11/15/2020 at 17:49 by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Hoover 28 in KY

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Thatís a FANTASTIC find! You donít hardly see the older vacs anymore in stores or flea markets, or even estate sales it seems! Iím in Central/Eastern KY (think Morehead/Mt. Sterling area), if youíre close to me and want it looked at! Just let me know! I think thereís an unwritten law that EVERY Vac collection has to have at least 1 Hoover 28!!

Post# 435086 , Reply# 17   11/15/2020 at 21:50 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

I guess itís an ďozoneĒ smell. Itís a very distinct smell. I have a 40s radio that gave off that smell until I had it restored. This afternoon, I removed the brushroll, and with an sos pad was able to get the rust off the beater bars. After getting out all the gunk that was inside the brushroll, it spins perfectly. Are the outer bags not sealed? The top appears to be folded over and wedged under the ďclampĒ. A corner of the bag I thought the seam was torn, but I think it has worked itís way out of the ďclampĒ. Is there a trick to getting it back under there?
I live in Louisville. There are several vac shops here. A couple of them have been in business for decades. I will call both this week and explain what I have and ask what theyíd recommend in order for it to not be a fire hazard.

Post# 435149 , Reply# 18   11/17/2020 at 09:29 by myvacsrock (New York, NY & Dayton, O)        
Bring it up to Dayton..

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I thoroughly rebuild these by the dozens lately. You wouldnít be disappointed!

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Post# 435154 , Reply# 19   11/17/2020 at 10:56 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Looks great, Kyle.

Post# 435180 , Reply# 20   11/18/2020 at 12:28 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

Youíve done a fabulous job restoring them! Iíd love for mine to look brand new like yours. May I ask what you would charge?

Post# 435218 , Reply# 21   11/19/2020 at 09:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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You'll need a nice set of tools.

Post# 435221 , Reply# 22   11/19/2020 at 10:19 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My grandmother and BOTH

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of her sisters had a 28. As a child, it scared me.
Looks like I got over it, though .

Post# 435229 , Reply# 23   11/19/2020 at 12:41 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Compared to our Convertible 67

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with the vinyl bag, it was very 'imposing'.

Post# 435270 , Reply# 24   11/19/2020 at 20:09 by myvacsrock (New York, NY & Dayton, O)        

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Shoot me an email. Iím happy to work with you on price. I like to see these back in their new state and humming happy.

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